The South Dakota Innkeepers Association has selected New Jersey-based Heartland Payment Systems as their preferred provider for payment processing services. The partnership offers SDIA members credit/debit card and payroll processing services, including a simplified credit card processing price structure with fully disclosed, competitive pricing. The SDIA is a non-profit incorporated association governed by a board of directors to foster and promote lodging and tourism in South Dakota. Heartland Payment Systems Inc. delivers credit/debit card processing and payroll solutions to more than 90,000 small to medium-sized merchants throughout the United States.Details
Two executives were elected to the Board of the Mobile Payment Forum at the group’s Spring Member Plenary in Tokyo. Nandita Bakhshi of First Data Mobile Solutions, the mobile payments arm of First Data, and Christopher Bierbaum of Sprint were elected to the Board. First Data and Sprint join continuing Board members American Express; JCB; MasterCard; Nokia; NTT DoCoMo; Orange World; TIM ITALIA; T-Mobile; VISA; and Vodafone. The MPF seeks to create a foundation for standardized,
secure and authenticated mobile payments.
Dallas-based TNB Card Services has purchased the credit card portfolios of AZ-based Banner FCU, First Edition Community CU of Phoenix, Desert Energy CU of Tucson, and City CU of Independence, MO. Banner Federal Credit Union, based in Phoenix, Arizona, has 10,000 members and assets of $46 million. First Edition Community Credit Union of Phoenix, Arizona,has 8,000 members and assets of nearly $50 million. Desert Energy Credit Union of Tucson, Arizona, has 7,200 members and more than $50 million in assets. City Credit Union of Independence, Missouri has 4,250 members and assets of $17 million. TNB Card Services serves more than 450 financial institutions and manages more than 1.6 million cards.Details
Global Payments has certified VendTek’s “e-Fresh Now Prepay” client software on selected Canadian POS terminals and will make the service available to Global Payments’ Canadian customers. By using “Now Prepay,” merchants can offer their customers an extensive selection of prepaid services more easily and efficiently and without the need
to hold or manage a physical inventory of prepaid cards. Additionally, the elimination of large on-site card inventory reduces security risks and out of stock concerns, providing “just in time” availability, thereby increasing merchants’ cash flows and allowing them to only pay for the product they sell, when they sell it.
Shell will now accept FleetCor’s “Fuelman Fleet Card”. As a result of the agreement, Fuelman cards now will be accepted at Shell’s network of 13,000 gasoline stations, offering convenience to more than 1 million active Fuelman cardholders. The Fuelman card authorizes, controls and tracks fleet fueling and maintenance purchases at thousands of locations in the United States. Atlanta-based FleetCor is a provider of fleet card processing solutions serving over 130,000 fleets. Shell Oil Products US is a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, an affiliate of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.Details
The Trade Bank of Iraq has signed a deal with UK-based Card Tech Limited for card issuing and acquiring processing services. TBI is planning to issue a range of VISA cards. The suite of products will include a “VISA Classic” card targeted for travel and entertainment usage and a “VISA Electron” salary card. Following the launch of its card portfolio, the bank will deploy 10 ATMs in Baghdad. Trade Bank of Iraq became a principal member of VISA in 2004. More than 170 banks from 70 countries use CTL solutions.Details
Tony Catalfano, former president and COO of Fiserv EFT, has been named president of Fiserv CBS Worldwide. In his new role, Catalfano will lead one of Fiserv’s primary business lines with more than 280 in-house and outsourced clients in 42 countries. CBS Worldwide is a financial information systems provider serving the global marketplace. Fiserv, Inc. provides information management systems and services to more than 16,000 clients worldwide and reported $3.4 billion in processing and services revenues for 2004.Details
LEGIC Identsystems has supplied their technology to enable license
partner VMC to install a cashless payment system for Gedas UK. Around 350 employees at the Gedas UK operation in Milton Keynes will use the payment system. The LEGIC contactless cashless payment system will be
used to make food, snack and refreshment purchases via individual smart
cards. Employees have an electronic purse to add a cash value to their
cards which can then be used at tills in the staff restaurant and at
vending machines, while a data management system tracks all
transactions. VMC designs and manufactures hardware and
software solutions for all the major vending and catering operators as
well as the end user.
U.S. Bank has launched a program to enable a partnering business to market itself and extend rewards to its business customers. Patterson Dental has become the first partner in the program with the launch of a “VISA Business” card this month. The “Patterson Advantage VISA Business Card” offers reward points for all purchases and extra points for Patterson Dental product purchases. Under the program, Patterson receives compensation for each card issued and on purchase volume. The new card will be marketed to 130,000 dental professionals. Patterson Dental has nearly 1,300 sales reps serving the USA and Canada.Details
GZS Gesellschaft fur Zahlungssysteme has taken new premium
credit cards fitted with EMV chips into production for clients of
Deutsche Bank. The project is part of a joint venture with MasterCard
and chip vendor Giesecke & Devrient. The cards were introduced after a
lead time of just three months. GZS was the first processor of
MasterCard credit cards with “Seccos” chips in late 2003.
New York-based druggist Duane Reade will offer the “American Express Gift Card” throughout the New York Metropolitan Area. The cards are available in $25, $50, and $100 denominations at all 249 Duane Reade stores. An American Express study indicated that 29% of consumers surveyed said they would make a separate trip into a store to purchase an American Express Gift Card. Duane Reade is the largest drug store chain in the metropolitan New York City area. American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel,financial and network services company founded in 1850.Details