Mac’s Goes Triton for ATMs

eFunds and Trition announced that Mac’s Convenience Stores is currently installing 379 new Triton ATMs among its 500 stores including Bigfoot, Dairy Mart, Handy Andy, and Mac’s stores. The ATMs will connect to the eFunds ATM processing network through existing high speed in-store wide area networks. The connection technology reduces transaction processing times for Mac’s customers and decreases communication costs. Triton is the leading provider of cash-dispensing ATMs for off-premise locations, and is committed to redefining and leading the retail market for cash delivery systems.

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Second Quarter Outstandings Growth Weak

Early returns in the “2Q/03 Portfolio Survey” has found weak growth in credit card outstandings. Based on returns from smaller issuers with outstandings between $28 million and $87 million, second quarter outstandings were up a mere 60 basis points from one year ago. The siphoning-off of credit card debt by home equity and home refinancing plus the sluggish economy appear to be factors. For complete details on the latest 2Q/03 portfolio reports visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

2Q/03 Early Bank Credit Card Early Snapshot
Issuer 2Q/03 OUT 2Q/02 OUT CHANGE
Randolph Brooks FCU (TX) $87,027,410 $84,738,119 +2.7%
Franklin Templeton B&T (UT) $35,801,058 $33,781,209 +6.0%
San Mateo CU (CA) $33,300,000 $34,900,000 -4.6%
Tinker CU (OK) $30,069,241 $30,200,000 -0.4%
Andrews FCU (MD) $28,329,837 $29,686,052 -4.6%
TOTAL $214,527,546 $213,305,380 +0.6%

Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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Bender to Drive e-Suds for USTT

PA-based USA Technologies has named Erika Bender as VP/Channel Manager of its “e-Suds” product line, a comprehensive online laundry payment, operating and service system that connects washing machines and dryers to the Internet. USA Technologies also recently restructured its organization and go-to-market strategy to strengthen focus on its core markets of Intelligent Vending and Automated Retailing, Business Services, and Commercial Laundry. USA Technologies expects to disclose details of several significant new alliances in each of its core areas of business, an Intelligent Vending alliance involving a global leader in the vending industry, a Business Express partnership with one of the biggest business services concerns in the world, and an e-Suds contract with a global giant in the consumer products industry.

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OMERO XLS

Aix-en-Provence-based loyalty specialist Welcome Real-time and Italy-based terminal manufacturer Dionica have partnered to provide EMV payment and loyalty solutions for card issuers and retailers. Under the agreement, the two companies will integrate Welcome ‘s “eXtended Loyalty System” within Dionica’s “OMERO” range of EMV terminals. Welcome provides smart card software that enhances payment transactions with real-time point of sale features such as welcome gifts, surprise bonuses, personal reminders, targeted samples, loyalty points, coupons, punch cards, vouchers, tickets, cash back and more, all in a single payment process. Dionica’s product portfolio includes desktop, wireless and portable terminals, electronic purse payment applications and PIN Pads.

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Coinstar for Blood Cancer Research Exceeds $1 Million

Coinstar reported it processed $1.3 million in spare change this year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society annual fundraiser. Last year, only $663,000 was raised for the Pennies for Patients program, compared to nearly twice as much this year. Overall, Pennies for Patients has raised a total of $10.5 million this year to help in the fight against blood cancers. Coinstar users have the option to donate spare change to the Society by simply following the donation prompts on the machine’s screen and selecting the organization’s designated donation code.

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Diebold’s Change-Back Machines Signs PA Client

Diebold’s “Change-Back Machines,” which allows cash customers to pay at the pump and receive change from a self-service terminal without entering the store, have picked up a new customer. The latest machines have been deployed at Sheetz stores in Johnstown and Dunmore, Pennsylvania. The convenience store chain is considering the installation in more of its stores later this year in response to customer demand. Sheetz operates more than 285 c-stories in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. Diebold introduced the “Change-Back Machines” two years ago and has deployed them in more than a dozen states.

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Small Business Owners Take a Break this Year

The “OPEN Small Business Network 2003 Semi-Annual Monitor” from American Express has found that 66% of small business owners are planning summer vacations of at least a week this year, an increase of 15% over 2002. Business owners in the South are the most likely (74%) to cite summertime travel plans, followed by business owners in the West (67%), Northeast (66%) and North Central (53%). Overall, 31% of business owners say they try to link vacations with business trips to save time and money. The OPEN Small Business Network Semi-Annual Monitor, conducted each March and October, is based on a nationally representative sample of 781 small business owners/managers of companies with fewer than 100 employees.

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Standard Register Launches ArmoredTrac for ATMs

OH-based Standard Register has launched a new automated solution that utilizes bar code technology to track the movement of cash deposits with ATMs. “ArmoredTrac” is designed to track cash, checks and credit card transaction pickups faster. An audit log provides a full accounting of every movement. The system also includes a backup data-archiving function. “ArmoredTrac” offers complete reporting capability. In addition to providing pre-defined reports, it gives users the ability to search the database, examining collection activities by time of day, operator, pick-up point or any other parameter established in the database. The “ArmoredTrac” software was developed exclusively for Standard Register by its long-time business partner ASC.

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Cubic Takes Smart Cards On-Bus

San Diego-based Cubic has introduced an on-vehicle transit ticketing system that issues bus riders paper transfers and processes contactless smart cards. The “Mobile Ticketing Machine” enables public transit authorities to accept multiple forms of payment, including cash, stored value tickets, time-based passes and smart cards. Cubic’s new “MTM” product expands the capability of the company’s “Driver Control Unit,” which was introduced to the public last year. Cubic is creating multi-agency, multi-mode regional fare collection systems in various areas such as London, Los Angeles, San Diego and the Northern Virginia-Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, where regional bus and subway providers will be able to allow their riders to pay their fares with a common fare card. In London, the “Oyster Smart Card” is used; in the D.C. area, it is the “WMATA SmarTrip” card; and Cubic is performing a contract with the Port Authority Trans-Hudson rapid-transit rail system, where the company’s smart card technology will be integrated with New York City Transit’s “MetroCard” system.

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VeriFone Inks Major PinPad Deal in Africa

VeriFone this morning announced that Africa’s largest food retailer, has embarked on a three-year project to upgrade store equipment to EMV using its “SC 5000” programmable smart card PINpads. The deal with the Shoprite Group of Companies is valued at $4 million. The company says this project is the largest mass installation of the “VeriFone SC 5000” programmable POS card acceptance devices in the world to date. VeriFone is working with JSE-listed Prism Holdings on the project.

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BMO Mosaik MasterCard Goes Online

Bank of Montreal has signed an agreement with Canada Post to enable its 3 million “BMO Mosaik MasterCard” holders to receive and pay their monthly statements online. BMO Mosaik MasterCard joins a list of more than 65 Mailers sending mail through the online epost service. epost provides a free service that enables consumers to receive, pay and manage their mail in a central, secure location on the Internet. Customers of BMO Mosaik MasterCard who wish to receive their statements online simply sign up for a free epost mailbox at epost.ca and add BMO Mosaik MasterCard to their personal list of Mailers to begin receiving their documents online, rather than in the physical mail.

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