Giving Card & GRS

Cybertel Communications Corporation announced that its subsidiary, Cybertel Holdings has agreed in principle to partner with Golden Retriever Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vital Processing Services, a joint venture with Visa USA and Total System Services, Inc. to integrate GRS’s software into The Giving Card’s platform. The software will enable The Giving Card platform to operate with virtually all major transaction processors.


iDine 1Q/03

FL-based iDine Rewards Network reported that operating revenue for the first quarter was up 40% as gross dining sales increased 45% over last year. First quarter profits of $3.4 million was a 10% increase over 1Q/02. The company also announced it now has more than 10,000 participating merchants. The Company currently has 18.0 million credit cards registered through 13.3 million enrolled accounts. Dining incentives are offered through the Company’s dining programs, either branded under the name “iDine” or provided through co-branded and private label partnerships, such as airline frequent flyer programs, club memberships, or other affinity organizations. The Company closed the quarter on plan with over 2.7 million active members. iDine also confirmed plans to launch a hotel rewards program in the second quarter with over 300 hotels in 35 markets across the country. For complete details on iDine’s first quarter performance visit CardData ([][1]).



ATM Deposits

A new study shows that more than half of U.S. consumers with bank accounts would be more likely to make a deposit at an ATM if their bank provided the new ATM receipt that captures a picture of all deposited checks. The Harris Interactive survey of U.S. adults commissioned by NCR Corporation found that 21% report that a lack of confidence the machine got the deposit right deterred them from making cash/check deposits at an ATM, while 11% said looking for or hassling with filling out a deposit envelope deters them from making cash or check deposits at an ATM. According to Dove Consulting, only 10 out of every 100 banking customers use an ATM today to make a deposit. NCR’s patented “no-envelope” deposit technology prints a picture of each individual check directly on the customer’s ATM receipt.



A new study has found that nearly half of Canadians agree that a
store’s acceptance of a particular form of payment has a big impact on
whether they will shop there regularly.
Almost one third of Canadian consumers have decided not to purchase a
product or service because the merchant did not accept the consumer’s
preferred form of payment. In 82% of those cases, it was a debit or credit
card payment format that was not accepted. The report by Moneris Solutions
and Decima Research also found that 71% of respondents selected debit or
credit as the payment form they use most frequently for in-store
purchasing, with debit cards leading in popularity at 46%. Yet consumers
payment preferences vary by merchant type. Debit was the most preferred
form of payment at grocery stores and clothing stores. Credit cards are the
first choice at electronics merchants and home furnishings stores. Cash is
the first choice at pharmacies, restaurants, and
barbers/hairdressers/beauty salons but, when combined, debit and credit forms
outpace cash at most of these merchants.



A new report suggests that smart card deployments in the banking industry
will rise 12% this year followed by a sharp 21% increase in 2004. Future
growth hot spots include effective EMV migration in Brazil, Canada, Japan,
Korea, Malaysia, Mexico and Taiwan, and numerous projects in central
Europe. Significant new pilots are also anticipated in Italy and Spain.
According to analysis conducted by Schlumberger Smart Cards and Terminals,
the single biggest driver on the horizon for the sector will be Brazil, and
2003 could mark the turning point in that country’s conversion. Slightly
farther out, Proton’s migration to its new generation “Prisma” e-purse with
EMV credit and debit capability could start in volume next year. Major
drivers for last year’s growth include the strong renewal of e-purse cards
in Benelux, the roll-outs of UKIS cards in the United Kingdom, and
multi-application banking cards in France.



National Processing has expanded its processing capabilities to
cross-border activity with Canada. NPC offers a turn-key solution,
encompassing authorization, settlement, chargeback and reporting of
Canadian VISA and MasterCard
transactions. NPC also announced that Darden Restaurants, recently renewed
its U.S. card
processing agreement with NPC, and will now convert Darden’s Canadian
credit card processing to NPC’s platform. Darden Restaurants owns and
operates over 1,200 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze and Smokey
Bones BBQ Sports Bar restaurants. NPC is 85% owned by National City and
supports over 645,000 merchant locations.


CardData 1Q/03

Wells Fargo Card Services reported a 10% increase in credit card outstandings and 14% growth in card volume for 1Q/03. Associated Card Services, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, and Commerce Bancshares also reported a 14% increase in first quarter charge volume. Including SD-based Wells Fargo Financial Bank, Wells Fargo reported a 20% gain in credit card volume for the first quarter.

Wells Fargo Card Services $5.6b (+10%) $3.2b (+14%)
Associated Card Services $808m (+26%) $165m (+14%)
Pentagon Federal CU $506m (+5%) $190m (+15%)
Commerce Bancshares $503m (+5%) $350m (+14%)
First Tennessee $257m (+1%) $226m (+8%)

Source: CardData (



More than 1,300 ATMs in Beijing have been configured to accept
international bank cards in the first quarter of this year. Industrial &
Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China and China Construction
Bank led the upgrading effort. The addition of newly-configured ATMs brings
China’s total number of bank machines capable of accepting international
bank cards to more than 8,000. Less than 50,000 of the 300,000 POS
terminals in China accept overseas-issued bank cards.