Europay International yesterday launched the ‘Eurocard-MasterCard Distribution Card’, a B2B for distributors and retailers. The ‘Distribution Card’ is issued to the retailer by the distributor in association with the bank. The new card simplifies the collection of low-value frequent payments, and provides payment guarantees. The card also provides a platform to build loyalty schemes and special offers. The card was recently rolled-out in Turkey as the ‘Ortak Kart’ by Garanti Bank. The bank say it is aiming to issue 10,000 ‘Ortak’ cards by the end of this, with a US$6 million in volume.Details
Internet service provider EarthLink joins the list of preferred partners Southwest Airlines frequent flyers can use to earn credits as part of the carrier’s 15th Anniversary of the Rapid Rewards program.
In January, Southwest announced the extension of the double credit offer on southwest.com for travel purchased and flown before Dec. 31, 2002. The promotion makes it possible for Rapid Rewards members to earn a free ticket after just four roundtrip purchases on Southwest’s web site, [http://www.southwest.com]. Rapid Rewards also unveiled a new look for the member card and announced wireless provider Nextel as a new partner.
“With our long-time local and long-distance partner MCI, the recent addition of Nextel for cellular, and now our new Internet provider and partner, EarthLink, we are meeting all our members’ telecommunications needs,” said Debra Benton, Southwest’s director of loyalty marketing. “As an industry leader in Internet access, EarthLink is the natural choice to complete our telecommunications offerings to our Customers.”
Rapid Rewards members who sign up for EarthLink services beginning today will receive four credits; a member who signs up for all three telecommunications services (MCI, Nextel, and EarthLink) would earn 10 credits. For more information on the EarthLink offer, go to [http://www.southwest.com].
“We are pleased to team with Southwest Airlines in offering Southwest Customers credits when they sign up for EarthLink service,” says John Kortier, EarthLink’s vice president of channel sales. “Because Southwest Customers are constantly on-the-go — and they need an Internet service that can keep up with them — EarthLink is an ideal Internet service provider for them to use wherever they are, through the access device of their choosing.”
EarthLink joins other preferred partners: Southwest’s own First USA Rapid Rewards VISA card, Alamo, American Express, Budget, Diners Club, Dollar, Hertz, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Nextel and MCI as ways to earn credits in the Rapid Rewards program.
How the program works: Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards members earn credits by flying or doing business with the program’s preferred partners. A roundtrip equals two credits (one-way ticket equals one). Members must fly eight roundtrips or earn 16 credits in a 12-month period to receive an award ticket. Once the ticket is earned, then the ticket is automatically sent to the Customer — free travel fast with no hassle. Plus, Southwest allows the member to transfer the award ticket to anyone with no additional paperwork!
Additionally, Southwest offers members who fly 50 roundtrips (or earn 100 credits) within 12 months a Companion Pass, which allows a member to designate a traveler to fly with him/her for 12 months free of charge. Again, with double credit for booking online, it would take only 25 roundtrips! Based on the average Southwest Airlines trip length of 600 miles, it takes just 9,600 miles to earn a free ticket on Southwest. It takes an average of 25,000 or more miles to earn a free domestic ticket on other airlines. Travelers feeling pinched by hard-to-get frequent flyer award seats on the nation’s airlines have overwhelmingly referred to Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards program as the most generous in its offerings to busy travelers.
“Southwest, unlike any other program in the industry, has no capacity controls in its frequent flyer program,” said Susan Kirkelie, senior director of marketing programs. “That means, other than limited blackout dates, a member can redeem an award ticket for a seat on any flight as long as there is a seat — no waiting six months or dealing with limited seats.”
The easy-to-use Rapid Rewards program also has been recognized by InsideFlyer magazine as giving its members great Customer Service, outstanding bonus promotions, and incredible redemption. The airline has won seven “Freddie Awards” by InsideFlyer and been given high marks for many program elements. The Rapid Rewards program in 2001 walked away with Freddie Awards for Best Bonus Promotion (for its online double credit offer) and for Best Award Redemption (a winner three out of three times). It also received second place in the Best Web Site, Best Customer Service, and Program of the Year categories.
Southwest (NYSE: LUV) is the nation’s fourth largest carrier in terms of Customers boarded. The airline currently operations nearly 2,700 daily flights to 59 airports in 58 cities in 30 states. Southwest employs more than 33,000 people nationwide.
CIM launched the industryâs smallest and most affordable plastic card thermal printer. The new K10 measures only 6.30â High by 7.28â Wide, smaller than the average laptop computer. To cater to an even wider market, CIM takes card printing one step further by offering a dual purpose machine, one that not only prints on plastic cards, but also on paper (using special ribbon). This dual mode feature enables a business to save space, time, and money by using only one personalization system.
The K10 prints monochrome text, logos, and barcodes: a speed of only 6 seconds per card, as well as graphic quality with 300 DPI resolution, makes the new thermal printer ideal for the instant personalization of access control cards, Id cards, business cards, visitor badges, membership cards, and more.
According to CIM USAâs Executive Vice President, Mads Petersen, âThe K10 makes standard size thermal card printers a thing of the past and introduces to the market, a new generation of very compact, yet innovative and powerful desktop card printers. As capacity and speed of information technology increase, so does the need for instant card issuance and affordability. The card personalization industry must develop new products to accommodate this need; at CIM, we are doing just that.â
About CIM S.p.A
CIM is a leading and innovative manufacturer of card printers and embossing products. Established almost 20 years ago, CIM has a worldwide presence with subsidiaries covering the Asia/Pacific region, and since 1999 is covering the Americas through its subsidiary CIM USA Inc located in Miami, Florida. By providing the widest range of plastic card and metal plate personalization equipment available in the industry, CIM now has the most intelligent, flexible, and user-friendly technology for all types of market segments: financial institutions, hospitals, casinos, government agencies, card manufacturers/service bureaus, retailers, etc.Details
Less than seven trading days after hitting “The Street”, PayPal’s stock plunged below its IPO offered price yesterday. The company is facing yet another lawsuit, this one coming from consumers. PayPal’s stock, which was priced at $13 per share on Feb. 15, briefly hit $12 per share yesterday, but closed at $13.35 per share. On its first day of trading, Feb. 16, the stock opened at $15.41 a share and hit a high of $22.44 on volume of 9 million shares. The company’s IPO was delayed after a rival firm filed a patent infringement lawsuit. Now, the infamous law firm of Jacoby & Meyers has filed a consumer lawsuit in Superior Court in Santa Clara County, California seeking class action status. The lawsuit contends that PayPal freezes customer accounts without clear guidelines and has very poor customer service to enable customers to remove holds on accounts. News of the lawsuit has reportedly flooded the law firm and “angry consumer” Web sites. Yesterday Jacoby & Meyers asked the court for an emergency order directing Web site operators to refrain from suggesting any affiliation with the class action lawsuit. The law firm says some Web sites are charging for information about the lawsuit and other sites are collecting information from angry PayPal customers. PayPal grew from 10,000 users to 12.8 million customers in a little more than two years. (CF Library 10/2/01; 11/16/01; 2/6/02; 2/8/02; 2/15/02; 2/19/02)Details
Liberate Technologies, the premier provider of open software
platforms for digital television, today announced groundbreaking new content
and services available on Liberate TV Platform software to Optus iTV
trial subscribers in Sydney.
Optus has partnered with leading studios such as Columbia TriStar, credit
card company MasterCard, games developer Two Way TV, and design studio TVMates
to offer a range of innovative new services to participants in their iTV
trials in Australia. Optus selected the Liberate TV Platform(TM) software
suite to deliver the services over its hybrid fibre coaxial networks.
“Liberate is the leader in new digital television services for cable
networks around the world,” said Don Fitzpatrick, executive vice president of
sales and services for Liberate Technologies. “Our platform has proven its
ability to scale in Europe, North America and now Australia to give network
operators flexibility in offering new services to help them lower churn, lower
costs and increase revenues.”
Martin Dalgleish, Acting Manager Director of Optus Consumer & Multimedia,
said: “Our partnership with Liberate is providing us with a valuable insight
into how digital interactive television may be successful in Australia. NVOD,
music, children’s content and other services such as games are proven drivers
of appeal for the Optus iTV trial service.”
In a first for the Australian pay television industry, Columbia TriStar is
one of the studios delivering features for the near-video-on-demand (NVOD)
channels. Movie titles available include first run releases such as Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as classic Columbia features such as Lawrence of
Arabia. The digital service includes the capacity to view the features in true
16 x 9 format on wide screen television sets.
During the Australian summer, Optus offered a direct response advertising
campaign with MasterCard International that offered viewers in the trial an
escape to a dream vacation. MasterCard cardholders who registered their
MasterCard purchases got the opportunity to win a week on Daydream Island with
nine friends plus weekly chances to win weekend getaways to a tropical
location. Through synchronized broadcasting technology, viewers who clicked on
a button during a MasterCard commercial were taken directly to a MasterCard
web site to register for the promotion.
Two Way TV
For interactive games, Optus is offering on-demand games available
24 hours a day, including popular Two Way TV titles such as Minefield and Two
Way Triv. Optus aims to duplicate the success of games offered to subscribers
in the United Kingdom where players spend on average 80 minutes playing four
to five games a day, and 66 percent of first time players return to play
TVMates, an interactive television matchmaking service has proven
passionately compatible with Optus viewers looking to make love connections
through their television. The company boasts a database of more than
800,000 singles worldwide with a subscription growth rate of 4,000 a day.
Viewers search the database of members to find a match and they can then
choose to send an email to connect.
As part of its ongoing commitment to enable great interactive content,
Liberate continues to work with Optus and Australia’s content and application
partners to create new services that deliver entertainment to the viewers and
economic returns to the iTV community.
Optus is an Australian leader in integrated communications — serving more
than five million customers. The company provides a broad range of
communications services including mobile, national and long distance services,
local telephony, international telephony, business network services, internet
and satellite services and pay television.
About Liberate Technologies
Liberate Technologies is the premier provider of open platforms for
delivering enhanced content and services to television viewers around the
world. Liberate’s software, based on Internet and broadcasting standards, is
an infrastructure platform supporting digital consumer services delivered by
cable, satellite and telecommunications companies. Liberate’s PopTV(TM)
program, with more than 2,600 registered members in 50 countries, is the
largest partner program in the interactive television industry. Headquartered
in San Carlos, California, the company has sales offices in the U.S.,
Australia, Canada, Japan, and the U.K.
National Processing Company, a leading provider of merchant credit card processing and a wholly owned subsidiary of National Processing, Inc. announced the signing of a multi-year merchant processing agreement with Long John Silver’s Restaurants Inc. Long John Silver’s has been successfully piloting credit and debit card processing solutions with NPC and has now rolled out the service to corporate owned stores – many accepting credit and debit card payments for the first time.
Long John Silver’s is America’s largest quick-service seafood chain with more than 1,220 units worldwide. The first Long John Silver’s Fish ‘n’ Chips opened in 1969 in response to growing consumer demand for quick-service seafood. Long John Silver’s goal to provide each guest great tasting, reasonably priced fish, chicken and seafood, in a fast and friendly manner, on every visit ensures Long John Silver’s position as a leader in the quick- service seafood market.
“We are delighted to be rolling out credit and debit card processing to all Long John Silver’s corporate owned locations,” said Drew Soinski, senior vice president of Travel and Entertainment for NPC. “Our pilot with Long John Silver’s was very successful – resulting in a strong, competitive advantage for those locations accepting card payments. Our investment in technologies and processes for the quick service industry makes card acceptance affordable and convenient for virtually any merchant.”
“Again, NPC is pleased to be providing merchant processing solutions for another giant in the quick service restaurant business,” said Mark D. Pyke, chief operating officer for NPC. “This is a big step for Long John Silver’s to invest in credit and debit card acceptance for the first time in many of its locations. NPC will continue to focus our efforts on expanding products and services to new markets where card payments have not been traditionally accepted.”
Kevin Armstrong, president of Long John Silver’s Restaurants Inc. stated, “We are excited about offering our customers a fast, convenient and secure method of payment at our corporate-owned locations.” This is right in line with our promise to provide every guest great tasting, reasonably priced fish, chicken and seafood in a fast friendly manner.”
About Long John Silver’s
Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, Long John Silver’s merged with A & W Restaurants in 1999, under the ownership of Yorkshire Global Restaurants. The combined companies operate more than 2,270 restaurants in 47 states and 22 countries with combined sales in excess of $1.1 billion.
About National Processing, Inc.
National Processing, Inc. through its wholly owned operating subsidiary, National Processing Company (NPC(R)) is a leading provider of merchant credit card processing. National Processing is 86 percent owned by National City Corporation (NYSE: NCC) ( [http://www.nationalcity.com] ), a Cleveland based $106 billion financial holding company. NPC supports over 600,000 merchant locations, representing nearly one out of every five Visa(R) and MasterCard(R) transactions processed nationally. NPC’s card processing solutions offer superior levels of service and performance and assist merchants in lowering their total cost of card acceptance through our world-class people, technology and service. Additional information regarding National Processing can be obtained at [http://www.npc.net].
ACI Worldwide, a leading international provider of enterprise e-payment
and Giesecke & Devrient Gmb, an international provider of smart
cards and smart card technology, announced a partnership to advance
the worldwide migration to smart card technology. The two will work
together to help financial institutions and other businesses launch and
manage smart card programs.
G&D is a worldwide supplier of e-payment smart cards that operate on a
number of platforms including STARCOSÂ®, MULTOS(tm) and Java(tm). ACI
provides the ACI Smart Chip Manager(tm), an integrated software
application that controls the lifecycle of smart cards and the
applications that reside on them – including issuance and post-application
loads in the field. The system allows seamless easy configuration of
newly issued cards, applications and card products. As card numbers and
business grow, ACI’s Smart Chip Manager employs parallel processing for
high performance throughput and bandwidth. Together, G&D and ACI can
provide the technology needed to issue and manage all types of smart
cards, from single-application EMV and ID cards to extended
multi-application card schemes.
“To successfully launch a smart card program and take advantage of the
added value smart cards offer, it is not only the card that is important,
but also the process for managing the cards,” said Jan Mooijweer, business
manager of ACI Worldwide’s smart card division. “The combination of ACI
and G&D’s technologies will allow us to offer an end-to-end solution that
can help card issuers launch successful programs and reduce risks
associated with managing their smart card programs.”
“Whether migrating from magnetic stripe to chip cards, or launching an ID
card program, our partnership with ACI gives us the ability to offer card
issuers a high performance and very flexible system – one that is capable
of issuing tens of thousands of cards a day and managing millions of
cards,” said Christian Hirschvogel, partnership and alliance manager of
ACI’s chip card technologies support more than 20 million
multi-application cards on different operating systems/smart card
About Giesecke & Devrient GmBH
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is an international high-tech group founded in
1852 as a specialist in printing banknotes and supplying security paper
and currency automation systems. Today, G&D is a technology leader in
providing smart cards, systems, solutions for telecommunications, electric
payments, transportation, health, ID, loyalty, Pay TV, multimedia and
Internet security (PKI).
The Giesecke & Devrient Group, headquartered in Munich, has subsidiaries
and joint ventures operating all over the world. G&D employs almost 7,000
people worldwide and generated an annual turnover of 1,1 billion Euro in
2000. Throughout the company’s history, it has consistently pioneered the
use of innovative technology. Today, the supply of complex system
solutions and customized services plays an increasingly important part in
the organization’s activities.
About ACI Worldwide
Every second of every day, consumers are initiating electronic payment
transactions – getting cash at ATMs, using debit and credit cards to make
purchases in stores and on the Internet, banking by phone and PC, paying
bills online. Twenty billion times a year, ACI software is used to
process these transactions, powering the world’s online payment systems.
ACI was founded in 1975 and pioneered the development of applications and
networking software for online transaction processing. Today more than
530 customers in 71 countries use ACI supplied software. Visit ACI
Worldwide on the Internet at
American Express and IBM signed a seven-year, $4 billion deal Monday under which AmEx with have on-demand access to IBM’s computing resources. The IT partnership will begin with the transfer of AmEx U.S. technologies operations work to IBM starting this Friday. The transfer of American Express international technologies operations work is scheduled to begin in May and will take a phased approach, dependent on the completion of in-country agreements and other matters and compliance with local regulatory requirements. Approximately 1,500 AmEx technology employees in the U.S. will be able to transfer to comparable positions at IBM next month, physically remaining at AmEx properties. About 500 international employees will follow beginning in May. AmEx indicated that fewer than 20 jobs will be totally eliminated as a result of the IBM outsourcing deal. AmEx will continue to retain its core technology competencies, including information technology strategy, strategic technology relationships, the development and maintenance of applications and databases and the management of its businessesâ technology portfolios. IBM will also optimize AmEx’s worldwide computer systems and Web sites.Details
CheckFree Corporation and Whitney National Bank announced that Whitney has incorporated CheckFree’s WebPay for Small Business service as part of its Whitney Business Online offering. Whitney Business BillPay offers small business customers a customized electronic bill payment application that enables easy and secure online payment of all bills. Whitney is addressing the needs and desires of its small business banking customers by providing this new bill pay service. As a result, Whitney is further enhancing its existing corporate banking relationships across the five-state Gulf Coast region stretching from Houston, Texas to the panhandle of Florida.
“The decision to offer Whitney Business BillPay as part of Whitney Business Online logically corresponds with the broad range of Internet services we provide to our business customers,” said Lou Porcelli, Whitney’s Internet Banking Manager. “The addition of CheckFree’s technology offers the first application designed specifically to meet the electronic bill payment needs of businesses.”
By offering services such as Whitney Business Bill Pay as part of its online capabilities, Whitney is capitalizing on the continued growth in the number of small businesses that use the Internet to manage their finances. Small business customers can also take advantage of the convenience, ease-of- use and control associated with online bill payment. Whitney small business clients can simply click to approve bills for payment, determining when and how much will be paid. Small business banking users are able to leverage electronic bill pay as a way to streamline their accounts payable, manage float, save valuable time and money, and experience more efficient record keeping.
“CheckFree is dedicated to making electronic bill payment easy and viable for customers of varying sizes,” said Marc Berkowitz, product manager at CheckFree. “By offering CheckFree’s WebPay for Small Business, Whitney will allow all of its consumer and business customers to leverage electronic bill pay as a way to better manage their accounts and dramatically improve their billing processes.”
Benefits of Whitney Business BillPay
Whitney’s product is driven by CheckFree’s third generation, proven user interface, with payments powered by CheckFree’s Genesis platform. This technology provides Whitney’s small business banking customers with enhanced features such as:
Comprehensive Business Payment Fields — Whitney Business Customers can include key remittance information with their electronic payment, including invoice, discount and adjustment information. This allows their vendor to easily identify and apply the payment. Business customers can also assign their own check number to each payment for better tracking and reconciliation within small business accounting programs.
Improved Record-Keeping Capabilities — Small businesses can better their bookkeeping abilities by easily downloading all payment activity directly into various Financial Management software packages including Intuit’s QuickBooks(R) or Quicken(R), and Microsoft Money(R).
Guaranteed Transactions — Payments scheduled to arrive on time are guaranteed, backed by the CheckFree Guarantee, which protects against liability for late fees and interest charges.
Electronic Bill Delivery — Small businesses can receive bills electronically from companies nationwide in addition to various regional telecommunications, utility, credit card companies and more.
Customizable User Interface — Customizable front-end capabilities allow Whitney to brand the user interface as Whitney Business BillPay, thus providing a seamless online banking experience to their small business clients.
About Whitney National Bank ([http://www.whitneybank.com] )
New Orleans-based Whitney National Bank, with assets in excess of $6.7 billion, is the oldest continuously operating bank in New Orleans and a banking industry leader in the Gulf South. The bank offers a wide variety of consumer, commercial, trust and investment banking products and services. Founded in 1883, the Whitney has 130 branch locations in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. For more information regarding Whitney Bank, visit [http://www.whitneybank.com] or call 877-611-9448.
About CheckFree ([http://www.checkfree.com])
CheckFree is the leading provider of financial electronic commerce services and products. Founded in 1981 and celebrating its 21st year in e- commerce, CheckFree is comprised of three divisions: Electronic Commerce, Software, and Investment Services. CheckFree launched the first fully integrated electronic billing and payment solution in 1997. As of December 31, 2001, CheckFree’s Electronic Commerce division enabled 5.9 million consumers to receive and pay bills electronically. The company has multi-year contracts with 244 of the nation’s top billers to provide online billing and payment through about 430 financial services organizations, including banks, brokerage firms, Internet portals and content sites and personal financial management (PFM) software. CheckFree Investment Services provides a broad range of investment management services to thousands of financial institutions nationwide. The division’s clients manage about 1.2 million portfolios totaling more than $500 billion in assets.
CheckFree’s Software division provides solutions through three operating units: CheckFree ACH Solutions, CheckFree Financial and Compliance Solutions (CFACS), and CheckFree i-Solutions. CheckFree ACH Solutions provides software and services that are used to process more than two-thirds of the nation’s six billion Automated Clearing House payments, while CFACS provides reconciliation and compliance software and services to more than 400 organizations in the banking, brokerage, utility, retail, insurance and credit card industries, among others. CheckFree i-Solutions is the leading provider of e-billing and e-statement software and services for both business-to-consumer and business- to-business applications, with more billers as clients than all of its competitors have combined.
Global Payments Inc., the largest publicly traded, independent Visa and
MasterCard acquirer in Canada, announced today the launch of Statement
@dvantage”, designed to facilitate merchant operational efficiencies in the
Statement @dvantage provides Canadian merchants with one comprehensive,
consolidated billing statement for Visa, MasterCard and Interac Direct
transactions. The new statement provides detailed billing and related
point-of-sale services information, as well as enhanced chargeback reporting
and monitoring features. In addition, the statement provides summary
transactions for other card types, including American ExpressÂ® and Diners
Traditionally, Canadian merchants receive two statements – one from their Visa
acquirer and another from their MasterCard acquirer. Our customers have
that a single statement with the ability to reconcile Visa and MasterCard
sales helps them conduct business more effectively, said Paul R. Garcia,
President and CEO, Global Payments Inc. In addition, this capability enhances
our operational efficiencies by combining and simplifying multiple internal
Global Payments significantly broadened its presence in North America in 2001
with the acquisition of the merchant card services business of Canadian
Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank of Canada. Global also formed
ten-year marketing alliances with each of the banks.
These transactions gave Global Payments the capability to provide Canadian
businesses one source for their Visa, MasterCard, debit and other payment
processing requirements, as well as making it one of North America s largest
payment solution providers.
Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading provider of electronic
transaction processing services to merchants, Independent Sales Organizations
(ISOs), financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national
corporations located throughout the United States, Canada and the United
Kingdom and Europe. Global Payments offers a comprehensive line of payment
solutions, including credit and debit cards, business-to-business purchasing
cards, gift cards, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, check guarantee,
check verification and recovery, terminal management and funds transfer
Acxiom Corporation and TransUnion announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement to implement Acxiom’s AbiliTec Customer Data Integration technology with TransUnion.
The agreement means TransUnion customers will now be able to leverage the combined power of Acxiom and TransUnion data using AbiliTec to fulfill all their CDI needs. TransUnion is the only consumer reporting company that can interact with outside companies by using AbiliTec Links.
Benefits of having AbiliTec at TransUnion include providing customers consistency across all entities with fast, accurate and streamlined data in a batch and real-time environment, improved turnaround times and fresher data updates to enhance marketing processes.
AbiliTec is Acxiom’s industry-leading CDI technology. CDI is a combination of technology, software, processes and services required to achieve a single, accurate and complete view of a customer across multiple sources of customer data (internal and external), databases and business lines. A company with successful CDI can instantly recognize customers and have the relevant information dynamically available – regardless of the interaction contact point.
“TransUnion’s use of AbiliTec is further confirmation of the accuracy and importance of AbiliTec technology,” said Acxiom Company Leader Charles D. Morgan. “TransUnion, as a leader in its field, understands the necessity of speed and accuracy in its transactions. AbiliTec will help TransUnion deliver the kind of customer-responsive service that it has become known for.” “Adopting Acxiom’s innovative AbiliTec technology to our processes will provide both real bottom-line results and improved interaction between TransUnion and our customers,” said Harry Gambill, president of TransUnion. “Acxiom’s AbiliTec is a proven winner in the marketplace and TransUnion is excited to bring our customers the benefits of AbiliTec.”
TransUnion is a leading global information solutions company that customers trust as a business intelligence partner and commerce facilitator. TransUnion offers accurate and reliable financial data through a broad range of products and services that enable customers to manage risk and capitalize on market opportunities. The company uses leading-edge technology coupled with extensive analytical capabilities to prevent fraud and facilitate credit transactions between businesses and consumers across multiple industries and channels, including the Internet. Founded in 1968, Chicago-based TransUnion employs 3,600 associates that support clients in 24 countries. Visit us at [http://www.transunion.com].
Acxiom Corporation, a global leader in Customer Data Integration (CDI) and customer recognition infrastructure enables businesses to develop and deepen customer relationships by creating a single, accurate view of their customers across the enterprise. Acxiom achieves this by providing CDI technology, database management services, and premier customer data content through its AbiliTec(R), Solvitur(R) and InfoBase(R) products, while also offering a broad range of information technology outsourcing services. Founded in 1969, Acxiom (Nasdaq: ACXM) is based in Little Rock, Arkansas, with locations throughout the United States and with operations in the United Kingdom, France and Australia. Acxiom revenues were $1.01 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001. For more information, please visit [http://www.acxiom.com].