PizzaFone

PayStar Corporation and Paybox Global Holdings have formed a joint venture to test a wireless payment system with a national pizza franchisee. ‘PizzaFone” enables mobile merchants like pizza delivery, to make deliveries to a customer’s door and accept payment through the use of just the cell phone. The transaction is completed with the assistance of a short sequence of voice prompts and a predetermined PIN. Merchants receive their payment via an automatic credit to their bank account and the customer receives their purchase without handing cash, check, or credit card to the delivery person. ‘The PizzaFone’ solution is built on the Paybox technology which is already deployed in Europe. Deutsch Bank is a key partner, providing the infrastructure in transactions. PayStar in involved in prepaid phone cards, and provides service and maintenance of ‘Cashless Teller Machines’ and Internet enabled kiosks.

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InteliData 4Q/01

VA-based InteliData Technologies reported fourth quarter revenues of $5.5 million representing an eight-fold increase over 4Q/00. The fourth quarter pro forma cash operating loss was $2.8 million, a 46% decline from the previous quarter. The fourth quarter results include those of Home Account Network, acquired on January 11, 2001. InteliData projects first quarter 2002 revenues to be in the $4.1-$4.6 million range with a cash operating loss between $3.9-$4.4 million. The company also says it expects to be profitable on a cash operating basis by year-end, if annual revenues come in around $25 million. The company also reported this morning that Mid-Atlantic Corporate Credit Union has purchased the latest InteliData ‘Interpose Web Banking’ bill payment product. InteliData provides Internet banking and EBPP technology and services to 21 of the Top 60 banks, credit unions, and financial institution processors. For complete details on InteliData’s 4Q/01 results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

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Tidel 4Q/01

Houston-based Tidel Technologies reported a fourth quarter net loss of $2.4 million, compared to net income of $1.9 million for the same quarter of the prior year. Fourth quarter revenues were $4.6 million compared to $16.7 million in the same quarter of the prior year. The loss in net income and revenue, for the quarter, was primarily attributable to the loss of business of its former largest customer, PA-based Credit Card Center. The Company shipped a total of 677 ATM units, an 80% decrease from the 3,310 units shipped in the same quarter of the prior year. For 4Q/01, shipments to non-CCC customers decreased 30% from the 971 units shipped to non-CCC customers in the same quarter of the prior year. Tidel says the decline in non-CCC business in the quarter was due primarily to the economic downturn as a result of the events of Sept. 11th, and the deferral of ATM purchases by certain retailers until 2002. To date, Tidel has sold more than 35,000 retail ATMs and 115,000 retail cash controllers in the U.S. and 36 other countries. For complete details on Tidel’s 4Q/01 results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

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Debt Crunch

A FL-based non-profit, credit counseling service released a poll this morning that shows three-fourths of Americans say debts are making their home lives unhappy and 45% have a debt-to-income ratio of 50% or more.The online survey of 5,000 participants, also found that 80% of consumers state that their credit cards are at or near their maximum credit limit, and that 37% have taken cash advances from one credit card to make monthly payments on another credit card. More than seven out of ten consumers pay the minimum amount due on credit cards each month, according to the survey. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. also found that 56% fear that their employer, family or friends will find out the magnitude of their debt, 50% of participants do not have a savings account, and 92% do not have an emergency fund for 3 months of living expenses. Meanwhile, a survey conducted by ‘Money Wi$e’, a joint partnership of San Francisco-based Consumer Action and VA-based Capital One, found that 57% of adults are tightening their purse strings, with 66% willing to take a second job, and more than 70% cutting back on dining out and vacations. In addition, while most Americans would cut back on leisure spending, 38% would consider cashing out CDs, stocks or bonds, and some would stop depositing into savings and retirement accounts.

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AAdvantage Proud Partner

As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, American Airlines announced that its AAdvantage members donated more than $1 million to the Proud Partner campaign during its first full year. American Airlines is one of five inaugural Proud Partners of America’s National Parks. Each Proud Partner uses its unique resources to enhance the National Park experience, applying their commitment and expertise to raise awareness of how the more than 380 National Parks reflect the heritage of all Americans.

AAdvantage members who supported the National Parks through the Proud Partner program earned more than 10 million AAdvantage bonus miles in 2001. As a Proud Partner, American Airlines is pleased to support the National Parks while giving our customers mileage rewards for their generosity. In addition to raising money to support the nation’s parks, the other Proud Partner goals are to build on American’s reputation as a good corporate citizen and to educate the public about the depth and breadth of the National Park system.

Following in the tradition of earlier Miles for Trails and Park Flight campaigns, contributors earned ten AAdvantage miles for every dollar* given. Gifts are tax deductible less the value of the AAdvantage miles earned and the National Park Pass, if applicable (see below).

For donations of $125 or more, in addition to earning AAdvantage miles, contributors were sent a National Parks Pass (a $50 value). This pass is valid for a year from the month of issue, and allows you and anyone else in your vehicle unlimited entrance to any National Park that charges an entrance fee.

The Proud Partner campaign will continue throughout 2002. We encourage our AAdvantage members to continue to support our cherished natural treasures, the National Parks. To make a donation, call AAdvantage Reservations/Customer Service at (800) 882-8880 or your elite status hotline. Please have your credit card and AAdvantage number ready when calling.

About Proud Partner:

The Proud Partner program is in conjunction with the National Park Foundation, the congressionally chartered nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. The other inaugural Proud Partners are Discovery Communications, Ford Motor Company, Kodak and TIME Magazine. To purchase a National Parks Pass, call (888) GO-PARKS (888-467-2757) or visit . You can also learn more about America’s 385 National Parks when you visit .

About American Airlines:

American Airlines began working with the National Park Foundation in May 1997. The first campaign was Miles for Trails. Through this effort, we raised more than $1 million to create and restore trails within the Parks to make them more accessible for mobility-impaired visitors.

Park Flight, which raised more than $500,000 to protect the sensitive environments of migratory birds, was our next campaign. To learn more about American’s environmental initiatives go to .

The world’s largest carrier, American Airlines, together with its regional affiliate, American Eagle, serves more than 240 cities and more than 50 countries and territories with more than 4000 daily flights.

* $10 is the minimum gift that earns miles.

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SCA Signs CA Dept Store

Valley Department Store, a single-unit retailer of plus-size apparel for men and women, has tapped Shoppers Charge Accounts Co. of Mahwah, NJ to develop and administer its private label credit card program.

The Ontario, CA retailer sells moderately priced clothing, sportswear and accessories. Its women’s business accounts for approximately 60% of overall sales volume.

“Valley Department Store has, during its 36 years in business, developed and maintained a very loyal customer base by tailoring its merchandise mix to ideally suit its clientele,” said Ed Fechner, senior vice president at SCA. “A private label credit card, with all of its marketing opportunities, is a perfect complement to this strategy.”

SCA services brick-and-mortar and catalog retailers throughout the U.S. The company acquires retailers’ receivables or will develop private label credit card programs for merchants who currently don’t offer a house charge. In both situations, SCA assumes responsibility for generating customers’ billing statements; managing credit, collection, and lockbox functions; and creating customized marketing programs.

Ranked among the nation’s largest private label credit card companies, SCA is a division of Hudson United Bank, a subsidiary of Hudson United Bancorp (NYSE: HU).

Hudson United Bancorp is a $6.7 billion asset company with over 200 branch offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. Hudson United Bancorp’s subsidiaries offer a full array of innovative products and services to commercial and retail accounts, including imaged checking accounts, 24-hour telephone and Internet banking, loans by phone, alternative investment products, insurance products, private label credit cards programs and a wide variety of commercial loans and services including asset based loans, SBA loans, international services and cash management services. Wealth management services are also provided to individuals and businesses. Public sector products and services are provided to local and state governments, municipalities, educational institutions, civic and not-for-profit organizations.

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Upgrade Signs CRH

Daniel Bland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Upgrade International announced Wednesday that the Board of Directors has appointed C. Rowland Hanson to its Board of Directors.

Additionally, Mr. Bland and Mr. Hanson announced that Upgrade and CRH & Associates have entered into a consulting agreement whereby CRH & Associates will oversee Corporate Communications and Branding Strategies on behalf of Upgrade and its subsidiaries.

Hanson is the President of CRH & Associates (www.crh-associates.com), a consulting firm based in Redmond, Washington, specializing in strategic planning, marketing and corporate communications for a wide range of industries. Prior to founding CRH, Hanson served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, he developed and executed the company’s branding strategy which included the naming and launch of such products as Microsoft Windows.

Prior to Microsoft, Hanson served as Vice President of World-Wide Marketing for Neutrogena Corporation, where he was a member of the team that conceived and developed several new products while expanding the business on a global basis.

Mr. Hanson, also is a member of the Board of Directors of Direct Focus, Inc., one the leading companies in health and fitness. Direct Focus owns and markets several brands of health and fitness equipment including Bowflex, Nautilus, Schwinn Fitness, & StairMaster.

Hanson has a MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business and his bachelor degree in business administration from Loyola – Marymount University.

Daniel Bland commenting on the appointment, “We at Upgrade are very excited that Rowland has joined the Upgrade family. His expertise in brand-name development and corporate communications will add significantly to the Company. His knowledge will be extremely valuable as Upgrade develops its business and its overall corporate communications programs. We are most pleased about our consulting arrangement, however, with Rowland also serving on our Board of Directors we will benefit from his experience as we position the Company as we prepare to bring our products to market.”

ABOUT UPGRADE INTERNATIONAL

Upgrade International Corp. through its ownership interest in UltraCard Inc., Efornet Corp., and cQue Corporation is engaged in the development and commercialization of a patented ultra high capacity portable data storage technology. UltraCard’s patented method for using existing hard disk storage technology provides both highly durable media in a credit card format and an inexpensive read/write device that together will become the next generation in personal portable data storage for a broad range of existing and new markets. Management believes that the UltraCard technology will potentially provide numerous industrial users with a combination of high levels of security and a vastly greater amount of personal transportable data storage at the lowest cost in the industry. In addition the acquisition and development of existing SmartCard solution providers represents a strategic market strategy designed to accelerate the integration of the vastly superior technology inherent in the UltraCard into existing and newly developing markets.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors, Daniel S. BlandM President and Chief Executive Officer

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FoneCash EVP

FoneCash Inc., whose mission is to become the leading producer of low-cost, high quality “transaction automated solutions,” announced Wednesday that Danny Y. Lee has joined the Company as Executive Vice President to pursue the Company’s aggressive growth strategies.

Mr. Lee will be establishing a West Coast Mergers & Acquisitions office in San Francisco, California that will also serve as our gateway to the Pacific.

“Danny has proven over and again his ability to identify and provide strategic expansion guidance and creative capital solutions for the most innovative corporations,” stated Daniel E. Charboneau, Chairman and CEO of FoneCash Inc. “In addition, we are pleased that Danny will take on the challenge during this important stage in our growth. His Wall Street background along with his past Presidential leaderships of both private and public companies, uniquely qualifies him to spearhead our move to the next level as well as coordination of our next capital raise.”

“FoneCash is at an exciting time in its growth and development,” stated Danny Y. Lee, Executive Vice President of FoneCash Inc. “Combining my Wall Street connections with my operational expertise with FoneCash’s existing infrastructure provides for a strong platform to quickly move to the next level as well as serve as the springboard for enhancing shareholder value.”

Mr. Lee brings 18 years of senior level and investment industry experiences to FoneCash, having been President & Chief Consulting Strategist for A. G. Spencer Corporation, a global strategy-consulting firm, where his clientele ranged from network provider to Asian import/export conglomerate and from e-commerce distributor to commercial real estate development. He was also President & COO of The Majestic Companies, Ltd. (OTC Bulletin Board: MJXC), First Vice President — Investments of Sutro & Company, Inc., Managing Director — Investments of Piper Jaffray, Inc. and Senior Vice President — Investments of Kemper Securities Group, Inc.

Over the years, many honors have been bestowed upon Mr. Lee, including Outstanding Lion, Chairman’s Circle of Excellence & Eagle’s Loft awards. He served on the Board of Managers of the San Francisco Chinatown YMCA and the Board of Directors of the Chinatown Lions Club. He has also been the subject of many special features, including a cover story & feature article entitled “Capitalizing on the Corporate Treasure Trove” in Research magazine. In addition, Mr. Lee was featured as “Asian Man of the Month” in Transpacific magazine. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Mr. Lee was registered with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) as a Register Representative (Series 8 — Sales Supervisor) along with the Commodity Exchanges.

About FoneCash Inc.

Under an exclusive licensing agreement, FoneCash, Inc. designs, develops and manufactures electronic terminals for processing credit and debit cards of all the major banks issuers whose cards are accepted for payment by merchants worldwide. The Company’s products includes software and proprietary processing services that provide end-to-end support of electronic financial transactions, utilizing wired and wireless networks for the transmission of data. The Company intends to market a complete processing system that is high quality and simple to operate. Revenues will be generated from sales/rentals of the terminals and from transaction charges.

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PROVIDIAN SALE

Barclays PLC announces that Barclays Bank has signed a conditional agreement to acquire the UK credit card operation of Providian Financial Corporation.

The deal, which is expected to be completed in the second quarter of this year, will be conditional upon clearance from the appropriate regulatory authorities.

The announcement comes just days after Barclays announced divisional operating profits for Barclaycard of ?555 million for 2001, up 20 per cent against the previous year, within the overall Barclays Group results. Barclaycard has previous experience of integrating credit card portfolios having recently incorporated the Woolwich credit card business.

The move underlines Barclaycard’s stated strategy to grow its core UK credit card business and gives Barclaycard ?395 million in receivables and ?10 million other net assets from the American-owned business’s approximately 500,000 customers in the UK*.

Providian is regarded as a leader in customer data management and customer acquisition which will complement Barclaycard’s own existing expertise in this area and its experience in assessing and managing customer value and risk.

Commenting on the deal, Barclaycard Chief Executive Gary Hoffman said: “This is a major development for our business and underlines our position as the UK’s leading credit card brand.

“The acquisition of Providian will extend our customer base and provide us with additional expertise in key areas including information based customer management.

“Providian’s expertise will help us move forward significantly in targeting products more specifically to customers’ needs.

“As a result of this deal, there will be the opportunity to provide Providian customers with access to a broader range of financial products which come with the Barclaycard brand.”

* Prepared under US GAAP; not audited

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ENTOURAGE CONCIERGE SERVICES

According to the terms of an agreement signed
recently, Sigma Assistel has become the provider of Travel Assistance and
Business Concierge Services for two of the new CIBC entourage American Express
cards issued by CIBC.

“Research indicates that our customers really value the type of
assistance services offered on our new line of entourage credit cards, said
Cheryl Longo, Senior Vice President, CIBC Card Products Division. These
services give our cards added value, making them stand out from the rest in a
very competitive market.”

Travel Assistance Service is available to entourage Business and
entourage Smart Chip cardholders. Wherever they may be in the world, these
cardholders can arrange to receive forgotten documents from home or the
office, have prescriptions filled, find lost luggage or send messages.

In addition, CIBC entourage Business cardholders benefit from the
Business Concierge Service, which provides them with a wide array of services
that make business travel easier. Services include information on cultural
customs and weather; business hours; hotel, restaurant, conference room and
golf course reservations; access to entertainment and special events;
forwarding of documents in the event of loss or theft, etc.

“This service agreement with CIBC – a major player with widespread
financial services – will increase our presence across Canada,” said Louise
Des Ormeaux, General Manager, Sigma Assistel.

CIBC launched its new line of entourage American Express cards on
Jan. 9, 2002. This credit card line includes the first smart chip credit card
available nationally in Canada, as well as the business card and an exclusive
Platinum offer. CIBC is the first Canadian bank to issue American Express
credit cards in Canada.

CIBC (www.cibc.com) is Canada’s leading credit card issuer and offers a
broad range of choice and value. One of the largest financial institutions in
North America, the CIBC provides a complete range of products and services to
some eight million individual customers.

One of the largest assistance companies in Canada, Sigma Assistel
(www.assistel.com) has been providing expert travel assistance and a wide
range of other assistance services for some fifteen years from its call centre
in Montreal.

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SMART ID CARDS

The Thai Cabinet has approved an Interior Ministry proposal in regard to smart cards for identification. The Interior Ministry said the card will include information on social security and health records. The launch will cost 143 million baht during the first year and 1.813 billion baht over three years to become fully operational with connection to 6,745 district offices across the country. The project is slated to get underway in July.

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SCA Buys Mansour’s Cards

Upscale family apparel retailer Mansour’s has retained Shoppers Charge Accounts Co. to administer its private label credit card program.

Under terms of the agreement, the Mahwah, N.J.-headquartered SCA acquired the receivables in Mansour’s portfolio and will manage all facets of the private label program on an ongoing basis.

Based in LaGrange, Ga., Mansour’s has been in business since 1917 and currently operates five specialty stores in central and western Georgia. Its merchandise mix is targeted to middle- to higher-income consumers and includes men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, as well as jewelry and furs. Stores range in size from 25,000 square feet to 65,000 square feet.

“One way Mansour’s distinguishes itself from competing national, regional and local retailers is by designing its locations to portray the image of ‘neighborhood’ family stores,'” said Edward Fechner, SCA senior vice president. “The private label credit card program, which accounts for over 40% of total sales, has long been an integral part of Mansour’s efforts to maintain a competitive edge.”

SCA services brick-and-mortar and catalog retailers throughout the U.S. The company acquires retailers’ receivables or will develop private label credit card programs for merchants who currently don’t offer a house charge. In both situations, SCA assumes responsibility for generating customers’ billing statements; managing credit, collection, and lockbox functions; and creating customized marketing programs.

Ranked among the nation’s largest private label credit card companies, SCA is a division of Hudson United Bank, a subsidiary of Hudson United Bancorp (NYSE: HU).

Hudson United Bancorp is a $6.7 billion asset company with over 200 branch offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. Hudson United Bancorp’s subsidiaries offer a full array of innovative products and services to commercial and retail accounts, including imaged checking accounts, 24-hour telephone and Internet banking, loans by phone, alternative investment products, insurance products, private label credit cards programs and a wide variety of commercial loans and services including asset based loans, SBA loans, international services and cash management services. Wealth management services are also provided to individuals and businesses. Public sector products and services are provided to local and state governments, municipalities, educational institutions, civic and not-for-profit organizations.

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