The Internal Revenue Service corrected its temporary regulations for the payment of taxes by credit and debit card. The IRS yesterday corrected Par.2 in Section 301.6311-2T to read: “(2) Liability of financial institutions. If a taxpayer has tendered a payment of internal revenue taxes by credit card or debit card, and the credit card or debit card transaction has been guaranteed expressly by a financial institution, and the United States is not duly paid, the United States shall have a lien for the guaranteed amount of the transaction upon all the assets of the institution making such guarantee.” The amendment is retroactive to Jan.1, 1999.Details
Transaction Network Services, Inc. the leading provider of fast, reliable data communications services for transaction-oriented applications, and PaylinX Corporation, the leader in Enterprise Payment Solutions, Wednesday announced the release of the TransXpress. Net Gateway transport solution.
The integration of both companies core technologies has created an innovative Internet payment gateway enabling processors to gain higher transaction volumes from Web-centric merchants and save processors the cost of developing and integrating interfaces with a seemingly endless variety of payment engines.
“The open architecture of TransXpress.Net Gateway is a first for the industry and will serve as a great catalyst for e-commerce payments over the Internet. Processors no longer need to devote any IT resources toward modifying their existing host applications or reconciling interface issues as new and more complex e-commerce software applications are brought to market,” said Brian Bates, senior vice president and general manager of TNS’ POS division.
The TransXpress.Net Gateway, residing on the TNS private network, which is linked to virtually all U.S. payment processors, provides message reformatting, protocol conversion, and data transport. The design enables merchants to leverage Internet connectivity for secure, scalable, and rapid payment processing and settlement, without requiring an understanding of disparate payment message formats used by processors and banks. The TransXpress.Net Gateway allows processors and banks to receive transactions from virtually all electronic commerce vendors without individually certifying and testing each merchant’s payment module.
“Most of today’s Internet payment gateways require a proprietary merchant payment interface. The PaylinX engine will provide processors an off-the-shelf solution for accommodating payment from a wide variety of e-commerce software application vendors. To begin transport via the Gateway, vendors need only acquire certification through TNS. We currently have commitments from GO Software, Inc. and the ICVERIFY unit of CyberCash, and we are working with Trintech and VeriFone to certify their virtual payment products on our new Gateway. Combine that caliber of e-commerce expertise with TNS network functionality and it becomes clear how compelling our offering is for the payment industry,” said Jack McDonnell, president and CEO of TNS.
“We are very pleased to announce our combined offering with TNS,” said Bob Lozano, President and CEO of PaylinX. “Continuing with our merchant-centric legacy, the TransXpress.Net Gateway empowers Internet merchants to do business with the processor of their choice regardless of their e-commerce software. The Gateway also opens new markets to processors by enabling an easy-to-install, scalable and high speed Internet payment solution.”
Ronald R. Nation, president of First Tennessee Merchant Services, Inc., a TNS customer said, “We are pleased to add TNS to our suite of Internet products. We commend TNS for their foresight in providing Internet transport of credit card transactions through the same back-end mechanism of dial transport. This provides a very efficient and cost-effective method for processing Internet transactions.”
Transaction Network Services, Inc. (TNS), headquartered in Reston, Virginia, provides data communications and e-commerce services for transaction-oriented applications. TNS is recognized as the preferred worldwide network for the credit card processing industry and the rapidly growing dial ATM industry. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TNI.
Additional company information is available on the TNS website at .
PaylinX Corporation is the leader in the Enterprise Payment Solution market and provides payment authorization, settlement and reporting across an entire enterprise. Only PaylinX provides a comprehensive payment solution that spans across an organization, from a web store-front to the point-of-sale to interactive voice response systems and call centers. PaylinX is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and can be reached at (314) 692-0929 or http://www.paylinx.com.
The TNS statements and information contained in this news release that are not descriptions of historical fact may be deemed to be “forward looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated. These statements are based on assumptions and assessments made by TNS’ management in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes to be appropriate. The risks and uncertainties to which these statements are subject include, but are not limited to, customer demand, competition, technological factors including issues involving either TNS’, PaylinX’s or their customers’ technology, the risk of slowing or reversing growth in use of e-Commerce, ability to develop e-Commerce relationships with new or existing customers and changes in government regulation. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the e-Commerce market for transaction services will continue to expand and develop, that TNS will be successful in its efforts to further penetrate this market or that the anticipated increase in transaction volumes and cost savings will be realized. See TNS’ reports filed with the SEC for additional discussion of these risks and other factors which may effect TNS’ services, operations, revenues and costs.
PaylinX(R) is a registered trademark and Enterprise Commerce, PaylinX for Site Server, Payment Pipes, Payment Router, PaylinX Internet Payment Server, PaylinX Enterprise Payment Server, Processor Cartridges, FraudSentry, the PaylinX logo and the phrase “Electronic Commerce Today” are trademarks of PaylinX Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks, service marks, and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.Details
SD-based First Premier Bank continues to be the fastest growing sub-prime specialist, in terms of accounts and cards. During the second quarter, First Premier added nearly 100,000 net accounts. According to CardData’s ‘2Q/99 Portfolio Survey’ , now underway, FPB’s accountbase has grown 73% over the past year, from 337,000 accounts for 2Q/98 to nearly 584,000 accounts for 2Q/99. The driving factor for First Premier’s portfolio has been its high fee/low credit limit, unsecured VISA and MasterCards. For example FPB offers a VISA card through FL-based Future Card, Inc. The card, widely marketed on the Internet, offers a minimum $250 credit limit in exchange for first year fees of $228. The first year fees include a $5 monthly fee, $98 processing fee and a $70 set-up fee. First Premier also markets sub-prime cards under the Centennial name which carry first year fees of $276 ($119 acceptance fee; $35 processing fee; $50 annual fee; and a $6 monthly fee). FPB derives little interest income in comparison to fee income as balances per active account now average $262.60, according to CardData’s 2Q/99 survey. The annual volume per active account now averages $354. Over the past twelve months FPB’s card receivables have increased about 72% while quarterly volume has surged by 63%. For current and historical data on more than 300 of the nation’s top card issuers visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
FIRST PREMIER BANK STATS
Receivables $118,579,998 $69,395,959
Q Volume $ 49,417,048 $29,710,340
Accounts 583,764 337,134
Actives 451,564 268,553
Cards 521,513 307,074
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com) 2Q/99
First of Omaha Merchant Processing announced the expansion of processing services to encompass the health-care industry and its unique needs.
Health-care industry providers will access online, real-time insurance eligibility verification services through Imperial Technology Solutions’ Receivables Payment Manager. With RPM, health-care providers will instantly verify a patient’s insurance eligibility and payment responsibilities, while collecting co-payments at the point of care with a credit, debit, or ATM card.
RPM has been proven to improve workflow associated with patient payment, collection, posting, reconciliation, billing and outstanding patient accounts receivable, while speeding income to the provider. RPM turns every point of care into a patient payment verification and collection station.
“Joining with Imperial Technology Solutions bridges the credit card processing and health-care industries,” stated Michael Phelan, senior vice president of business development, First of Omaha. “This alliance opens the doors for alternative methods of payment, thus alleviating the cumbersome billing process.”
“Currently, health-care administrators send an invoice three times before it is paid, sometimes costing more than the amount due. With RPM, First of Omaha Merchant Processing can offer a tool that has proven to help health-care providers collect more patient payments at the time of care,” said Raymond Pedden, senior vice president of ITS.
First of Omaha Merchant Processing is a premier processor in the direct marketing industry, and also processes bank card transactions for large and small retailers, restaurants, lodging merchants, petroleum marketers, associations/franchise groups and banks. Known for its superior customer service, First of Omaha specializes in providing clients the latest in card processing technologies.
Through development of a diversified product line, First of Omaha has become a leader in the merchant processing industry, assisting clients in the reduction of chargebacks and fraud. First of Omaha is a wholly owned subsidiary of First National Bank of Omaha and is one of the few remaining in-house bank processors. First National Bank of Omaha, founded in 1863, is the 32nd oldest nationally chartered bank in existence.
First of Omaha’s Internet address is [www.foomp.com].
With a team of health-care, technology and marketing specialists, ITS has developed an exclusive line of financial transaction software, the Receivables Payment Manager, that is operational today in single doctor practices to large provider organizations throughout the United States. For more information, contact Imperial Technology Solutions at 800/716-9777, or visit ITS’ World Wide Web site at [www.itsrpm.com].
ITS is a division of Imperial Bank, one of the leading independent business banks in the West. With more than $6 billion in assets, Imperial offers a wide range of financial services tailored to corporate customers, entrepreneurs and professionals. Based in Los Angeles, Imperial Bank is the principal subsidiary of Imperial Bancorp (NYSE:IMP) and can be found on the Web at [www.imperialbank.com].
OH-based Firstar Bank announced Wednesday that they will install its new ‘Super ATMs’ in 51 Holland Oil convenience stores in Northeastern Ohio. The ‘Super ATMs’ dispense everything from cash to account statements, postage stamps, and phone minutes. Forty-four of the machines will be installed in the greater Akron area while seven will be installed in Greater Cleveland. Firstar now operates 250 ATMs in Northern Ohio and over 1,600 ATMs throughout the Midwest.Details
In a move destined to reinforce its leadership in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) based Smart Tracking, Gemplus announced a conditional acquisition of shares and strategic alliance with Integrated Silicon Design Pty Limited an innovative Australian designer of RFID technology and solutions.
Gemplus, the world’s leading provider of plastic and smart card solutions recognized that its chip packaging and testing expertise, together with its manufacturing capability, could be directly applied in Smart Asset Tracking. As a result, Gemplus established a dedicated business unit in 1994 to address this growing market. Since the inception of this business unit, Gemplus has introduced a number of innovative products including the first 13.56 MHz low cost smart label and together with its unique worldwide network of partners, Gemplus is able to deliver tailored and proven Smart Tracking solutions.
Gemplus offers the largest product portfolio for low frequency and high frequency, passive Smart Tracking solutions. The Gemplus portfolio includes a family of ICs, numerous smart labels and application related readers to be used either as stand alone units, or integrated in networked configurations.
Gemplus has today a number of Smart Tracking references in various industrial applications, where Gemplus smart labels offer unique features at a highly competitive price.
ISD, an Australian based RFID design company founded in 1984, designs ICs, readers and antennas in both UHF and more recently high frequencies. The company is currently majority owned by the Australian Technology Group Limited, whose investment is managed by Technology Venture Partners Pty Limited. ISD is known for its innovations in RFID and has successfully implemented numerous niche solutions predominantly in the Asia Pacific region. In mid 1998, ISD introduced a new high performance 13.56 MHz IC with no equivalent on the marketplace. This new IC has fast reading capabilities associated to a powerful anticollision (reading several smart labels at the same time) and as a result is ideally suited to mass volume Smart Tracking logistics applications. It is able to be integrated with existing bar code solutions while overcoming some of the limitations such as line of sight, and degradation due to physical wear and tear suffered by bar code labels. The IC incorporates EAS (electronic article surveillance) enabling integrated theft detection applications to be delivered in conjunction with Smart Tracking. The IC is capable of storing vital information, and is re-programmable by the end user enabling the stored information to be updated as required.
Similar to many emerging technologies, RFID Smart Tracking has been extensively piloted, however its deployment has been restricted by the sheer cost of tags.
Thanks to its manufacturing capability and its visionary decision to focus on high frequency based systems, Gemplus was the first company to provide low cost smart labels to the marketplace, and is now beginning to realize significant commercial success. In a continuous effort to offer low cost high performance smart labels, Gemplus was extremely interested by the recently designed ISD chip and system. “Gemplus is currently finalizing the terms of the acquisition of shares in ISD. Once certain conditions are met, and the acquisition is completed, our strategic alliance with ISD will allow us to reinforce the R&D team of Gemplus Tag. Gemplus’ strengths and expertise will allow us to rapidly complement our existing product range by integrating components designed by ISD. It will enable Gemplus to offer its partners a new and unmatched Smart Tracking system for all applications requiring evolutionary RF Identification of goods,” said Frederic Coustere, Gemplus Tag Managing Director.
Through the new relationship with ISD it is planned that the ISD 13.56MHz IC known as Tag Right will become the GemWave¤ C220 chip which will be enhanced over time by the two organizations. The GemWave¤ C220 will be incorporated into a new family of flexible logistic smart labels to be known as the GemWave Folio family. Folio smart labels are designed to be laminated in any paper label which is either printed industrially on a press, or locally on demand.
The Folio¤ family complements existing GemWave Ario industrial smart labels which present unique operational characteristics, already well proven in various applications.
Announced in November 1998, Folio smart labels are now in production and will be available in volume in July as a 5 x 5cm large smart label.
In an effort to support the RFID Smart Tracking industry, Gemplus is cooperatively working with other major industry participants and standards organizations to promote open industry standards for Smart Tracking. Gemplus is delivering Smart Tracking solutions to selected vertical markets through its worldwide network of partners , which provides support and integration services to meet local market requirements.
Gemplus S.C.A. (http://www.gemplus.com) is the world’s leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions. Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards, memory and microprocessor-based smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags and smart objects. The company designs and markets software, development tools and readers. Gemplus also provides consulting, training and personalization services to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers, distributors, partners, and customers.
With sales of over $US648 million in 1998, Gemplus employs more than 4,300 people in 10 manufacturing facilities, 5 R&D centers and 41 sales and marketing offices located in 27 countries around the world.
Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and secure smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as public and wireless communications, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, identity, physical access control, pay TV, electronic commerce, Internet security, logical access control and information technology.
The Gemplus Tag is the division dedicated to radio frequency identification (RFID) and smart tracking technologies and applications. Backed by all the smart card experience and expertise of the group, Gemplus Tag offers a full range of tags, smart labels, couplers, readers, antennas and software. Gemplus Tag has developed partnerships with many companies to create complete turn key solutions for different end-users. Today the network is world-wide and composed of more than hundred VARs (Value Added Reseller).
Since its creation, Gemplus Tag has gained a leadership in the gas cylinders tracking market place, as being a supplier of the major gas companies. In 1996, Gemplus Tag invented the concept of the smart labels, thin and flexible chip based labels; breaking through the prices, uses of the RFID market place. This gives Gemplus a privileged leading position in several smart tracking businesses, such as plastic containers tracking, cattle management, linen identification on laundry process,” etc.
Information about Gemplus products and services can be found on the World Wide Web at:Details
Bank of America yesterday renewed its contract with Wal-Mart Stores to provide ATM services for an additional three years. The network combines 700 existing ATMs with 200 additional ATMs in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and North Carolina. The BofA/Wal-Mart ATM network will reach a total of 19 states after the additional deployments are completed later this month. Bank of America’s North Carolina ATM network will increase by 23% with the new Wal-Mart ATM installations. BofA is Wal-Mart’s largest ATM provider, with locations in more than 30% of the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs nationwide.Wal-Mart also awarded Bank of America the “Best ATM Service Provider for 1998” out of approximately 165 providers at Wal-Mart’s annual stockholders meeting in June.Details
CA-based Home Account has added a new module to its ‘Canopy Card’ service that enables consumers to apply for and receive credit decisions on card applications in under 60 seconds. The new module provides online, real-time capture of card application data and interfaces to multiple decisioning/underwriting systems. The module was developed with First Data for its new ‘Internet Account Acquisition Service’. Under the program, card issuers also have the option of returning the account number and expiration date for instant purchase power with a limited credit line so that an approved applicant can immediately begin making purchases on the Internet. Home Account says more than half a dozen credit card issuers are now using its ‘Canopy Card’ service.Details
NY-based USAlliance FCU yesterday became the first financial institution in the country to install ‘AccuTrack’ digital video servers from Diebold to monitor security at off-site ATMs. The ‘AccuTrack’ server, which replaces VCR surveillance systems, is a full-color digital video system that can be programmed remotely and can transmit images and data to any authorized PC in the organization with a standard Web browser. ‘AccuTrack’ captures digitally signed images and transaction data in real time from one to 12 cameras and will be upgradable to 24 cameras in the future. The digital information is stored on a multi-gigabyte hard drive, with a removable drive that allows for archival of important investigative information.Details
Extensity, Inc., a leading e-business applications company, Tuesday announced that Sara Lee Corporation, a global packaged goods company with more than $20 billion in annual revenues, has chosen Extensity Expense Reports to manage and automate its business travel expense reporting processes. Sara Lee will introduce Extensity’s Web-based expense reporting solution to its North American travelers. Extensity Expense Reports is part of Extensity’s suite of e-business applications designed to help enterprise customers use the Internet to transform business processes for maximum operational efficiency and optimal financial performance.
! Currently, employees use a variety of in-house and commercially available applications, as well as paper-based methods, to prepare expense reports.
Extensity Expense Reports, designed for today’s highly mobile employees, lets travelers complete expense reports using an intuitive browser-based interface that can be accessed online or offline for greater convenience. The application will integrate data feeds from the corporate charge cards issued to Sara Lee employees. This data pre-populates the expense reports with charges incurred during travel, simplifying administrative work while preventing costly errors and rework. Reports are audited automatically according to customer-specified parameters, routed to managers for approval, then fed seamlessly into the company’s existing financial systems.
“Extensity Expense Reports enables our employees to access and prepare expense reports through the network, over the Internet, or offline, and works the same way no matter how people access it,” said Patricia Comboy, project manager, Sara Lee Corporation.
Through its use of Extensity Expense Reports, Sara Lee will reduce the labor and expense associated with preparing and processing expense reports, while maintaining a low total cost of ownership through centralized administration and maintenance. Extensity’s open Web-based architecture enables Sara Lee to integrate the application easily with existing IT resources.
Said Extensity President and CEO Bob Spinner, “Sara Lee is in front of the curve of companies moving administrative tasks to the Web, helping employees be more productive. Extensity Expense Reports is built to allow businesses to leverage the power of the Internet and Internet technologies and will help Sara Lee maintain efficient and closely managed business travel practices throughout its diverse and geographically dispersed organization.”
About Sara Lee
Sara Lee Corporation is a global consumer packaged goods company with more than $20 billion in annual revenues. Its leading brands include Sara Lee, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Hanes, Coach and Playtex.
Extensity is the leader in Internet applications for the e-business employee. Extensity radically transforms the way companies do business by automating everyday processes to optimize employee productivity and business results. Today Extensity addresses expense reporting, business travel, billable time capture and procurement. Established by Scopus Technology co-founder Sharam Sasson, Extensity is funded by premier venture backers including Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ Java Fund, Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners, and Visa International. Extensity customers include Franklin Resources, Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Nationsbanc Montgomery Securities, RELTEC, the University of California, and the @Home Network. For more information on Extensity, go to http://www.extensity.com.
In the wake of recent cardholder and shareholder lawsuits over its credit card practices and an investigation by the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, Providian announced Tuesday it is creating a public policy office. The sub-prime card specialist said it has hired Konrad Alt to serve as SVP and Chief Public Policy Officer, a newly created position. Providian says Alt will coordinate the company’s federal, state and local legislative and regulatory analysis and strategy, in addition to overseeing the company’s service, community affairs and public relations programs. Alt joins Providian Financial from World Savings Bank, where he had responsibility for budgeting and government relations. From 1989 to 1993, Alt was Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee.Details
NextCard says it now offers live chat for online customer sales and support. At the click of a button, customers can initiate an interactive conversation with NextCard customer service representatives and get immediate answers to all their credit application or account questions. NextCard, using technology provided by LivePerson, is the first Internet credit card firm to use real-time online chat for sales and customer service. ( http://www.nextcard.com )
“The customized nature of the NextCard requires rich customer interactions,” said Tim Coltrell, chief operating officer of NextCard. “With live chat, we are now able to provide customers with an even more convenient and effective user experience. This breakthrough,” added Mr. Coltrell, “represents yet another step in NextCard’s technology strategy of ‘taking Internet innovations as they occur and transforming them into enhanced customer functionality far more rapidly than our competitors.'”
Click to Chat!
At the touch of a button, customers can connect with a NextCard representative online, without having to disconnect from their Internet connection. The real-time service enables NextCard customers to ask questions about new credit applications or existing accounts and receive answers immediately. Live chat is completely secure, compatible with any Web browser and requires no special software. NextCard representatives are available online between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. PST to ensure the highest levels of support during this introductory period. http://www.nextcard.com/frame_contactus.html
“With the addition of live chat, NextCard customers never have to be a prisoner of telephone calls again,” said Robert LoCascio, president and CEO, LivePerson. “We’re excited that NextCard is taking advantage of our easy-to-use solution to give customers instant answers to all their questions about the NextCard Internet Visa.”
NextCard, Inc., creator of the First True Internet Visa, is considered the industry’s leading issuer of consumer credit on the Internet. Since its launch in December 1997, over 2 million people have applied for the NextCard Internet Visa, making it one of the premier online credit cards. NextCard continues to innovate with its Double Rewards program, GoShopping! tools, original PictureCard design, one-click digital wallet and exceptional online customer service. NextCard was recently named a “HOT 100” company for 1999 by UPSIDE Magazine.Details