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Q Clubs names Cashcard as preferred ATM supplier for 180 Qld clubs

  • 13 September, 2006 15:10

<p>Five-year ATM arrangement for more than 180 licensed clubs throughout Queensland</p>
<p>Sydney, 13 September 2006 – First Data International, a leader in electronic commerce and payments worldwide, today announced that its Cashcard ATM Services business has been named by “Q” Clubs Buyers Group Pty Ltd (“Q” Clubs), a professional buying co-operative in Australia, as the preferred supplier of ATM services to more than 180 licensed Queensland clubs. Cashcard will provide ATMs and ATM maintenance and support via agreements with “Q” Club members.</p>
<p>“Q” Clubs provides aggregated buying power for its licensed member clubs throughout Queensland. It passes on the benefits created through negotiations with various suppliers to members within its network. This approach by “Q” Clubs allows members to share possible discounts and benefit from newly created revenue streams.</p>
<p>According to Michael Mercer, CEO of “Q” Clubs, the Group selected Cashcard because of the company’s strong reputation.</p>
<p>“Cashcard’s credibility in the marketplace was a high consideration for us when selecting our preferred ATM supplier. We were aware of their premium service reputation and approach to minimum downtime for existing customers. These are two important considerations that are critical to the style of operation for our member clubs.”</p>
<p>Certain “Q” Clubs members, that were not previously Cashcard ATM Services network customers, have already made the move to the Cashcard service arrangement.</p>
<p>“We believe that as existing contracts come up for renewal, the individual clubs will assess the highly attractive benefits that Cashcard provides and will move across. In fact we find that we have a high compliance from our member clubs with negotiated agreements as part of the “Q” Clubs charter. I expect that this agreement will also extend to the Cashcard ATM preferred supplier alliance,” he concluded.</p>
<p>The appointment of Cashcard as preferred provider for the “Q” Clubs Buyers Group is a continuation of Cashcard’s recent successes within the licensed club industry throughout Australia.</p>
<p>“I am pleased to welcome “Q” Clubs on board the Cashcard ATM Services network,” said Mr. Greg Nash, Managing Director, First Data International Australia, New Zealand and South Asia.</p>
<p>“Over the past year we have focused on further improvements to our dedicated service and support levels for our ATM customers and this has certainly been appreciated by the market. We look forward to individual “Q” Clubs member clubs assessing the Cashcard difference and joining our network to benefit from our service and understanding of their business requirements.</p>
<p>We are proud that we can assist our licensed club customers maintain their revenues and continue their ongoing support of community programs,” Mr. Nash concluded.</p>
<p>Hundreds of thousands of consumers around the country use Cashcard ATMs every day, making Cashcard a leader in ATM services. Cashcard ATMs can be found in almost 6,000 locations nationwide.
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<p>About First Data International
First Data International, part of First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), is a leading provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions for financial institutions and merchants around the world. First Data International serves a diverse range of markets, leveraging global scale through a local presence and maintaining focus on individual client needs. The company has approximately 6,700 employees and operates across Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, Canada, Australia and Asia-Pacific.</p>
<p>First Data serves 4.6 million merchant locations, 1,700 card issuers and millions of consumers, First Data powers the global economy by making it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses around the world to buy goods and services using virtually any form of payment. The company's portfolio of services and solutions includes credit, debit, private-label, gift and other prepaid card issuing and merchant transaction processing services; money transfer services; money orders; fraud protection and authentication solutions; check guarantee and verification services through TeleCheck; as well as Internet commerce and mobile solutions. Western Union, together with its affiliates Orlandi Valuta and Vigo, are leaders in global money transfer, providing people with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send money around the world, pay bills and purchase money orders through a network of over 270,000 agent locations in more than 200 countries and territories. The company's STAR Network offers PIN-secured debit acceptance at 1.9 million ATM and retail locations. For more information, visit www.firstdata.com.</p>
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