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Accarda launches electronic voucher with web portal

25 November 2005

e-payment is becoming increasingly important. Just in time for the Christmas season, Accarda is launching an electronic voucher (e-voucher) with a web portal which will allow gift card owners to manage their credit online. This new e-voucher has already been implemented by a clothing chain with 50 stores. Accarda AG is a Swisscom Group company.

Customers can use the reloadable credit card-style card as a gift voucher or a convenient payment method. Gift cards are more modern, more attractive and more flexible than paper vouchers and can be used to make secure, simple, cash-free purchases in any store and on the Internet. As the card's current balance can be viewed online and a negative balance is not possible, customers enjoy added security and can maintain an overview of their account at all times.

The Accarda voucher system has allowed retailers to do away with the paper vouchers that were used previously. They do not require any additional hardware or software and can use the infrastructure already in place at the point of sale. The first retail chain to implement the new e-vouchers is Blackout AG. The company sells jeans and leisurewear and employs around 300 staff at 50 stores in Switzerland.

Accarda is a leading provider of customer loyalty systems such as customer cards with payment and credit functionality (revolving and promotion credit) and electronic gift cards. The customer cards include all kinds of supplementary services, cash machine withdrawals as well as bonus and discount functions. Accarda manages around 1.7 million customer payment cards that generate a volume of some CHF 2 billion each year.


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern