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.
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.