Atlanta, Dec. 17, 2010 -- First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, today announced that 10 merchants are now offering eGifting programs powered by the First DataSM eGift SocialSM solution. eGift Social is a Facebook application that allows consumers to quickly and easily send a tangible “item-level” gift (e.g. burger, milkshake, makeup) or virtual gift card to a friend or loved one’s Facebook account or e-mail address. Since launching the solution with Cold Stone Creamery in July, several more national merchants have joined the eGift Social Marketplace through First Data or Bank of America Merchant Services, the largest U.S. merchant acquirer. Broadline Retail
Consumers access the First Data eGift Social application through each merchant’s Facebook page or website and select one or multiple friends to send gifts to; either by adding them from Facebook or entering their e-mail address. The sender selects which item-level product or virtual gift card they would like their friend to receive, adds a personal message and proceeds through the secure checkout process. The recipient receives a Facebook message, e-mail or both, with an alert that they have received a gift, the account number and redemption instructions. Visiting the respective participating merchant location, the recipient redeems the eGift item by using the account number at the point of sale. Consumers can access also access the service directly at apps.facebook.com/egiftsocial . Around the world, every second of every day, First Data makes payment transactions secure, fast and easy for merchants, financial institutions and their customers. First Data leverages its vast product portfolio and expertise to drive customer revenue and profitability. Whether the choice of payment is by debit or credit card, gift card, check or mobile phone, online or at the checkout counter, First Data takes every opportunity to go beyond the transaction.
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Source: Company press release.
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