Home Hardware Stores Limited signs multi-year partnership with Ernex

    VANCOUVER, March 28 /CNW/ - Home Hardware Stores Limited announced today
that it has entered into a multi-year gift card arrangement with Ernex, a
division of Moneris Solutions Corporation. The gift card solution is available
at more than 1,000 Home Hardware stores nationwide. Home Hardware's entire
electronic card processing solution including debit, credit, loyalty and gift
cards is now provided by Moneris Solutions Corporation.
    "This solution simplifies operations, allows our Dealers to achieve
economies of scale, and provides us with a single source of support for all of
our card processing needs," commented Bill Ferguson, Director of Dealer
Support for Home Hardware Stores Limited.
    Malcolm Fowler, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Ernex, said
"We are extremely pleased to add Home Hardware, Canada's largest independent
home improvement retailer, to our growing list of gift card customers. The
continuing growth in popularity of gift cards makes them an important
marketing tool for retailers. We ensure that businesses like Home Hardware can
focus on sales and marketing in their stores by consolidating world-class
payment, gift, and loyalty-related services in one easy-to-use Moneris
    The Ernex solution replaces an existing provider's gift card system at
Home Hardware. New Home Hardware gift cards are reloadable, have no expiry and
are available throughout Home Hardware's Dealer network.

    About Home Hardware

    Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest independent hardware,
lumber and building materials and furniture retailer with more than
1,000 stores across Canada, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre,
Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Dealers have access
to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products and the company has
annual retail sales of $4.8 billion. The cooperative was founded on January 1,
1964 by 128 independent hardware Dealers. To find out more about Home Hardware
Stores Limited, visit www.homehardware.ca.

    About Ernex

    Ernex, a division of Moneris Solutions Corporation, is a provider of
innovative real-time marketing solutions including privately branded and
multi-merchant loyalty programs, stored-value gift cards, reward fulfillment
services and loyalty database hosting services. Leading companies in the
financial, retail, restaurant and hospitality industries as well as large
membership organizations use Ernex solutions. For more information about
Ernex, visit www.ernex.com.

    About Moneris Solutions Corporation

    As one of North America's largest providers of payment processing
solutions, Moneris offers credit, debit, wireless and online payment services
for merchants in virtually every industry segment. Through its Ernex division,
Moneris also provides electronic loyalty and stored-value card programs. With
more than 350,000 merchant locations generating close to three billion payment
card transactions annually, Moneris provides the hardware, software and
systems needed to improve business efficiency and manage payments. For more
information please visit www.moneris.com.

For further information:

For further information: Home Hardware, Claire Trainor, Public Relations
Coordinator, Home Hardware Stores Limited at (519) 664-2252 x 6676 or
Claire.Trainor@homehardware.ca; Ernex, a division of Moneris Solutions
Corporation, Sharon Lassman, Account Supervisor, High Road Communications at
(416) 644-2261 or slassman@highroad.com

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