SHANGHAI, China; TORONTO, Canada, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Moneris Solutions Corporation ("Moneris"), Canada's largest credit and debit card processor, and UnionPay International Co., Ltd., a payment network with card acceptance in more than 140 countries and regions, announced today that they have entered into an agreement regarding Moneris' acceptance of UnionPay cards beginning later this year.
Angela Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moneris, is in Shanghai today to sign the agreement with UnionPay International and engage in talks with senior officials of UnionPay on how to advance UnionPay card acceptance in Canada.
The number of merchants accepting UnionPay cards in the global market has shown a tremendous increase, giving UnionPay cardholders at home and abroad a network of convenient card use. Moneris and UPI will significantly expand this network in Canada with Moneris' enablement of UnionPay card acceptance.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with UnionPay to bring card acceptance to our valued merchants," said Ms. Brown. "The number of Chinese visitors to Canada is growing at a staggering rate and Moneris wants to ensure its customers are prepared to meet the demand for their payment method of choice."
According to Statistics Canada, the number of travelers from China to Canada increased by 22.5 per cent in 2013.1
"The case has been clearly made for UnionPay acceptance in Canada," said Jeff Guthrie, Chief Sales Officer at Moneris. "Our job as Canada's largest payment processor is to give our merchants the ability to offer payment convenience to all of their customers. As the profile of Chinese visitors coming to Canada for business, leisure and study travel is rising, this is a natural response."
Moneris is expected to launch UnionPay card acceptance as part of its service offerings to merchants in fall 2014.
About Moneris Solutions
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 and processes more than three billion transactions, annually. Moneris also offers electronic loyalty and stored-value gift card programs. With more than 350,000 merchant locations, Moneris provides the hardware, software and systems needed to improve business efficiency and manage payments. For more information please visit www.moneris.com.
About UnionPay International
UnionPay International is a subsidiary focusing on international business of UnionPay. UnionPay International defines Membership Scheme to be the basis for development of the worldwide UnionPay Card acceptance network; promotes the international issuance and usage of the UnionPay Card as well as other innovative payment solutions and enhance the international brand position of UnionPay. By cooperation with over 200 associations worldwide, the UnionPay international network has enabled UnionPay Card acceptance in over 140 countries and regions to date. UnionPay cards have been issued in above 30 countries and regions. UnionPay International provides quality, efficient and secure cross-border payment services to the world's largest cardholders group; and provides convenient and localized service to the increasing overseas UnionPay cardholders.
SOURCE: Moneris Solutions Corporation
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