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Nacha online payments pilot goes live

06 May 2008  |  1745 views  |  0 Source: NACHA

The Electronic Payments Association announced today that Secure Vault Payments is now a live pilot program to test online consumer purchases and bill payments.

The Automated Clearing House (ACH)-based Internet payments network allows consumers to conduct e-commerce and bill payment transactions without sharing personal account information.

Columbus Bank and Trust Company, a Synovus bank, was the sponsoring and authorizing bank for the first live transactions originated through consumer purchases at igourmet.com, a leading online retailer.

"Secure Vault Payments shows that the financial services industry can develop the next-generation of payment solutions on the structure of existing bank platforms," said Lee Lee James, vice chairman and chief people officer of Synovus. "We believe that Secure Vault Payments is positioned to become a turning point in the evolution of the payment industry and a frontrunner in the alternative payment market."

Spencer Chesman, igourmet.com founder and CEO, added, "Our philosophy is to capitalize on the power of the Internet to help us offer our customers unparalleled levels of quality, convenience, accessibility and service. In keeping with that philosophy, we are excited to offer Secure Vault Payments as an alternative payment option. We believe it provides real value during checkout for our customers."

Secure Vault Payments is the only payment option that operates on existing financial institution platforms, provides businesses with real-time payment authorization, and offers consumers an online payment choice without sharing any personal account information.

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