Global Payments & Discover Financial Services Bring Streamlined Card Acceptance to Canadian Merchants

Today Discover Financial Services and Global Payments Inc., one of the largest worldwide providers of payment solutions, announced a streamlined acceptance solution for Discover cards for merchants in Canada. The new program will simplify acceptance of Discover, Diners Club International, PULSE and affiliated network cards for Global Payments’ merchants in Canada, offering a comprehensive solution that provides value by offering a single statement.

Discover Global Network is one of the largest payment networks in the world and one of the largest merchant acceptance networks in the Asia-Pacific region, with more than 30 million merchant acceptance locations and 1 million ATM and cash access locations across 185 countries and territories. Discover Global Network includes Discover, Diners Club International, PULSE and affiliated networks.

Gerry Wagner, vice president of Discover Network, said in an official press release, Canada is a prime growth market for Discover, as we see many of our cardholders traveling to the region. Our agreement with Global Payments allows us the opportunity to benefit merchants by streamlining Discover Global Network acceptance, while continuing to deliver value for cardholders at the point-of-sale. We will continue to keep our focus on growing Discover Global Network acceptance in Canada and are confident that Global Payments will help us to execute against this goal.

Global Payments is a leading provider of payment services for merchants, value added resellers, financial institutions, government agencies, multinational corporations, and independent sales organizations located throughout North America, Brazil, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Global Payments, a Fortune 1000 company, offers a comprehensive line of solutions and services for credit and debit cards, business-to-business purchasing cards, gift cards, electronic check conversion and check guarantee, verification and recovery, electronic check services, and terminal management.

René Bélanger, President of Global Payments Canada, said in an official press release, The launch of our full acquiring program for Discover is the latest example of our commitment to providing Canadian merchants with robust and innovative product and service offerings. This program brings additional value to our merchant customers by enhancing payment acceptance options and providing them a single source for payment processing, settlement, underwriting, risk management, support and reporting.