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November 10, 2008

Bank of America Launches Local Currencies for Purchasing Cards

Bank of America has announced new purchasing card and travel card capabilities that enable its clients to issue and settle in local currencies throughout Europe. READ MORE »

October 14, 2008

Citi Launches Citibank Paylink for Commercial Cards

Citi has announced the launch of Citibank Paylink for Cards - calling it "an end-to-end electronic payment solution for corporations, financial institutions and public sector clients, that combines the capabilities and benefits of a purchasing card with the control and consistency of a traditional electronic payment process." READ MORE »

May 29, 2008

U.S. Bank to Provide Purchasing Cards to U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service has selected U.S. Bank to provide purchasing cards and Voyager fleet cards under the new General Services Administration (GSA) SmartPay2 contract. READ MORE »

April 10, 2008

Issues with Usage Controls on US Government Purchasing Cards

The US Government Accountability Office has published a report titled "Governmentwide Purchase Cards - Actions Needed to Strengthen Internal Controls to Reduce Fraudulent, Improper, and Abusive Purchases" icon_PDF_small.gif concluding that 'internal control weaknesses in agency purchase card programs exposed the federal government to fraud, waste, abuse, and loss of assets. When testing internal controls, GAO asked agencies to provide documentation on selected transactions to prove that the purchase of goods or services had been properly authorized and that when the good or service was delivered, an individual other than the cardholder received and signed for it. Using a statistical sample of purchase card transactions from July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006, GAO estimated that nearly 41 percent of the transactions failed to meet either of these basic internal control standards.'

January 03, 2008

The Re-Re-Invention of the P-Card

Richard Gamble writes for Treasury & RIsk Magazine about purchasing cards and a shift in how they're being used that improves their effectiveness. Gamble writes "for years, banks marketed purchasing cards as a stand-alone product that worked best when a company could get as many suppliers as possible to accept it." But suppliers often balked at participating, leading to only partial success. Instead, Gamble reports that the "next generation of payments automation will have “a single user interface on the front end, but four pipes on the back end” that will deliver payments by card, check, ACH or wire."

June 25, 2007

Mercator Looks at Commercial Payments

Mercator Advisory Group has published a new report titled "Purchasing Cards, Integrated Procurement Solutions, and the Commercial Card Market" that "examines new levels of sophistication in the domestic commercial credit space with respect to purchasing card programs, and supporting solutions such as Electronic Invoice Presentation and Payment (EIPP).


May 01, 2007

Commerce Bank Selects AOC Solutions for Commercial Card Solutions

AOC Solutions has announced that "Commerce Bank has selected its Encompass technology to meet the unique needs of the bank’s Purchase, Fleet and Travel Card customers. Encompass is redefining the commercial card market and offering businesses more ways to integrate card payments into their purchasing and payables systems."


January 29, 2007

General Services Administration's SmartPay 2 Purchasing Card Program

Elise Castelli reports for the Federal Times on the GSA's SmartPay 2 purchasing card program - intended to replace the existing 3 million US government purchase cards provided by Bank of America, Citibank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Mellon Bank and U.S. Bank. Bids were due into GSA on January 22 for the replacement program.

November 06, 2006

Business Finance Explores New Uses For Purchasing Cards

Karen Kroll writes for Business Finance Magazine about some new uses of corporate purchasing cards - including for capital expenditures and travel and entertainment expenses.

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