Retail Solutions Briefs: AMEX, Kmart, Imation

Retail Solutions Briefs: AMEX, Kmart, Imation

AMEX launches smart credit card in Oz

American Express has launched Australia's first smart credit card using chip technology.

Dubbed "Blue", the American Express smart card will be accompanied by a Web site connecting card members to their accounts. As new technology develops, users will be able to download information onto the chip.

The clear plastic card has a hologram and chip as well as a magnetic stripe, so it can be used regardless of whether the point of sale has a chip reader.

ANZ and Visa also announced a strategic program to convert ANZ's credit card technology to chip.

Retailers merge with online counterpartsKmart and Wal-Mart in the US have announced they will merge with their respective online counterparts to better integrate their retail operations.

Both retail giants established separate, independent companies in 1999 to sell their merchandise online. While Kmart provided little specifics on the merger in its announcement, Wal-Mart said it wants to tightly integrate its stores with the online retail operation, The two companies' IT operations will remain separate.

Wal-Mart does not anticipate lay-offs as a result of the buy-out.

Imation launches new inkjet range

Imation Australia has launched a range of compatible inkjet cartridges and refills for use in HP, Epson and Canon inkjet printers.

Dubbed the "Your Choice" range, the cartridges offer consumers savings of up to 40 per cent compared to the manufacturers' brands.

"We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and support to our channel," said Brian Montgomery, Imation business unit manager. "We are also active in working with our partners in joint marketing efforts and welcome the channel's interest in this new range."

The new inkjet products will be available to retailers this month.

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