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Mayors Jewelers to offer Alliance Data private label credit cards

BY Dan Berthiaume

Tamarac, Fla. – Mayors Jewelers, a brand of Birks Group Inc., will use private label credit card services from Alliance Data Systems Corp. Alliance Data is offering a customized, multi-channel credit program for the Mayors Jewelers brand, designed to help deliver incremental sales, cross-product selling and increased transaction size.

The Mayors credit card program offers reward certificates based on annual spending levels. Mayors also has access to Alliance Data’s "in the moment" acquisition tools, in addition to advanced analytics and consumer insight capabilities. Alliance Data will work with Mayors to leverage Web and mobile tools to drive credit card applications and to further engage card members through expanded customer-relevant tools

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Overstock.com offers free shipment of used goods to charity

BY Dan Berthiaume

Salt Lake City – Overstock.com Inc. is launching a partnership with Give Back Box, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitate charitable donations. Through the partnership, Overstock.com gives customers the ability to re-use the box in which their order arrived, along with Give Back Box’s free shipping label, to ship used household items directly to non-profit organizations across the U.S.

The process begins when a customer shops at Overstock. As the customer’s order is packaged for shipping, program materials are inserted into the shipping box. The material contains Overstock’s request to support environmental and social causes through the donation of used items directly to worthy organizations.

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Security breached at 33 P.F. Chang’s locations

BY Dan Berthiaume

Scottsdale, Ariz. – On dates ranging from October 19, 2013 and April 10, 2014, hackers compromised the security of credit card processing systems at 33 locations of the P.F. Chang’s restaurant chain in Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada and North Carolina, and may have stolen consumer credit card data. The U.S. Secret Service notified P.F. Chang’s of the breach on June 10, 2014 and P.F. Chang’s says it has been processing credit card numbers securely since June 11.

In a statement on the P.F. Chang’s website attributed to CEO Rick Federico, the company said it quickly moved to a manual processing system for all credit and debit card transactions to prevent any further potential exposure of customers’ credit and debit card information. The security compromise has been contained and P.F. Chang’s has replaced the affected hardware and returned to our standard credit and debit card processing system.

The potentially stolen data includes the card number and in some cases also the cardholder’s name and/or the card’s expiration date. However, P.F. Chang’s has not determined that any specific cardholder’s credit or debit card data was stolen by the intruder(s). P.F. Chang’s says it doesn’t have sufficient contact information to contact potentially affected guests directly, but has emailed customers that have provided their email address. The retailer is providing customers who used a credit card at the affected stores during the breach with free 12-month access to the All Clear Secure service.

According to the KrebsonSecurity blog, thousands of new credit card numbers went up for sale on a well-known underground website used by data thieves. Banks reported that all the numbers had been used beginning of March 2014 and May 19, 2014.

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