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Shift4’s E-Payment Solution Expands to
Include Canadian PIN Pad Debit
New Offering Leads to New Clients Niagara Parks Commission
Las Vegas, NV, December 10, 2003 – Shift4 Corporation, developers of $$$ ON THE NET®, the leading web-based e-payment gateway solution with real-time electronic payment authorization, settlement, reporting and fraud control capabilities, has expanded its solution to include the processing of Canadian debit PIN pad transactions.

The majority of payments at the point of sale in Canada are debit payments. The acceptance of such payments is therefore critical to the success of any enterprise. Unfortunately, the Canadian (INTERAC®) debit system is different and a lot more complex than the US system. This, combined with the intense certification process required for Canadian debit, meant that integrated debit at the point of sale in Canada was just a dream – until now.

For years, Shift4 has had the ability to accept credit card payments through any banking institution within Canada. It has now implemented the same unsurpassed solutions for INTERAC debit transactions. Point of sale systems all over Canada are now able to accept debit transactions with no more difficulty than accepting payments in the US. Best of all, Shift4 not only makes it easy to accept Canadian debit, it provides the fastest, least expensive Canadian debit authorizations available.

“We are proud of the robust Canadian PIN pad debit functionality now included in $$$ ON THE NET,” stated Dave Oder, President & CEO, Shift4. “It allows us to offer a truly enterprise-wide solution and attract some exciting and innovative international clients to our expanding customer base.”

Shift4, in conjunction with its partner Retail Technologies International®, has already installed its new Canadian PIN pad debit solution in some of Canada’s most prestigious retail outlets, including Niagara Parks Commission and Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Founded in 1885, the Niagara Parks Commission is a self-funding agency of the Ontario Government charged with preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the Falls and the Niagara River corridor. The Niagara Parks Commission maintains over 4250 acres of parkland stretching along the entire length of the Niagara River from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake, with no cost to the taxpayer. Because they receive no government financing, they raise their own revenue through gift shops, golf courses, restaurants, attractions, parking lots and rentals. It is in these many retail stores that Shift4 implemented its $$$ ON THE NET solution.

The variety of retail outlets operated by Niagara Parks created a unique mix of connectivity and infrastructure challenges, with Internet connections ranging from dial-up to wireless. However, with its immense flexibility, $$$ ON THE NET was able to meet those challenges, delivering sub 5-second authorization times for both credit and debit transactions at each and every store. $$$ ON THE NET is integrated directly with Niagara Park’s RetailPro® point of sale solution. This integration is full featured and supports all of Shift4’s products including credit, debit (US & Canada), gift/loyalty cards, checks and more.

“We are extremely pleased by the additional transaction speed and control provided by $$$ ON THE NET,” said Steve Neamtu, Manager, Information Technology, Niagara Parks. “What’s truly amazing though is that we experienced this marked improvement without needing to purchase or dedicate any additional hardware.”

Build-A-Bear Workshop, honored as the 2001 Retail Innovator of the Year, combines the universal appeal of plush animals with an interactive process that allows children to create their own huggable companions. These fun, family oriented stores took the US by storm and have now expanded into Canada. To help with this international expansion Build-A-Bear turned to Shift4.

Build-A-Bear, who also uses RetailPro, is rolling out $$$ ON THE NET at every one of their Canadian locations. $$$ ON THE NET provides Build-A-Bear with its first fully integrated credit/debit solution, and its extremely fast transaction times ensure that these busy stores can maintain the high levels of customer service for which they have become famous. Plus, as Build-A-Bear continues to expand throughout Canada, corporate installers and trainers can easily implement $$$ ON THE NET at each new location without the need for Shift4 personnel on site, saving significant costs and time for this rapidly expanding retail chain.

About Shift4 Corporation
Shift4, a leading developer and provider of financial transaction processing software and services, provides enterprise e-payment solutions for leaders in the hospitality, retail, foodservices, healthcare and e-commerce markets. Shift4’s $$$ ON THE NET application is the most comprehensive credit, debit and private label card solution available. Through connectivity to most of the major processors, including Vital Processing Services, Global Payment Services, Fifth Third Bank, NDC Canada, First Data Corporation, American Express, Paymentech, Nova Information Systems, Chase Merchant Services, First Horizon Merchant Services and Planet Payment, $$$ ON THE NET provides both high speed and low cost authorizations and settlements. $$$ ON THE NET also includes a comprehensive accounting application that provides the ability to report, review and correct transactions before settlement, as well as archive and retrieve them to assist with charge back requests. For more information, contact Shift4 at (702) 597-2480 or visit them online at

About Retail Technologies International®
Retail Technologies International’s Retail Pro software is a high performance application for specialty retailers. Retail Pro is a full Windows and Oracle-based application for managing POS, Inventory Management, Customer Relationships, Multi-Store Operations, E-commerce and Business Analytics. Retail Pro’s defining features include real-time, multi-store sales and inventory data tracking; user-modifiable screens and menus; easy-to-use, touch-enabled POS with integrated payment processing; and numerous custom plug-ins to support unique needs. Retail Pro is used in over 25,000 store sites and is localized for use in over 60 countries. RTI, the publisher of Retail Pro since 1986, is a development partner of Microsoft, Oracle, Intuit and IBM. For more information visit or call (916) 605-7200 for a demo.



Eric Hoke
Manager, Resellers & Integration
Tel 702-597-2480 x3433
Also See: Shift4 Announces Visa U.S.A.'s Recognition of Shift4's CISP Compliance / November 2003
$$$ ON THE NET® Processes Record Number of Transaction Dollars in Third Quarter / October 2003
Shift4 $$$ ON THE NET Reseller Program Announces New Exclusive and Preferred Level Partners / June 2003

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