August 11, 2005, 12:00 AM

Holiday Diver moving to web-based payment card transactions

Holiday Diver Inc., a multi-channel retailer of scuba diving products and related marine supplies and apparel, is migrating all of its POS terminals at its retail stores to Internet-based payment card transactions, vice president Chuck Whiteman says.

 

Holiday Diver Inc., a multi-channel retailer of scuba diving products and related marine supplies and apparel, is migrating all of its POS terminals at its retail stores to Internet-based payment card transactions, vice president Chuck Whiteman says.

The move to Internet transactions next month coincides with Holiday’s deployment of a new web-enabled CRS RetailStore store operating system from CRS Retail Systems Inc. “We’ve been thinking about Internet payment transactions for a long time, but we couldn’t do it without upgrading to the CRS system,” Whiteman says.

Holiday Diver does about $25 million a year in overall sales, Whiteman says. It operates seven stores in Florida, a catalog and two web sites, WorldWaterSports.com and DiversDirect.com.

In addition to helping to speed up checkout lines at its stores, the Internet payment transactions will save Holiday Diver about 20 basis points on each payment transaction compared to dial-up connections, and let the retailer eliminate the phone line in each store dedicated to payment card authorizations, Whiteman says.

The CRS RetailStore system includes POS terminals embedded with web browsers and card-swipe mechanisms for Internet transactions. Paymentech L.P. will process the web-based payment transactions.

 

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