London, 6 December 2012 - Ogone, leading specialist in online and mobile payment services, has entered a strategic partnership with ekmPowershop, the UK's largest ecommerce provider. The collaboration offers ekmPowershop and its merchants an easy, one-stop ecommerce solution with a pre-integrated payment system to connect to more than 200 banks and 80 local, international and alternative payment methods.
The partnership between Ogone and ekmPowershop will make it easier for businesses to develop an online sales channel into the UK and Europe. Not only do merchants now have access to a "ready to go" ecommerce solution, but they also no longer need to worry about the payment side of their websites. The Ogone secure payment platform is fully integrated within ekmPowershop's ecommerce package. Because Ogone has been accredited by over 200 acquiring banks - including all tier 1 providers in the UK - merchants using Ogone's ecommerce solution are free to choose whichever banks they think will provide the best value service. In addition, through Ogone Collect, ekmPowershop's merchants can easily manage and activate local, international and alternative payment methods. This capability will allow merchants to increase their conversion rates and give them access to new markets and new customers.
"In the UK, one in every five online shops is using ekmPowershop. Now we're expanding internationally with versions in six countries already, so we need a secure, user-friendly and reliable payment platform with global reach for our clients all over the world. Ogone offers exactly that. By adding their solution to ekmPowershop we can grow our reach significantly and help our merchants increase conversion," says Steven Hickey, Head of Business Development at ekmPowershop.com.
"We are very pleased to be able to help ekmPowershop's customers expand their businesses throughout the UK and beyond by using our sophisticated payment solutions. Ogone's extensive back-office capabilities, system resilience, collecting services, and range of advanced fraud prevention tools will help UK merchants convert more sales" Julian Wallis, Country Manager, UK, continues.
About Ogone Payment Services (www.ogone.com) (@ogone)
Ogone Payment Services is a leading international Payment Service Provider. More than 40,000 businesses in over 70 countries worldwide trust Ogone to manage, collect and secure their online and mobile payments so they can drive their businesses, enhance both their domestic and cross-border sales and increase checkout conversion.
Ogone is committed to providing new payment solutions as consumers adopt them. It is connected through certified links with more than 200 different banks and acquirers and hence is able to provide over 80 international, local and alternative payment methods in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the United States and the Middle East.
Through its subsidiary Tunz.com, Ogone holds a certified European e-money license, offering "plug and play" virtual wallets to their merchants without them having to open foreign accounts and signing contracts with third parties.
Ogone is an independent company with Summit Partners as majority stakeholder and partner of the management team. It is headquartered in Belgium and maintains regional offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, UAE, the US and India.
Friends Provident, TUI, Thomas Cook, Halfords, Just Eat, Bose, Opodo, Club Med, DHL International, Viking Direct/Office Depot, Thalys International, Misco and Center Parcs are just some of the many major players that trust Ogone with their payments.
About ekmPowershop.com (www.ekmpowershop.com)
Founded in 2002 by then 22 year old Antony Chesworth, ekmPowershop.com has grown to become the UK's largest ecommerce provider, powering 1 in every 5 online shops.
Now available in 6 countries worldwide, ekmPowershop.com have helped over 35,000 businesses create their own easy to use online shop. Clients include O2, Michelin Tyres, The Mirror, Lotus Cars, Prudential and thousands of SMEs.
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