Fleet Card Program Implemented for U.S. Postal Service; Voyager/U.S. Bank Program is Largest in Government

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Bancorp

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:   USB) and U.S.
 Bank Corporate Payment Systems today announced that the implementation of the
 Fleet Card program for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is complete and in
 operation according to the Task Order. The cards are issued by Voyager Fleet
 Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bank North Dakota NA, which
 provides fleet cards directly to public and private sector organizations, and
 through U.S. Bank as well as other financial institutions.
     "The Postal Service is one of our most innovative government customers,"
 said Christopher Pieroth, senior vice president of U.S. Bank Corporate Payment
 Systems. "We've been their purchase card provider of more than 12 years. The
 implementation of this U.S. Bank Fleet Card program went well, and is now the
 largest of its kind in government.
     USPS issued U.S. Bank a Task Order for fleet cards in January 2000 under
 the GSA SmartPay Program. During the next twelve months, more than 223,000
 charge cards were issued for the Postal Service fleet of more than 200,000
 vehicles.
     "The primary benefit we get from using a single fleet card is improved
 record-keeping capability," said Don Perrin, program manager for the Postal
 Service. "We built a custom reporting system with superior data transfer
 protocols that receives a data feed direct from Voyager." All USPS cards are
 issued to specific vehicles.
     The fleet cards can be used to purchase fuels and lubricants at more than
 158,000 locations and services from some 29,000 merchants in all 50 states,
 and in territories and nations worldwide. Virtually all major oil companies
 and resellers accept Voyager cards. Fleet cards are issued to authorized
 individuals and/or to specific vehicles to meet the needs of government
 customers.
     "Voyager brings a number of advantages to government," said Pieroth. "The
 sophisticated platform used to process transactions is unique to Voyager. The
 system was designed to deal automatically with such critical factors as taxes
 on fuels and vehicle services, which government agencies do not pay, and to
 provide the most complete data on every transaction. Also, Voyager and U.S.
 Bank have more experience successfully implementing large government charge
 card programs than any other card issuer."
     U.S. Bank has been the leading provider of purchase cards for government
 agencies for over 12 years, and is the world's largest issuer of Visa(R)
 commercial charge cards. U.S. Bank card programs for federal agencies are
 administered through the Washington D.C. office of the corporate payment
 systems division. Further information on all U.S. Bank government charge card
 programs is available on the Web at http://www.usbank.com/impac
     Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, with assets in excess of $160 billion, is
 the 8th largest financial services holding company in the United States. The
 company operates 2,242 banking offices and 5,208 ATMs, and provides a
 comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage,
 trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions.
 U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of Firstar Banks and U.S. Bank. Visit U.S.
 Bancorp on the web at http://www.usbank.com and Firstar Bank at
 http://www.firstar.com
 
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SOURCE U.S. Bancorp
    MINNEAPOLIS, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:   USB) and U.S.
 Bank Corporate Payment Systems today announced that the implementation of the
 Fleet Card program for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is complete and in
 operation according to the Task Order. The cards are issued by Voyager Fleet
 Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bank North Dakota NA, which
 provides fleet cards directly to public and private sector organizations, and
 through U.S. Bank as well as other financial institutions.
     "The Postal Service is one of our most innovative government customers,"
 said Christopher Pieroth, senior vice president of U.S. Bank Corporate Payment
 Systems. "We've been their purchase card provider of more than 12 years. The
 implementation of this U.S. Bank Fleet Card program went well, and is now the
 largest of its kind in government.
     USPS issued U.S. Bank a Task Order for fleet cards in January 2000 under
 the GSA SmartPay Program. During the next twelve months, more than 223,000
 charge cards were issued for the Postal Service fleet of more than 200,000
 vehicles.
     "The primary benefit we get from using a single fleet card is improved
 record-keeping capability," said Don Perrin, program manager for the Postal
 Service. "We built a custom reporting system with superior data transfer
 protocols that receives a data feed direct from Voyager." All USPS cards are
 issued to specific vehicles.
     The fleet cards can be used to purchase fuels and lubricants at more than
 158,000 locations and services from some 29,000 merchants in all 50 states,
 and in territories and nations worldwide. Virtually all major oil companies
 and resellers accept Voyager cards. Fleet cards are issued to authorized
 individuals and/or to specific vehicles to meet the needs of government
 customers.
     "Voyager brings a number of advantages to government," said Pieroth. "The
 sophisticated platform used to process transactions is unique to Voyager. The
 system was designed to deal automatically with such critical factors as taxes
 on fuels and vehicle services, which government agencies do not pay, and to
 provide the most complete data on every transaction. Also, Voyager and U.S.
 Bank have more experience successfully implementing large government charge
 card programs than any other card issuer."
     U.S. Bank has been the leading provider of purchase cards for government
 agencies for over 12 years, and is the world's largest issuer of Visa(R)
 commercial charge cards. U.S. Bank card programs for federal agencies are
 administered through the Washington D.C. office of the corporate payment
 systems division. Further information on all U.S. Bank government charge card
 programs is available on the Web at http://www.usbank.com/impac
     Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, with assets in excess of $160 billion, is
 the 8th largest financial services holding company in the United States. The
 company operates 2,242 banking offices and 5,208 ATMs, and provides a
 comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage,
 trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions.
 U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of Firstar Banks and U.S. Bank. Visit U.S.
 Bancorp on the web at http://www.usbank.com and Firstar Bank at
 http://www.firstar.com
 
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