Citgo Launches XML Credit Card

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Citgo Launches XML Credit Card

MONROE, La. -- Citgo Petroleum Corp., in a partnership with software producer AIMS Inc., finished the first implementation of its XML credit card processing interface for Citgo credit cards.

Gayle Oil Co. went "live" with the new interface last week, said Bob Routh, general manager for Gueydan, La.-based chain. It was the second XML-format credit card processing interface implemented by AIMS. The Conoco version was the first.

According to Routh, the Citgo XML credit card has been much more efficient for the chain in tracking sales and payments.

"We've gone from spending 3 hours per week on processing credit card batches to 5 minutes per week. That saves us about $100-$200 per week just on employee time, Routh said. "This enables the employees to do other tasks. They
don't have to worry about losing data and it eliminates human error. The biggest advantage is the efficiency that this interface gives us--it processes all transactions throughout the system with no manual intervention."

Citgo-authorized credit card batches are delivered to Gayle Oil's office via e-mail. The batches are imported into their COMPAS accounting software. The transactions are then posted among Gayle's retail and dealer-operated units.

An added bonus of the XML version of the Citgo credit card interface is that manual cards are also included within the XML transmissions and are therefore posted to COMPAS just as the "swipe" transactions are, Routh said.