London – 18 June – 2014 : Specialist ecommerce, sales and marketing company Hemingways Marketing Services Ltd (HMS), whose client portfolio includes Cadbury, Green & Black’s, Debenhams and John Lewis, has today announced exponential growth since deploying the Realex Payments solution in 2007.

Transacting nearly £32 million in 2013, HMS has seen a 611% increase in transaction volume and a 405% increase in transaction value over the past 7 years without any impact on service. A newly published case study today attributed this growth and uncompromised service to Realex Payments’ unique capacity to scale its systems to meet their clients’ requirements.

Andrew Johnson, Managing Director at HMS, commented: “Realex Payments’ capacity to scale has not only helped HMS as the business has grown but also enabled us to maximise revenues during peak trading times. As an example during December our processing volumes are more than double those in other months. Downtime is never acceptable in the retail world, coping with these peak traffic times is absolutely vital in keeping customers happy and sales flowing. Its robust processing systems and capacity to cope with these dramatic traffic increases is where Realex Payments has really excelled.”

Andrew Johnson continued: “Fraud prevention is vital to protect both our customer’s card details and our business from any financial consequences. Our main issue was that customers weren’t being properly directed through the necessary fraud prevention processes. With customers not completing this process, the liability for fraud was not shifting to the card schemes. This left us vulnerable to potential chargeback fines and fees that would’ve been damaging to the business.”

In addition to scalability the case study highlights Realex Payments’ ability to keep pace with consumers changing habits and provide insights into customer trends which have played an instrumental role in helping HMS reduce its susceptibility to fraud.

Andrew Yoakley Head of Business Development at Realex Payments, commented: “HMS work with top brands who have high expectations. Service is paramount so they require a reliable payments partner that has the capacity to provide seamless transactions at all times.”

Andrew Yoakley concluded: “Our ‘RealScore’ solution is an effective fraud scoring tool that provides HMS with valuable data on customer behaviours and patterns relating to payment transactions. It has become a vital tool in HMS’s fraud prevention armoury. The detailed analysis it provides has allowed HMS to greatly improve their fraud tactics, cutting chargeback rates and improving their complete fraud prevention strategy. It forms a critical part of our service and has helped ensure that we have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with HMS.”

The full case study can be downloaded here.

About Realex Payments

Realex Payments provide secure and reliable payment processing in all major credit and debit cards, and alternative payment methods to over 12,500 businesses across multiple sectors. Realex Payments process £20 billion annually. In 2013 Realex Payments processed over £9.7 billion across its 3 top performing sectors, a 66% increase on the value processed in 2012. The continued success and increased adoption of its sector specific payment solutions support the needs of thousands of online retailers, including well-known names such as Virgin Atlantic, Paddy Power, and Chain Reaction Cycles. Realex Payments employs 170 people, has clients in 30 countries and offices in London, Dublin and Paris.

About Hemingways Marketing Services Ltd.

Hemingways Marketing Services Ltd. (HMS) takes its name from the company’s founder John Hemingway who started his business issuing Star Credit Vouchers – an early form of gift vouchers. HMS remain an independent company operating in a number of niche markets, primarily retail gift vouchers, gift cards and branded confectionery. In all cases its operations involve working nationally with big brands and high volume sales. Operations now include wholesale and consumer sales for Cadbury and Green & Black’s, white label gift voucher and gift card solutions for over 40 major UK retailers, corporate fulfilment services via our dedicated handling operation – Vex Rewards, The Gift List – an online wedding and gift list service and consumer and corporate voucher sales via Voucher Express.

For more information about our payment processing services and how Realex Payments can transform your online business, please visit our business offering page.