Berner Group to Process Payments on the Wirecard Platform

By Wirecard Ag, PRNE
Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Munich-based Technology Group is Offering a Comprehensive Package of Solutions for the Wholesale Company's International Online Stores

MUNICH, January 17, 2011 - The Berner Group, which is based in Künzelsau, Germany, is a
leading direct sales company operating across Europe and specializing in
small components for professional use in the construction and automotive
segments as well as in industry. Roughly 8,000 employees ensure that
customers benefit from their relations with Berner.

The company has recently opted for the services provided by
Wirecard AG of Munich for processing payments at its German online store. In
the future, customers in a total of 14 countries will be able to order the
articles offered by the Berner Group via the Internet; depending on the
national company, the range comprises between 10,000 and 30,000 articles. As
of next year, Berner's customers in France will be the next to be able to
place their orders on line, with further countries to follow step by step.

The package of solutions comprises the processing of payments,
risk management and credit-card acceptance for e-commerce ordering processes.
With the extensive package of solutions provided by Wirecard AG, the Berner
Group will be able to utilize payment processing services from a single
source: The handling of payment processes via the Wirecard Payment Page
permits transparent controlling, allowing the individual transactions to be
monitored directly. Innovative risk management methods specifically tailored
to meet the direct sales company's needs provide optimum protection against
the risk of payment defaults. At the same time, Wirecard Bank AG handles
acquiring for processing credit card payments. In its relations with Wirecard
AG, Berner additionally benefits from maximum flexibility. Thus, for example,
it is possible to integrate further payment methods within the payment
platform swiftly and simply if required.

Explains Alexander Emmert, Head of International Alternative
Distribution Channels at Berner: "After extensive investigations, we opted
for a single-source solution. This is because our international orientation
calls for convenient and transparent contractual structures. What was also
important for us was to work with a service provider who is able to provide
optimum support for our strategic objective of boosting profitability. By
working with Wirecard, we are able to simplify our back-office processes
substantially, thus reducing time requirements and cutting costs."

In addition to the extensive range of products, Berner's
customers particularly appreciate the practical special functions. For
example, e-procurement functions allow them to optimize their ordering
processes by using cost-center and budget management.

"Our partnership with the Berner Group confirms that with our
commitment to providing all solutions from a single source we are able to
provide retailers with the support they require. Transparent and harmonized
processes offer decisive added value particularly for internationally active
companies which operate multiple stores under a single roof," explains Marion
Laewe, Head of Sales eCommerce, Division Consumer Goods at Wirecard AG.

BTI Befestigungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, which is also a member
of the Berner Group, offers a specialized range for builders and is already
using Wirecard AG's payment platform for its online shop.

About the Berner Group:

Berner is one of the leading European direct sales companies specializing
in small components for professional use in the construction and automotive
sector as well as in industry. Roughly 8,000 qualified and knowledgeable
employees - including 5,000 in the external sales force - ensure each day
that customers in over 20 European countries receive comprehensive and
professional service.

It is guided by its commitment to a successful partnership with its
customers. One of the key determinants of Berner's success is its dedication
to aligning the range of its products to meet the needs of target customer
groups combined with close and ongoing dialog with its customers. With its
ability to adjust to conditions in regional markets and the needs of local
customers, Berner can respond flexibly to different users.

About Wirecard AG:

Wirecard AG is one of the leading international providers of electronic
payment and risk management solutions. Worldwide, the Wirecard Group supports
over 11,000 companies from various industry segments in their efforts to
automate their payment processes and minimize cases of default. Wirecard Bank
AG is a Principal Member of Visa, MasterCard and JCB and operates as a credit
card acquirer in 69 countries around the world, involving over 100
transaction currencies and 15 payout currencies. Part of the Wirecard Group,
Wirecard Bank provides innovative solutions in the fields of corporate
banking, prepaid and co-branded cards, along with account products for both
business and private customers. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt
Securities Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060, WDI).

    Wirecard media contact:

    Wirecard AG
    Iris Stöckl
    Bretonischer Ring 4
    D-85630 Grasbrunn
    Tel.: +49(0)89-4424-1424
    Fax: +49(0)89-4424-2424

    Berner media contact:

    Berner SE
    Bernerstrasse 6
    D-74653 Künzelsau
    Kommunikation International
    Sibylle Kolb
    Tel.: +49(0)7940-121-632
    Fax.: +49(0)7940-121-11632

Wirecard media contact: Wirecard AG, Iris Stöckl, Bretonischer Ring 4, D-85630 Grasbrunn, Tel.: +49(0)89-4424-1424, Fax: +49(0)89-4424-2424, E-Mail: iris.stoeckl at; Berner media contact: Berner SE, Bernerstrasse 6, D-74653 Künzelsau, Kommunikation International, Sibylle Kolb, Tel.: +49(0)7940-121-632, Fax.: +49(0)7940-121-11632

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