Washington, DC — September 18, 2000 – Innovations in electronic payments continue to shape costs and efficiencies for retailers. The 2000 Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Retail Electronic Payment Systems Conference, being held November 15-17 at the “W” Hotel in Atlanta, will examine these evolving technologies and their impact on all types of retail operations.      

Highlighting the conference agenda are sessions on payment fraud avoidance and detection, paper check conversion, smart and stored valued cards, cyber payments and radio frequency scanning. Two idea exchange sessions complete the educational program. Distinguished speakers include Rich Oliver, senior vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, who will deliver the keynote address; and Michael Sansolo, FMI senior vice president, industry relations, research and education.

FMI will introduce a new payments research report, Activity Based Cost Study for Retail Payments, during the conference. The report provides statistics on the retailer cost of processing various payment forms and is an update to FMI's 1997 Retailer's Guide to EPS Costs.

The conference is $450 for FMI members and $900 for non-members. For more information, including a preliminary agenda and registration information click below or contact Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd at (202) 220-0736 or .