Wells Fargo & Company
American Express Company
), also known as AmEx, recently announced a partnership wherein
credit cards issued by the former will be accepted on AmEx
network. The new credits cards will be available in the market by
mid-2014. However, the terms and conditions of the agreement are
yet to be disclosed.
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As part of the partnership deal, AmEx with its Partner Advantage
capabilities and services will help Wells Fargo in formulating a
range of products with exclusive benefits and customized offers.
Moreover, LoyaltyEdge from AmEx will help in preparing a loyalty
program in which Wells Fargo's customers will be able to redeem a
wide range of merchandise and gift cards with their points.
As per Wells Fargo's Consumer Lending Group head Avid Modjtabai,
the partnership will result in enhanced services for customers in
the form of rewards and benefits, thus increasing the client base
in the long run.
Looking back, we find that Henry Wells and William Fargo were the
common founding heads of these companies. Consequently, the
symbiotic partnership was a welcome move that is expected to help
AmEx expand its global network while boosting Wells Fargo's
credit card business.
Notably AmEx has consistently partnered with merchants across the
world in order to strengthen its global foothold. On May 29, AmEx
had announced a similar partnership with
) wherein cards issued by Citi in the Asia Pacific region will be
accepted in AmEx global merchant network.
Earlier, in Jan 30, Barclaycard - a unit of
) retail and business banking - became American Express' card
issuing partner in the U.K.
Currently, Wells Fargo carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) while AmEx
has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).