Checks Unlimited uses Tempo platform for new debit card program

Checks UnlimitedDirect Checks Unlimited, the nation’s largest direct-to-consumer check provider, will now offer a Special Edition Discover debit card using Tempo’s debit card platform. The cards will be issued under the Checks Unlimited brand and will link to consumer’s existing checking accounts. Rewards will now be offered through Tempo’s affinity debit card platform to users of the new Checks Unlimited Discover card.

Tempo announced today that Direct Checks Unlimited, the nation’s largest direct-to-consumer check provider, is using Tempo’s affinity debit card platform to provide a nationwide debit rewards card through its Checks Unlimited® brand. The endeavor marks Checks Unlimited’s initial entry into the debit card space with a card that can be used everywhere Discover is accepted, and provide cardholders with cash-back rewards. Tempo’s partner, First Bank & Trust of Brookings, SD, part of Fishback Financial Corporation will be issuing the new cards.

President of Checks Unlimited, Lynn Koldenhoven commented on the venture:

“Consumers choose customized checks as a form of personal expression and now we’re able to provide similar options with debit cards. Tempo’s web-based platform provides consumers with online ordering, personalization and rewards tracking features, which builds on our tradition of collaboration and flexibility.”

Not only can Tempo-enabled debit cards be customized to a particular partner brand, but the cards can be used for online and offline purchases as well as ATM withdrawals. Tempo, along with First Bank & Trust, will manage all aspects of card issuance, including risk management, application processing, card fulfillment, authorization and settlement.

Tempo CEO, Mike Grossman added:

“Checks Unlimited is leveraging Tempo’s platform to provide consumers with greater flexibility and options than traditional debit cards can provide. Consumers appreciate the ability to personalize their debit cards and affiliate with organizations for which they have a particular affinity.”

Tempo leads the industry in providing co-branded debit cards that run on a major payment network and easily offer affinity and co-branded debit cards to their customers, contributors and members. Tempo’s web-based debit card platform offers ease of use and accountability when applying for cards, activating cards and tracking purchases and rewards. Not only do Tempo’s partners benefit by generating new revenue, but also build loyalty through enhanced cardholder value. Tempo is a privately held corporation based in San Mateo, CA. For additional information, visit

Direct Checks Unlimited is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is the nation’s leading direct-to-consumer supplier of paper checks, selling under the Checks Unlimited®, Designer®Checks, and brand names. As well as personal checks, Direct Checks Unlimited sells a complete line of business checks, check-related products and accessory products using direct-response marketing and the Internet. For more information on Direct Checks Unlimited visit

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