Planet Payment Launches UnionPay Solution

Planet Payment Launches UnionPay Solution

Enables Online UnionPay Acceptance in the United States and Canada

LONG BEACH, N.Y., March 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Planet Payment, Inc.
(Nasdaq:PLPM) (LSE:PPT) (LSE:PPTR), a leading international and multi-currency
payment processor, today announced the launch of a solution to enable
eCommerce merchants in the United States and Canada to accept UnionPay cards.

UnionPay is one of the largest card brands in the world, with over 3.5 billion
cards issued worldwide. Since the majority of Chinese consumers carry UnionPay
cards, in order to effectively sell to the widest possible pool of Chinese
consumers, merchants need the ability to accept UnionPay cards on their
websites. Planet Payment's solution does just that, by enabling merchants to
participate in UPOP – UnionPay's program to authenticate and process UnionPay
cards online. UPOP allows merchants to more effectively tap into what is
projected to be the world's largest eCommerce market by 2015 (Forbes Magazine,
May, 31, 2012).

Planet Payment integrated the UPOP into iPay, the Company's payment gateway,
providing merchants with the option of creating a customized payment
experience using Planet Payment's API or leveraging iPay's Hosted Payment Page
for an easy-to-implement solution. Merchants can obtain UPOP directly from
Planet Payment as a standalone solution, allowing merchants to gain the
benefit of the UPOP solution without disrupting any of their existing
processing relationships. Planet Payment will also be adding UPOP to its Shop
in Your Currency service, allowing merchants to localize their offering and
simplify the shopping experience by enabling Chinese consumers to view pricing
and pay in RMB, while the merchant receives settlement in either United States
Dollars or Canadian Dollars.

UPOP also features an SMS-based authentication system that can help merchants
minimize fraudulent transactions. Once a cardholder enters their card details
in the payment page, UnionPay sends a PIN Code to the cell phone that is
registered to the UnionPay card. The cardholder is then prompted to enter this
PIN to complete the transaction -- providing a strong form of customer

International Checkout, a leading third-party payment and fulfillment service
for US retailers selling globally online, is the first merchant to launch
Planet Payment's UPOP solution in the United States. The company provides its
global eCommerce solution to more than 1500 retailers and brands, including
bebe, Andrew Marc, Alice + Olivia, and Joie.

"At International Checkout, our mission is to provide merchants with the tools
to increase sales by expanding internationally, while offering consumers easy
access to an array of premier online merchants," said Saskia Chiesa, President
and CEO at International Checkout. "We are thrilled to add UPOP to our product
offering through our relationship with Planet Payment and make selling to
China, and shopping from China, easier for both our merchants and their

"UnionPay is a significant addition to our eCommerce product set," said Philip
D. Beck, Chairman and CEO of Planet Payment. "We believe that our UPOP
solution is an important tool for merchants seeking to sell more products and
services to the strategically significant Chinese eCommerce market."

Planet Payment is now accepting applications for the UPOP solution from
merchants in the United States and Canada.Merchants are invited to contact
Paul Levine at 561.859.0901 or via email at for
additional information.

About Planet Payment

Planet Payment is a leading provider of international payment processing and
multi-currency processing services. We provide our services in more than 20
countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, North America, the
Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily through our more than 50 acquiring
bank and processor customers. Our point-of-sale and eCommerce services help
merchants sell more goods and services to consumers, and together with our ATM
services are integrated within the payment card transaction flow enabling our
acquiring customers, their merchants and consumers to shop, pay, transact and
reconcile payment transactions in multiple currencies, geographies and

Planet Payment is headquartered in New York and has offices in Atlanta,
Beijing, Bermuda, Delaware, Dubai, Dublin, London, Hong Kong, Mexico City,
Shanghai and Singapore. Visit for more information about
the Company and its services. For up-to-date information follow Planet Payment
on Twitter at @PlanetPayment or join Planet Payment's Facebook page.

CONTACT: Media Contacts
         Planet Payment
         Contact: Joel Mayer
         Telephone: +1.516.670.3200

         Merchant Inquiries:
         Contact: Paul Levine
         Telephone: +1.561.859.0901

         Redleaf Polhill (UK PR for Planet Payment)
         Contacts: Emma Kane / Henry Columbine / David Ison
         Telephone: +44.20.7566.6720

         ICR (US PR for Planet Payment)
         Contacts: Don Duffy / Dara Dierks
         Telephone: +1.646.277.1212
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