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    Cumberland Farms Selects Financial Software

    Integrated applications will enhance risk management and promote savings in treasury operations.

    Owings Mills, Md. -- Cumberland Farms Inc., the leading privately held convenience store/petroleum marketer in the Northeast with about 1,000 locations from Maine to Florida, selected Chesapeake Systems Solutions Inc.’s IDM (Internet Data Manager) and SmartAnalysis with SmartAnalysis RM to minimize risk and promote savings in the corporation’s treasury operations, the company reported.

    IDM automates the retrieval and distribution of Internet financial data, giving Cumberland Farms the capability to obtain BAI (bank account information) files across virtually all its banking relationships, the report stated.

    "As a cash business, the daily retrieval and analysis of depository data are critical risk-management activities," John Daly, assistant treasurer of Cumberland Farms, said in a statement. "Obtaining daily BAI files from larger institutions was not an issue. However, we have an extensive subset of smaller banks that either could not provide this service on a daily basis or could not do so economically. Chesapeake IDM was a perfect fit for us, solving this dilemma simply and affordably while reducing our vulnerability."

    SmartAnalysis with SmartAnalysis RM, a sophisticated tool for analyzing commercial bank fee data, automatically verifies application of negotiated discounts. The solution also offers key anti-fraud features by maintaining banking relationship data in a single place and allowing one-step editing of important account details, such as authorized signees.

    "Our numerous banking relationships generate substantial bank fees," Daly said. "It is not feasible for staff to review hundreds of bank statements to verify the appropriateness of monthly account charges. SmartAnalysis, coupled with IDM, overcomes this obstacle, automatically identifying incorrect fees and pinpointing unnecessary accounts or services. This powerful solution not only verifies charges are correct but also gives us the ability to accumulate usage data and benchmark our fees against industry standards -- a clear path to greater savings in our banking activities."

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