McDonald's® USA Names First Data as 2008 U.S. Technology Supplier of the Year

OAK BROOK, Ill. (January 12, 2009 - - McDonald's recently awarded the second-annual U.S. Technology Supplier of the Year Award to First Data, a leading provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions for businesses worldwide. McDonald's unveiled the award at its U.S Technology Supplier Summit, an annual gathering of key U.S. McDonald's technology suppliers, held at the company's Oak Brook, Ill. headquarters.

Since 2002, First Data has been a key collaborator in enabling McDonald's to continuously provide customers with convenient and relevant payment options.

"First Data has proven integral to the McDonald's system since our relationship began six years ago," said David Grooms, Vice President and CIO of McDonald's North America. "They're a key supplier, supporting McDonald's IT strategy to improve efficiencies at the register, making it possible for our customers to enjoy greater speed and service when they order."

The McDonald's U.S. Technology Supplier of the Year Award is given to the technology product supplier that makes the most significant impact on, and contribution to, McDonald's USA. The award recognizes criteria including impact on the McDonald's system, innovation, quality, partnership, customer satisfaction and value.

"First Data is extremely honored to be the recipient of McDonald's Technology Supplier of the
Year award," said Ed Labry, President of First Data's USA division. "As an innovator in the payments space, we pride ourselves on offering McDonald's the highest level of technology and service to help make their restaurants an even more convenient place for customers to enjoy the food they love."

About First Data
First Data is a global technology leader in information commerce. The company processes transaction data of all kinds, harnesses the power of that data and delivers innovations in secure infrastructure, intelligence and insight for its customers. With operations in 37 countries, First Data serves more than 5.4 million merchant locations and more than 2,000 card issuers and their customers. It powers the global economy by making it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses around the world to buy goods and services using virtually any form of payment. The company's portfolio of services and solutions includes merchant transaction processing services; credit, debit, private-label, gift, payroll and other prepaid card offerings; fraud protection and authentication solutions; electronic check acceptance services through TeleCheck; as well as Internet commerce and mobile payment solutions. The company's STAR Network offers PIN-secured debit acceptance at 2.2 million ATM and retail locations. Through First Data's centers of excellence, such as security, analytics, customer loyalty and mobile payments, it offers data-driven commerce solutions for customers around the globe. For more information, visit

About McDonald's
McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. For more information on McDonald's visit or log on at any of the 10,000 Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants.

Danya Proud, McDonald's U.S. Media Relations

Elizabeth Grice, First Data Media Relations