Dhaka, 17 August, 2017Mastercard today announced its partnership with Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) to launch a co-branded titanium credit card with Shwapno, Bangladesh’s largest retail chain with 63 outlets and over 48 percent market share nationwide. The co-branded card marks the nation’s first grocery credit card, launched today for Shwapno shoppers at an official event at Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka.

The Mastercard Titanium Credit Card comes with a host of discounts and privileges at over 1,700 Mastercard partner merchant outlets. In addition to being eligible for 2.5 percent cash vouchers each month, cardholders will also receive loyalty points for purchases made with the card, which can be redeemed at any Shwapno outlet. Cardholders can also enjoy the first year’s issuance fee waived and be free of annual charges from the second year onwards with a minimum of 18 transactions per year for each cardholder. The card also comes with e-commerce vouchers worth BDT 1500 to shop at Kiksha and Priyoshop.

For those who love to travel, the Mastercard Titanium Credit and Loyalty Card also comes with travel benefits including Buy-One-Get-One-Free deals at partner hotels in both Cox Bazar, Bangladesh’s fishing port and district headquarters, as well as Sylhet, a metropolitan city in northeastern Bangladesh. Cardholders will also have access to the EBL Sky Lounge at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and Shah Amanat International Airport, Chittagong. The Half Interest Pay Order (HiPO) facility and the Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer at The Westin will also be made available to them.

Ali Reza Iftekhar, Managing Director, Eastern Bank Limited added: “Today, we welcome yet another partnership with Mastercard proudly present a unique product – the Mastercard Titanium Credit and Loyalty Card for shoppers of Shwapno. Grocery shopping is an integral part of our day to day life and this card makes it simpler and hassle-free with this new card, which is a payment tool for both online and offline transactions and comes with a host of added advantages that constantly rewards the shoppers.”

Sabbir Hasan Nasir, Executive Director, ACI Logistics Ltd (Shwapno) commented: “As the largest retail chain in the country with a network of 63 outlets, Shwapno has strived to offer the best retail experience to its customers, and the new Mastercard Titanium Credit cards that will be offered to our shoppers will create a shopping experience that is without stress or difficulty, while rewarding them in various ways such as monthly cash vouchers and reward points.”

Speaking at the launch, Syed Mohammad Kamal, Country Manager, Bangladesh, Mastercard said, “Mastercard continues to diversify its product portfolio and introduce newer cards with distinct facilities to its roster, with a view to encourage more people to adopt digital payments. The Mastercard Titanium Credit Card launched for Shwapno in partnership with EBL, brings together the most attractive offers in Bangladesh right now, and seeks to make transactions simpler and faster for shoppers. The idea is to enable consumers with wider choices and enhance the shopping experience altogether.”

The Mastercard Titanium Credit Card can be used at over 33,000 Mastercard-accepted Point-of-Sale terminals and more than 7,000 ATM locations nationwide.

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About Eastern Bank Limited
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) is a commercial bank headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh which began its journey in 1992. Over the years, EBL has established itself as a leading private commercial bank in the country with undisputed leadership in Corporate Banking and a strong Consumer and SME growth engines. EBL’s ambition is to be the number one financial services provider, creating lasting value for its clientele, shareholder, employees and above all for the community it operates in.  EBL has almost all banking products in its repertoire. The product basket is rich in content featuring different types of Savings and Current Accounts, Personal Loans, Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Pre-paid Cards, Internet Banking, Corporate Banking, SME Banking, Investment Banking, Treasury & Syndication services. Its customers are served through a network of 83 Branches, 200+ EBL365 ATMs countrywide.

About Shwapno
Operated by ACI Logistics, Shwapno is the largest retail chain in Bangladesh with 56 outlets across the country. Launched in 2008, Shwapno currently serves more than 32,000 customers a day, offering everything from fresh produce to daily household goods and broader lifestyle categories. Shwapno currently feeds over 150,000 families every month. For the people behind the company, this is already a serious responsibility. Since day one, SHWAPNO has been focused on bringing in the best value to its end consumers, eliminating the vested interest of middlemen from the supply chain and constantly diversifying the product range. Currently operating in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet & Comilla with 63 own outlets & 11 franchise outlets across the country, SHWAPNO firmly believes that it is a brand of co-creation by the market and its customers. In days to come, the brand aims to end up being the ultimate knowledge center where people can turn to be aware and learn about safe & healthy foods, nutrition, general wellbeing and goodness.

About Mastercard
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