The independent sales organization Maverick Network Solutions Inc. plans to begin testing merchant private-label debit cards, using both the automated clearing house network and existing card processing networks to cut merchants' costs.

Maverick, of Wilmington, Del., said the nine-month trial, with an undisclosed New York-area merchant, is set to get under way by early July. It is designed to show that merchants offering the cards can save 50% to 75% in card acceptance costs compared with the cost of accepting credit cards.

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