"A lot of industries were severely affected by the financial crisis. Despite a slowdown in the SPA payment smart card shipments at the end of 2008, the smart card manufacturers are not as heavily impacted as others can be", said Marie-Jane Denis, President of the Smart Payment Association. "High volumes continue to be shipped around the world and a majority of regions carry on their migration to EMV standards."
Earlier this month Heartland announced it was working with Voltage Security to develop its end-to-end encryption approach.
The Wall St. Journal is reporting that "Monitise said Visa has agreed to take a 14.4% stake" for $13 million.
According to the two companies, Banc of America Merchant Services, LLC will provide clients "with the most comprehensive suite of innovative payments solutions including credit, debit and prepaid cards to merchant loyalty, check and eCommerce payments."
From the report: "In 2008, credit card banks with assets in excess of $200 million reported net earnings before taxes of 1.43 percent of outstanding balances adjusted for credit card-backed securitization, down 132 basis points or nearly 48 percent from 2007. The 2008 rate of return is very low by historic standards; well below the average rate of return of 3.03 percent since 1986."
“Cash flow problems are back to levels that are more in line with what we’ve typically seen since the Watch began nearly three years ago,” said Ryan Scully, director of Discover's business credit card. “Cash flow concerns usually erode confidence because they represent something tangible to a business owner, more so than an expectation or perception about the economy.”
Examples? "Bank of America this year raised the maximum number of times customers can get hit with overdraft fees from five a day to 10. On top of that, it began charging a one-time fee of $35 if the account remains in the negative for more than five days."
This new research brief is based findings from a series of interviews conducted with business-to-business suppliers about credit card acceptance conducted earlier this year. There's a form in the article for you to request a download of the report.
This is a nightmare scenario for a merchant acquirer - tickets purchased using credit cards for a future performance that ultimately doesn't happen. This is why merchant acquirers are as concerned about the nature of the goods/services being sold as they are about the merchant itself. It will be interesting to watch as this plays out in the UK.
Across the top 100 online retailers, Russ found that "87% of the Top 100 accept a form of payment other than the main four payment card tenders. 72% took at least five types of tenders — the four main tenders plus one alternative. On the far end of tender types diversity, 11% of the Top 100 took at least 8 different types of tenders."
Russ notes that this analysis is specific to online retailers based in the United States. Our analysis at Glenbrook indicates that about 60% of the global eCommerce market is now outside the United States — and tender type acceptance (and acceptance strategies) vary greatly country-to-country. If you're looking to sort out your global acceptance strategy, contact Russ Jones directly for further assistance.
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