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March 11, 2014

Headline News from - March 11, 2014

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  • Starbucks CEO on mobile payments - Fox News - "Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on the success and expansion of the company’s mobile payment platform."
  • Why I'm Joining PayPal - PayPal Forward Blog (Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal) - "Part of my role at PayPal will be to help small businesses and entrepreneurs understand online commerce and payments."
  • A Deeper Look at Uber’s Dynamic Pricing Model - Above the Crowd (Bill Gurley) - "So why does Uber’s dynamic pricing even exist? The answer lies in understanding that Uber is fundamentally a marketplace, where supply is controlled not by the company but by the legion of independent contractors and transportation providers with whom they work."
  • Decentralizing Identity - Continuations (Albert Wenger) - "It is still early days for all of this, but the potential for these emerging decentralized identity systems is to further push power to the people and away from central authorities."
  • Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: A Critical Insight - IBM Academy of Technology TechNotes - "Bitcoin allows you to transfer economic value to any individual, anywhere in the world, without the involvement or approval of a third party, at minimal cost. This architecture is unlike any payment sys-tem that has previously existed. We are now observing a proliferation of new entrants building on its insights."
  • Top 50 credit unions grow in the face of new regulations - SNL Financial - "After several years of growth, the nation's credit unions saw the first drop in aggregate net income since 2008."
  • McDonald’s Sweden takes mobile payments to the next level - Mobile Commerce Daily - "The technology is being powered by Seamless’ SEQR mobile wallet solution."
  • How Banks Should Respond to the New Players in Payments - Bank Systems & Technology - "Silicon Valley Bank has taken a different approach to new payments players, by using its unique position in the “cradle of innovation” to incubate payments startups in partnership with MasterCard, Reekita Grewal shared."
  • Millennials see banks as irrelevant | Scratch - "This turned out to be a longer post than I expected. The catalyst was the millennial belief in irrelevance of banks. This is not to be ignored or ignored at your banks peril."

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October 30, 2013

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September 11, 2013

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September 09, 2013

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September 04, 2013

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August 28, 2013

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July 31, 2013

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July 23, 2013

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June 04, 2013

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April 25, 2013

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August 16, 2012

Square Introduces Simple Monthly Pricing for Merchants

Square logo 140pxSquare as announced new simple pricing for small businesses - a flat $275 monthly fee for merchants who process up to $250,000 per year and for transactions up to $400 in value.

“For 62 years, merchants have suffered complicated, expensive processing fees. Square is the first company to rethink electronic payment pricing with the merchant in mind. We are giving merchants affordable, predictable pricing, ” said Square CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey. “With one monthly price, merchants know that the sales they’ve processed in a day is the same amount deposited in the bank.”

Doing the math, Square's new flat fee pricing will save fees for merchants who do over $100,000 annually in swipe payment volume as compared to its standard 2.75%/swipe fee. For example, a merchant doing $200,000/year will have an effective discount rate of 1.375%. Manually-entered card transactions are not included in the flat fee - they continue to be priced at 3.5% + 15 cents per transactions.

June 11, 2009

Intuit GoPayment Turns Palm Pre Phone Into Credit Card Terminal

intuit_logo-140px.jpgIntuit has announced that Intuit GoPayment, a new way for business owners to process credit cards on their mobile phones, is the first small business application available for the new Palm Pre phone. According to the company, "GoPayment helps improve cash flow by giving small businesses an affordable and hassle-free way to process credit card payments outside the office as soon as the job is done." READ MORE »

March 09, 2009, Chase Paymentech Form Alliance for Small Business has announced an agreement with Chase Paymentech to offer merchant payment processing solutions to small and medium-sized businesses customers will have access to multiple secure payment processing services including all major credit, debit and customizable gift cards. READ MORE »

February 13, 2009

Merchant Acquirers - A Reminder to Join Our LinkedIn Group

Are you involved in the merchant acquiring side of the payment card business? If so, you'll want to join the Merchant Acquirers group on LinkedIn and join over 400 of your merchant acquiring colleagues as we discuss industry topics. Check it out!

November 12, 2008

New Merchant Acquirers Group on LinkedIn

We've just started a new group on LinkedIn for payments professionals involved in the merchant acquiring business. You can find the group home page here - just click on Join Group if you qualify and want to join. The first discussion topic is: "Hidden Fees in Merchant Statements?" [Update 4 PM PST: LinkedIn seems to be running behind in adding new members to the group - please be patient!]

April 18, 2008

A Glenbrook Field Report from This Week's ETA Annual Meeting and Expo

Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg was at this week's 2008 annual Electronic Transactions Association's Annual Meeting & Expo in Las Vegas. Allen has filed a field report from the Expo.

December 19, 2007

Intuit to Acquire Electronic Clearing House

Intuit and Electronic Clearing House have announced they have "signed a definitive agreement for Intuit to acquire ECHO. Under the terms of the agreement, Intuit will pay $17 per share in cash in exchange for each share of ECHO common stock, including shares issuable upon exercise of options. The total purchase price is approximately $131 million on a fully diluted basis."


November 12, 2007

Acquisition and Retention in Today's Merchant Acquiring World

Aite Group has published a new report titled "Acquisition and Retention in Today's Merchant Acquiring World" that "looks at the two most important challenges that acquirers and ISOs in the United States face: signing up new accounts and retaining the ones they have booked."


August 20, 2007

How to Get the Best Deal on Merchant Credit Card Processing

In an article titled 'Charge It!", Elizabeth Holmes writes for the Wall St. Journal about how small businesses can get the best deal on merchant payment card processing. Holmes writes that "navigating the payment-card processing system can be an overwhelming and costly burden. With fees tacked on by as many as 12 intermediaries, from the equipment provider and the Internet service to the card issuers themselves, payment processing is often the third- or fourth-highest expense for a small business."

August 06, 2007

Business Models and Revenue Streams in Merchant Acquiring

The Mercatory Advisory Group has published a new report titled "Business Models and Revenue Streams in Merchant Acquiring: Beyond the Monthly Residual Check" that "focuses on the state of the acquiring market & discusses the market strategy of the industry's most successful players."


April 18, 2007

September 21, 2006

Intuit Holds Analyst Day

Intuit held an Analyst Day yesterday. Of particular interest is the Small Business presentation given by Senior Vice President Brad Smith which includes some great insights into the small business market in the US along with Intuit's success with its Innovative Merchant Solutions merchant card acquiring business.

September 10, 2006

Exchanges From The Strawhecker Group

The Strawhecker Group, a new Omaha-based consulting firm focused on the merchant acquiring sector of the card payments industry, has just published the first issue of Exchanges (PDF), a new newsletter for clients and friends of the firm. The inaugural issue includes an article by Cliff Gray of the importance of PCI compliance to ISO's and acquirers along with news about a new eCommerce Gateway Analysis the firm recently completed.

July 25, 2006

Now Accepting Cards At Farmers' Markets

Matthew Wilde reports from Waterloo, Iowa about an initiative by the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Iowa Farm Bureau who have teamed up to help arrange for free POS terminals statewide for farmers to use to accept cards. "Total Merchant Services of Basalt, Colo. donated machines in return for 12-month service contracts on each one. The machines normally cost between $800 to $1,100. The Farm Bureau is picking up the commercial transaction fees, which will cost the farm organization tens of thousands of dollars, officials said."

June 09, 2006

A Look Inside An ISO: Innovative Payment Solutions

Justin McElroy of The Ironton (Ohio) Tribune writes about Innovative Payment Solutions, a local independent sales organization (ISO) selling bank card acceptance services to merchants.

June 08, 2006

Barclays Bank, TRANSFIRST Announce Strategic Partnership

Barclays Bank and TRANSFIRST have announced a strategic partnership to provide U.S. merchants with processing solutions for worldwide payment transactions with TRANSFIRST becoming a registered International Service Organisation/Member Service Provider of Barclays Bank. These services will allow U.S. merchants to accept payment in Europe, in their international customers' currency of choice while receiving U.S. dollars for payment.


June 06, 2006

Merchant ISO Offers Free Contactless POS To New Merchants

Acies Corporation has announced the launch of a month-long national marketing campaign to promote widespread adoption of the latest innovation and convenience in payment processing - contactless transaction technology. During the month of June, Acies is offering retailers the opportunity to participate in a special promotional initiative where retailers will receive free placement of state-of-the-art point of sale equipment, including a state-of-the-art ViVOtech 4000 contactless reader.


April 20, 2006

Coghlan Tells ISOs Visa Will Be More ‘Flexible’, ‘Responsive’

Digital Transactions reports on Visa USA CEO John Philip Coghlan's keynote address to this week's Electronic Transaction Association annual meeting in Las Vegas.


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