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Why are the Card Brands Dropping the Signature Requirement?

Posted on Jan 08, 2018
The swipe-and-sign credit card ritual has been a staple of retail shopping for decades. In fact, it’s as American as apple pie.  Swiping your plastic initiates the transaction.  Signing the receipt authorizes the transaction.  Yet retailers don’t employ teams of handwriting experts to verify the authenticity of these signatures. Neither do the major credit card brands. Further, even when fraudulent transactions do occur, checking for forged signatures isn’t realistic or feasible. 
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Topics: EMV, Payment Trends

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Big-Box Store Mobile Wallets

Posted on Jan 02, 2018
If you grew up during the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, you probably remember seeing branded credit cards offered by some of the biggest names in retail. You could use your JCPenney card at most stores — but using it specifically at JCPenney allowed you to rack up certain discounts and loyalty points.  These types of cards still exist — and probably won’t go away anytime soon.  However, big-box retailers are increasingly exploring a new payment option — i.e., mobile wallets that are directly tied to branded smartphone apps.  From Kohl’s Wallet to Walmart Pay to Target Wallet, each store uses a slightly different name — but the basic functionality remains the same: 
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Topics: Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, Payment Trends

Why You Should Embrace the 'Sharing Economy' - Even if You Sell Physical Products

Posted on Dec 21, 2017
From Uber to Airbnb to rentable power tools, there are plenty of ways to receive the benefit of certain products and services — without buying those products and services.  That’s because we now live in a “sharing economy” where customers can pay for access instead of ownership. There are many advantages of this newer economic model. 
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Topics: Small Business Tips, Payment Trends, Awareness

Cryptocurrencies: Passing Fad or the Safest Way to Send and Receive Money?

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
“Follow the money” is a recurring theme in many political thrillers and gangster movies. When dealing with large transactions, there’s almost always a paper trail left by: 
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Topics: E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology, Payment Trends

How Amazon Go Grocery Stores Might Impact Merchants

Posted on Nov 29, 2017
The Amazon Go grocery store is a revolutionary concept. On the outside, it looks like any other brick-and-mortar supermarket; but inside, you’ll notice a number of key differences: 
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Topics: Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, Fun Posts, Payment Trends

Grow Your Business by Offering New Payment Options

Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Your customers are all unique, so you cannot put them all in the same payment box. Not every customer wants to use a credit card, especially as new types of payment options appear thanks to an ever-evolving technology environment.
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Topics: Partner Posts, Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments, Payment Trends

Why Should My Website Offer Apple Pay for the Web?

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Last year, Apple introduced Apple Pay for the Web as a way to compete with online payment services like PayPal. This additional payment option is something you should consider for your small business website -- and it's not just because hundreds of thousands of major brands and recognizable retail websites are already supporting this new online payment method.
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Topics: Partner Posts, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends

Help! There's a Fraudster in My Fridge!

Posted on Sep 20, 2017
Most law-abiding citizens look at a smart phone, refrigerator, or television and know exactly what purpose it serves – to make calls or manage daily tasks; to chill food; to provide entertainment. Fraudsters have a different take on things. They are constantly trying to get one step ahead of the “good guys” and hack into our lives through the Internet of Things (IoT).
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Topics: Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Payment Trends

How to Make Retail Payments Easier for Customers

Posted on Aug 15, 2017
Customers still like visiting stores and retail locations to engage in a little retail therapy or to take care of purchases they prefer to make in-person. 
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Topics: Partner Posts, EMV, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends, Awareness

Changes in the E-Commerce Landscape That Could Affect Your Business

Posted on May 11, 2017
E-commerce is hardly new. In fact, merchants have been selling products and services online since the 1990s. Over the years, however, Internet technology has evolved rapidly, presenting both opportunities and challenges for those doing business via the Web: 
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Topics: Payment Trends

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