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Tap or Dip? Are Contactless Cards Safer Than Chip Cards?

Posted on Mar 07, 2019
Most credit cards in the U.S. still come with magnetic stripes on the back — reserved for “swipe-and-sign” transactions. However, magstripe cards are easy to clone, making them prone to fraud and abuse. Signatures offer little additional protection, which is why the major credit cards have recently dropped this verification requirement.  In recent years, the payment industry has encouraged customers and businesses to shift from magstripe technology in favor of:
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Topics: EMV, Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends

The Rise of mPOS

Posted on Feb 28, 2019
One of the most significant payments trends in 2019 is mPOS. If you have a physical retail space or a pop-up shop, or work in a service-oriented business where you can offer on-site payment as a convenience, then you’ll want to know what the rise of mPOS means for you. 
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Topics: Due.com Partner Posts, Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, Payment Trends

Valentine's Day Consumer Spending Trends

Posted on Feb 14, 2019
Valentine’s Day may not receive as much fanfare as other shopping holidays like Black Friday. Though according to the National Retail Federation, this annual celebration (on Feb. 14) brings in nearly $20 billion for retailers and restaurants across the country.
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Topics: Mobile Payments, E-Commerce and Online Payments, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Fun Posts, Payment Trends

Presidents and Credit Card Laws: A Look at the Last 50 Years

Posted on Feb 12, 2019
The concept of “consumer credit” dates from 3500 B.C. Mesopotamia. Yet, what most of us would recognize as a “credit card” didn’t come along until 1950 — courtesy of the Diners' Club.  This earliest form of plastic wasn’t even plastic. It was cardboard, and you could only use it at select restaurants.  However, the credit card has evolved substantially over the years. Politicians had to step in occasionally to help make the credit card industry fairer and more transparent.
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Topics: Payment Trends, Awareness

Why E-Commerce Stores Are Going the Brick-And-Mortar Route

Posted on Jan 31, 2019
When Amazon launched in 1994, it faced an uphill battle. The online retailer was going up against established brick-and-mortar titans such as Borders and Barnes & Noble — both of which had vast networks of stores from coast to coast.  This real estate advantage soon became a liability as e-commerce continued to evolve. Amazon was able to avoid many of the costly staffing, rental and utility expenses that brick-and-mortar stores have to pay. 
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Topics: B2B, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Trends

The Cashierless Store Trend

Posted on Jan 29, 2019
Most retailers are reluctant about using the “honor system” when it comes to dealing with customers. Below are just some of the reasons why:  Nearly one in 10 Americans admit to shoplifting at some point in their lifetime.  Every year, shoplifters boost more than $13 billion worth of merchandise.  Only one in 48 shoplifters are ever caught. Less than half face criminal prosecution.
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Topics: Payment Technology, Payment Trends

New Tech Options for Retail Engagement

Posted on Dec 18, 2018
Whether customers visit your physical store, shop on their mobile phones, or do both, winning business involves holding their interest. And, with shortening attention spans, this interest starts to wane. So, retailers have a few seconds to create engagement.  One solution is to connect and engage customers through technology. In response, retail technology companies continue to evolve with more options for businesses of all sizes. As 2019 nears, here are some of the latest tech options for retail engagement to consider.
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Topics: Due.com Partner Posts, Payment Technology, Payment Trends

Social Media: Which Channels Work for My Business?

Posted on Nov 20, 2018
America has a very complex relationship with social media. On one hand, platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have:  Introduced a whole litany of privacy concerns  Helped spread misinformation and “fake news”  Been linked to depression and cyberbullying  On the other hand, we love connecting, sharing and liking too much to completely unplug. In fact, 70 percent of Americans have at least one social media account.  As a business owner, the takeaway is clear. 
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends

Marketing to Gen Z in 2019

Posted on Nov 12, 2018
2019 is the year that there will be more Gen Zers than millennials, according to research published by Bloomberg. According to the article, "Gen Z will comprise 32 percent of the global population of 7.7 billion in 2019, nudging ahead of millennials, who will account for a 31.5 percent share, based on Bloomberg Analysis of United Nations data, and using 2000/2001 as the generational split."
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Topics: Due.com Partner Posts, Mobile Payments, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends

4 Interesting Retail and E-Commerce Trends

Posted on Nov 09, 2018
Baseball enthusiasts may disagree, but when you run the numbers, “retail therapy” is officially America’s favorite pastime. As a nation, we love going to the mall, window-shopping, and coming home with new gadgets and toys.  At least, this used to be the case.  In recent years, this time-honored tradition has evolved as retailers increasingly welcome a new breed of American consumer — one whose shopping preferences and technological knowhow are vastly different from anything we knew before. 
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Topics: B2B, Mobile Payments, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends

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