Month: September 2012

Durbin Double Down

In this installment of the Official Merchant Services Blog, we look at the actions several retail trade groups and merchant advocates have taken to further the fight against the antitrust settlement proposed by Visa and MasterCard.  We have touched upon this subject several times before, however these steps may have been the most drastic yet. …

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Industry Terms: Basis Points

This is the latest installment in The Official Merchant Services Blog’s Knowledge Base effort. Well we want to make the payment processing industry’s terms and buzzwords clear. We want to remove any and all confusion merchants might have about how the industry works. Host Merchant Services promises: the company delivers personal service and clarity. So we’re going to take some …

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Industry Terms: Visa International Service Assessment (ISA)

This is the latest installment in The Official Merchant Services Blog’s Knowledge Base effort. We want to make the payment processing industry’s terms and buzzwords clear. We want to remove any and all confusion merchants might have about how the industry works. Host Merchant Services promises: we deliver personal service and clarity. So we’re going to take some time to …

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industry terms: MasterCard cross border fee

This is the latest installment in The Official Merchant Services Blog’s Knowledge Base effort. We want to make the payment processing industry’s terms and buzzwords clear. We want to remove any and all confusion merchants might have about how the industry works. Host Merchant Services promises: we deliver personal service and clarity. So we’re going to take some time to …

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PCI Guidelines for Mobile Apps

Today the Official Merchant Services Blog will examine the PCI Security Standards Council’s most recent guidelines, and their slow crawl towards comprehensive security requirements for mobile devices. On Thursday, the PCI Security Standards Council released a set of best practices geared toward software developers of mobile devices.  These guidelines come four months after they released …

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Industry Terms: Credit Card

Welcome to The Official Merchant Services Blog’s Knowledge Base effort. We want to bring clarity to the payment processing industry’s terms and buzzwords. We want to remove any and all confusion merchants might have about the industry. Host Merchant Services promises: the company delivers personal service and clarity. So we’re going to take some time to explain how everything works. This …

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Mobile Payments Made Live!

I’m back to once again speak about Mobile Payments and their presence in Delaware. In case you missed my last blog, it’s here. It’s really finally here. Barclaycard Mobile Wallet is an active program that participating merchants at the waterfront in Wilmington, DE, and along Main Street in Newark, are using. Right now you can use your …

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Industry Terms: AVS

This is the latest installment in The Official Merchant Services Blog’s Knowledge Base effort. We want to make the payment processing industry’s terms and buzzwords clear. We want to remove any and all confusion merchants might have about how the industry works. Host Merchant Services promises: the company delivers personal service and clarity. So we’re going to take some time …

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NFC Taking Too Long?

When I first started writing for this website, and The Official Merchant Services Blog, a topic I was both fascinated with and completely astounded by was Near Field Communication (NFC). It seems fitting that on the eve of the National Football League’s 2012-2013 season debut — a rare Wedensday Night Football game — which features …

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