Merchant Services 2012 Events

Merchant Services 2012 Events

  • On March 1, 2012
2012 is heating up and the payment processing industry is getting things moving. Today The Official Merchant Services Blog reports on a major event that just happened, and brings you all the details on a major event that is coming up in the credit card processing industry. What You May Have Missed The GSMA Mobile World […]
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Visa, MasterCard Add New Fees

  • On February 27, 2012
The Official Merchant Services Blog has just learned that Visa and MasterCard are planning to add new processing fees in the coming months — fees specifically targeted toward Debit Card Swipe transactions. These new fees, which we are consolidating and dubbing as “Card Association Fees” are going to complicate the pricing process for Merchant Services […]
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Starting A Business in Tough Economic Times

Starting A Business in Tough Economic Times

  • On February 21, 2012
You’ve been thinking about starting your own business for years. The opportunity to step out on your own and launch the business has finally come — but wait. The macro-economic conditions are so severe that your business seems doomed to failure even before it starts. Should you make the leap and launch your business during […]
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Durbin Amendment Fallout

Durbin Amendment Fallout

  • On February 20, 2012
Today The Official Merchant Services Blog offers a really quick update on the fallout from The Durbin Amendment. You’ll recall Host Merchant Services offered a thorough analysis of the legislation before it took effect. Much of the current media coverage for this topic revolves around something we predicted in that analysis: “The banks, not wanting […]
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The BBB and HMS

The BBB and HMS

  • On February 16, 2012
Today’s blog is coming to you straight from Host Merchant Services. We received in our mail today a brand spanking new copy of the 2012 BBB Buyer’s Guide: A Directory of BBB Accredited Businesses in Delaware. Hotness! Lo and behold, Host Merchant Services is included in their directory. There we are, page 19, under the […]
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1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

  • On February 15, 2012
We’ve been covering Mobile Payments here at The Official Merchant Services Blog since the very beginning. In fact, the Article Archive at Host Merchant Services has extensive coverage of the topic as well. It’s just too sexy a topic — everybody loves the allure of gadgets — and too fascinating a financial prediction — folks […]
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Why Online Processing is Right For You

Why Online Processing is Right For You

  • On February 14, 2012
Today The Official Merchant Services Blog is turning its attention back to E-Commerce. Yesterday we delved into the topic of partial payment authorization, hopefully clearing up some of the more confusing aspects of the process. Now we’re going to take things back to the basics, and delve into the advantages of online processing, specifically focusing […]
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Partial Payments Reminder

  • On February 13, 2012
Today The Official Merchant Services Blog is going to step off its SOPA soap box and return to a much more focused and specific topic — Partial Payment Authorization. In November, 2011 Partial Payment Authorization was mandated by MasterCard and Discover. This mandate requires merchants to support partial payments on their terminals. Host Merchant Services […]
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SOPA: Rebuttal of RIAA Opinion Pt. 2

  • On February 9, 2012
This is part 2 of The Official Merchant Services Blog‘s rebuttal of this New York Times Op-Ed piece titled “What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You” written by Cary H. Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents music labels. The Real Slim Shady Mr. Sherman in his article goes on to accuse Wikipedia of spreading misinformation. He […]
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SOPA: Rebuttal of RIAA Opinion Pt. 1

  • On February 9, 2012
The RIAA just won’t quit. They’re taken up the crusade to push for anti-piracy legislation once again, as seen in this New York Times Op-Ed piece titled “What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You” written by Cary H. Sherman,chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents music labels. The content of the piece is incendiary, and […]
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