Target Pay Coming Soon

Apple, Android, and Google have their own pay services, where people can make payments directly from their devices. Recently, Wal-Mart joined the bandwagon when they released Walmart Pay. Target is now joining the game, planning to release its own payment service Target Pay later on this year. Although, Target has not decided if the service…

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Room for Improvement: Commercial Cards in 2017

The year 2016 was not exactly a breakthrough period for commercial cards and other payment tools available to the competitive business-to-business sector. According to research recently published by the Professional Association for the Commercial Card and Payment Industry, B2B credit cards and virtual cards are gaining corporate acceptance, but they are not quite ready to…

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The Yahoo Data Breach and Its Dire Consequences

For internet giant Yahoo, the year 2016 cannot be over soon enough. The legendary internet services portal and search engine has been losing significant market share over the years, but two major security issues in 2016 may have compromised its future. Yahoo has been involved in talks with American telecommunications giant Verizon about a possible…

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MasterCard Using Artificial Intelligence to Attack False Declines

One of the biggest problems for merchants accepting credit cards is not fraudulent transactions, but rather false declines. Certainly, credit card fraud is costly, but it’s estimated that merchants lose $118 billion due to credit card declines where the transaction is genuine and the customer is not over their limit. It’s estimated that 15% of…

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Customer Service: A Big Challenge for Payment Processors

The credit and debit card industry thrives on payment processors and the services they offer; unfortunately, customer support seems to be taking a backseat to other factors for many companies. At Host Merchant Services, we believe there is an unfortunate financial motive at play that explains why this is happening. Consolidation is one of the…

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American EMV Adoption Marks One Year

Just over 12 months have gone by since the merchant services and credit card processing industry in the United States faced the historical EMV liability shift. October 1, 2015 was the big day. Switching to the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) system has been a major responsibility in terms of installing terminals and educating shoppers…

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Verifone CEO Comments on the Future of Payments

Ever since its beginnings in the 1980s, Verifone has been known as a major global provider of point-of-sale (POS) technology and innovative solutions for the merchant payments industry. After three decades of being a dominant market player, Verifone is more than just a provider of credit card terminals; the company is seen as a respected…

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Fraud Costs Cut in Half Since the Introduction of EMV

Great news for the credit card processing industry: Just one year into the shift towards the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) system in the United States, and counterfeit fraud costs have been slashed by just over 50%. According to a report issued by credit card giant MasterCard in mid-September, counterfeit fraud costs are being sharply…

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FitPay: A Truly Wearable Payment Option

In the fragmented world of mobile payments, one company is taking advantage of unifying existing technologies for the benefit of shoppers. FitPay is a California company that was envisioned by veterans of the mobile payments industry. This innovative tech firm has paid close attention to shoppers who have been largely underwhelmed by “contactless” mobile payments…

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More Businesses Than You Think Still Pay By Check

Modern payment methods in the United States range from EMV chip cards to digital wallets to bitcoin; however, there’s one traditional form of payment that has managed to survive the shift towards digital. The use of paper checks by American business entities and individuals remains uncomfortably high in the 21st century. A 2013 survey by…

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Speeding up Chip Card Checkout Times with Visa

Over the last couple of years, more retailers and providers of merchant services in the United States have been settling into the new Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) credit card processing system. As EMV acceptance expands, business owners will start to see more technology upgrades offered by through their merchant services providers. One current quirk…

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Oracle MICROS Hackers Also Hacked 5 Other Companies

American companies that use credit card processing and merchant services are on high alert after a Russian hacking group breached the servers of various POS or point of sale systems. The first victim of the breach was tech giant Oracle, which in mid-2016 acquired MICROS Systems, a major provider of POS solutions for the retail…

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How MICROS Point of Sale Systems Got Hacked

Software giant Oracle Corporation became the victim of a data breach last week when a Russian organized cybercrime group gained access to hundreds of their systems. According to security experts the group gained access through a customer support portal for companies that use the MICROS point-of-sale software from Oracle. The MICROS software payment system is…

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New Methods for Nonprofits to Accept Donations

The only means of sustenance for nonprofit organizations is the money they receive from a variety of sources. Because many NGOs want to maintain neutrality and independence in operations, they do not accept corporate funding. They therefore depend solely on funding sources such as road side stands, races and fairs to raise funds for operations.…

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What the PayPal and Visa Partnership Means for the Future of Payments

Discovering Visa and PayPal were partnering up has shaken up the credit card processing industry. It is believed that everything from merchant services to eBay will be affected. Some immediately lauded how the partnership will enhance in-store NFC payments. The most cynical critics believe Visa, with PayPal under its watchful eye, will be better suited…

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Data Breach at Wendy’s Expands to Over 1000 Locations

Data security issues at Wendy’s have now been super-sized. Following whispers of a data breach in January, Wendy’s finally confirmed payment security issues in May, when spokesmen admitted fewer than 300 stores had been affected by malware. Now, the company admits the real number of compromised restaurants is over 1,000. Thieves installed malware on POS…

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Walmart Pay to Deepen Information about Shopper Habits

Businesses are striving to stay on top of trends in consumer behavior, and mobile payments have been a hotbed of activity. Walmart Pay just rolled out nationwide, and the company is hoping that the app will help them collect more information about how customers use their products and make purchasing decisions. Credit card processing has seen…

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