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141 million mobile payment users by end of 2011 (7/27/2011)
A recent report from Gartner found mobile payment users will reach at least 141.1 million in 2011, with a mobile payment volume totalling $86.1 billion. This is a 75.9 percent increase in volume from 2010.

Retail workers looking for higher salaries, mobility and benefits (7/27/2011)
According to the Fifth Annual Salary Survey from 24 Seven, retail industry employees are seeking higher salaries, more job mobility and quality of life benefits from their employers.

Avant-Garde Introduces Anytime, Anywhere Payments with Hypercom Mobile Solutions (7/27/2011)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz, July 26, 2011 – Hypercom Corporation(NYSE: HYC) today announced that Avant-Garde Marketing Solutions, Inc., one of the nation’s fastest growing Independent Sales Organizations, has selected and is now marketing Hypercom’s Optimum M4230multi-application mobile payment terminal and Mobile Network serviceto its thousands of merchant customers nationwide. Hypercom’s Mobile Solution was selected in head-to-head competition with other global payment providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TIN matching: A problem with solutions (7/27/2011)
A new tax reporting requirement directed at payment processors and acquiring banks may pose significant compliance difficulties for some companies, as well as economic damages to merchants and processors – unless processors come up with a fast, effective and reliable way to ensure they have valid tax identification numbers (TINs) and business names for every account.

Research shows companies hope PCI compliance will prevent breaches of data (7/26/2011)
According to a recent survey by CyberSource, protecting their brand from internal and external threats is the main reason companies invest in Payment Card Industry data-security standard compliance. The survey found 69 percent of organizations surveyed reported their main reason for spending on payment security is brand protection, followed by 26 percent investing to avoid fines.

Changes in consumption patterns expected to affect back-to-school spending (7/26/2011)
The NPD Group recently released its annual back-to-school study of consumer purchasing intentions that found consumers plan to spend about the same this year compared to last year, but they may start a bit later into the sale season.

Retailers spend more on mobile and social ecommerce in face of down economy (7/26/2011)
The survey found 25 percent of retailers plan on replacing head office systems, an increase from 8 percent last year, and 15 percent of retailers will replace their merchandise planning system.

Hackers Shift Attacks to Small Firms (7/26/2011)
Recent hacking attacks on Sony Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. grabbed headlines. What happened at City Newsstand Inc. last year did not.

TIN matching: A problem with solutions (7/26/2011)
A new tax reporting requirement directed at payment processors and acquiring banks may pose significant compliance difficulties for some companies, as well as economic damages to merchants and processors – unless processors come up with a fast, effective and reliable way to ensure they have valid tax identification numbers (TINs) and business names for every account.

Nexus S 4G to be First Smartphone Compatible with Google Wallet (7/25/2011)
Sprint, Google, Citi, MasterCard, and First Data have teamed up to bring mobile commerce to a whole new level in the U.S.. They have developed a NFC (near field communication) wallet app named Google Wallet. This mobile payment app allows users to make payments for goods and services with a mere tap of their phone.

Reasons for Terminating a Merchant Account (7/25/2011)
A merchant account provider has the right to terminate a merchant account at any time and without warning. The closure of a merchant account may not be permanent. Sometimes after the situation is looked at carefully with proper documentation from the merchant their account can be turned back on.


Accept and Provide Payments with the Nexus S 4G (7/25/2011)
Nexus S 4G users so far…are the only smartphone users who can accept credit cards and provide payments using Google Wallet. Double-duty from the latest and greatest Gingerbread Android smartphone. Here is a closer look at the benefits of the Nexus S 4G in the mobile payments world.

Debit Card Interchange Cut by Federal Reserve (7/25/2011)
The Federal Reserve voted Wednesday to cap the fees paid by retailers for all debit card transactions. The debit card interchange cap is part of Section 1075 (Durbin Amendment) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act mandated last year.

Droid 3 Credit Card Processing in Near Future (7/25/2011)
According to MSN’s article, ”A leaked screenshot confirms Motorola Droid 3 arrival this month”, the highly anticipated Droid 3 will be available in stores on July 14th. Great news for ourmobile merchants who have been patiently waiting to start accepting all major credit and debit cards with the fast Droid 3.

Minimum Transaction Amounts for Credit Card Transactions (7/25/2011)
U.S. merchants are now allowed to have a minimum transaction amount for credit card transactions. This allowance does not apply to debit cards.

Payware Mobile Now Compatible with BlackBerry and Android Devices! (7/25/2011)
VeriFone’s PAYware Mobile is a popular mobile credit card processing app among on-the-go merchants. Previously, PAYware Mobile was only available for the iPhones, iPads, and iPods. But now…I am excited to let our BlackBerry and Android merchants know that they can now process their customers credit cards with the PAYware Mobile App! This is still keyed-in only…but I am sure VeriFone will have an encryption sleeve available soon!

More Card Processing With Less Effort. Contact Us To Start Today. (7/25/2011)

Representatives of the chains said there were no plans to end the services, and one supermarket industry executive questioned why, in an environment of increasing competition for shoppers, a company would add a barrier to potential sales.



More Card Processing With Less Effort. Contact Us To Start Today. (7/25/2011)
Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the California division of British retailing giant Tesco, won't take personal checks at any of the 70 stores it operates in California.

Grocery stores taking check use off shoppers' lists (7/25/2011)

Fresh & Easy chain accepts only credit and debit cards in addition to cash, saying the payment types help keep prices down. Whole Foods is testing the policy.



Mobile payments continue to grow (7/25/2011)
Spring customers now have access to American Express's e-wallet service through Sprint Zone through their mobile device. The technology will allow Sprint customers to make purchases and pay their Sprint bills using their American Express anywhere, anytime.

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