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Alipay expanding to US Retailers

Alipay is one of China's top mobile payment services claiming 450 million user worldwide.  Most of those users are in China, but their service has been growing and reaching into markets that are popular with Chinese tourists.  The newest retailer to accept Alipay is New York City's Asian American grocery chain, iFresh. Read More

By | 2018-02-19T09:30:07+00:00 February 19th, 2018|General|0 Comments

EBay splitting from PayPal

EBay has announced that it is replacing PayPal for its primary payments processing with Adyen, a Dutch firm.  EBay and PayPal split back in 2015 but had still been tightly linked.  EBay plans to take more direct control of payments with this new move and has said the partnership with Adyen would lower costs for [...]

By | 2018-02-04T23:29:41+00:00 February 4th, 2018|General|0 Comments

New payments expert joins OPC to solve payment pain points for merchants.

Optimized Payments Consulting welcomes new payments expert! Optimized Payments Consulting (OPC) is excited to announce and welcome Joseph Dembek as Vice President of National Accounts.  Joseph has extensive experience in interchange management, chargebacks, cost management strategies and all aspects of credit card processing. Anand Goel, OPC CEO, stated, “We are excited to have Joseph join [...]

By | 2018-01-10T10:58:40+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Press Releases|0 Comments

AFP Payments Guide: Better Card Management Solutions

OPC's Anand Goel was quoted in this article in AFP Payments Guide. Ever-Rising Costs Push Merchants Toward Better Card Management Solutions As payment processes and technology become ever more sophisticated, the rules and fees related to cards continue to multiply, as do the opportunities for fraudsters to find cracks in the system. Fortunately, the technology and [...]

By | 2017-12-29T13:19:19+00:00 December 29th, 2017|General|0 Comments

AFP Conversations with Anand Goel

AFP Conversations is the only podcast for corporate treasury and finance professionals. Hear treasurers and CFOs discuss: capital structure, risk management, payments, cash forecasting, FP&A, budgeting, bank relationship management, short-term investing, FX, and more! In Episode 71 hear Anand Goel explain How Businesses can Leverage Credit Card Payments Data. https://tunein.com/radio/AFP-Conversations-p918282/?topicId=117771304

By | 2017-12-29T13:06:41+00:00 December 29th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Leveraging payment analytics to reduce interchange costs

By Michael D. Lenihan Published in AFP's Exchange Fall 2017 issue Did you know the credit interchange rates in the United States are the highest in the developed world?  This might raise the question as to how your company stacks up against best practices and overall costs of acquiring these sales, given the continued strong [...]

By | 2017-10-13T11:11:57+00:00 October 13th, 2017|General|0 Comments

What is your Processing IQ?

Anand Goel was recently quoted in an article on card processing fees in Convenience Store Decisions by David Bennett.  This is a great article that talks about the fees paid by merchants for accepting card payments.  Here is an excerpt from the article with a link to the entire article. COST OF DOING BUSINESS Perhaps no topic [...]

By | 2017-10-09T12:57:43+00:00 October 9th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Understanding and Tracking Card Payment Acceptance Costs

Credit and debit card payments are surging.  The “2016 Federal Reserve Payments Study,” which has been tracking longitudinal trends in consumer and business payments, cites that: Payments made with general-purpose credit cards and with non-prepaid debit cards each grew faster than other payment types from 2012 to 2015, in terms of both percentage growth and growth [...]

By | 2017-08-29T17:03:16+00:00 August 29th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Collusion Course: Allegations Muddle Interchange Settlements

Anand Goel was recently quoted in an article on AFP by Andrew Deichler.  This is a great article discussing why the $5.7 billion interchange settlement between Visa/MC and retailers might be in jeopardy. Here is a preview with a link to the entire article. The controversial $5.7 billion settlement between Visa, MasterCard and retailers over [...]

By | 2015-08-19T13:56:20+00:00 August 19th, 2015|General|0 Comments

Visa/MC $5.74 billion Settlement Approved

On December 13, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York approved a $5.74 billion Class Settlement among merchants, Visa, MasterCard and other Defendants in the class-action lawsuit. The settlement “secures both a significant damage award and meaningful injunctive relief for a class of merchants that would face a substantial likelihood [...]

By | 2017-04-19T13:12:17+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Education|Comments Off on Visa/MC $5.74 billion Settlement Approved