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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

Chip Card Nightmares?

As a consumer, I've noticed that EMV/Chip card transaction are slower.  As a payments industry consultant, I know EMV transactions are more secure for retail transactions but do nothing for online transactions.  EMV transactions will get faster and ubiquitous in retail.  As the following article from the WSJ argues, mobile payments will speed the adoption - http://on.wsj.com/2aOcl9I 

By | 2016-08-03T12:59:44+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|General|0 Comments

EMV Status Report

By most industry accounts about 25-30% of US merchants are ready to process EMV transactions on October 1, just three days away.  This is not surprising as EMV enablement is complex, costly and just one part of the payments security layer (more on this later). […]

By | 2017-04-19T13:12:16+00:00 September 28th, 2015|Education, 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

Debit Network Distinctions Blur

Good article from First Annapolis on debit networks and congruence between duel and single message networks.  Read original article here. The debit industry has been in a state of upheaval over the last five years, particularly with regard to the historical distinctions between dual-message (Signature debit) and single-message (PIN debit) systems. Looking to the full [...]

By | 2017-04-19T13:12:17+00:00 August 15th, 2015|Education|0 Comments

Reducing Pain of EMV & POS Upgrades

Many retailers are struggling with the cost and time involved with upgrading their payments infrastructure to accommodate for EMV cards and contactless payments, including Apple Pay.  The challenge is not just replacing the payment terminals with a Verifone or Ingenico EMV capable terminal.  The greater challenge is certifying/upgrading every link in the payments communication chain [...]

By | 2017-04-19T13:12:17+00:00 July 10th, 2015|Education|0 Comments

European Interchange Update

The following article presents a good overview of regulatory changes to EU credit interchange rates.  It also provides some context with Australian and U.S. interchange developments. Read more here...

By | 2015-08-04T11:09:24+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Education|0 Comments

Merchants Allowed to Steer Customers Away from AmEx

As we noted in a post last month, AmEx was told on May 5th by Judge Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York that it cannot enforce its anti-steering rules.  AmEx was seeking a stay of this ruling pending its appeal.  The stay was denied  this past week.  This [...]

By | 2017-04-19T13:12:17+00:00 June 20th, 2015|Education|0 Comments