Tuesday , December 11, 2018

John Stewart

Starting as an editor on Bank Network News at Faulkner & Gray, John ultimately played a key role in starting, editing, and publishing many of F&G's flagship publications, including Credit Card Management, Card Technology, Card Marketing, and Collections & Credit Risk. Before co-founding Boland Hill Media, John was a group publisher at Thomson Media responsible for a $10 million division embracing magazines, newsletters, and Web sites.

Will A Wider Array of NFC Functions Help Boost Apple Pay?

Ever since Apple Pay launched in the fall of 2014, observers have questioned why the mobile-payment service hasn’t caught on with consumers. One possibility is that the service’s contactless capability remains foreign to most consumers. That could change next month, when Apple Inc. is expected to widen the range of …

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An iPayment Tie-in With Aliant Will Harness More ISO Horsepower for Crypto Acceptance

The same force that decades ago hit the streets and made credit and debit card acceptance nearly universal is revving up in a nascent effort to do the same for cryptocurrency. Aliant Payment Systems, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based independent sales organization that has been marketing Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin acceptance …

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Nearly All of Visa’s Payment Volume Now Comes From Chip Cards, the Network Reports

Some 97% of Visa Inc.’s total U.S. payment volume stemmed from EMV chip cards in March, according to the card network’s latest periodic report on EMV’s progress in the United States. EMV volume totaled $70.7 billion, up from $4.8 billion in September 2015, the last full month before the country …

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However It Will Work, the Common Buy Button Isn’t Going to Appear Any Time Soon

With each week that passes, the so-called unified buy button concept introduced by the major card networks last month takes on more definition, but despite all the discussion, the idea of an online checkout shared by multiple payment networks remains too vague—and too futuristic—to suit some expert observers. “I keep …

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Ticketing App Atom Tickets Adds Landmark Theatres to a Stable of Major Movie Chains

The movie-ticketing app Atom Tickets has struck a deal with Landmark Theatres, said to be the country’s largest exhibitor of independent films, to add the company’s 53 theaters and 255 screens in 27 markets across the country. The deal will boost Atom Tickets’ coverage that includes more than 20,000 screens …

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Now That Real-Time Is on the Horizon, Fee-Weary Merchants Look for Card Displacement

Financial institutions have been pushing real-time payments because they are supposed to be not only faster but also more cost-efficient. But now results of a global survey released Monday indicate merchants not only expect faster payments to be less expensive to accept, but also to displace the payment cards banks …

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How Apple’s Goldman Gambit Could Help Lock in Banks Supporting Apple Pay

Apple Inc.’s move to create a new Apple Pay credit card with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. may or may not help boost usage of the mobile-payments service, but one thing it is likely to do is cement Apple’s ties with the thousands of banks that support the service, observers say. …

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Wells Fargo’s Mobile App Moves Payments to Center Stage, Even Before the Log-in

Ever since banks, merchants, and tech companies first introduced mobile services, they’ve looked for ways to entice more usage by streamlining the way consumers interact with little screens. Now Wells Fargo & Co. has decided to put frequently used payments services on the home screen of its mobile app, before …

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With Synthetic ID Fraud Losses Soaring, Complications Beset a Search for Solutions

Cyberthieves can use the payment credentials they steal to charge products to the people who are the legitimate owners of that data. That’s bad enough. But increasingly, these fraudsters are using the information they glean from data breaches to invent fresh identities, sometimes out of whole cloth, leaving credit card …

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Microsoft Enables Email Users to Pay Billers Without Leaving Outlook

Microsoft Corp. is adapting its Microsoft Pay wallet to allow users of Outlook to pay bills and invoices they receive in the email program. The new feature, announced Monday at a company-sponsored developer conference, will become available to “a limited number” of users of Outlook’s Web-based service “over the next …

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