Monday , January 18, 2021

Jim Daly

Jim Daly joined Digital Transactions in 2006 after covering payments and merchant acquiring at Thomson Media’s Credit Card Management, Credit Card News, and CardLine publications. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at the daily Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis.

Mastercard Says New Data Show Spending Headed Toward ‘Normalization Phase’

New network data from Mastercard Inc. show U.S. switched volume is off 6% year-over-year for the week ending May 7 compared with a 26% decline in the week ending April 30. Mastercard on Thursday released two more weeks of network data, for the weeks ending May 7 and April 28, …

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Get Ready for the ‘Global Reset’ in Payments Spurred by Covid-19

The world’s response to Covid-19 already has accelerated trends underway in the payments business, and pandemic-spurred innovations will continue after the contagion eases, according to three senior industry executives. “The impacts of Covid-19 represent a true global reset of the entire market, not just our payments market,” said Philip McHugh, …

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Eye on Acquirers: ‘Signs of Hope’ for Restaurants; ISO Parent Newtek Funds $700 Million in PPP Loans

Merchant processor Shift4 Payments LLC reported Monday it has seen a big jump in restaurant payments in the past week, and the parent company of independent sales organization Newtek Merchant Solutions says it has approved and funded $700 million in loans to small businesses under the federal government’s Covid-19 relief …

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EVO Payments Says Inactive Merchants Coming Back to Life During Nascent Economic Revival

After suffering through a 40% year-over-year decline in payment volume because of the Covid-19 pandemic, merchant processor EVO Payments Inc. says many merchants that went dormant are generating transactions again.  Atlanta-based EVO’s active merchant count declined by about 35% during the worst part of the pandemic-induced business slowdown in mid-April, …

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Despite a Big Quarterly Loss, Square Eyes Bright Spots in the New Covid-19 Environment

Square Inc.’s seller volume is down and its net loss more than doubled to $106 million in the first quarter. But Square’s Cash App service is thriving during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Square expects its merchant business will more than recover. “We see significant opportunity to bring new sellers and …

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Visa Postponing Most Interchange Rate Changes Until April 2021

Citing the business disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Visa Inc. announced late Tuesday that it will delay until next April most of the interchange rate changes it had planned for July. The network also publicly confirmed the six-month postponement of its EMV liability shift for fuel pumps, and further …

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Visa Will Postpone Its Fuel-Pump EMV Liability Shift for Six Months, C-Store Group Says

Visa Inc. has informed petroleum retailers that it will delay its planned EMV fuel-pump liability shift set for October until April 17, 2021, the convenience-store trade group NACS disclosed Friday. “The network’s delay was in response to letters NACS sent on behalf of its retail members to the four global …

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With Travel Spending Nearly Grounded, Visa Looks to Online And Contactless Payments as Bright Spots

Visa Inc. divulged both grim and hopeful payment data Thursday that largely reflects what its rivals have been seeing after the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic. “After strong growth in January and February, payments volumes dropped precipitously in the second half of March as lockdowns went into effect across …

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Mastercard Volumes Beginning To Show Some Stabilization after Sharp Drop-Off

Mastercard Inc. managed to remain profitable in the first quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic began to sweep the world, and its volume and transaction data for April indicate a possible bottoming out of the steep decline in consumer and business spending. U.S. dollar volume switched over Mastercard’s network in the …

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Euronet Takes on U.S. ATM Outsourcing With Its Dolphin Debit Acquisition

It may be headquartered in suburban Kansas City, but payment-services provider Euronet Worldwide Inc.’s network of 46,070 ATMs operates in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. With today’s announcement that it has acquired ATM outsourcer Dolphin Debit, however, Euronet is gaining a foothold in the U.S. ATM market. Houston-based Dolphin …

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