Saturday , September 30, 2023

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.

In a Bid to Fight Chargebacks, Sift Gleans Data Via Integrations With PayPal and Adyen

Fresher data flowing directly from payments platforms could mean more effective remedies against chargebacks, some observers say. On Tuesday a major risk-management firm acted on that theory with a service that allows sellers to factor in information regarding chargebacks and disputes that flow through integrations with PayPal Holdings Inc. and …

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Square Founder Dorsey Will Have His Hands Full in Taking Over Square Again, Observers Say

The unexpected announcement late Monday that Square chief executive Alyssa Henry is leaving the company and being replaced by founder Jack Dorsey raises tough questions about how the strategy and direction of the huge point-of-sale payments company might change, experts say. Dorsey, a key founder of what was then called …

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A Top Fed Official Points to Real Time Payments Progress While Eyeing Stablecoins Skeptically

The Federal Reserve seeks to work closely with private-sector instant-payment services and plans to carve out a regulatory role to govern developments in stablecoins, a top official at the Fed said Friday. The remarks come in the wake of the Fed’s launch in July of its FedNow real-time payments network. …

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Visa Moves Blockchain Into Acquiring With a Pilot for Merchant Processors

Visa Inc., which has been working with blockchain-based currencies at least since the start of the decade, on Monday said it is starting to expand its cryptocurrency services into merchant acquiring, largely for cross-border transactions. The move, which Visa calls a “pilot project,” involves the major merchant processors Worldpay and …

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SoftPOS Offers Many Advantages, But a Few Drawbacks, Too

The recently developed ability to accept card payments on an ordinary smart phone, with no additional hardware, has electrified the payments industry. But the technology, known as SoftPOS, comes with complications that could slow progress, a panel of experts warned Thursday. SoftPOS, which as the name implies relies on specialized …

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BNPL’s Rapid Ascent Evokes Clashing Opinions on the Ethics of Short-Term POS Credit

The buy now, pay later craze, which took flight during the Covid pandemic, has turned into a $70-billion-plus segment of the payments industry. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t stirred controversy among acquiring-industry executives, some of whom manage versions of the point-of-sale credit product. That clash of viewpoints emerged Wednesday …

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Discover’s Management Stresses New Action on Merchant And Banking Issues

Discover Financial Inc.’s top brass early Thursday stressed that the company’s top priorities are regulatory compliance, customer experience, and long-term growth. The declaration, from temporary chief executive John Owen, was meant to reassure equity analysts and came in the wake of merchant-overcharge and banking-compliance issues that led up to the …

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Hochschild Exits Discover As the Card Network Confronts Fallout From an Overcharge Issue

John Owen, a retired banker and member of Discover Financial Services Inc.’s board of directors, has been appointed interim chief executive and president, replacing Roger Hochschild, who resigned Monday after five years running the company. Riverwoods, Ill.-based Discover announced Hochschild’s departure following the card network’s disclosure in an earnings call …

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PayPal’s Board Taps Intuit’s Alex Chriss to Replace Retiring CEO Dan Schulman

PayPal Holdings Inc. announced early Monday that Alex Chriss, a long-time executive at Intuit Inc., will take over in September as chief executive, replacing Dan Schulman, who in February triggered the hunt for his successor when he announced he would retire later this year. Chriss, a 19-year veteran at Mountain …

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Debit Networks Prepare As a Fed Clarification on Network Choice Sinks in

Debit card networks are gearing up for an expected flood of new online transactions in the wake of a Federal Reserve rule clarification that took effect more than a month ago to require that issuers enable network choice for online as well as in-person transactions. The latest example emerged late …

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