Monday , July 4, 2022

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.

Payactiv, a Pioneer in Earned Wage Access, Scraps Access Fees Following a CFPB Action

Payactiv Inc., a payments provider said to have pioneered the field of earned-wage access, said late Thursday it is scrapping its access fees. The move makes several of the company’s options, including automated clearing house transfers, “completely free,” the San Jose, Calif.-based company says. Payactiv’s action follows a move this …

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Merchants And Issuers Are Pouncing on Inflation—But With Dueling Results

Price inflation is rising at its fastest rate since the early 1980s, and that’s prompting dueling releases from both foes and advocates of card interchange, the fee merchants pay when consumers use credit and debit cards. Merchant groups have long inveighed against interchange—also referred to as “swipe fees”—as a cost …

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FIS Launches Guaranteed Payments, a Service It Says Boosts Approvals And Cuts Fraud

FIS Inc. early Wednesday announced a platform it says will make the big processor the first to combine higher approval rates for e-commerce merchants with relief from financial liability for chargebacks stemming from fraudulent transactions. Information was not immediately available regarding whether the new capability carries fees for merchants using …

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In a Crowded Market, Oracle Counts on Fixed Pricing to Boost Its New Platform for Restaurants

With restaurants scrambling to launch digital-payment options and a bevy of firms eager to satisfy that demand, the technology giant Oracle Corp. on Tuesday launched its Oracle Food and Beverage Payment Cloud Service. The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company bills the new product as standing alone in offering contactless payments and …

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LianLian Global Launches Cross Border Wallet to Iron Out Wrinkles for Small Online Sellers

E-commerce growth exploded during the pandemic, but international sales can be a challenge for small online sellers that confront challenges like currency conversions or sometimes burdensome fees. Early Monday, the cross-border payments firm LianLian Global announced its Cross Border Wallet, aimed at unraveling these challenges particularly for e-commerce merchants selling …

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Uplift Signs Sun Country Airlines, Expanding Its Travel Portfolio for BNPL

The expansion of buy now, pay later payment options in the travel industry continued with the announcement Thursday that Uplift has signed Sun Country Airlines. Through Uplift, passengers on Sun Country flights can split payments for their tickets with three, six, or 11 monthly installments as an alternative to paying …

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Chip Shortfalls Will Plague Payment Card Deliveries Through 2023, the SPA Warns

Snarled supply chains and production shortfalls continue to plague the semiconductor industry, leading the Smart Payment Association to warn early Thursday that significant shortages in card deliveries will continue in the payments industry for at least another 18 months. What’s more, these credit and debit card deliveries that are being …

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Regulation May Loom, But For Now BNPL Is Enjoying a Growth Blowout

It may have attracted the attention of federal regulators, but the buy now, pay later trend is poised for further strong growth driven by easier-to-use apps, the entry of major new players like Apple Inc., and expansion into new retail markets, according to a report issued early Wednesday. U.S. purchase …

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Stripe Says It Is Remolding Bank Transfers to Ease Acceptance by Businesses

Stripe Inc. has introduced a direct-transfer product that it says allows users to send payments from their bank accounts to businesses without the account-reconciliation headaches that have historically plagued wire transfers. The new service is now available in the United States, Mexico, and the European Union, having been launched in …

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Payveris Adds Mobile, Text, Apps, And Other Popular Options for Loan Payments to Banks

Citing a gap in the market for real-time loan repayments to financial institutions, bill-payment provider Payveris has launched Loan Payments, a service that can handle payments on debit cards and via the automated clearing house, as well as in cash. The new service comes in response to what the Cromwell, …

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