Thursday , August 5, 2021

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.

Shift4 Looks to a Revamped Restaurant Platform As It Racks up a Strong Second Quarter

Top executives at Shift4 Payments Inc. said early Thursday the company will launch general availability of a new restaurant platform in the first quarter of next year. The Android-based technology will include a Quick Response-code payments option as well as capabilities for analytics, marketing, payroll, and other features, according to …

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FIS Logs a Record Performance in the June Quarter As Merchant Volume Balloons

Led by robust growth in its merchant-processing unit, FIS Inc. Tuesday morning heralded a strong second quarter, with record sales and with momentum continuing deeper into the summer, according to the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company’s top executives.  Speaking to equity analysts to discuss the company’s second-quarter results, management also outlined a …

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Global Payments Celebrates Its Latest Deals As Its CEO Says, ‘The Best Is Yet to Come’

Global Payments Inc. early Monday announced it will make its Netspend prepaid card services available via Amazon Web Services. While reporting a strong performance for the June quarter, the Atlanta-based processing company also said it is acquiring from Spain’s Caixabank the payments businesses of the bank’s Bankia unit.  The move …

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Mastercard Outlines a Strong Quarter As It Pursues Strategies in Crypto, 5G, And Open Banking

As they have for rival Visa Inc., transaction volumes are continuing to improve for Mastercard Inc. as world commerce stages its recovery from the impact of the pandemic. “The strong momentum we started the year with accelerated this quarter,” chief executive Michael Miebach said Thursday morning during a session with …

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PayPal’s CEO Promises an ‘Aggressive’ Play for Merchant Business in the Wake of New Pricing

PayPal’s boss made a declaration Wednesday afternoon that may have been as much a warning to incumbent merchant acquirers as it was a promise to storefront merchants. Referring to PayPal’s new transaction pricing schedule, expected to go into effect Aug. 2, chief executive Dan Schulman made it clear PayPal will …

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Volumes Soar for Visa As the Payments Network Looks to Its Next Move in Open Banking

The big network executives aren’t quite ready to come right out and say it, but they’re certainly coming close to declaring their systems are just about at pre-pandemic performance levels. The latest example came Tuesday afternoon, when Visa Inc.’s results for the quarter ended June 30 prompted chairman and chief …

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Fiserv’s Acquiring Unit Rides to New Heights on the Back of Tech Like Clover and Carat

If there are lingering doubts about a big comeback for the big merchant processors, Fiserv Inc. may well have dispelled them early Tuesday with results showing 43% second-quarter growth in revenue year-over-year for the company’s merchant-acceptance unit. That performance comes on top of a near-doubling in payment volume for the …

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How the Pandemic Has Forced Changes in the Way Acquirers Approach—And Sell to—Merchants

Ever since the Covid pandemic set in more than a year ago, the payments industry has been abuzz with talk about its various impacts on merchant acceptance. What hasn’t received as much attention is how the pandemic has affected merchant acquiring. It turns out processors and independent sales organizations have …

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Consumer Spending Helps Put AmEx Within a Whisker of Pre-Pandemic Times

American Express Co. posted second-quarter numbers Friday indicating the card giant is very nearly back to its pre-pandemic performance and reflecting a steady recovery from the travel restrictions that hampered the company for most of 2020. Driving the improved results was steady improvement in the company’s vital travel-and-entertainment business and …

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Visa Agrees to Lay out Nearly $1 Billion to Acquire Britain’s Cross-Border Specialist Currencycloud

Visa Inc. has been concentrating on building out its “network-of-networks” strategy for some time, and it’s latest move in that project came early Thursday with the news that it has agreed to acquire Currency Cloud Ltd., a London-based developer of application programming interfaces that can simplify cross-border payments. The deal values …

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