PCI Oh My: New Study Shows Compliance Can “Make or Break” Merchant Relationships

PCI Oh My: New Study Shows Compliance Can “Make or Break” Merchant Relationships

A  new ControlScan survey making the rounds of the financial press, showing that “one in four acquirers say that how they approached Payment Card Industry security standard compliance caused them to lose merchant accounts.” As one ControlScan exec said, “Easing their merchants’ PCI compliance pain is certainly to the acquirer’s competitive advantage, but for risk […]

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Credit Card Processing Risk Management Solutions

Busy Seasons and Transaction Security—Are You Putting Your Customers at Risk? With summer only a couple of months away, now is a good time for seasonal or tourism-oriented businesses to give additional thought to secure payment processing. This hectic season brings an opportunity for profit and brand-building, but it also entices word-be thieves to take […]

Record “Green” Predicted for St. Paddy’s; Eyeing Payments on Other Side of Rainbow

Record “Green” Predicted for St. Paddy’s; Eyeing Payments on Other Side of Rainbow

“Americans,” according the National Retail Federation, “will spend more than ever as they put on their favorite green outfits to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.” As the above-linked summary states, “spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, an all-time high in the survey’s 13-year history. The total is up dramatically […]

The Two Types of Credit Card Users: Churners and Chuggers

The Two Types of Credit Card Users: Churners and Chuggers

There are numerous pieces of philosophical shorthand floating around about there being “two types of people” in the world — those that like a certain type of entertainment or music, say, or those that don’t. Perhaps a kind of food, or a political philosophy. While this kind of binary redaction may not be the most […]

Beyond the Antivirus Software, Pt. II

Beyond the Antivirus Software, Pt. II

As we write this morning, the internet is recovering from a partial loss of “the cloud” as Amazon’s S3 server had gone out, resulting in the shuttering of numerous websites and services.  Since we posted last week, a massive potential breach to numerous websites has made headlines, as the Cloudflare security service used by many […]

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Are You Using The Best Card Processing Solutions?

Make Sure Your Merchant Account is the Best for Your Business At AVPS, we believe that continued discernment is what sets great entrepreneurs apart from the rest. As we approach tax time, now is the perfect time to take a second look at your options to see if you can get better rates, better service, […]

You May Need More Help Than Your Antivirus Software Can Give

You May Need More Help Than Your Antivirus Software Can Give

A recent article in Slate’s “Future Tense” section has some sobering news: “In 2005, Panda Software reported that a new strain of malware was discovered every 12 minutes. In 2016, the cybersecurity company McAfee says it found four every second.”   And by “malware,” they mean “the umbrella term for parasitic software like viruses, worms, […]

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How Your Small Business Can Benefit By Adding Mobile Processing

In the past, the AVPS team has talked about how mobile credit card processing has revolutionized innovative small business models. From food trucks to seasonal businesses, mobile processing removes the typical restrictions that keep entrepreneurs chained to traditional brick and mortar storefronts. This week, we want to look beyond even those innovators to the hidden […]

A Brief History of the Unlikely Rise of the Credit Card

A Brief History of the Unlikely Rise of the Credit Card

We don’t know if you’re in the habit of reading the venerable Christian Science Monitor, but they’re a reliable source of what remains real news, and many of their features and backgrounders are fascinating, as well. Just this week, they ran an interview with Matty Simmons, the former publicist-turned-Hollywood-producer, who is pushing 90. Without dating […]