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AVP Solutions Launches "SID" (SmartIDentity for Business) Training; Join us on April 19th

AVP Solutions Launches “SID” (SmartIDentity for Business) Training; Join us on April 19th

Our mission at AVP Solutions is to equip our merchants with the most comprehensive services and the highest level of customer service available.  In that tradition, we are proud to announce the addition of SmartIDentity for Business (SID4B) to our core suite of services! You have received a product overview and notification letter and we […]

Breaches Predicted; Help is Coming

Breaches Predicted; Help is Coming

The CIO website is rife with predictions on coming cyber threats and data breaches for the coming year, laid out across several different articles.  In one on Five Data Breach Predictions for 2017, they list, among the quintet of threats, a “focus on payment-based attacks despite the EMV shift taking place over a year ago.” […]

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Merchant Cash Advances Help Businesses Take the Leap Toward Growth and Expansion

The leap—that magical moment when a small business is ready to take operations to the next level. The logistics of expansion present many challenges. In fact, a popular TV show highlights small businesses gaining investments from corporate gurus, and the effects that come from sudden success. The outcomes often describe the dilemmas that come from […]

Toronto Film Fest: Lights, Cameras… New Payment Tech!

Toronto Film Fest: Lights, Cameras… New Payment Tech!

The Toronto Film Festival unfolds — “unspools,” perhaps — in its namesake city every fall, and has become the unofficial kickoff to “Oscar season,” where buzz and critical acclaim can help launch a film on its march through awards season. This year,  for example, films like the Robert Redford-starring Truth, about the fall of Dan […]

Payment Times Keep A-Changin' - New Technologies, Shifting Consumer Trends

Payment Times Keep A-Changin’ – New Technologies, Shifting Consumer Trends

The payments news cycle is once again filled with predictable data breaches (both of the IRS and even less discreet varieties), and we hope being a regular reader of these updates has somewhat indemnified you against the worst of these hazards (since you use separate passwords for different accounts and devices and update all your […]

The Science of Super Bowl Spending -- and ID Theft

The Science of Super Bowl Spending — and ID Theft

Economics has been called an imperfect science by some of its critics, and differing conclusions about the benefits of the recent Super Bowl to the local economy may show that the field does still lack the precision regularly used by, say, astrophysicists. According to a CNBC article about the Glendale, Arizona-hosted event, its “economic impact […]

“I Spy” More Changes in Payments, More Need For Security

“I Spy” More Changes in Payments, More Need For Security

As you know from being a savvy/frequent readers of these posts, the world of payments shares a critical motif with life itself: Change is the only constant. And by “change,” we don’t mean those coins in your pocket, left over from the last time you used cash. No, we’re talking about how the way payments […]

2015:  A Sheep Year -- But A Safe One?

2015: A Sheep Year — But A Safe One?

The New Year celebrating isn’t quite over yet — next month brings us the Chinese New Year. Those followers of Chinese Astrology know that each year is given an “animal” personality, so our upcoming “sheep year” is presumed to be — like its totem animal — somewhat gentle and easygoing. The question is whether that […]

Halloween Spending, Holiday Trends -- and Goodbye, Cash?

Halloween Spending, Holiday Trends — and Goodbye, Cash?

The Boston Globe says it succinctly: “Consumers may still be holding tight to their wallets after the recession, but there’s at least one occasion that doesn’t appear to have them spooked: Halloween.” The article quotes Kathy Grannis, from the National Retail Federation:  ‘‘There was a time when mom and dad simply put their child in a […]