The End (almost?). And The Beginning.

Hi, all–

As we mentioned last week, we are nearing the end of our run of blog posts under the “current” web design. We will soon be relaunching with a whole new look, which will be easier to navigate, and contain even more information about what AVPS can do for you business.  And about the payments business in general.

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We’ll be building out a new blog on that new website, too. The blog entries will come less often, but they will be more in-depth, “backgrounders” on consumer trends, from year-to-year and season-to-season. For example, in the middle of our own big changes, CNBC is reporting that “the number of credit card accounts in the U.S. is rising quickly – and is now back to prerecession levels. To that point, 171 million consumers now have at least one credit card, the highest level since 2005, according to the most recent quarterly report by credit monitoring firm TransUnion.”

With more credit, will come more ways to pay, or more customers wanting to, and we’ll also be keeping you up-to-date on the ways that “FinTech” will continue to change the connectivity that you and your customers use to buy, sell, and pay for goods.

We will still keep you apprised of breaking news as it happens, particularly on the security front, when there are breaches and hacks with that aforementioned “tech.” We’ll also keep you updated on new ways for your business to protect itself,  and look at whether the “old ways” are still useful.

TechCrunch, this past week, for example, states that “the efficacy of state breach notification laws is debatable. A recent RAND survey found that more than a quarter of U.S. adults received a breach notice in the past year, and 89 percent of them continued to do business with the company that reported the breach.

 “There is even less support for the claim that consumers benefit when states such as California and New Hampshire post detailed information about breaches on public websites, often including samples of the notices that the companies provided to customers. This year, Massachusetts became the latest state to publicize breaches of its residents’ information, though its summaries are more limited than those in other states.”
We will continue to strive to do more than “merely report,” as we have these past few years here on these pixelated pages, as we continue to put information that we hope is useful, insightful, and practical into your virtual hands.
Meanwhile, we’re working on behind the scenes on the upgrades, as we speak. For those of you also getting our weekly newsletter, that will be redesigned as well, and these changes will all be rolling out as spring gives way to summer.
This may be our last blog post under the old design. Or there may yet be one or two more. Either way… we’ll see you in a week!
And thank you for being a customer, supporter, and diligent reader so far! See you on the flip side!

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