May 19, 2015

Summertime is almost here, and consumers are planning to give the easy and convenient present of a gift card.

May 15, 2015

Brian Dodge, executive VP, communications & strategic initiatives, RILA, testified at the House Financial Services Committee hearing, “Protecting Consumers: Financial Data Security in the Age of Computer Hackers,” Thursday, May 14.

May 7, 2015

EMV compliance is coming and when it hits, it will change the way payments happen across America.

April 30, 2015

The upcoming Oct. 1, 2015, mandate for U.S. retailers to adopt POS systems that can securely accept and process transactions using EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa)-compliant, chip-based payment cards is fast approaching. Retailers that are not in compliance with the mandate after that date will be held liable for any fraudulent transaction committed with a chip-based card. However, retailers that have not completed — or started — their compliance efforts should not necessarily panic.

April 30, 2015

Tom Lichford, VP retail technologies, NRF, recommends retailers seeking to achieve compliance with upcoming October 2015 EMV mandate take the following five steps:1. CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: “No matter what, start with customer experience,” advised Litchford. Retailers need to determine such factors as whether they will use self-service or traditional POS, customer prompts and screen displays, and how checkout speed will be impacted.

April 27, 2015

The U.S. is migrating to EMV chip technology to reduce counterfeit card fraud and promote global interoperability. And though the transition is more than three years in, many small and midsized merchants, VARs, ISOs and ISVs are only starting to learn about the EMV standard and beginning implementation project plans.

April 27, 2015

Whether it’s on jewelry or apparel, gift cards or brunch, families this year are expected to spend more for Mother’s Day than they have in the last decade or more.  And the largest portion of that spending will be at U.S. department stores.

April 16, 2015

American Express and wearable device provider Jawbone are launching a new partnership giving eligible U.S. American Express card members the ability to “tap to pay” with the new Jawbone UP4 fitness tracker. 

April 16, 2015

Target Corp. has entered into a settlement agreement with MasterCard International Inc.to resolve losses from the data breach that Target experienced during the fourth quarter of 2013. 

April 14, 2015

Nordstrom announced it is donating one percent of every gift card sale to local nonprofits in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.

April 6, 2015

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is reportedly asking major credit card companies to delay the October 2015 mandate for U.S. retailers to comply with the Europay, Mastercard Visa (EMV) chip-based payment card standard.

March 23, 2015

A surging housing market is giving Lowe’s Cos. a feeling optimistic, to the tune of $5 billion.

March 19, 2015

Dollar General Corporation announced that Rhonda M. Taylor, currently senior VP and general counsel, has been promoted to executive VP and general counsel.

March 17, 2015

Ocean State Job Lot is the latest retail chain to join the mobile payment revolution.

March 12, 2015

Nearly 80% of all businesses fail their interim PCI compliance assessment, leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks.

March 11, 2015

GameStop customers can now sell select gift cards at any GameStop retail location, as well as online.

March 11, 2015

Sephora has achieved an eight-times faster growth rate with its digital gifting revenue since deploying a prepaid commerce solution from CashStar.

March 9, 2015

Dollar General isn’t letting its failed bid for rival Family Dollar slow its momentum. On Saturday, Dollar General announced it is entering three new states: Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island. The expansion will give it stores in a total of 43 states nationwide,

March 5, 2015

A tax benefit in connection with a special cash dividend helped boost net income at Costco Wholesale Corp. a better-than-expected 29% to $598 million from $463 million in the company’s second quarter of fiscal 2013.

March 4, 2015

Blackhawk Network Inc., a prepaid and payments network, has expanded its digital services platform.

March 2, 2015

Howard Levine, CEO of Family Dollar Stores Inc., intends to reduce his holdings of company stock for the second time in a month.

February 24, 2015

American Express has officially launched its Small Merchant EMV Assistance Program, which was announced last October by President Obama.

February 24, 2015

Retailers looking forward to consumers receiving their tax refund checks this year may be setting themselves up for disappointment.

February 21, 2015

The White House recently hosted a daylong Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University. Speakers ranged from President Barack Obama to Apple CEO Tim Cook to Walgreens president Alex Gourlay). Here are a few takeaways.