Small Business Retailers Rally in DC for ‘Swipe-Fee’ Cuts


Battle continues as small businesses fight to keep transaction fees low as promised in financial reform bill.

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Retailers Testify as Federal Debate Continues On Credit Card Swipe Fees


Store owners keep pressure on lawmakers to limit fees despite credit card companies’ efforts to raise them.

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NRF Calls on Retailers To Help Maintain Reduction in Debit Card Swipe Fees


Business trade group rallying independent retailers to fight higher fees sought by banks and card issuers.

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Debit Cards Expected to Surpass Credit Cards This Season


With consumers still wary of taking on more debt, new findings say debit cards (or cash) will be the currency of choice this Christmas.

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Paying by Cell Phone App? Not So Fast

There seems to be a strong push by banks and credit card companies urging small merchants to allow customers to make purchases by using their smart phones. And while the idea has taken hold in other countries, adoption in this country is lagging, largely because merchants are hesitant to spend on new technology in the […]

Vermont Eases Merchant Credit Card Rules

In a move seen by many as a boon to small business and a possible sign of things to come, the Vermont senate has voted to approve legislation easing credit card rules for merchants. The Burlington Free Press sayss the bill specifically would allow merchants to offer a discount to customers who use credit cards […]

Independent Retailers Grapple with Credit Concerns


The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishing Market is one of the biggest market expos of its kind. Retailers from all over the world converge on the even to order products, and in July, the event also featured a Retailer to Retailer Breakfast Seminar.

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The NRF Joins with Visa to Minimize Payment Card Data Stored By Merchants


Visa announced it will be joining with the National Retail Federation (NRF) in an effort to reduce the storage of sensitive information in merchant payment systems, calling for the elimination of account information whenever possible.

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House Judiciary Committee Debates Credit Card Swipe Fees


The Credit Card Fair Fee Act of 2009 was the subject of a hearing of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee last week.

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Owners Are Wary

There is little spring optimism in the hearts of more than half of America’s small business owners, who see conditions for their businesses getting worse in the next six months, according to Discover Small Business Watch, Discover’s monthly check on the pulse of business. After some upward trends for most of last summer and into […]