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Lead Story

Marketing: Are you in or out?


Industry Update

Could community bank loans help the payments world?

Heartland settling up with Visa

Card sales' decline no longer accelerating

Card brand financials remain positive

Trade Association News


Anthony Martin

Glossary of common data security terms

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

From plastic to virtual: Evolution of stored-value

Walter Paulsen
Giiv Inc.


Debit rules and other musings

Patti Murphy
The Takoma Group


Street SmartsSM:
Look ahead, show you care

Jon Perry and Vanessa Lang
Merchant Services Inc., Fort Worth, Texas

POS unplugged

Dale S. Laszig
Castles Technology Co. Ltd.

Claws in merchant contracts

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Managing your fraud risks

Nicholas Cucci
Network Merchants Inc.

Company Profile

IPP of America Inc.

New Products

Tracking the ISO beehive

Merchant Flo

Getting merchants to pay micro-ly

Integrity Payment Systems and
Quicksilver Payment Solutions LLC


Curing merchants' sales colds



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

February 22, 2010  •  Issue 10:02:02

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Acquiring's big kahunas

I am trying to find a list that we have seen published before that lists top U.S. acquirers. Where can I find this?

Lori Gonzalez
Terminal Velocity Processing


The most recent list we published of the top 10 bankcard acquirers, along with the estimated processing dollar volume of each, is on page 10 of the "2009 Acquirers report: Creating order from haos," GSQ, Vol. 12, No. 4, December 2009.

For your convenience, here is the list, with the largest acquirer at the top:

  1. First Data Corp.
  2. Chase Paymentech Solutions LLC
  3. Elavon Inc.
  4. Fifth Third Processing Solutions
  5. Global Payments Inc.
  6. Heartland Payment Systems Inc.
  7. First National Payment Solutions
  8. RBS WorldPay
  9. TransFirst
  10. National Processing Co.

Look for an updated list in December's GSQ, the edition of our in-depth quarterly that traditionally provides an annual update on the state of merchant acquiring.


From GS Online's MLS Forum
The premier online network for payment pros

Following is a question presented by GS Online Forum member ncrum:

I plan to send a video e-mail to all my clients on the reasons and advantages of having a knuckle buster/imprinter as a backup. To make sure I don't miss anything, could some of you provide bullet points on why merchants should have one of these units in each of their locations?

Forum member gmartin responded with the following list:

  • Chargeback protection on keyed sales
  • Unique paperweight
  • Something handy to throw at the next bankcard guy that walks in the door
  • Backup when power or phone is lost
  • Keeps dust off the counter where it is placed (it collects all that dust on it's own)

FastTransact reminded ncrum to "include the proper handling, storing and destruction of the merchant copies and carbons. Take advantage of their attention to the PCI requirements."

Ncrum thanked them both for responding. He appreciated the humor in gmartin's list and said it would "help make my video a bit humorous rather than so serious." He also indicated he would take FastTransact's advice.

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