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Lead Story

Payments 2013: Abuzz with bitcoin, mobile and prepaid

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.


Industry Update

Cyber Monday sets online sales record

New POS skimmer threat exposed

China restricts bitcoin – for now


The Mobile Buzz


Multichannel shopping, payments struggle

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

Focus on your customers, not the Next Big Thing

Brandes Elitch
CrossCheck Inc.


Street SmartsSM:
Gatekeepers are people too

Dale S. Laszig
Castles Technology Co. Ltd

Make every day count

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Bitcoin: Keeping the change

Tom Waters
Bank Associates Merchant Services

Shine as your merchants' technology integrator

Sean Berg

Company Profile

First American Payment Systems L.P.

New Products

Taking mobile to new heights

linked2pay adds GPS


Welcome to another year


Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

December 23, 2013  •  Issue 13:12:02

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Welcome to another year

The transition from one year to the next is an arbitrary construction. We could easily begin each year in June, September or any other month, as many companies do with their fiscal years. However, in our society, tradition dictates that we wrap up one 12-month cycle in December and begin anew in January.

Many decry the hoopla now associated with the year-end holiday season. People complain that the religious and other cultural celebrations marked during December have become commercialized and thereby lost their value. Many also feel that too many of us see New Year's Eve as an excuse to party, and New Year's Day, merely a time to recover, which is far from a fresh start.

Pause to reflect

Because this period can make or break so many of our merchant customers, we, in the payments sphere, can get wrapped up in the sales numbers. We, too, can lose sight of the intrinsic and deep value this time can hold. It is easy to become so preoccupied that we lose sight of what the holiday season and ensuing new year mean to us, to our families and friends, as well as what it meant to our ancestors who walked the earth many thousands of years ago. Beliefs have changed, surely, but a sense of wonder remains.

There is power in this tradition of marking special times together; power in pausing amid the gift-giving, party-going and confetti throwing; power in seeking something true within ourselves that is connected not only to our loved ones, but also to folks across the world we'll never meet.

We, at The Green Sheet, have striven to provide the most useful information and advice to help you thrive professionally this year. We intend to do so next year, and the next, and the next. This is our mission, and we're proud of it. But we also know that inside each of us, a heart beats with love, longing, joy and the full range of other human emotions we all share. And from our hearts to yours, we want for you the very best life has to offer in the coming year.

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