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Lead Story

Payments under the radar no more


Industry Update

FTC bites YMA

NACHA clarifies ACH rules spreads the mentoring net

VeriFone vows to fix faulty accounting

Fifth Third banks on gift card kiosks

PayPal eyeing more merchants

Free terminals are thorny


New ATM security measures tackle fraud

Uwe Krause


Rock, paper, electronics

Patti Murphy
The Takoma Group

Run from mean streets to clean streets

Steve Schwimmer
Renaissance Merchant Services


Street SmartsSM:
New year, new plan

Dee Karawadra
Impact PaySystem

MLS or ISO: Which one are you?

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Visa, PCI council make security move

Michael Petitti

E-mail: It takes a plan

Nancy Drexler
Marketing Moguls

Receipts still reveal too much

David Mertz
Compliance Security Partners LLC

Company Profile

Credomatic USA

Barclay Square Leasing Inc.

New Products

Dialing for digital content

BSG Clearing Solutions

Card printer of a different stripe

Zebra P100i
Zebra Card Printer Solutions


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A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

December 26, 2007  •  Issue 07:12:02

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#h4 Shortstack Ho, ho, holy moly

Let's imagine for a moment that elves don't exist (wink, wink) and Santa Claus has to purchase all of his presents from actual stores, whether they be brick-and-mortar or online. The price to bring joy to children all over the world is a hefty one.

According to Credit Union National Association, in 1987 Santa's presents cost a grand total of $5,812,289,483.26. In 1996 the cost rose slightly to $6,350,023,426.30. And Santa had to spend a whopping $12,937,252,980.25 in 2006 to provide for everyone on the nice list.

Although numbers for 2007 aren't in, it's safe to say Santa will shell out at least $14 billion for goodies. We bet Santa wishes more kids were on the naughty list.

#h4 ISQ-Q test

Which of these statements is true?

1. A technology group from Ohio has designed a prepaid card that also holds digital pictures.

2. Two men in Houston are suspected of using magnetic stripe cards to steal more than $100,000 from ATMs.

3. A data card security breach at a small coffee shop in California compromises hundreds of credit card numbers.

Point here for the answer.

#h4 MLScapes

"I had my credit card stolen two months ago," a guy says.
"Stolen? Oh God, how terrible!" says his concerned friend. "Have you told the police?"
"Why, for heaven's sake?"
"Well, my last two statements show me he's spending less than my wife did!"


#h4 Biz bytes

Indirect channel is a way of selling and distributing products to customers using wholesalers, distributors, agents, dealers, retailers or other intermediaries.

Indirect cost is a fixed or overhead cost that is not attributable directly to the production of specific goods. It is incurred even when a company has no output.

#h4 Loopy laws

If traveling to New Orleans for the Southeast Acquirers Association meeting in 2008, check the windows before hitting the hay. Snoring is prohibited in Louisiana unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.

Notice to readers: These are archived articles. Contact names or information may be out of date. We regret any inconvenience.

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