EBT Deep Dive – What does it mean for you?

Patrick Turiano | VIEW PROFILE

October 2, 2014

Electronic Benefit Transfer

What is EBT? Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, is an electronic payments system that allows welfare programs to issue benefits via a plastic, magnetically encoded card. EBT is primarily used in the United States and in the United Kingdom. In general, there are two kinds of...

What is Coin?

Shannon Andrade | VIEW PROFILE

December 12, 2013

Coin Credit Card

The payment space continues to buzz with new, simplified electronic payment platforms and applications. Most of the newer applications are digital (mobile) wallets – application based “wallets” that reside on your smartphone and allow consumers to redeem offers or pay with their...

What is MCX?

Shannon Andrade | VIEW PROFILE

August 14, 2013

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One of the many names buzzing in the payments space right now is MCX or Merchant Customer Exchange. MCX was originally announced in August 2012 – positioned as joint effort from major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, Lowe’s, CVS, Shell, Sunoco and others to develop...

What is Boku?

Shannon Andrade | VIEW PROFILE

July 23, 2013

What is Boku?

If you are active in the world of online gaming, you’re probably familiar with Boku, the mobile payments company that uses direct carrier billing to power purchases of virtual and digital goods and services on the web and via mobile. The San Francisco based company launched in...

What is MasterCard PayPass?

Shannon Andrade | VIEW PROFILE

July 17, 2013

MasterCard PayPass

MasterCard® was an early entry in the world of contactless payments, originally launching PayPass™ in 2005 after a nine-month market trial that ended in 2003 and involved some 60 retailer locations and more than 16,000 cardholders. Over its first six years in general...

What is v.Me?

Shannon Andrade | VIEW PROFILE

June 19, 2013

What is v.Me?

Like many stakeholders in the payments ecosystem, Visa is just one of the major card brands broadening their product line to capitalize on the movements to online and mobile and expand their engagement opportunities with both merchants and consumers. In November 2012, with the...

What is Clutch?

Merchant Warehouse | VIEW PROFILE

June 5, 2013


Clutch is one of many new mobile applications that have entered the marketplace in the past six months. Originally introduced in December 2012 for iOS only (with Passbook as well), Clutch recently announced the addition of an Android app. The company is positioned as a mobile...

What is ShopKick?

Shannon Andrade | VIEW PROFILE

May 16, 2013


ShopKick, a mobile shopping app, was originally launched in August 2010. With its simple mission ‘to make shopping better’ the mobile app reached over one million consumer users in the first six months initially offering incentives or ‘kicks’ and scanned products when users...

What is Bitcoin?

Shannon Andrade | VIEW PROFILE

April 24, 2013


Bitcoin is an open source person-to-person (P2P) digital currency that enables instant transactions and worldwide reach all without financial intermediaries and with zero or low processing fees. One of the first implementations of the ‘crypto-currency concepts’, the self-...

What is Punchey?

Shannon Andrade | VIEW PROFILE

April 15, 2013


Boston based Punchey is a self-described end-to-end payments platform designed specifically for small and mid-sized businesses. Founded by Nathaniel Stevens, who also founded online marketing and advertising technology platform, Yodle, Punchey was introduced via a ‘soft-launch’...