prepaidWEB

NRF To Fight Swipe Fee Settlement

“The proposal is a lose-lose-lose for merchants, consumers and competition,” says NRF CEO. The National Retail Federation’s Board of Directors has authorized the Federation to go to court to block the proposed $7.25 billion settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over skyrocketing Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees that cost consumers hundreds of dollars

12037

Montana C-Store Owners Denounce State Senator

Montana convenience stores speak out on the efforts of a state senator. Montana c-store operators target U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in a newspaper and TV ad, denouncing him for his 2011 effort to stall new limits on debit card “swipe fees” charged by banks, the Missoulian reported. The ads launched last weekend, claiming that

cumberlandfarmslogo1

Cumberland Gulf Group Opposes Settlement With Visa And MasterCard

“We support bringing real competition and transparency to the credit card market, and this proposed settlement clearly fails to meet this objective,” says Ari Haseotes, president and chief operating officer of Cumberland Farms Inc. The Cumberland Gulf Group opposed the proposed settlement of longstanding antitrust litigation between retailers and the credit card industry. The proposed

thorntons

Thorntons Joins Growing Ranks of C-Store Chains to Oppose the Proposed Visa, MasterCard Settlement

Thorntons Inc. today joined the growing list of convenience store retailers to blast the proposed settlement of longstanding antitrust litigation between retailers and the credit card industry. In a statement to the media, the Louisville, Ky. chain said, “The proposed settlement, announced on July 13th, does not make meaningful changes to the broken credit card

NACS_2005_BLUE_LOGO

NACS Refuses To Accept Proposed Antitrust Settlement With Visa And MasterCard

“NACS does not accept this proposed settlement, and we reserve the right to fight it if other class representatives do accept it,” says Henry Armour, NACS president and CEO, on the proposed settlements between merchants and credit card companies. NACS rejected the proposed settlement of antitrust litigation between merchants and the credit card industry. NACS

cardswipe

USA Today Deflates Banks’ Swipe Fee Myths

Makes strong case for credit-card reform. In a news story today, USA Today exposed some of the myths banks propagate about hidden, exorbitant “swipe” fees the banks charge retailers when customers buy with credit or debit cards, the Merchants Payments Coalition reported. The article also makes a strong case for reforming the way Visa and

nacsLogo

Study by NACS Points To Hidden Card Fees

Study shows as gas prices increased 80% between 2004 and 2011, card fees grew 180%. A new study by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) called “Hidden Bank Fees Siphon Money from Customers and Merchants at the Pump,” shows drivers are paying 6-10 cents a gallon in hidden bank fees every time they purchase

RottenRobbie

Robinson Takes the Helm at NACS

Incoming chairman promotes advocacy as he prepares to battle swipe fees, fuel standards and tobacco regulations in the year ahead. By John Lofstock, Editor. Renowned author and business strategist Tom Peter once said, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” When it comes to the challenges facing the convenience store and petroleum industry over

creditcards

Breaking News: Lawsuit Filed Over Fed’s Swipe Fee Ruling

“The Federal Reserve missed an opportunity to give consumers the relief that they deserve and this needs to be corrected,” says NACS president and CEO Hank Armour. Flawed debit card swipe fee reform regulations issued by the Federal Reserve have allowed big banks to continue charging unjustifiably high swipe fees and discouraged price competition among

creditcards

Merchants Get More Than $10 Million Thanks To Durbin

Heartland Payment Systems releases latest data about Durbin Amendment’s actual effects on business owners. A grand total of $11,720,068 in signature debit interchange reductions have been deposited into merchant bank accounts by Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payments processors. Of these Durbin Dollars, restaurant merchants received $4,042,859 and lodging merchants received $513,852.

cardswipe

Lawmakers Look To Repeal Durbin Swipe Fee Caps

Two U.S. House lawmakers plan to introduce a bill to repeal a Federal Reserve rule capping debit-card swipe fees, Bloomberg reported today, Oct. 12. Representatives Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, and Bill Owens, a New York Democrat, are introducing a measure later today to repeal the rule required under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, John Hadlock,

Creditcard

Stacking the Cards In Your Favor

General purpose prepaid debit cards are rapidly gaining favor with consumers as an alternative to closed-loop gift cards. By John Lofstock, Editor. Sales of open-loop prepaid cards, issued by banks and credit card companies and able to be used at multiple establishments, are only going to go up as more consumers come to appreciate their

Miller,-Jeff-12

Updating the State of the Industry

NACS Chairman Jeff Miller discusses card fees, fuel and the future of convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. Jeff Miller, president of Miller Oil Co. in Virginia, wears many hats. He is an oilman, an industry advocate and a leader.   For the past year, he has also been the chairman of NACS, which could

nacsLogo

NACS Reacts To 21 Cent Cap on Swipe Fees

NACS calls Fed’s final rule “an irresponsible abdication of its legal duty.” The U.S. Federal Reserve’s final rules on debit card swipe fees “is an irresponsible abdication of its legal duty to implement the law as written,” said National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith. The final rules

nacsLogo

NACS Responds As Debit Card Reform Passes Final Barrier

The Senate’s rejection of an amendment offered by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Bob Corker (R-TN) demonstrates the power of consumer and retail industry advocacy efforts and is a major victory for the convenience and fuel retailing industry, said NACS Chairman Jeff Miller. The Tester-Corker amendment needed 60 votes for passage in the Senate, however

creditcards

Swipe Fee Reform Safe

It’s a huge victory for convenience store retailers and merchants across the U.S. today, as the Senate rejected an amendment offered by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Bob Corker (R-TN) to delay swipe fee reform. The vote was 54-45 in favor of the Tester-Corker amendment, six short of the 60 needed to delay swipe fee

nacsLogo

Swipe Fee Vote Pending Today

NACS is urging retailers to call their Senators in one final push before the 2p.m. EST vote. Today, June 8, at 2 p.m. EST, the Senate is set to vote on an amendment by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), which seeks to delay and effectively kill swipe fee reform. The debate ( happening now) and the

How Involved Are You?

By: John Lofstock, Editor. After a years-long struggle to get some much-needed relief from the high interchange fees that are eroding the industry’s profitability, convenience store operators are in danger of seeing the victory slip between their hands. The Durbin amendment to the Dodd-Frank Consumer Financial Protection Act, which is set to be finalized April

creditcards

Swipe Fee Fight Returns To Capital Hill

“We’re not looking for a free ride. What we’re looking for is fair and reasonable,” notes 7-Eleven Franchisee Dennis Lane. Thursday, Feb. 17, marks the eighth public hearing on debit and credit card swipe fees. The hearing, scheduled for 10 a.m. is set to be held in the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer

Credit card terminal

Swipe Fee Fight Continues

NACS urges retailers to join it on Capital Hill to show support for the Durbin Amendment that regulates interchange fees. With a new Congress in session, the rule regulating interchange fees runs the risk of being overturned, and NACS is urging retailers to show their government the issue remains important to them. The Dodd-Frank Wall

Federal Ruling ’Positive Step’ in Swipe Fee Reform

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) called the Dec. 16 release of the Federal Reserve’s proposed rulemaking related to debit card swipe fees a “positive step” and said it will continue to push for the reforms demanded by Congress and consumers alike. While no interchange fees should be allowed on debit transactions, the Fed’s

What’s Next With Swipe Fees?

“Since credit cards were introduced more than 60 years ago, no one dared step in to challenge the powerful banks. We did. And we got change,” said NACS President and CEO Hank Armour in his Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. NACS’ “audacious goal” to fight swipe fees, said Armour,

NACS Kicks Off With Opening Session

Engagement, an overriding theme of the NACS Show, was clearly the dominant theme of NACS Chairman Jay Ricker’s Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. Ricker encapsulated his past year as chairman with three stories about engagement: with the media, with customers and with elected officials. The first story related to

Senate Passes Financial Reform

The convenience and petroleum retailing industry are now celebrating the end of a nearly 10-year battle to rein in interchange fees. Yesterday, July 15, the U.S. Senate voted 60 to 39 in support of the financial reform package known as the Dodd-Frank Bill that contains the crucial interchange amendment, NACS reported. Thursday’s vote was the

House Passes Swipe Fee Reform Bill

Last night, Wednesday, June 30, the House voted on the financial bill package, passing it by a vote of 237-192, with the swipe fee amendment intact, NACS reported. The bill was not without changes though. Earlier this week the Conference committee working on the financial services overhaul met again to alter aspects of the bill

css.php