New Acquirers

April 15, 2015

The unique position of Cardstream is owed to its adaptability, made possible because we are an independent payment gateway; this unique position, in turn, is owed to our reputable merchant acquirers, which – I am pleased to report – is a rapidly growing list! We boast no less than 18 acquiring partners to contact and […]

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John Lewis’ Winter Statistics

January 7, 2015

Further to our Black Friday blog in December, which showed Black Friday breaking records year-on-year, retail giant, John Lewis, have reported record sales in the lead up to Christmas. John Lewis has reported their Black Friday week brought the company “its biggest trading week on record, with sales up 22%” on 2013. The sales during […]

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Singles’ Day sales of $7 Billion and Black Friday to break new records

November 11, 2014

  As the Christmas season draws closer, some of the biggest shopping events of the year are coming up and continue to smash records. Alibaba’s $7 Billion Singles’ Day Sales China’s Singles’ Day falls on the 11th of November each year, and is celebrated as an “anti-valentine’s day” for single people to purchase gifts for […]

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Payments via mobile number to start this month

April 2, 2014

Consumers will be able to use mobile phone numbers to make payments via mobile from 29 April, it has been announced. The changes mean that account-holders will be able to pay friends, family or traders without having to ask for their bank details. Instead, they will only need to ask for their mobile number, according […]

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Visa Europe Reports Rise In Contactless Payments

March 20, 2014

The latest figures from Visa Europe show that throughout 2013 Visa cardholders used their contactless cards to make more than 94.3 million purchases in the UK, simply by tapping their cards, compared to just under 25 million contactless purchases in 2012, showing that UK consumers are embracing the ease and speed of contactless payments. Contactless […]

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Smartphone swipe payment scheme unveiled

February 6, 2014

Tapping a smartphone on a card reader to pay for a sandwich or a bus journey could soon become an everyday event, under a scheme unveiled on Thursday by Vodafone, O2 and EE. Paypal and Google, as well as banks and mobile operators, have been trying for years to create mass market mobile phone payments […]

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Turn your side project into a money-making business

January 31, 2014

Keir Whitaker and Elliot Jay Stocks of Viewport Industries explore some key considerations for making the jump from client work to running your own show Let’s be honest, being part of the web industry is great, isn’t it? Many of us are privileged in working for ourselves or as part of a small business. By […]

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eBay to Permit Sales of Virtual Currency in U.K.

January 24, 2014

EBay Inc. has written a new policy on virtual currency sales, set to go into effect for U.K. customers in early February. “The updated policy will clarify that listings for Bitcoin and other similar virtual currencies must be listed in the Virtual Currency Category in the Classified Ad format,” says Steve Heywood, a spokesman for […]

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Report: mPayments, eWallets To Supplant Cards By 2017

January 24, 2014

Debit and credit cards are going the way of the Dodo, and will be largely replaced by eWallets and mPayments platforms in the next three years, new research suggests. A new study by WorldPay called “Your Global Guide To Alternative Payments” suggests that, by 2017, card use will have fallen from 59 percent of all […]

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Sainsbury’s Bank Estimates UK Cash Withdrawals to Increase in December

December 13, 2013

Sainsbury’s Bank, the banking arm of the popular United Kingdom supermarket chain Sainsbury, estimates approximately £11.4 ($18.7) billion will be withdrawn from UK ATMs this month, an increase of about 3 million withdrawals over December 2012.Peak ATM use will occur near Christmas in both the number of transactions and total value of the cash withdrawals, […]

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