James Wester is Research Director for IDC Financial Insights responsible for the global payments practice.   There was a time not so long ago that the statement “I’m a payment analyst,” offered in response to the common query about what I do for a living, usually elicited little more than a polite nod. While I …
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In case you missed it, here’s a look at the top trending content from our newsroom and blog this week.  Data security and the migration to chip technology (what they call EMV in the industry), electronic payments and our work with EcoBank in Africa, plus our newest Cashless Pioneer, are our most clicked stories.

Morning Brew goes holiday shopping and finds how modern payments technology is changing a New York City institution.  We talked to consumers who prefer to leave the fat wallet at home, as well as vendors from Dap Kitsch and Daisy Dog Studio who say their small business is better because they accept card payments.