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Sep 2017

TSG/ETA – U.S. Retail Spending Report Card

TSG, in collaboration with the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), today released a mid-year U.S. Retail Spending Report Card. The report finds that despite recent headlines of declining retail sales, certain retail sectors, led by discount stores, are thriving as consumers regain confidence. 

Download the U.S. Retail Spending Report Card

The ETA/TSG report tracks year over-year (YOY) growth for same store sales in the month of June. The data leveraged is sourced from TSG’s data warehouse of over 3.5 million card-accepting merchants in the U.S.

Aug 2017

Now Available: Social Media Pages of Top Merchant Acquirers

TSG's latest eReport, Social Media Pages of Top Merchant Acquirers, provides quick insight into the performance of social media efforts of the top 25 U.S. merchant acquirers.

This Report Includes Two Main Elements:

  • Charts on the amount of followers each acquirer has on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram
  • Screenshots of the social media pages and website homepage for each acquirer, as applicable
    • The included screenshots display what type of wording and imagery is “front and center” for each acquirer

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Jul 2017

Now Available: Payments Industry 101

The Strawhecker Group's (TSG) latest eReport, Payments Industry 101, can serve as a guide to understanding the landscape of the U.S. payments industry. This material, expertly curated by TSG, provides excellent coverage of the payments ecosystem and the industry’s opportunity, as well as valuable insights into merchant acquiring, credit card issuing, and general industry trends.

Seasoned executives, and newcomers alike, will find substantial value in the content!

This Report Contains:

  • 64 pages
  • 60 tables and charts
  • 300 companies/organizations mentioned

Learn more.

Jun 2017

ISVs – More Than Meets the Eye

TSG and ETA have developed a brief overview on Integrated Software Vendors (ISVs). Click here to download.

What are ISVs?
An Integrated Software Vendor (ISV) is a company that provides software solutions that aid in managing different functions of a business operation. Generally, ISVs specialize their solution to a specific merchant vertical often times at a granular level.

Why are ISVs Important to Payments?
ISVs integrate, or are primed to integrate payments features into their software. These vendors offer payments companies a complementary solution and open up a new merchant sales channel. The ISV Channel is often characterized by high merchant retention rates, due to the integral role a multi-functional software system provides

Interested in ISV Research?
TSG has completed research on approximately 1,000 different ISV companies spanning a dozen verticals. Email or call 402-964-2617 to learn more today!

Jun 2017

The Integrated Opportunity: First Data's Acquisition of CardConnect

The world around us has become increasingly connected, and as such purchasing behaviors of consumers are evolving as well as the tactics merchants are pursuing to take advantage of this reality. For payment providers, the need has been clear: a frictionless, efficient and integrated solution for merchants. Unfortunately, for many incumbents with legacy technology, supporting digital and physical payments across multiple channels has been a hurdle. However, major acquirers understand that we live in a software economy and an integrated payment technology approach can win new customers and help retain existing ones. As such, there is a gold rush within the acquiring community to acquire integrated payment assets. Hence, First Data’s acquisition of CardConnect for $750 million which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017. This deal follows other integrated plays such as the TSYS acquisition of Transfirst, PayPal’s acquisition of Braintree and the billions that Vantiv has spent on acquiring integrated technology. More so, private equity firm GTCR recently announced the acquisition of Sage’s North American Payment Solutions business to build out an SMB integrated offering.

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May 2017

Consumer Card Brand & Payment Method Sentiment Survey Results

The Strawhecker Group has recently completed a market survey in order to gauge consumer sentiment of major U.S. card brands, and related technologies, in terms of trust and usage.

Click here to download a selection of results.

May 2017

TRANSACT Special Report: U.S. Economic Indicators

The Electronic Transactions Association, in partnership with The Strawhecker Group, is pleased to release this TRANSACT special report on the U.S. economy, focused within the context of the electronic payments ecosystem. This report is a member benefit provided to the ETA's 500+ worldwide member companies.

Report Contents:

  • U.S. Macroeconomic Outlook
  • Payment Network Size & Growth
  • Performance of Public Payments Companies
  • Payments Versus Sports: Perspective in Valuations
  • Consumer Survey Results 

Click here to read the report.

May 2017

TSG & ETA Release 'Why are Electronic Payments Important?' Infographic

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), in coordination with The Strawhecker Group (TSG) has developed a new version of the infographic titled Why Are Electronic Payments Important?

This communication piece illuminates the crucial role that the electronic payments industry plays in driving healthy economic growth and sustainability throughout the U.S.

Click here to see the infographic.

Several points that are illustrated in the infographic include:

  • 70% of U.S. consumer spending is done electronically, underscoring the importance of the companies that make electronic payments possible
  • The U.S. electronic payments industry is served by over 3,000 companies, from fintech start-ups to the world’s largest corporations (Apple, JPMorgan Chase) 
  • Annual card network U.S. processing volume is now over $5 trillion, which includes American Express, Discover, Mastercard, PayPal, and Visa volume
  • There are ETA member company headquarters in 41 U.S. states and 14 countries

Mar 2017

TSG Mini-Report: Payments Vs. Sports - Perspective in Valuations

TSG has pulled together a comparison of public payments companies versus sports teams/organizations. 

Click here for the full illustration.

For example, Square was founded in 2009, went public in November 2015, and is already more valuable than the combined value of the top 50 NCAA men's basketball teams. MasterCard and Visa went from membership organizations to publicly traded companies in 2006 and 2007, respectively; since that time, their value has increased drastically taking them well past the value of the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

Dec 2016

Retail Holiday Spending Report Card

Household Appliance Stores, Lumber & Building Stores, and Automotive Tire Stores will be among the “winners” in December consumer spending, according to ETA's U.S. Retail Holiday Spending Report Card, powered by TSG. TSG used predictive modeling to relatively “grade” estimated credit/debit same store sales for the month of December, which established the winners.  The data leveraged is sourced from TSG’s data warehouse of over 3.5 million card-accepting merchants in the U.S. and the modeling utilized 57 consecutive months of spending by merchant type (MCC code). 

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