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March 24, 2017

Friday Fun Facts

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56.1% of all Americans Celebrated St. Patrick’s Day The most common form of celebrating the day is the wearin’ of the green.  82.5% of those who celebrated wore green.  On average, we spent $38 on St. Patty’s day on green apparel, green beer and green props.  Collectively, we spent $5.3 billion!  That’s up from the past three years.   Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Guinness Beer Americans drink more of the Irish beer, Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day than any other day of the year.  How much did we drink?  13 million pints!  St. Patrick’s Day is the 4th most...Read more


March 22, 2017

Traditional Jewelry Stores Losing Sales to Online Jewelers

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There is no doubt that more and more consumers are visiting the internet for price comparisons on everything from groceries to automobiles. It has become the new way to shop.  Yet, brick and mortar jewelry stores still seem to keep all the jewelry in fancy glass cases with price tags down, forcing prospective clients to ask for a price and visit the store. According to a new report from L2, the sales of luxury jewelry and watches have been declining over the years, but while traditional stores are down in sales, online sales have seen a significant increase.  This includes...Read more


March 18, 2017

Chosen Payments Assists Merchant With Scam Investigation

Chosen Payments, was recently contacted by a limo operator in New Jersey who recently incurred combined losses of approximately $4200 in repeated occurrences of fraud perpetrated against them. On March 8th, Chosen Payments was contacted by Deanna Gulino, owner of Gem Limousine Worldwide to report that someone had used various names and credit card numbers to fraudulently book transportation primarily between LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and a residence in the Griffith Park area of Los Angeles. Between February 17nd and February 22nd, the suspect initiated rides that lasted for several hours and included stops at The Project, a swanky...Read more


March 17, 2017

Friday Fun Facts

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Mouse On Plane Delays Flight We all know they made a movie about snakes on a plane.  A British Airways jet was delayed in departure because a mouse was seen on the jet prior to take off and escaped several attempts to catch it.  Passengers were moved to another plane and finally departed FOUR HOURS late!  According to crew members, the problem was the mouse didn’t have a passport to enter the United States.   Do People Really Pee In The Pool? They sure do!  A lot!  A Canadian research team analyzed 33 public swimming pools and hot tubs to...Read more


March 15, 2017

What Is Tokenization?

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Every day more and more people are using digital devices to pay for products and services they buy online.  In fact, some experts predict that digital payments could represent 20-30% of all consumer payments by 2020.  This includes purchases of goods and services as well as utility bills, car payments and yes, even credit card payments. The concept of using digital devices such as laptops, tablets and Smartphones has been around for awhile.  But, we are now moving into other devices that include wearable devices such as the Apple Watch.  Even things like refrigerators are becoming equipped to become a payment device....Read more


March 10, 2017

Friday Fun Facts

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Oreo Does It Again With Peeps Oreos The beloved Oreo cookie first introduced as chocolate cookies with a cream filling has added yet another version to their product line up just in time for Easter.  Peeps Oreos!  Yes, filled with that sugary, pink marshmallow substance that we love to eat at Easter.  The Peeps are nestled in between vanilla cookies.   NASA Solves Astronaut Poop Issues You’ve wondered about.  We all have.  In zero gravity, in space for a long time, astronauts have to poop and pee.  Females deal with menstrual issues as well.  NASA implemented a contest to find...Read more


March 8, 2017

All About PCI Compliance

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Here at Chosen Payments, we receive many calls for assistance with PCI Compliance.  We understand how upsetting it can be to receive a $30 charge for being “out of compliance”.  In most cases, this happens when a merchant fails to complete on online Assessment test.  Once the test is completed, a “certificate of compliance” is issued and it is valid for one year. Please keep in mind, neither the requirement to remain PCI compliant or the associated fees are generated by Chosen Payments.  We merely pass the assessment from the card issuers on to you as part of our management...Read more


March 3, 2017

Friday Fun Facts

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America Loves Chicken American’s will eat an average of 91.7 pounds of chicken in 2017.  There are five main processors in the world including Tyson and Sanderson Farms who buy chickens from small farmers around the nation.  Chicken can be fried, roasted, braised, baked, BBQ’d, boiled, broiled or you can sauté it.  No wonder it is so popular.  It’s quite versatile.   Church Congregation Served Cookies Laced With Marijuana A 74 year old man baked cookies for his church.  It seems like such a sweet gesture.  However, rather than being sweet, parishioners said they were really salty.  Then, they got...Read more


March 1, 2017

Chosen Payments Sponsors LCT Show

When we say we are Your Partner In Success, we mean it!  Whether it is the jewelry industry, the funeral industry or the ground transportation industry, we support our clients by sponsoring industry trade shows such as the upcoming LCT Show. Industry trade shows facilitate networking between peers, educational sessions, fundraising and of course a showcasing of the latest and greatest products for the industry. Chosen Payments is proud to once again sponsor the largest trade show in the world for the ground transportation industry.  The International Limousine & Charter Transportation Show will be held at the Venetian Hotel in...Read more