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Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

Expert Analyst & Reviewer
Melissa Johnson has been writing about payment processing and mobile payments since 2014, and has been quoted in articles for Credit Karma and The Next Web, among others. She graduated from The University of Kansas in 2010 with bachelor's degrees in English and journalism.

Kansas City Caramels: Sculpting An Empire From Sugar

Launching a new business during a global pandemic isn’t ideal, but that’s exactly what Teri Castrop, Kansas City’s own self-professed “Caramel Lady” has done. As the founder of Kansas City Caramels, she’s had to navigate all the challenges that come with starting a small business — while juggling the shortages, supply chain disruptions, and general chaos that COVID-19 has created.

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Nov 29, 2021 Filed under: Small Business
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SwipeSimple B250 Reader Review

The Swift B250 card reader, available with the SwipeSimple mobile app, is an all-in-one reader (meaning it accepts swipe, chip, and contactless/NFC transactions) available for a very reasonable price. The mobile app is solid, providing all of the features you need to take payments on the go, plus a little bit of extra value.

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Nov 4, 2022 Filed under: Credit Card Reader Reviews

9 POS Systems With Great Mobile Apps

I’ll be honest. Excluding trips to the grocery store, I’m always a bit surprised when I see a business with a clunky old POS. I just about cringe when I see one of the really old systems. And maybe that’s because my job is reviewing mobile processing apps, but in 2018 there’s really no reason you […]

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Jul 7, 2019 Filed under: Point of Sale
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PayPal Chip & Tap Credit Card Reader Review

Pros Supports all-in-one payments Bluetooth connection Solid design Charging dock available Cons Expensive compared to other options Overview in February 2018, PayPal introduced two new (and affordable) readers to its lineup of PayPal Here-compatible hardware: its entry-level Chip and Swipe Reader and the full-featured Chip and Tap Reader. Both are EMV-enabled so that you can […]

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Jul 12, 2022 Filed under: Credit Card Reader Reviews

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