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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.

Shopventory Review

Shopventory is not without its shortcomings and limitations. It relies on the capabilities of the POS software and eCommerce platforms that its merchants use. So while Shopventory certainly goes above and beyond what’s available by default, it can’t reinvent the wheel or make something appear out of thin air.

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Nov 4, 2022 Filed under: Inventory Software Reviews
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MX Merchant Review

Pros All-in-one payments Free mPOS app Solid web dashboard Advanced reporting tools Advanced customer database Cons iOS only Limited features Limited ecommerce support Overview Not that I want to sound like a hipster, but you probably haven’t heard of MX Merchant. It’s not exactly a well-known service. But it got on our radar because Dharma Merchant […]

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Aug 9, 2022 Filed under:
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Stax By Fattmerchant Mobile Review

Pros Great for high-volume businesses with large tickets Very stable accounts Predictable pricing Excellent customer support Advanced features available Cons Only serves US-based businesses Expensive for low-volume and small-ticket merchants Multichannel payments available at additional cost Overview It’s a bit odd for me to start out by saying Fattmerchant Mobile isn’t the kind of mPOS […]

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Nov 4, 2022 Filed under: Mobile Credit Card Processing Reviews
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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With An mPOS

Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) systems make it possible for virtually any business to set up shop and start taking payments almost right away. They’re flexible. They’re affordable. And these days, they’re also feature-rich, delivering capabilities that can, at times, rival a traditional or iPad-based POS system. Are you getting the most out of your […]

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Mar 6, 2020 Filed under: Mobile Payments
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PNC Merchant Services Review

Pros Chip card hardware available Check acceptance Virtual terminal Cons Expensive hardware leases Poor customer support Limited pricing disclosed online Early termination fee Deceptive sales tactics Overview PNC Merchant Services is like most other banks that offer merchant accounts: a reseller offering products from a much larger acquirer. There’s very little that’s unique and not […]

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Nov 4, 2022 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews

The Future Of mPOS In An EMV World

Even if you’ve never used a card swiper attached a tablet or smartphone yourself, chances are you’ve seen one. Any pop-up booth, stall, or merchandise table you see (at a theater, concert, convention, sporting event, or even along the street) that takes credit cards is probably relying on a mobile POS (mPOS) system with a […]

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Feb 21, 2017 Filed under: Hardware, Mobile Payments
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Payza Review

Note: As of March 21, 2018, the website had shut down and the company had ceased operation in the US while it settles legal disputes (including allegations that the company was operating in the US without appropriate licensing, and that it conspired to transmit money obtained through illegal MLM schemes. We’ll post an update […]

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Jun 3, 2022 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews
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Unboxing The SumUp Card Reader

First things first: SumUp provided us with a free card reader for the purposes of our review. Our opinions are entirely our own.   The mPOS scene has thinned out recently, leaving only a few really great options and a smattering of so-so ones. That’s why we’ve been keeping an eye on the European mPOS […]

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Aug 14, 2019 Filed under: Hardware
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PAYD Review

Pros Canadian merchant accounts offered Supports Interac debit eCommerce integration Easy to use Excellent website and advertising Cons Buggy app (especially for Android) Expensive for low-volume merchants Complicated pricing plans Mediocre customer support Overview We haven’t focused much on mobile processors outside the U.S., and especially not on those available in Canada, which makes our […]

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Dec 16, 2022 Filed under: Mobile Credit Card Processing Reviews

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