August 12, 2014

Retail spending growth was at an 11-month high in July as summer vacation travel led strong spending during the month, according to data reported by payment technology and services provider First Data Corp.

June 6, 2014

Sam’s Club recently announced a credit card cash back program that gives members the opportunity to earn up to $5,000 annually. Marking one of the biggest changes in membership in more than a decade, the club operator in one fell swoop boosted its appeal to loyal Sam's Club members and close the gap between Sam's Club and its chief rival, Costco. The news comes off of a first-quarter performance that Sam's Club president and CEO Rosalind Brewer characterized as “one of our more difficult quarters.” While the club operator was negatively impacted by weather and a reduction in public assistance, Costco emerged under the same conditions with a positive same-store sales comp figure.

June 4, 2014

In a major boost to member benefits, Sam’s Club on Tuesday announced a credit card cash back program that gives members the opportunity to earn 5% cash back on fuel, 3% cash back on dining and travel and 1% cash back on all other purchases, up to $5,000 annually.

April 16, 2014

The National Retail Federation on Wednesday told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from cybercriminals and hackers.

March 5, 2014

Based on a study of 10,000 U.S consumers, H-E-B, Trader Joe's, Chick-fil-A and Publix earned the highest scores in the 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings, ranking 268 companies across 19 industries.

January 22, 2014

In a letter to congressional leaders, the National Retail Federation underscored the retail industry’s commitment to protecting sensitive consumer data in the wake of the recent international cyber attacks and thefts.

January 13, 2014

Target is offering free credit monitoring for a year for customers who shop at its stores, the mass merchandise retailer said Monday.

January 13, 2014

GE Capital and Kobie Marketing, a loyalty program service provider, are reportedly set to unveil a new product to help retailers establish and maintain loyalty programs that will create a unified profile for shoppers, according to a New York Times report.

December 16, 2013

More Americans now say they are loosening the purse strings in advance of the holiday season, and fewer say they are tightening their belts, according to a recent survey.

November 20, 2013

The electronic currency known as bitcoin allows small- and medium-sized companies to reach more customers by opening new markets that were previously unreachable, the co-founder of a company that allows businesses to use bitcoins said in testimony Tuesday before two Senate subcommittees. And it appears that federal authorities are open to its development.

October 24, 2013

A new product is designed to allow people to carry their smartphone, money, photo ID, credit card and key in one container, and the company is giving thousands of them away for free as part of a limited-time offer.

July 25, 2013

Kmart is letting customers reserve items online and then pay for it and pick it up at the store, the mass merchandise retailer said.

May 28, 2013

A trade group representing the retail industry is requesting that a federal judge throw out a proposed settlement in an antitrust lawsuit over credit card swipe fees.

April 11, 2013

Five regional retailers — including mass-merchandisers Meijer and Fred Meyer — are selling a mobile point-of-sale credit card processing system compatible with most smartphones and tablets in their stores.

April 2, 2013

Schnucks was the victim of a recent attack on its computer network that compromised its credit and debit card system, the supermarket chain said.

March 14, 2013

Target has sold its consumer credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group for $5.7 billion, the mass merchandise retailer said.

September 7, 2012

Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart have introduced a new cobranded RBC Shoppers Optimum MasterCard.

August 2, 2012

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday rejected a proposed settlement in relation to the antitrust lawsuit that NCPA and other parties have brought against several banks regarding alleged collusive practices, including swipe fees at exorbitant levels and limiting competition.

May 23, 2012

Kmart has introduced a walk-in bill payment service in its stores, the mass merchandise retail chain said Wednesday.

January 18, 2012

Target announced that it has temporarily suspended its efforts to sell its credit card receivables portfolio.

November 28, 2011

A coalition of retail organizations, including the National Retail Federation, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Association of Convenience Stores, have filed a lawsuit charging that the Federal Reserve failed to comply with a new law requiring it to reduce fees bank charge retailers when shoppers use credit cards.

November 16, 2011

Profits at Target grew 10.2% to 82 cents in the third quarter, compared with 74 cents the prior year, thanks to healthy sales growth and ongoing improvement in the company’s credit card business.

May 19, 2011

The National Retail Federation on Wednesday launched a 60-day lobbying, grassroots and media campaign aimed at ensuring that a new federal law — which is designed to save retailers and their customers more than $1 billion a month by lowering the “swipe fees" banks charge to process debit card transactions — takes effect in late July as scheduled.

May 18, 2011

First-quarter sales at Target increased 2.8% to $15.6 billion, and same-store sales increased 2%, the company reported.