Friends Again - WalMart and VISA reach a truce in a months long war of high-interest words

Friends Again - WalMart and VISA reach a truce in a months long war of high-interest words Friends Again - WalMart and VISA reach a truce in a months long war of high-interest words

January 6, 20171 min read
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Since last July WalMart Canada and VISA have been in a standoff.


The retail giant claimed it was paying out more than 100 million dollars in fees to VISA.


VISA on the other hand claimed it offered WalMart one of the lowest transaction processing rates of any merchant in the country.


Neither side would budge and the result was WalMart removing VISA from the purchase option at 19 stores in Canada with a threat to extend the action to its 400 plus stores Canada-wide.


Earlier this week - both sides made up. And VISA is now welcome at WalMart.


So who won? And what will it mean for consumers? Will shoppers absorb the 100 million in fees or could WalMart just simply not afford not to accept the credit card.


Brian Vendramin is an expert in the areas of retail business and marketing. His insight and perspective have made him a regular with local media. Brian is available to speak about this topic and share his opinion. Simply click on Brian's icon to arrange an interview.


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