Thursday , June 4, 2020

Kevin Woodward

Kevin's role at Digital Transactions is to write news and features stories for publication on the Web site and in the magazine. He also oversees the digital editorial aspect of the site and the Digital Transactions News daily newsletter.

Eye on Parking: A Venue Manager Preps for a Contactless Reopening; ParkMobile Lands Three Cities

Expectations that consumers will seek out live entertainment with some mindfulness about actually touching point-of-sale terminals is part of the reason for venue manager Spectra to strike a multiyear deal with parking specialist ParkHub Inc. Announced Wednesday, the deal will see ParkHub provide mobile point-of-sale technology that enables contactless payments. It …

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A New Study Shows How Acquirers Can Help Merchants Recover From Covid-19’s Heavy Toll

Fully 25% of U.S. merchants that accept payment cards experienced a drop of 56% or more in card volume in April compared with February, finds a new study from The Strawhecker Group. After analyzing billions of transactions from more than 1 million card-accepting merchants across the United States, the Omaha, …

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Eye on Fraud: Fiserv Targets Debit Card False Declines; More Mobile Payments Mean More Fingerprint Sensors

Debit card issuers have a new tool to spot potential false transaction declines with a new service from processor Fiserv Inc., and the authentication needs of mobile payments are driving, in part, the growth in fingerprint sensors. Brookfield, Wis.-based Fiserv says its new Authorization Lift service will help reduce the number …

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Mastercard Also Extends EMV Liability Shift for Fuel Pumps

All four card brands have now delayed for the second time their EMV liability shifts for automated fuel dispensers with Mastercard Inc.’s Monday announcement it would postpone its shift until April 16. The original shift was to have taken place in October 2017, but was deferred until October 2020. Along …

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How Covid-19’s Economic Slowdown Is Disrupting Payments M&A

In the wake of 2019’s major merger-and-acquisition activity in the payments industry, the impact of Covid-19 is affecting the timing of deals, capital availability, and the due diligence process. That’s the assessment from panelists in the “M&A Trends in a Pandemic World” session at Transact Connect, the Electronic Transactions Association’s …

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In the Time of Covid-19, Risk And Underwriting Practices Must Adapt, Experts Say

Payments providers and acquirers are having to quickly adjust to evolving risk practices as chargeback volume and return rates change during the nationwide Covid-19 containment. That’s important because the Federal Trade Commission, in particular, is using these two metrics as potential indicators of misdeeds, advised panelists Wednesday in the “Regulatory …

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Eye on Merchants: Debit Spending Increases And Clover Adds Online Ordering

The Covid-19 impact continues to make itself known in the payments arena. Consumers are increasingly favoring debit cards, especially now that many have received $1,200 stimulus payments. And merchants using the Clover point-of-sale system now have access to online ordering on the platform. Consumers increased their debit card spending 6.6% …

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Square’s POS Reputation May Aid Its New Online Checkout Button

Square Inc.’s new online checkout button—a product called Square Online Checkout—likely will get a boost in adoption from the company’s nearly 10-year history of providing payments technology for point-of-sale merchants. The new service enables Square merchants to place a buy button on Web sites and anywhere a link can be shared, …

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Fiserv’s PIN-on-Glass Enables Online SNAP Payments

Processor Fiserv Inc. is testing online acceptance of SNAP electronic benefits transfer payment as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program. Consumers using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program EBT cards can pay online via a digital PIN pad in tests at 33 ShopRite grocery stores in New York, Brookfield, Wis.-based …

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Shopify Releases Refreshed POS System With Mobile Checkout And Omnichannel Management

Commerce platform Shopify Inc. has released a refreshed point-of-sale appliance and suite of features. Announced Monday, the revised Shopify POS system is a tablet set on a stand with additional software capabilities. Among the new features is mobile checkout that enables payment acceptance in store or at curbside, an especially …

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