Thursday , June 21, 2018

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.

Time’s Up: What Will Be the Impact of Europe’s GDPR on U.S. Payments Companies?

Procrastination is no longer an option. Time to comply with the massive General Data Protection Regulation for businesses that collect data about European Union consumers has run out. And with the regulation going into effect Friday, many U.S. payments companies have found they, too, have had to change their data-collection …

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Kabbage’s Entry Into Payments May Be a Logical Next Step, But Also Likely a Costly One

Online lender Kabbage Inc.’s ambition to enter payment processing by the end of the year, reported this week by Reuters, is a logical extension of their current platform, but one clouded by a host of uncertainties and rife with potential missteps, according to experts contacted by Digital Transactions News. Nine-year-old …

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The Four Big ‘Pays’ Dominate Mobile Payments, But for How Long?

In four years, the Starbucks mobile-payment service, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, will continue to garner large shares of users, but not as much as they do today. That’s the forecast from research firm eMarketer Inc., released Tuesday. Of the four major mobile-payments services, Starbucks Corp.’s app will …

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Worldpay Shoots to Top U.S. Merchant Acquirer Spot As Integrated Software Model Takes Over

What do you get when you add 4 and 11? In the case of Worldpay Inc., it’s 1. The merged version of the former Vantiv Inc. and Worldpay plc moved to the number-one position in The Strawhecker Group’s annual directory of U.S. merchant acquirers. Released Monday, the directory ranks industry …

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No Time to Lose With The Daunting Task of Securing Payments for the Internet of Things

The proliferation of smart watches, voice commerce, and vehicle-based payments has got merchants abuzz about the potential for making purchases more convenient. But securing these payments is a scattershot affair, with each provider wielding its own protocols, attendees learned at the CNP Expo this week in Orlando, Fla. Payments companies …

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Retailers Amp Up Fraud Prevention for Their Online Gift Card Sales

Selling gift cards online makes a lot of sense for many merchants, but criminals know that, too, and have quickly figured out ways to steal the cards. Now, as merchants have increased their sophistication in countering these thefts, so too have criminals figured ways to foil the merchants. “Gift cards …

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Items Like Screenshots And Dates Are Vital Info Under the New Visa Claims Resolution Program

E-commerce merchants are beginning to learn efficient ways to navigate the newly launched Visa Claims Resolution program for managing chargebacks. With the increasing emphasis among consumers and merchants on making more of their transactions in the digital realm, Visa Inc. launched in April its new chargeback-resolution program that includes shortened …

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Payroll Firm ADP Adds Multiple Payment Options in its Wisely Pay Service

Payroll giant ADP LLC launched its Wisely Pay service Monday, which combines digital accounts and a Visa-branded chip card as ways to pay individuals and for them to access these funds. Wisely Pay is the first product resulting from Roseland, N.J.-based ADP’s October 2017 acquisition of Global Cash Card, a …

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Eye on Financing: EVO’s Roadshow Starts; USAT Seeks $50 Million

Two payments companies are turning to the investment market to raise funds with public offerings. EVO Payments International says it began its roadshow to promote its initial public offering it announced in April. If successful, the IPO could generate anywhere from $186,666,662 to $213,333,328, based on a share value ranging from $14 …

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Eye on Integrated Payments: First Data Invests in Salido While Square for Restaurants Debuts

First Data Corp. is betting big on integrated payments, and Square Inc. is adding a restaurant-specific point-of-sale system to capture more transactions from larger merchants. Atlanta-based First Data was one of the investors in a $12 million funding round for Salido Inc., a restaurant POS system provider, reported CNBC.com Wednesday. …

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