Friday , January 19, 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.

Meeting Security Demands in Digital Experiences Presents a POS Challenge

Merchants attempting to create more digital experiences in their stores and restaurants because of consumer expectations are finding security of payments to be a significant challenge, finds the “Step Up The In-Person Experience” report issued by Forrester Consulting Inc. Commissioned by tablet point-of-sale maker Revel Systems, the report examines how …

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First Data Debuts Clover E-Commerce Site Tool and Samsung Pay Lines Up POS Aid

First Data Corp. is taking its Clover brand, known until now as a mobile point-of-sale service, to the Web with a launch May 3 of the Clover Online Store. Announced Wednesday at Transact16, the Electronic Transactions Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, the service enables merchants to set up an …

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Visa Tweaks Chip Card Processing Protocol; Says EMV Debit Cards Now Surpass Their Credit Brethren

Many consumers and merchants adjusting to using newly-issued EMV credit and debit cards may undergo a perception versus reality check as Visa Inc. prepares to debut its Quick Chip for EMV program. Visa also provided updated chip card issuing and acceptance data. Announced Tuesday, the program enables consumers to remove …

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Trunk Show Event Marks a First for Amazon Payments in a Store

Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. has taken another step to broadening the reach of its payments service with the debut Friday of an in-store payment service at a New York apparel retailer. This marks the first time Amazon payments has enabled in-store payments with a merchant, Amazon says. Just a couple …

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How Proprietary Mobile Wallets Are Showing the Way to Win Adoption And Usage

Universal mobile wallets have yet to gain the hearty embrace of merchants and consumers, unlike those serving a solitary merchant. But that will change, forecasts the “Merchant Mobile Wallets: Mobile Payments in Action” report released Wednesday by Mercator Advisory Group Inc. The report from the Maynard, Mass.-based payments consultancy predicts …

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Eye on Litigation: LevelUp’s Patent Fight; New York AG Targets Northern Leasing

Mobile payment and marketing provider LevelUp is continuing its fight against a rival over an alleged patent infringement and the New York Attorney General has filed suit against Northern Leasing Systems Inc. alleging deceptive business practices. In 2015, Boston-based LevelUp’s parent company, SCVNGR Inc., filed suit in U.S. District Court …

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Rash of Breaches Bedevils Merchants With a Fast-Rising Rate of Fraud, Lexis-Nexis Finds

Retailers are contending with a markedly higher level of fraud this year than they did in 2015, with the fraud rate increasing from 1.32% of revenue to 1.47%, finds the 2016 LexisNexis True Cost of Fraud study. Last year marked the first time the rate was greater than 1%. When …

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Wow! FICO Reports a 546% Increase in ATM Compromises From 2014 to 2015

A migration of sorts appears to be under way among criminals targeting electronic payments as evidence surfaces that ATMs, especially those not owned by banks, are being targeted. In 2015, there was a 546% increase in ATM compromises, says Fair Isaac Corp., the company known as FICO. Based on data …

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iPayment Selects Apriva for Mobile POS Service Targeting Smaller Businesses

Merchant processor iPayment Inc. announced Monday it will offer a white-label version of Apriva’s AprivaPay Plus to small and mid-size merchants. Dubbed iPayment MobilePay, the mobile point-of-sale service uses AprivaPay Plus, mPOS software developed by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Apriva. Merchants can use the service with iOS, Android, or Amazon Fire mobile …

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Will Credit Card Surcharging Become the Norm in 2016, as One Analyst Prophesies?

Though merchants have been permitted since 2013 to add surcharge fees to credit card transactions, it’s only in 2016 and 2017 that the practice will become the norm, ushering in a new phase of a sometimes contentious relationship between merchants, the payment card industry, and consumers. That’s the assertion of …

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