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.

First Atlantic Commerce Expands Into Canada and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/8/18

Jim Lofgren has been appointed chief executive of Nosto, an online retail personalization firm. Most recently, Lofgren led Klarna AB’s North American operations. Payments provider First Atlantic Commerce announced an expansion into Canada through its virtual terminal for call centers. Bluefin Payment Systems is providing point-to-point encryption services as part …

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USA Technologies Nearly Doubles Its Connection Counts While Leveraging Its Cantaloupe Deal

Unattended payments continue to bear fruit for USA Technologies Inc. as the company said its connections increased 92.3% in its fiscal third quarter from a year ago. Malvern, Pa.-based USAT said its connections totaled 969,000 in the quarter ended March 31, up from 504,000. Its total number of customers, at …

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Syncapay’s Acquisition Ambition Begins With Disbursements

A new entry in the arena for payments-related acquisitions, Syncapay, is targeting specialists in disbursements and payouts. Plano, Texas-based Syncapay debuted last week with the intent to acquire payments companies that could benefit from shared services, while retaining the autonomy that differentiates them. “We are not looking at doing a …

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Risk Levels Surge for E-Commerce And for Payment Processors, Finds ThreatMetrix

E-commerce attacks increased 93% in the first quarter of 2018 in comparison to the same quarter a year ago, finds the Q1 2018 Cybercrime Report from ThreatMetrix, a unit of LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Based on an analysis of 210 million attacks ThreatMetrix detected and stopped on behalf of its clients, …

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Word-of-Mouth Recommendations Are Failing Mobile-Payments Services

Coveted word-of-mouth advertising is failing the mobile-payments services offered by technology giants. That’s the assessment from the Q1-2018 Mobile Pay Tracker report from Auriemma Consulting Group. Though 34% of consumers among the more than 1,500 surveyed use mobile payments—up five points from a year ago—not many are as willing to …

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A Walmart Win And Burgeoning ISV Transactions Buoy First Data’s Expectations

Processing giant First Data Corp. said on Monday Walmart Inc. has added Star signature debit acceptance to its roster of payment options. The company also noted that its integrated payments business continues to grow. Both observations came during the Atlanta-based company’s first-quarter earnings call with equity analysts. For the quarter, …

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EVO Payments Explores Going Public

EVO Payments International says it plans to go public and has filed an S-1 registration statement with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Atlanta-based payments company announced the move late Wednesday. Though the registration statement does not reveal how much EVO expects to raise by going public, the company says …

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Are Masterpass and Visa Checkout Doomed by the New Shared Buy Button?

Speculation that Visa Checkout and Masterpass brands may be on the way out has surfaced following announcements last week from Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. they would support a shared buy button for online purchases based on EMVCo’s Secure Remote Commerce specification. Reports of a possible phaseout of Masterpass, launched …

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Mastercard, Visa and AmEx Back EMVCo’s Secure Remote Commerce Spec

Mastercard Inc. says it is preparing for a better online payments experience by backing the EMVCo secure remote commerce specification. Visa Inc., too, says it supports the spec. The specification, announced in November, establishes the technical framework for enabling consumers to use their payment cards across channels more easily than …

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Fraud-Prevention Services Can Aid Merchant Retention, a Survey Finds

What impact can fraud-prevention services have on merchant retention? Apparently, quite a bit, finds the “State of Payment Processing & Fraud: 2018 Report” from Kount Inc. Kount, a Boise, Idaho-based risk-management technology provider, found that 75% of approximately 150 payment-processor respondents say offering fraud-control tools improved merchant retention. The high …

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