Friday , October 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.

With EMV Not Yet in Every Wallet, Square Promotes Its Magnetic-Stripe Readers

Despite the hoopla surrounding EMV acceptance, and the constant promotions from acquirers and payments providers touting EMV-capable equipment, at least one acquirer, Square Inc., continues to believe there is a market for magnetic-stripe readers. A direct-mail piece from Square mailed late last week touts its magnetic-stripe reader along with its …

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A Report Shows How Credit Card Declines Eat in to Recurring-Payments Revenue

Fourth-quarter transaction decline rates for credit and debit cards used for subscription payments increased to 15.9% from a first-quarter 2015 low of 14.4%, based on the value of the transaction, according to a report from Recurly Inc., a recurring-payments specialist. The “Recurly Subscription Snapshot,” which analyzed 25 million recurring payments …

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Rosie Looks to Add EBT And PayPal to Its Shopping App As Another Grocer Signs Up

A central Illinois grocery-store chain will expand online and add mobile payments beginning this fall. The service enables consumers to use credit and debit cards along with electronic benefits transfer cards to pay for orders, says Ithaca, N.Y.-based Rosie Applications Inc., the vendor providing the technology. The move by Quincy, …

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With Acquirers in M&A Crosshairs, Rumors Surface That Moneris’s U.S. Arm Is in Play

Moneris Solutions USA, the U.S. arm of Canada-based Moneris Solutions Corp., appears to have suitors, according to a recent Bloomberg.com report. Moneris is a joint venture between RBC Financial Group and BMO Bank of Montreal. Bloomberg.com reports that merchant processor Vantiv Inc. and Warburg Pincus LLC, a New York-based private …

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Credit Card Surcharging Expected To Continue Despite Rejection of Interchange Settlement

Merchants that add surcharges to credit card transactions likely can continue to do so despite the overturning of the interchange settlement that enabled them to do so. A federal appeals court last week threw out an agreement initially reached four years ago over card-network interchange and acceptance rules. The interchange …

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Wells Fargo Plans August Expansion of Real-Time Send Capability for P2P Payments

Four years after launching a peer-to-peer payments capability using the clearXchange network, Wells Fargo & Co. is enabling a real-time function for its service. Announced Monday, the enhancement enables Wells customers to send and receive real-time payments with no fee from and to customers of any bank that participates in …

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Swifter EMV Certification Will Aid Chip Card Transition—And Terminal Makers

Getting point-of-sale terminals through the EMV-certification process should become a bit quicker thanks to the card brands’ efforts to “streamline” the testing process. That should bode well for POS terminal maker VeriFone Systems Inc., says Vin D’Agostino, executive vice president of VeriFone Services. MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. separately announced programs that …

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As Signature EMV Draws Merchants’ Ire, Industry Opinion May Be on Their Side

Merchants, in their argument for PIN rather than signature authentication for EMV chip card transactions, may have industry opinion on their side. According to an informal poll conducted this week by Digital Transactions News, two-thirds of readers agree that the merchants suing the card networks over the issue have a …

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Circle Lands a $60 Million Investment As It Eyes Expansion Into China And Europe

Digital-currency specialist Circle Internet Financial Ltd. is expanding into China following a $60 million investment from a syndicate of investors. This follows a $50 million funding round raised last year by the Boston-based company. Circle enables users to send and receive funds instantly at no charge using blockchain technology. A …

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A BofA Survey Finds More Consumers Are Using Their Phones to Make Purchases

The number of consumers of all age groups who would or already use their phones to make purchases at the checkout increased to 40% this year, finds Bank of America Corp.’s “Trends in Consumer Mobility Report 2016,” released Tuesday. That’s up from 34% in 2015. Younger consumers—Millennials between 18 and …

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