Tuesday , July 17, 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.

Cash Preference Weakens As Younger Consumers Go for Cards, Especially Debit

Industry efforts to persuade consumers to use credit and debit cards for small-ticket purchases may be paying off, at least among younger consumers, finds a survey from CreditCards.com, a card comparison site for consumers. In the survey of more than 600 U.S. adult credit card holders sampled in early March, …

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Seeking Higher Conversion Rates, Payment Companies Target Streamlined Checkouts

Checkout abandonment, particularly on smart phones, remains high, suppressing transaction volumes and prompting new payment options to enable a faster, smoother process when consumers are ready to buy. BlueSnap Inc., a Waltham, Mass.-based gateway, announced Tuesday an update to its Powered Buy Platform that aims to improve mobile and e-commerce …

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Semi-Integrated POS Products Could Reduce EMV Certification Costs and Save Time

Independent software vendors, value-added resellers, and point-of-sale software developers facing the daunting task of certifying their unique products for EMV payment acceptance may face costs starting at $30,000. That figure, which comes from Andrey Tikhonov, senior director of payment technology at Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Infinite Peripherals Inc., reflects the …

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It’ll Be 14 Years Before Mobile Payments Are Secure To Leave Cash And Cards at Home

The prospect of leaving the house with just a smart phone in lieu of a wallet full of cash and payment cards is 14 years away, according to a survey released Thursday by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a technology association based in New York City. By …

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Eye on mPOS: Click a Waiter Debuts White Label POS; Aspex Lands Frontier Airlines

Two mobile point-of-sale system providers are doing their part in the proliferation of such systems with the release of Click a Waiter Inc.’s white-label POS system and Aspex LLC’s deal with Frontier Airlines to provide an onboard POS system. Leominster, Mass.-based Click a Waiter Tuesday released a white-label version of …

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In Its First Earnings Report, Square Says Product Breadth Will Aid its Financial Fortunes

Processor Square Inc. expects its strategy of providing what it calls a “cohesive” set of services to merchants will aid its efforts to reach profitability, the company reported Wednesday in its first-ever earnings result since becoming a publicly-traded company. It reported earnings for the fourth quarter and all of 2015. …

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ExxonMobil’s Speedpass+ App Enables Apple Pay Transactions at the Pump

Apple Pay has pulled up to the fuel pump at ExxonMobil Corp. gas stations with the release Tuesday of Speedpass+, an iOS app that enables consumers to use Apple Inc.’s mobile-payment service to pay for gas within the app. The app also is available for Android devices. It also works …

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CardFlight’s Stripe Integration Deal Aimed at Developers of In-App, Card-Present Payments

With an eye to easing the integration of EMV payment acceptance in mobile apps used for card-present transactions, mobile point-of-sale provider CardFlight now offers integration with Stripe, a payments provider specializing in online transactions. Developers can use the CardFlight software development kit and gateway to add EMV acceptance to apps …

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EMV Chargebacks Proving To Be a Card-Present Merchant Problem

  Hiccups in the U.S. payment card industry’s monumental shift to EMV chip card technology are beginning to surface, and one problematic area is chargebacks among card-present merchants. That’s the observation from one large merchant-services provider, and it’s corroborated by a recent report from First Annapolis Consulting Inc. containing similar …

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By 2020, 45% of Wearables Owners Will Use Them for Payments, Mostly Open-Loop

Payment with a wearable device, such as a smart watch, wristband, or fitness monitor, has the potential to be used by 45% of wearables-owning consumers by 2020, finds the IHS “Wearable Payment Devices Report—2016” issued Wednesday. In four years, the global market for wearables will reach 340 million devices shipped, …

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