Monday , October 15, 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.

Consumer Awareness of Mobile And E-Gift Cards Spikes Significantly in Just One Year

Plastic gift cards remain king, but consumer awareness of mobile and electronic gift cards is increasing. That’s one result from the Retail Gift Card Association’s survey about gift card use. The survey canvassed more than 1,000 consumers. In the survey, fully 49.7% said they understand how to redeem a mobile …

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Time, Money and Convenience Play Critical Roles in Mobile-Payments Adoption

  If consumer adoption of mobile payments is going to break past its current low rate, purveyors of the services will have to find new ways of making m-payments faster and more convenient to use, and attractive for merchants to accept. That’s the assessment from Derek Francom, director of PayPal …

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Pennsylvania Money-Transmitter Advisory for ISOs, Processors and Banks Sparks Concerns

  A recent Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities’ advisory about potentially requiring independent sales organizations and processors to obtain money-transmitter licenses could pose problems for the payments industry. “It’s the wrong execution of the right idea,” Scott Talbott, senior vice president for government affairs at the Electronic Transactions Association, …

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Samsung Pay Adds Card Issuers and Brings Verizon on Board

Samsung Pay, the mobile-payments service from Samsung Electronics Co. Inc., has added 14 Visa-MasterCard payment card issuers. In addition, Verizon Wireless, the holdout mobile carrier that was absent from Samsung Pay’s launch a month ago, is now supporting the service, a Samsung executive said Wednesday. “We’re expanding our ecosystems,” Thomas …

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Tablet-POS Maker Revel Systems Delves into Mobile Commerce with a Consumer App

Known for its iPad-based point-of-sale system, Revel Systems said Friday it is making a mobile-commerce app available that merchants can use with their own brands. The app—available now for iOS and Android devices—enables merchants to more easily allow consumers to access product information, check loyalty data, place orders, and pay …

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Revenue Per Merchant Varies Greatly for Mid-Tier Merchant Acquirers, Report Shows

Top performing merchant acquirers make more than 103 basis points per transaction from merchants that process with them. That’s the finding from a survey of 37 independent sales organizations and acquirers conducted by Adil Consulting, an Omaha, Neb.-based payments-advisory firm. The median is 64 basis points. The top 20% of …

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Hype Aside, Only 18% of Consumers Make a Mobile Payment at Least Once a Week

By Kevin Woodward None can escape the notoriety of mobile payments, but most consumers apparently are able to ignore the allure of using the smart phone-based technology. Only 18% of consumers use their mobile phones to make at least one payment a week, finds the 2015 North America Consumer Digital …

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The Post-IPO First Data Continues To Navigate a Shifting Payments Landscape

  First Data Corp.’s push to transform itself into a nimbler and more responsive payments processor continues on, with changes in its internal structure and approach to servicing merchants leading the way, says a First Data executive. In an interview Thursday with Digital Transactions News, Dan Charron, First Data executive …

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Blockchain Technology Enables Uphold To Offer Free Money-Exchange Services

  With a mission to offer as many free, or cheap, money-exchange services as possible, Uphold, a virtual funds and commodity platform, on Wednesday launched the first of a four-phase effort to expand its reach among consumers, merchants, charitable organizations and software developers. Uphold, the new name of Bitreserve, an …

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With NFC Finally Getting a Foothold, More Uses Could Mean More Payments, Experts Say

Finding more ways to incorporate near-field communication (NFC) technology into everyday objects could eventually mean more payments. At least that’s the future as envisioned by panelists at the NFC Solutions Summit this week in Phoenix. Sponsored by the Smart Card Alliance, the conference examined ways NFC technology, which enables wireless …

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