Tuesday , January 16, 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.

Eye on Blackhawk: Consumers Take Deals to Heart and a Director Leaves the Board

In the unending quest for a deal, price isn’t the only consideration for consumers, but it’s an important one, finds research from Hawk Incentives, a business owned by prepaid specialist Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc. In the “The Recession May Be Over, But Deal Seeking Isn’t” report based on a survey …

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Digital Wallets Are Not Yet Ready for Prime Time, But Are Getting Closer, a Report Says

Though digital-wallet adoption among consumers may have paused this year, merchants continue to prep for the electronic payment, according to “The Next Phase of Digital Wallet Adoption,” a report commissioned by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Conducted by Forrester Consulting, a unit of Forrester Research Inc., the report found the fraction …

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NCR’s ‘Ring Up’ POS Service Targets the High-Margin Micromerchants

NCR Corp. is entering the fray to get payment-processing deals with micromerchants. The Duluth, Ga.-based point-of-sale technology company this week launched Ring Up by NCR Silver, a POS service specifically designed for merchants with less than $100,000 in annual revenue. The service uses a magnetic stripe and EMV-compatible Bluetooth reader …

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As Event Payments Heat up, SignUpGenius Works With WePay For Ticketing Payments

SignUpGenius Inc., an event-organizing service, is now using WePay Inc. for its payment-processing services. The integration, announced Monday, means event organizers can collect payments for ticket sales, event registration, capital campaigns, and business services, SignUpGenius says. Charlotte, N.C.-based SignUpGenius says as many as 12 million persons use its online tools …

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Square Invests $25 Million in Eventbrite; Adds Apple Pay E-Commerce Integration

Merchant processor Square Inc. will provide payment services to Eventbrite Inc., which provides a platform for ticket sales, and will invest $25 million in the company, Square announced Thursday. Earlier, Square said it will make Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay service available to merchants using its Square Checkout online service. Square said …

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Sonic Drive-In Confirms Payment Breach of an Unknown Number of Cards

Add Sonic Drive-In to the roster of merchants that have experienced a breach of their payments systems. The Oklahoma City-based fast-food chain confirmed to Digital Transaction News that it has been investigating the incident. On Tuesday, security blog KrebsOnSecurity.com reported the breach affecting an unknown number of Sonic’s point-of-sale systems. …

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GasBuddy’s New Payment Service Discounts Gasoline Prices

Consumer affinity for the cheapest gas prices birthed smart-phone app GasBuddy, and now the app has sired a way for consumers to actually make the payment at fill up. Boston-based GasBuddy recently announced its Pay with GasBuddy service, which connects a consumer’s checking account with a GasBuddy-issued card. After enrolling …

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ThreatMetrix ID Debuts As a Service to Help Businesses Identify Digital Users

Risk-management firm ThreatMetrix Inc. said its ThreatMetrix ID product, announced this week, uses unique, anonymized customer data to help businesses make decisions about trust and identity. The product, hailed as the company’s flagship, incorporates four central capabilities. One is the unique, anonymous data it has on 1.4 billion users in …

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Digital Payments Authentication Requires Agility and Adaptability, a Report Says

As more consumers make more digital payments, financial institutions and merchants face an increasingly complex challenge to better authenticate these transactions. That requires looking at ways to keep pace with criminals and staying in step with consumers, says Aite Group LLC in its latest report, “Digital Authentication: New Opportunities to …

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Processor Aliant Strikes a Deal With BitPay to Sell Merchants on Bitcoin Acceptance

Payments provider Aliant Payment Systems now offers Bitcoin acceptance for merchants through a deal with BitPay Inc., a Bitcoin processor, Aliant announced Monday. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Aliant says the relationship makes it one of the first payment-processing companies to offer merchants Bitcoin acceptance. It is doing this, in part, because …

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