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.

Another Zero Option: Cloud-based POS Provider Pose Drops Its Software Fee

  Pose POS Ltd., a cloud-based point-of-sale system, has changed its pricing model to a free one, at least for the monthly fee. Formerly $49 a month for the POS service, Pose now charges nothing to use its app, which is available on any device that can operate Google Inc.’s …

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Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s Deal for First American Underscores Profitability of Merchant Processing

  An investment consortium led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is buying First American Payment Systems L.P., a Fort Worth, Texas-based payment processor and independent sales organization, in a deal that observers say highlights the profitability of merchant processing, despite ongoing margin pressure. First American says the Toronto-based pension …

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Visa Revamps Its Online Wallet, And Gives It a New Name: Visa Checkout

  Visa Inc. says its new online payment service, Visa Checkout, should help improve conversion rates for e-commerce retailers by making it easier for consumers to pay. The service, available in the United States, Canada and Australia, enables consumers to pay online on any device, Visa says. Visa Checkout replaces …

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Digital Transactions’s Jenisch Wins Industry Achievement Award from MidWest Acquirers

Robert A. Jenisch, publisher of Digital Transactions, Digital Transactions News, and digitaltransactions.net, received the Industry Achievement Award from the MidWest Acquirers Association on Wednesday. The award, which recognizes substantial career accomplishments and contributions in the U.S. merchant-acquiring industry, was given to Jenisch during the MWAA’s annual conference in Lombard, Ill. …

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ISOs And Acquirers Face Myriad Issues Over the Next 12 Months: Survey

  Increasing competition, slow growth, and staying abreast of changing technology top the list of issues facing independent sales organizations and merchant acquirers during the next 12 months, finds a new report from Adil Consulting. Fifty-two percent of respondents cited competition as the top trend, followed by growth, 48%, and …

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How Bluetooth Beacons Are Central to GoPago And Slyde Mobile Payment And Offers App

  Bluetooth low energy beacons will play a key role in a mobile payment and loyalty service being developed by SK Planet Inc. and DoubleBeam Inc. that promises easier mobile payments and offer redemption. The beacons connect Bluetooth low energy-compatible smart phones with DoubleBeam’s GoPago tablet-based point-of-sale system. Now in …

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Offering a Vault And a Wallet, Bitcoin Venture Xapo Prepares Mid-July Debit Card Launch

  Bitcoin vault provider Xapo Ltd. is days away from sending debit cards backed by the digital currency to consumers with registered Xapo Bitcoin accounts. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup, which is incorporated in Hong Kong, also raised $20 million in a recent investment round, bringing its total investment bounty …

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Draper Eyes Emerging Markets With Bitcoin Bounty

By Kevin Woodward Venture capitalist Timothy Draper wants to use the nearly 30,000 Bitcoins he won last week in an auction held by the U.S. Marshals Service to fund a Bitcoin trading platform targeting emerging markets, he said last week following the auction. He would not disclose the price of …

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Retailer Confidence in Detecting Data-Security Breaches Abounds, But Is It Warranted?

Retailers have a hearty sense of confidence when it comes to how quickly their organizations would detect a data breach, especially one that targets sensitive payment information, finds a survey from Tripwire Inc., a data-security company. In the survey of 154 retail organizations, 60% said their systems could detect a …

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Hoping to Boost Volume, Dwolla Debuts A Service That Simplifies Sending Payments

Alternative payment network Dwolla Inc. has added Dwolla Direct, a method for individuals and organizations to send a payment via the network without registering for a full Dwolla account. Instead, they complete an online form that asks for an e-mail address, password, and bank account information. The process takes place …

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