Wednesday , August 15, 2018

Automated Clearing House

On a Hot Streak, the ACH Network Has Racked up 5%-Plus Growth in 12 of the Last 14 Quarters

The growth surge at the nation’s automated clearing house network shows no signs of slowing down. The payments system handled 5.68 billion transactions in the quarter ended June 30, a 6.2% increase year-over-year, according to numbers from Herndon, Va.-based NACHA, the network’s governing body. The network has now notched growth …

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CardSavr Gets Voice Update and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/25/18

Switch Inc., whose CardSavr application programming interface allows cardholders to manage card-on-file transactions and updates, said it is merging its technology with voice technology to make it possible for consumers to inquire about and update payment data with merchants via voice command. Custom Business Solutions Inc., a reseller of the …

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Checks Still Reign in U.S. Business Payments, but Electronic Methods Close Behind

An international survey of financial executives shows that checks are still the most commonly used method of business payments, but paperless methods aren’t far behind. The April survey of 914 chief financial officers and other senior finance executives, including 501 from the United States, for fleet-fueling and corporate-payments provider WEX …

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Consumers Increasingly Pay Billers Directly Rather Than Through Bank Sites

Payment volume through biller-direct Web sites continues to grow at the expense of bank bill-pay sites, according to new findings from Boston-based Aite Group LLC. Some 73% of the online bill payments made by consumers in 2016 went through biller-direct sites, up from 62% in 2010, according to Aite. Meanwhile, …

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ACH-Based GasBuddy Payment Service Marks 300,000-Plus Users

GasBuddy LLC, the fuel-price comparison service, said Monday more than 300,000 U.S. drivers have enrolled in Pay with GasBuddy, its fuel-discount program that uses the automated clearing house for transactions. Launched last year, Pay with GasBuddy connects a consumer’s checking account with a GasBuddy-issued card. After enrolling in the service …

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Overtaking Venmo and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 6/13/18

Investors jumped on shares of Netherlands-based payment processor Adyen Wednesday after the company priced its initial stock offering on the high end of its expected range at €240 ($282.48) per share. As of late morning Eastern time, the stock had more than doubled to €480.30 ($565.31) per share, prompting talk …

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The Four Big ‘Pays’ Dominate Mobile Payments, But for How Long?

In four years, the Starbucks mobile-payment service, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, will continue to garner large shares of users, but not as much as they do today. That’s the forecast from research firm eMarketer Inc., released Tuesday. Of the four major mobile-payments services, Starbucks Corp.’s app will …

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Regulators and Competition Push Banks To Embrace Open APIs, Potentially Changing Payments

With a push from regulators and competitive forces, banks are stepping up their development of application programming interfaces to enhance their payment and other financial services. APIs, which provide links so that disparate software systems, such as those at a bank and a financial-technology company that wants to offer services …

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Mobile Traffic Grows for Shopify and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/1/18

Toast, a 7-year-old provider of point-of-sale and payments software to restaurants, has launched its first POS device, a handheld that servers can use to accept payments and handle other functions. The device replaces a Samsung model the company used. Commerce platform Shopify Inc. reported transactions from mobile devices amounted to …

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Fraud-Prevention Services Can Aid Merchant Retention, a Survey Finds

What impact can fraud-prevention services have on merchant retention? Apparently, quite a bit, finds the “State of Payment Processing & Fraud: 2018 Report” from Kount Inc. Kount, a Boise, Idaho-based risk-management technology provider, found that 75% of approximately 150 payment-processor respondents say offering fraud-control tools improved merchant retention. The high …

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