Tuesday , March 19, 2019

E-Commerce

Weeks After Fiserv’s Bid for First Data, FIS Puts up $43 Billion to Snap up Worldpay

The other shoe has dropped. Fidelity National Information Services Inc.’s $43-billion cash-and-stock deal to acquire Worldpay Inc., announced early Monday, will create a processing behemoth that will compete globally across a sweeping range of payments businesses, including merchant acquiring, e-commerce, faster payments, and core processing. And though the bosses of …

Read More »

FIS And Worldpay: Merger Mania Probably Isn’t Over, Analysts Say

Close observers of the payment-processing industry predicted Fiserv Inc. would start a merger wave when it announced its $22 billion deal to acquire First Data Corp. in January. That prophecy seems to have come true with the even bigger $43 billion FIS-Worldpay merger announced Monday, and the consolidation wave probably hasn’t …

Read More »

Bountiful Stolen Personal Data Fuels Unrelenting Online Fraud Attacks, Forter Says

In a time when criminal access to consumer data has never been more common, merchants continue to experience pervasive and persistent fraud attempts. That’s the key takeaway from the 2019 sixth annual Fraud Attack Index from Forter Inc. released Thursday. How bad is the problem? Fraud grew in 2018 in …

Read More »

Car Dealer Adds Aliant Crypto Processing and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/14/19

Aliant Payments said it added Bob Moore Auto Group as a client for cryptocurrency processing. The agreement will allow the auto dealer to accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin for cars, parts, and service at its Subaru dealership in Oklahoma City. Thales S.A. said Gemalto will operate as a separate company …

Read More »

EVO Plans To Pump Up U.S. Growth While Eyeing Further Foreign Expansion

Merchant acquirer EVO Payments Inc. plans to reinvigorate its lagging U.S. e-commerce business while still pursuing expansion opportunities abroad, its chief executive said Wednesday. Atlanta-based EVO is one of the smaller publicly traded payment processors, and it has a unique business model. Its roots are in the U.S., but today …

Read More »

Cybersecurity Risk Concerns Few Small-Business Owners, a Survey Finds

Those who work in electronic payments know the risks from criminals constantly trying to steal sensitive payment data. Small-business owners, however, may not. Eighty-nine percent of them say there is low to no risk of their businesses facing a data compromise. That startling stat comes from the recently released 2019 …

Read More »

Mastercard To Acquire Ethoca and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/12/19

Mastercard Inc. said it is purchasing Ethoca Inc., a fraud-mitigation firm, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. Ethoca works with more than 5,000 merchants and 4,000 financial institutions. Mastercard intends to expand Ethoca’s capabilities and combine the company with its current security …

Read More »

Lyft Eyes Ways To Lower Payment-Processing Costs as It Preps for an IPO

With $2.28 billion in losses over the past three years, ride-share provider Lyft Inc. is looking to cut costs—and payment-card acceptance expenses won’t be spared. San Francisco-based Lyft outlined several initiatives it already has started or is planning in a filing earlier this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission …

Read More »

Mastercard Bails on Bidding War With Visa for Earthport, Plans To Buy Transfast Instead

Mastercard Inc. has called a halt to its bidding war with Visa Inc. over cross-border business-to-business payments processor Earthport PLC and instead plans to acquire another company in the space, Transfast Remittance LLC. Mastercard announced a tentative deal to buy New York City-based money-transfer provider Transfast Friday. Transfast is a …

Read More »

COMMENTARY: Convenience And Security Require Education And Technology

A bank’s ability to deliver convenience and security is a high-stakes balancing act. Consumers value secure applications, but they don’t want the hassle that often accompanies multiple points of authentication. They want easy-to-use applications that facilitate fast and seamless financial transactions.  There has been no shortage of data breaches over …

Read More »