Tuesday , December 11, 2018

Transaction Processing

Can Amazon Pay Win in Stores? It May Depend on Processing Costs And the Right Incentives

Amazon.com Inc.’s strategy to push its Amazon Pay wallet into physical stores could depend crucially on its ability to cut payment-processing costs and generate marketing advantages for merchants, including Groupon-like incentives, experts tell Digital Transactions News. The new strategy has been in the works at least since 2017 but reached …

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The PCI Council Publishes Updated Guidance for Securing Telephone-Based Payments

Online and mobile payments get all the press, but plenty of card-not-present payments still originate from telephone orders. The security threats from such orders are changing, which prompted the PCI Security Standards Council to issue an update Wednesday to guidance it first produced seven years ago for protecting phone-based payments. …

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Glance Technologies Tests At-Table Payment And Launches a Bitcoin Feature

Waiting for a server to bring a paper bill to a table so the payment can be made might not happen at some restaurants if tests by Glance Technologies of its Real-Time Bill feature prove successful. Announced Wednesday, the feature, which is in testing at undisclosed merchants, enables users to …

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First American’s New Hire and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/29/18

A consumer bill-pay survey revealed that 46% of consumers routinely pay after the due date or never pay at all. Of these, 72% are “very” or “extremely likely” to pay on time if they could pay with a credit or debit card, while 69% would pay on time if they …

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Visa’s Counterfeit Fraud Declines, But Some Other EMV Measures Signal a Conversion Lull

Counterfeit fraud losses continue to decline, according to Visa Inc.’s latest report about the U.S. conversion to the EMV chip card standard. But Visa’s EMV dollar volume was lower in September than in June, and the number of merchants that accept chip cards remained unchanged at 3.1 million. Visa says …

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The Black Friday-Cyber Monday Shopping Lesson? Pay Attention to the Checkout

Add e-commerce platform Shopify Inc. to the roster of entities that experienced record sales during the recent holiday-shopping weekend, reporting $1.5 billion in volume from Friday through Monday. Two-thirds of that came from mobile transactions. Mobile commerce took the top spot on Cyber Monday, the Monday following Thanksgiving, according to …

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Cardfree Opens Order-Ahead API to Developers and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/28/18

First Data Corp. released its Holiday Insights dashboard, which shows real-time U.S. holiday spending trends, such as total spend percentage increase, today’s most active categories with average ticket and total transactions, and regional payment volume. To date, it indicates retail spending from Thanksgiving through Black Friday increased 6.4% year-over-year. Cardfree Inc., …

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British Competition Regulators Probe PayPal’s Takeover of iZettle

The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority announced Monday that its initial investigation has found that PayPal Holdings Inc.’s September acquisition of Swedish processor iZettle AB could reduce competition or raise prices in the payments market. But whether the antitrust regulator will unwind the deal is far from certain. “While …

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Mobile Commerce Flourished on Black Friday At the Expense of Desktop Activity

More consumers took to their smart phones this past Friday, known as Black Friday, at the expense of shopping online with a desktop computer, finds Akamai Technologies, a Web-services company. Consumers using mobile devices accounted for 57.6% of online shopping on Nov. 23, compared with 35.9% for those using desktop …

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Bitcoin’s Renewed Volatility Casts a Spotlight on Its Shrinking Merchant Volume

Bitcoin’s return to volatility in recent days isn’t the only issue the digital currency confronts as it seeks to establish a toehold in the world of payments. As it turns out, its use in actual payment transactions is shrinking fast, according to numbers compiled by Chainalysis Inc., a New York …

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