Tuesday , January 26, 2021

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.

Mindbody Adds Flex, a Subscription-Payment Fitness Program

Mindbody Inc., a provider of payments services and wellness software to the health and fitness industry, is adding a direct-to-consumer virtual membership program. Dubbed Mindbody Flex, the subscription service offers virtual access to more than 450 independent studios offering virtual fitness and wellness classes. Pricing starts at $39 per month …

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Walmart Adds to Its Financial Services With Western Union Money Transfers at U.S. Stores

Walmart Inc. is adding money-transfer services from The Western Union Co. to its more than 4,700 U.S. stores this spring, the giant retailer announced Tuesday. Western Union will be the third money-transfer provider to be offered at Walmart stores, joining MoneyGram International Inc. and Ria, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide …

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More Debit Card Use Translates Into More Debit-Based Returns, PSCU Data Finds

The holiday shopping season may be over, but the holiday returns are coming in at full force. Data from PSCU, a credit union service organization, showcases the impact the rise in e-commerce spending is having on returns. Return purchases using debit cards were up 76.2% for the week ending Jan. …

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Eye on Restaurants: Torchy’s Tacos Taps CardFree, And GoTab Debuts a Contactless Ordering Kit

Mobile point-of-sale specialist CardFree Inc. announced Torchy’s Tacos, with 83 locations across seven states, has adopted its contactless ordering and services technology. Also, restaurant commerce provider GoTab Inc. debuted a contactless ordering starter kit for hospitality operators. San Francisco-based CardFree says the Austin, Texas-based Torchy’s Tacos started with online ordering and …

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Mastercard And Partners Will Test Common Android Phones And Tablets As Contactless POS Devices

Mastercard Inc. will test contactless payment acceptance using common Android smart phones and tablets in the United States. The technology, relying on software developed by Mastercard Labs, enables these off-the-shelf devices to accept contactless payments with no special hardware.  Announced Monday, the service, called Tap on Phone, intends to capitalize …

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Debit Use Gains As Consumers Tread Through Uncertainty

A new report finds that debit card use is gaining favor among consumers compared to credit cards immediately following the national election in November. That’s according to The Future of Money Report 2020 from Logica Research. “This unprecedented year has uncovered contrasts between challenges and opportunities in the world as …

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Buy Now, Pay Later Comes to POS Devices As Klarna Strikes a Deal With Verifone

Klarna’s buy now, pay later payment options are coming to Verifone Inc. point-of-sale devices, Klarna AB announced Tuesday. This marks the first buy now, pay later option to be available on Verifone POS terminals in the United States and Europe as part of the Verifone Cloud Services platform, Klarna says. …

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Expect a 4.1% Growth in Open-Loop Prepaid Loads Through 2024, Mercator Forecasts

Like many industries, the open-loop prepaid card segment of payments has absorbed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the results may not be as harsh as for some other segments in payments. That’s one assessment from Mercator Advisory Group’s 17th Annual U.S. Open-Loop Prepaid Cards Market Forecast 2020-2024 Part …

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Capital One Halts BNPL Credit Card Transactions

Capital One Financial Corp. is barring all of its credit cards from being used for point-of-sale lending transactions, aside from the United Kingdom where buy now, pay later products are being reviewed for possible regulation. The move comes as overall buy now, pay later providers garner a lot of attention, …

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Eye on BNPL: Affirm Acquires Rival PayBright And Alliance Data Finalizes Bread Acquisition

It’s a hot time for buy now, pay later companies, especially when buyers come around. Affirm Inc. is buying Canadian rival PayBright Inc. and Alliance Data Systems Corp. completed its acquisition of Bread, the brand ran by Lon Operations LLC. Buy now, pay later specialist Affirm Inc. said it will acquire …

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