Monday , January 27, 2020

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.

PayPal Services Coming to BigCommerce Merchants Via an App

E-commerce platform BigCommerce Pty Ltd. announced a new app for its client merchants that allows them to offer customers credit, access working capital, and glean marketing insights through PayPal Holdings Inc.’s services. BigCommerce clients using the service will be able to include a standalone PayPal Credit button on their e-commerce …

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PayPal And Synchrony Financial Extend a 13-Year-Old Credit Relationship

Private-label card issuer Synchrony Financial and PayPal Holdings Inc. have expanded their credit agreements. Announced Wednesday, the deal sees Stamford, Conn.-based Synchrony Financial become the exclusive provider for PayPal Credit, the payment company’s U.S. online consumer financial program, and extends an existing co-branded consumer credit card issued by Synchrony Financial, …

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eBay Adds B2B Gift Card Services From Blackhawk

Online marketplace eBay Inc. will add business-to-business gift cards from Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc. to its roster of products, Blackhawk announced Wednesday. The expansion—Blackhawk already provides other gift card services to eBay—will help the marketplace with its B2B sales, Blackhawk says. Now, businesses can order eBay gift cards to reward …

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Digital-Coupon Redemptions Will Top $91 Billion in Five Years, Says Juniper

Chatbots, quick-response codes, and so-called invisible payments will spur digital-coupon redemption volume to $91 billion worldwide by 2022, forecasts Juniper Research Ltd. These three technologies will propel redemption as consumers increasingly become accustomed to them, says the United Kingdom-based research firm. For example, chatbots, a form of machine learning that …

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More Younger Than Older Consumers Are Okay Shopping Online With Debit Cards

More younger consumers than older ones prefer using debit cards for online shopping, finds the “Holiday Shopping Consumer Survey Results” released by Vantiv Inc. In the survey of more than 1,000 consumers, 32% of Millennials and 27% of Generation X said using a debit card was their preferred online-shopping method. …

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ThreatMetrix Reports a 100% Increase in Third-Quarter Cyberattacks in Just Two Years

It’s not a pretty picture, but then anything detailing the proliferation of cybercrime isn’t likely to have a bright side. ThreatMetrix Inc., in its “2017 Q3 Cybercrime Report,” says it detected and stopped 171 million attacks in the third quarter, a 100% increase from the 2015 third quarter. The report, …

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With Gift Cards, Consumers Are Spending Much More Than the Gift Amount

Gift card recipients spend on average $38 more than the value of their gift cards, a $10 increase from 2016, says First Data Corp. in its “2017 Prepaid Consumer Insights Study” released Wednesday by the giant processor. Based on the responses of more than 2,000 U.S. consumers, the report found …

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As the Holiday-Shopping Season Looms, E-Retailers Face Rising Security Challenges

The fourth-quarter holiday shopping season may be a big present in the form of more sales for retailers, but it may also bring with it a lump of coal in the form of amped-up cyberattacks and fraud attempts. Two of the most beneficial measures retailers can take to secure their …

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A Contactless and QR Code Ticketing Future Awaits, Says Report

Consumers’ fondness for using their mobile devices is going to affect mobile ticketing in a big way by 2020, says Juniper Research in its “Mobile & Online Ticketing: Transport, Events & NFC 2017-2020” report released this week. In it, United Kingdom-based Juniper forecasts that by 2020 the number of digital …

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Aiming at Larger Merchants, Square Launches a $999 Point-of-Sale System

Square Inc., which debuted more than seven years ago pursuing micromerchants with a free card reader, launched Square Register, a $999 point-of-sale system designed for larger merchants, it announced Monday. Square Register is a full-sized POS device that has merchant-facing and consumer-facing screens. Also available at $49 a month for …

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