Enabling consumers to pay at the pump by asking Alexa

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Brookfield, Wis.-based fintech and payment provider Fiserv and Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil announced that they are launching voice-enabled pay at the pump capabilities using Alexa-enabled vehicles, Echo Auto, and other Alexa-enabled mobility devices later this year.Demonstrated for the first time at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, transactions processed using Amazon Pay, will allow consumers to securely use the payment information stored in their Amazon account, and powered by digital commerce technology from Fiserv.“We’re excited to bring new technology and better experiences to the gas station,” Eric Carmichael, Americas fuels marketing manager, ExxonMobil, said. “We build and seek out technology that will wow our consumers, providing both ease of use and security.”“As consumer expectations change, there is growing demand for frictionless interactions that span the digital and physical worlds,” Devin McGranahan, senior group president, Global Business Solutions at Fiserv, said. “The age of connected commerce is here, and voice-activated smart devices will play a pivotal role in the future of payments by streamlining the way consumers make purchases every day.”last_img read more

Badgers special teams play chasing consistency

first_imgMichael Mersch has 22 points this season on 10 goals and 12 assists, good for third on the team. Mersch has scored six times on the power play, which is the most by any Badger.[/media-credit]Wisconsin mens hockey head coach Mike Eaves will be the first to admit special teams play has not been an all-around strength of his team this year.In fact, he has no qualms acknowledging that when it comes to killing penalties, Wisconsin has been disappointing throughout the season – posting a 75.5 percent success rate on the kill.The inefficiency the Badgers have faced skating a man down hasn’t been more evident in recent weeks than last weekend.“We made a big mistake on Saturday that they capitalized on pretty easily and on Friday night we were OK, but again we gave up a goal that in those tight situations … you can’t be giving anything up,” Eaves said of the penalty kill.Through 26 games this season, the Badgers (12-12-2, 7-11-2 WCHA) have compiled 156 penalties, averaging six a game. But with a handful of major penalties, UW is spending an average of 14 minutes in the sin bin per night.Eaves said last week, before hitting the road against a rowdy North Dakota team, that one way his young team could keep maturing is to stay disciplined.Instead UW gave UND nine power play chances over the weekend, three of which the former Fighting Sioux capitalized on. Friday night alone, the Badgers went 2-for-3 on the kill, which, in the words of sophomore forward Mark Zengerle “is bad.”“Coaches say the best penalty kill is to stay out of the box,” sophomore forward Michael Mersch said. “When penalties happen – they’re going to happen throughout a game – but it’s a matter of blocking shots and clearing the puck out of our zone.”Mersch, in fact, is the leading culprit in putting the Badgers on the kill, amassing 13 penalties and 37 penalty minutes so far this season. Zengerle is right behind him with 36 minutes.But with the worst success rate on the penalty kill in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the Badgers need to find a way to turn things around – which they’ve started to do according to Eaves.“We only had two returning forwards and it struggled right out of the gate,” Eaves said. “But I will say this, since the middle of December or the beginning of December, we’ve been in the mid-80 percent. That’s been a good side of it. We’ve improved in that area and we need to continue to improve.“You look at the numbers and you say the numbers are so bad, it’s hard to bring them up.”Despite the improvements, UW needs to find some consistency – a concept that Wisconsin has yet to grasp thoroughly this season.Noting the fluctuating special teams success, junior defenseman Justin Schultz said – in true Schultz fashion – simple hard work would remedy the problem.“I think just keep working hard in practice and I think our penalty kill has been really good at times and at times it’s been kind of weak,” Schultz said. “So just to find that consistency and making sure we go out there every time and killing them off.”But a successful penalty kill isn’t the only special teams play that has eluded the Badgers from time to time this season. Wisconsin’s power play has seen better days.Capitalizing on 26 of 123 power plays so far this season, the Badgers have converted 21.1 percent of their chances with the man advantage.Mersch leads UW with six power play goals, which he credits mostly to his position in front of the net.“When you sit around the net, good things happen,” Mersch said. “That’s my spot on the power play so I’m just kind of whacking things home. They’re not too pretty, but they find their way in the back of the net, which is nice.”The first power play unit for the majority of the season – comprised of Zengerle, Mersch, Schultz, sophomore forward Tyler Barnes and freshman defenseman Jake McCabe – accounts for 19 of UW’s power play goals and 34 assists on those goals.According to Mersch, the right guys for the job are on the ice; they just need to capitalize on the chances they are given.“I think we have the right personnel, it’s just a matter of executing, that’s what we need to work on,” Mersch said. “I think we just need to start executing a little more and keep working hard and good things will happen.”Despite a ninth place conference ranking on the power play, Eaves is still pleased with what his team has done so far this season.“The power play has been pretty solid – we’ve been about 20 percent all year,” Eaves said. “It sputtered this weekend, but otherwise it’s been a pretty good thing for us.“Its percentage has been about the same all year. It just seems in games that when we needed to have it, it wasn’t there for us and other games when we had leads, we were scored on.”Last weekend, UND’s penalty kill philosophy was simple: Cut off Schultz and Zengerle. As a result, the Badgers only capitalized on one of their seven chances, losing a fair amount of momentum in the process.Schultz has a total of 16 points on the power play on five goals and 11 assists. While Zengerle has one more point, Schultz’s play from the point has set up key scoring opportunities.Mersch, while thankful for the goal this weekend, knows he and his teammates need to start leading by example and making up for whenever Schultz – or Zengerle – are keyed in on by the penalty killers.“Everybody knows how good Justin and Mark are, so I think they’re starting to key on them a little bit more,” Mersch said. “They’re great playmakers. They make things happen on our power play. So I think guys just need to step up – me, Jake, Barney – making more plays, opening up more space for them so that they can create more opportunities.”Overall, Eaves said he is aware of the state of the special teams, but it’s improving – regardless of the off weekend it had on the road.“Special teams, the one side of it that has been disappointing from the beginning was the penalty killing,” Eaves said. “But it’s raised its level and we’re at a level now that we can compete and do a pretty good job on it.”last_img read more