Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

Ingenico On-Guard P2PE gets PCI SSC validation

Ingenico announced that its On-Guard application has been referenced as a validated Point-to-Point Encryption application by the PCI SSC. Whereas cardholder data protection is currently increasingly challenged, the On-Guard P2PE solution enables merchants to reduce their exposure to data breaches. It also restricts the scope of merchants’ PCI DSS certification to the payment terminal only, leading to drastic cost reductions in both security investment and certification expenses.The On-Guard P2PE solution is supported and certified across the complete range of Ingenico Smart Terminals, including mobile POS, and thus aligns with new security challenges and regulations for mobile devices.

Western Union Appoints New CFO

Western Union global payment services appointed Raj K. Agrawal Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Bringing to the role more than 20 years’ business experience, most recently as Western Union Executive Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer, Raj was President of Western Union Business Solutions from 2011 through 2013. Agrawal, joined Western Union in 2006 as Treasurer and also has served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Western Union, Agrawal held senior financial roles at Deluxe Corporation and General Mills, and he began his career at General Motors and later the Chrysler Corporation. He holds an MBA from Columbia University.

BofA PDV

BofA reported a decline of 1.8% in Year-on-Year (Y/Y) average U.S. bank credit card outstandings of $88.1 billion. Meanwhile, PDV for BofA’s U.S. bank credit cards jumped 3.9% Y/Y and 9.6% Q/Q to $53.6 billion. BofA noted its U.S. debit card PDV also increased 2.7% Y/Y and 5.5% Q/Q to $69.5 billion. Also, BofA benefited greatly in Q2/14 from record low delinquency and charge-offs in its U.S. bank credit card portfolio.

MEPS Deploys TNSLink for Wireless ATM Services

Transaction Network Services (TNS) will deploy wireless ATMs for Malaysian Electronic Payment System Sdn Bhd (MEPS). MEPS launched Malaysia’s first non-bank ATM late last year and has ambitious growth plans to roll out the technology across the country, which will see 500 ATMs live by the end of this year and continuous steady growth year on year to 1,580 by 2018 as MEPS rolls out nationwide coverage. TNS will provide its TNSLink solution to handle secure, high-speed transaction transport and ATM communications utilizing advanced encryption algorithms and a PCI DSS certified backbone network.MEPS ATMs support the Malaysian government’s Economic Transformation Programme and Bank Negara Malaysia’s e-Payment Agenda by offering more than just cash withdrawals and balance enquiries. Customers can complete real-time interbank transfers, as well as make credit card and loan repayments.

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Bravo Media Host Tasting Event

Chase Sapphire Preferred travel rewards card and Bravo Media announce public ticket sales for the “Top Chef Duels” Premiere Tasting Event being held in New York City on Monday, August 4. Fans will be able to purchase a limited number of tickets for this exclusive event for $100 per ticket beginning Monday, July 14 at 2 p.m.ET through the City Harvest website at www.cityharvest.org/events/topchefduels. All proceeds from public ticket sales will benefit City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization dedicated to helping feed the more than two million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. The Premiere Tasting Event celebrates the series premiere of “Top Chef Duels” on Wednesday, August 6 at 10pm ET/PT on Bravo. As part of the presenting partnership, Chase Sapphire offers cardmembers VIP tickets to the event on the Ultimate RewardsSM website. The unique VIP experience includes early entrance, an exclusive screening of a clip of Episode One and a meet-and-greet with “Top Chef Duels” judges and contestants.

First Data Integrates Perka Mobile Loyalty

First Data Corporation today announced the commercial integration of its Perka™ Mobile Loyalty Solution. Its apps are now available through First Data distribution systems. Extending far beyond traditional couponing, newspaper and yellow page ads, or old-fashioned paper loyalty cards, Perka, the most recent offering from First Data Small Business Solutions, is a cloud-based customer loyalty solution that connects businesses to their customers using location-based apps and mobile phones. Acquired by First Data last October, Perka, now a wholly-owned subsidiary, was named one of 2013’s most innovative companies by Fast Company. It helps SMB owners maintain profitable and long-term relationships with their customers by providing a sustainable and highly personalized incentive program.

LCL PIN via SMS

French LCL payments cards can now offer PIN codes via SMS thanks to Gemalto. Gemalto’s solution for LCL is built on Gemalto’s Netsize platform, operating seamlessly with direct connections to more than 160 mobile operators globally. This new Allynis eService offer is part of Gemalto’s broader range of digital services associated with payment card issuance.

First Data Forges Major Partnership at GiGse

First Data has attracted an industry leading team of partners that will collaborate to bring ease and convenience to the complex and growing legalized online and offline gambling and gaming market in the U.S. and abroad. PayLucky Solutions offer an innovative package of comprehensive payment services, all in one place and all from one source. Proven solutions include check, debit and credit processing with emphasis on protecting operators by qualifying players and guaranteeing player funds through third party validation and analysis on individual spending habits. The Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo (GiGse), First Data and its partners are poised to deliver the much-needed solutions to the gambling and gaming industry. First Data partnered CAMS (Central Account Management Systems), CrossPay Services, FEXCO, Global Cash Access, NRT Technology and Secure Trading Inc.

MasterPass in South Africa

South Africans will now benefit from a more seamless, speedy and secure online shopping checkout with the launch of the innovative MasterCard digital service, MasterPass™. MasterPass enables consumers to make convenient, simple, fast and secure digital payments. Digital wallets accessible through the MasterPass acceptance network allow consumers to store all their MasterCard or other branded credit, debit or cheque card information, and shipping and billing address details securely in one place. This gives them the ability to make secure online payments without the repeated hassle of entering these details each time.

TSYS Appoints NetSpend VP

Chuck Harris has been named senior executive vice president of TSYS and will continue to serve as president of NetSpend. Harris joined NetSpend as president in July, 2010, with responsibility for the partner, direct and corporate paycard lines of business, as well as the company’s products, technology and operations. Harris joined NetSpend from Intuit where he had served as general manager of the company’s payment solutions division. Prior to Intuit, he served as chief executive officer, president and chief operating officer of Electronic Clearing House (ECHO), an electronic payment solutions provider that was acquired by Intuit in 2007. Earlier in his career, Harris also served with Paymentech and its Merchant Link subsidiary.

Visa Announces DocuSign Investment

Visa has made a strategic investment in DocuSign to enable customers to prepare, execute and manage digital transactions and integrated payments safely and securely. DocuSign Global Standard for Digital Transaction Management™, automates manual, paper-based processes with the only open, independent, standards-based DTM platform for managing all aspects of documented business transactions. DocuSign helps companies Keep Business Digital™ with industry-leading identity management, authentication, eSignature, forms/data collection, collaboration, workflow automation, payment collection, and document retention. DocuSign accelerates transactions on a secure global network for sending, signing, tracking, and storing documents in the cloud.