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

SEQR + SEPA

Gaining more traction Seamless’ SEQR this month will begin routing payments exclusively through SEPA. The SEQR implementation at McDonald’s in Belgium this month will be the first market where Seamless will utilize the SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) payment infrastructure. This will enable consumers to connect SEQR to their bank account for debit payments, regardless of which bank they hold an account.

Diebold Expands Euronet Worldwide’s ATM Network

Delivering greater self-service convenience to consumers, Diebold, Incorporated is adding 700 new Opteva® automated teller machines (ATMs) to Euronet Worldwide’s extensive fleet across Europe. The agreement includes Opteva cash dispensers with full cash recycling capabilities. Diebold will also provide three years of maintenance and deliver ATM channel management services to enhance the security, compliance and uptime of Euronet’s new terminals.

Network Q1 Assets

MasterCard’s (MC) asset base is now growing slightly more than four times faster than Visa (VS). During the first quarter of this year (Q1/14), publicly declared assets among the world’s two top payment card networks rose 11.1% to $52.1 billion, according to CardData. VS Q1/14 assets increased 6.3% to $37.3 billion, compared to $36.2 billion in the prior quarter and $35.1 billion in the year-ago quarter. VS figures do not include Visa Europe.

WEX Fleet One Announces Latest Fleet Fueling Card Partner

WEX payment solutions announced WEX Fleet One was named the provider of co-branded over-the-road (OTR) fuel card services for Sinclair Oil Corporation (“Sinclair”). Sinclair’s selection of WEX Fleet One as its OTR fuel card service provider reflects the strength of the growing relationship between the two companies, as well as WEX Fleet One’s ability to leverage its business network across the WEX organization. The newly co-branded Sinclair OTR cards offer benefits including industry-leading controls, fraud reduction and fuel savings throughout the Sinclair and WEX Fleet One network.

Enhanced Commercial Credit Card

M&T Bank has enhanced its commercial credit card line-up by adding chip technology, a new rewards program and a new card aimed at business executives. The introduction of a computer chip into M&T’s commercial cards offers a better point-of-sale experience for cardholders traveling internationally. Commercial cards issued with the encrypted microchips will feature a custom PIN to be used at chip-enabled merchant locations. M&T Bank Corp. is one of the 20 largest U.S. bank holding companies, with more than 700 branch offices and 1,500 ATMs in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Washington D.C.

OT Launches EMV Educational Website

Oberthur Technologies announced the launch of its new EMV website (www.oberthur.com/emv) to educate U.S. financial institutions and consumers about EMV chip cards. With new state-of-the-art equipment and rapidly expanding capacity, OT is actively involved in more than 50 EMV projects for small, medium and large financial institutions in the U.S. The new website addresses questions and concerns, like: How does EMV work? What is the case for EMV? And, how do I migrate from magstripe cards to EMV cards? OT’s informative website is an important resource for the U.S. payment industry and will continually be updated to reflect EMV progress in the U.S.

Acculynk Partners to Launch Patient Payment Solution

Navicure cloud-based healthcare billing and payment solutions partnered with Acculynk to offer a customized payment platform to healthcare providers. Navicure currently helps physician practices, billing companies, and hospitals increase profitability through increased revenue, faster cash flow, and staff productivity, serving over 50,000 healthcare providers nationwide. The new offering is expected to launch in the third quarter of 2014 and will include a platform that delivers a full suite of secure payment solutions for different processing environments. This will provide custom invoice generation, PCI compliance and m-payments.

Fiserv Drives Results with Account Processing Conversions at Four Leading Credit Unions

Fiserv announced details of four recent core account processing conversions, underscoring its commitment to serve credit unions with solutions that are right for them, coupled with technical knowledge and expertise that enable best-in-class results. Fiserv has partnered with multiple credit unions to develop solution options that fit their unique needs covering In-House and ASP delivery modes with solution bundles that create the most value for credit unions and, in turn, their members. Fiserv implementation experts worked closely with each credit union to deliver account processing conversions that exceeded client expectations. The success of these conversions further reinforces the value that Fiserv delivers to credit unions through its range of account processing options.

FreedomPay Adopts Credit Union Financial Exchange Standards

FreedomPay has implemented Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX) standards on its Commerce Platform and that Baxter Credit Union (BCU), a flagship CUFX member, has deployed the solution to provide corporate customers with the opportunity to make cashless payments. The CUNA Technology Council initiated the CUFX standards project to address integration issues on behalf of all credit unions. Experts from leading credit unions and top vendors have come together to develop technology standards that will make product and service integration across the credit union industry faster, easier and more cost-effective. CUFX standards will expedite implementations, reduce core costs, speed revenue recognition through faster implementations and ease ongoing support efforts.

Alpha Payments Appoints New Execs

Alpha Payments Cloud announced that Sandra Green and Matt Williamson have joined the company to further develop their growing portfolio of international accounts. Sandra and Matt bring with them a wealth of over twenty years in corporate account experience, joining Alpha Payments Cloud from Experian and Transaction Network Services, respectively. Sandra joins Alpha Payments Cloud from Experian, where she headed up the company’s overall global strategy and led the sales teams for eCommerce and Gaming. Matt joins Alpha Payments Cloud from Transaction Network Services, where he ascended through the ranks and played integral roles both in the North American and Asia Pacific regions.

Diebold Acquires Payment Research Firm

Diebold reached an agreement to acquire Cryptera A/S, one of the world’s leading companies in the research and development of secure payment technologies. Cryptera will help expand Diebold’s leadership position in ATM security solutions and drive future innovation and excellence in the EPP space. Cryptera was founded in 1985 and has sold more than one million payment solutions globally. It is the top supplier of PIN pads for some of the world’s top manufacturers of ATMs, petrol pumps, self-service and self-checkout devices. Under the agreement, Cryptera will operate as a separate business with its own business plans and scope, and will continue to be an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of EPP solutions for Diebold and its other existing customers globally. Diebold will leverage Cryptera’s development and product capabilities to expand its OEM customer base and drive thought leadership in security throughout the self-service industry.

VS + MC INTL CC PDV

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] International (excluding the USA) Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) for Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) credit cards rose 7.4% year-on-year (Y/Y) in the first quarter (Q1/14). MC’s growth in Q1/14 international credit cards PDV growth outpaced VS by 280 basis points (bps), according to CardData. During Q1/14 VS and MC produced $799…