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.

Ladbroke’s Integrates SafeCharge’s Payment Technology

SafeCharge International Group Limited (“SafeCharge”), (AIM: SCH), the international provider of payments services, risk management and IT solutions for online businesses and Ladbrokes plc, a leader in the global betting and gaming market, today announces that Ladbrokes has successfully deployed SafeCharge’s suite of payment technologies including: one-click deposits, payment optimization and PCI compliance solution thereby enhancing users’ online payment experience and user-data security.

eGlobal Acquires New ATM Services Business

eGlobal has acquired the assets of The Best There Is Inc. (T.B.T.I.). T.B.T.I. provides ATM services to a number of large hospitality properties around the country. This transaction was signed and closed on May 5, 2014. eGlobal delivers specialized ATM solutions to merchants, distributor partners and financial institutions, enabling and enhancing services they provide to their customers. eGlobal consults with hospitality clients on optimal ATM placement for every location, depending on property type, seasonality and traffic-flow patterns.

Oink Partners with Gorilla Group

Virtual Piggy, Inc., provider of Oink, the award-winning payment technology for families and teens, today announced that it has partnered with commerce solutions provider Gorilla Group. Oink is the only payment technology designed to allow retailers and game publishers to reach under 21 consumers in a safe, legal and effective manner compliant with the FTC and other international regulations. This innovative technology serves as a digital family wallet that is available online or via mobile and allows safe, secure transactions – all within parental controls.

Chase Sapphire Announces Second Annual Preferred Grill Challenge

Chase Sapphire Preferred, in partnership with Bon Appétit hosted the second annual Chase Sapphire Preferred GrillChallenge, Thursday, May 8, during the eighth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit. The winning student, Brooke, received a $20,000 scholarship, and the runner-up, Kelly, was awarded $5,000 to fund their culinary educations, courtesy of Chase Sapphire Preferred. As a presenting sponsor of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, Chase Sapphire Preferred offered cardholders the ability to redeem credit card rewards points or purchase tickets to select Vegas Uncork’d events – and enjoy exclusive perks, such as a VIP lounge at the Grand Tasting featuring bites from Nobu Matsuhisa, a private brunch featuring cuisine prepared by executive chef Julian Serrano of Picasso at Bellagio and exclusive meet-and-greets with chef François Payard.

The Unemployment Rate Continues to Tumble

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up 288,000 units in April for a substantial .4% drop in the unemployment rate from March, which now sits at an impressive 6.3%. This was led by employment in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining fields. The number of unemployed persons sits at 9.8 million, down 733,000 and…

Karali Implements NCR POS Software, Hardware

NCR announced Karali Ltd., one of the largest Burger King franchises in the U.K., has chosen its software and hardware solutions to help improve customer experience and the efficiency of its business across its 56 restaurants. Selected for its strong U.K. presence and innovative solutions, NCR will provide Karali with its latest NCR Aloha hospitality software suite, as well as NCR Pulse Real-Time and NCR Restaurant Guard to provide the latest SaaS-based mobile analytics engines. NCR has also deployed hardware that includes the NCR P1230 point-of-sale (POS) and a kitchen management system. The comprehensive suite of NCR software will help Karali provide insight into how the business is performing and customer engagement.

Link Surveys on ATMs, GBP5 Dispensing

Link cash machine network announced a new initiative that allows customers to suggest a cash machine that they would like to dispense £5 notes. Being able to withdraw fivers from cash machines is useful for some customers, particularly those on tighter budgets. By completing a form on the LINK website, anyone can suggest an existing cash machine that they’d like to be able to withdraw £5 notes from. LINK will then pass the request on to the relevant cash machine owner, for consideration.

Digital River to Provide Payment Services for Morinda

Digital River Commerce-as-a-Service solutions signed a global payments agreement with Morinda direct-selling. Morinda is using the Digital River World Payments solution to build a payments program that supports online sales of its lifestyle products across Russia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. The Digital River solution will offer Morinda customers online credit card payments in seven different local currencies, including Russian ruble, Hungarian forint, Latvian lats, Lithuanian litas, Polish złoty, Romanian leu and Czech koruna. Through Digital River World Payments, Digital River offers online merchants more than 180 international and local payment options, and over 170 transaction and display currencies. In 2013, the company processed more than $30 billion in online transactions.

OTP Bank Deploys mPayment Service

OTP Bank’s “OTPay” is an integrated mobile wallet for smartphones that is the first to bring in-store mobile payments to Hungarian users. The solution was developed by Cellum Group, in accordance with MasterCard’s standards for mobile payment systems. The solution of Cellum and OTP can break the bottleneck of mobile payments in Hungary. Mobile payments are now made possible essentially anywhere, as the technical background has been established: anyone can download the app and register a bank card, and merchants can introduce mobile payments in their store free of charge. OTPay uses cloud payment technology to carry out secure transactions, during which users do not need to hand over their bank card details to merchants.

Citi cardholders can now pay bills with reward points

Citi cardholders can use ThankYou® Points for their bill payments. Citi ThankYou® Rewards members can earn ThankYou Points across their Citi banking and credit card relationship and use these points to pay virtually any bill online including phone, cable and electricity. Citi ThankYou Rewards members can use their ThankYou Points – and their ThankYou enrolled consumer checking account – to pay bills online.