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

Square launches Pickup, Register Offline, and Inventory Tracking

Square announced three new ways for sellers to drive more customers to their business and simplify their operations. Square Register is a powerful service offering sellers of all sizes and kinds easy, yet sophisticated technology for creating the best customer experiences and running their business.Research shows that food and beverage is the second most popular category among purchases made on smartphones. And studies show that more people are preferring to use their smartphones to pay for their purchases. Square is helping local business owners match these trends and connect with customers.The new pickup feature on Square Market integrates perfectly with Square Register so sellers can fulfill customer orders in-person and online. Now sellers can run their rush hours efficiently and provide a better customer experience. The pickup feature is available to all sellers at a competitive 8% processing fee per order with an introductory offer at 2.75% through July 1, 2014. Consistent with all of Square’s tools, access and setup are free, and sellers receive payment the next business day.

CARTES America 2014 to Address Payment, Security and Identification

The keynote speakers at CARTES America 2014 will share their deep industry experience and vision for online, mobile and contactless payment, and digital security and authentication solutions at the upcoming conference and exhibition, May 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. The five keynote presenters are Patrick Gauthier, head of emerging payments at PayPal; Ben Milne, CEO and founder of Dwolla; Dominique Piotet, CEO of Rebellion Lab; Steven Singer, CEO of ABnote; and Patty Walters, senior vice president of merchant products at Vantiv. The three-day conference is organized into a series of session tracks, with a roster of more than 80 speakers and more than 50 educational programs and presentations, addressing the key issues and market opportunities across the mobile payment, identification and biometrics, mobile security, near field communications (NFC) and Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) deployment markets. CARTES America 2014 attendees can choose from a one or three day full conference pass or a one or three day event pass.

Spindle unveils cloud-based POS and retail management platform

Spindle announced the availability of Yowza!! POS cloud-based, comprehensive POS and retail management platform.The new solution is a component of Yowza!! Merchant, a suite of tools that allow merchants to conduct and manage a full range of business functions, including inventory management, order processing, workforce management, payment functionalities, marketing and other core business operations from an iOS and Android device. Yowza!! POS serves as a cloud-based central management console for small, medium, and larger merchants, giving them instant visibility into a number of mission-critical operations, including inventory across multiple locations, scheduling, and accounting functions. Yowza!! POS is latest offering from Spindle’s line of advanced mobile commerce solutions, which includes mobile marketing solutions for merchants and consumers, as well as advanced and secure mobile payment processing capabilities.

Cardlytics to Present at Bank Director Growth Conference

Cardlytics will present at the Bank Director Growth Conference in May to demonstrate its Card-Linked Marketing platform. Cardlytics is one of only five companies that the Bank Director Growth Conference selected to present their latest innovations. Each company will have eight minutes on stage to give the audience an inside glimpse into their latest technologies. Cardlytics will highlight an upcoming technology, preliminarily named, ‘Cardlytics SmartPush’. The new feature allows consumers to map offers close to their current location. More than basic geo-location, ‘Cardlytics SmartPush’ will map offers that are relevant to their purchase behavior, not just offers in their immediate geography whether they are at home or traveling.

PayCargo Announces Next Day Remittance Settlement

PayCargo electronic invoicing and settlement solutions for the ocean shipping industry, and until recently part of a major financial electronic commerce and payment processing firm announced an instant online freight payment and settlement system. PayCargo has enormous flexibility to make decisions on matters such as contract terms, pricing, and geographic reach. As part of the new strategy, PayCargo is expanding into other transportation segments such as Air Cargo, Trucking, Rail, and Warehousing. PayCargo has provided the ocean shipping industry a business-to-business payments solution with tools that create efficiencies by automating the payments process. PayCargo offers multiple financing options, dispute resolution, systems integration, email alerting, and reporting capabilities.

Citi and Expedia Extend Credit Card Relationship

Citi and Expedia extended their partnership in a multi-year agreement. Through the new agreement, Citi and Expedia Inc., through the Expedia.com brand, will continue working together to provide more value to travelers and cardmembers. Since 2007, Citi and Expedia have worked together to provide the Citi Premier Pass® / Expedia® card, which has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers connect with the people and places that matter most to them.

Real-Time ACH a Reality Within 2 Years

Market experts believe real-time ACH payments will become a reality in the U.S. within the next two years, based on a survey of 120 financial industry professionals. Momentum for faster payments has been accelerating with government call to action for the U.S. to adopt a real-time payment system within 10 years. The results of ACI’s latest survey highlight that the majority of industry professional respondents believe this vision can and will be achieved in far less time. ACI’s survey found 27% of respondents have not made a payment through their mobile device, somewhat surprising given that those surveyed are the same professionals pushing forward the ‘mobile revolution.’ Findings also show 70% believe real-time ACH payments will become a reality within the next one to two years and 92 percent within the next five years, 86% believe real-time ACH will add “significant” value to businesses and corporate bank clients and 34% rated social media’s importance to financial institutions as neutral to not important.

Former Swift CEO Joins Payoneer Board

Payoneer, a leading online payments company transforming the way technology companies and SMEs globally send and receive cross-border payments, announced today that Lázaro Campos, the former CEO of SWIFT, has joined its Advisory Board. Campos spent 25 years with SWIFT, including five as CEO. Under his leadership the company nearly doubled volume while maintaining a high standard of operational performance. He will work with Payoneer management as it accelerates development of new products and services in support of its growing global customer base. Mr. Campos is joining Payoneer at a critical time: Payoneer recently completed a Series D financing round of $25 million, and was selected by Google as a payment partner for Google Trusted Stores.

PayPal Revenue, User Base Witness Exponential Gains

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PayPal net total payment volume (TPV) grew 27% with Merchant Services volume up 32% and on-eBay volume up 15%. Revenue grew to $1.8 billion. PayPal gained 5.8 million new active registered accounts to end the quarter at 148 million, up 16%. Global on-eBay penetration increased to 78.9%. PayPal continued to invest…

V/M Q1 U.S. CHARGE-OFFS

Among the nation’s top four Visa and MasterCard (V/M) issuers, bank credit card charge-offs are down 48 basis points year-on-year (Y/Y), but up nine basis points quarter-to-quarter (Q/Q). All credit card metrics are seasonally skewed in the first quarter as well as the fourth quarter by a higher denominator in Q4 and a lower denominator in Q1. Nevertheless, bank credit card charge-offs have been marching south throughout 2013.

i2c Experiencing Accelerated Worldwide Growth in Fiscal Year 2014

i2c, Inc., a provider of payment processing and emerging commerce solutions, announced that it is continuing to experience strong worldwide sales momentum in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, which ends June 30. i2c is also seeing substantial growth from its existing client base, as both prepaid platform transactions and total accounts supported are up more than 50% from a year ago. The i2c platform’s ability to monetize customer relationships and build loyalty is resonating with organizations in all regions of the globe. The diversity of specific program solutions being implemented is a result of the flexibility inherent in i2c’s next-generation processing platform. Programs implemented or in development include general purpose reloadable (GPR) programs in Japan, a mobile wallet companion card in South Africa, a digital gifting app in the United States, debit card programs in Latin America and various prepaid programs in China, Australasia and the Middle East. A full spectrum of prepaid programs, including GPR, payroll, incentives, gift, travel, loyalty and remittance solutions, have been rolled out by i2c during the fiscal year.