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.

2Checkout Attracts $60Million

2Checkout announced today they have closed on the final tranche of a $60 million investment round, led by Chicago Growth Partners and Trident Capital with participation by management and strategic individuals. Having bootstrapped its way to profitable growth, 2Checkout has become one of the world’s leading e-commerce payment providers. 2Checkout, founded in 1999, serves more than 22,000 merchants worldwide. 2Checkout’s payment processing service is used by merchants to sell to every visitor to their website, regardless of the visitor’s country of origin.

Major V/M Q1 Outstandings

First quarter End-of-Period (EOP) outstandings for the big four U.S. Visa and MasterCard credit card issuers declined 2.0% Year-on-Year (Y/Y) and 5.3% Quarter-on-Quarter (Q/Q). The sequential decline reflects the seasonality of the U.S. bank credit card business, but the Y/Y decline is noteworthy. All of the top issuers: Chase, Bank of America, Capital One and Citibank, posted Y/Y and Q/Q declines in Q1 EOP outstandings.

Digital River Extends Its SMB Payments Solution

Digital River Commerce-as-a-Service solutions expanded Digital River SMB Payments solution into the United Kingdom (U.K.). The solution offers small and medium enterprises, commerce providers, systems integrators and developers turn-key access to credit card processing capabilities for Visa, MasterCard and Maestro cards in Euros and Pound Sterling. The SMB solution already supports more than 17,000 merchants and partners in Canada. Platform-agnostic and built on an open architecture for easy integration, the Digital River SMB Payments solution offers several benefits for companies conducting business in the U.K.

Quick Fuel Partners with Comdata

Quick Fuel has partnered with Comdata to provide its fleet customers with one of the fastest and most secure means of fueling available. Quick Fuel recently purchased Comdata’s fuel site controller, known as SmartSight, for all of its retail locations and added Comdata’s SmartQ™ radio frequency identification (RFID)-based technology to offer an extra level of speed and security to the fuel transaction process. In addition to processing transactions quickly, SmartSight processes fueling transactions securely as well. The card reader equipment meets industry security standards, while an integrated camera function allows site owners to view customer images as the card is swiped to identify potentially fraudulent users when necessary.

In The Pink Launches Innovative In-Store mPOS

Springboard Retail announced The Pink Stores Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores has launched mPOS as part of a major store transformation project. In The Pink’s eight stores are located in Massachusetts with flagship stores on Newbury Street in Boston and on Nantucket Island. They piloted the project in their Boston store where they removed the cash wrap and stationary POS terminals went 100% mobile. They are using Apple’s iPads and iPad minis powered by Springboard Retail. The results from the first 11 days of In The Pink’s rollout of mPOS reveal a 24.5% increase in sales over the same period in this store a year ago. Transaction count was up 6.5%, transaction value was up 17%, units per transaction was up 12% and total units sold was up 19%. In The Pink repurposed 48 square feet of floor space and reclaimed full floor to ceiling use of 6.5 feet of prime wall space. The Nantucket store is next to undergo the transformation.

Singular Payments Names GM

Singular Payments announced today that industry expert Marty Hilber has joined the company as its General Manager, overseeing day-to-day business operations. Charles Yancey, Founder & President of Singular Payments, and Vaden Landers, Chairman & Managing Partner, noted that Hilber’s appointment was necessitated by the significant growth and expansion the business has experienced resulting from the signing of numerous strategic partnerships, as well as the launch of various new product development initiatives.

Opay to Powr PlayOLG

Optimal Payments Plc announced that it has successfully reached a five-year agreement to provide its NETBANX® payment service to Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) for its online gaming service NETBANX was selected as the winning solution after a comprehensive and competitive procurement process. PlayOLG will offer regulated online interactive lottery, casino and video poker games to residents of Ontario. Through the five-year agreement, the NETBANX service will be embedded in the PlayOLG website to provide payment options, as well as delivering real-time fraud and risk prevention and mitigation services.

vSafe Payment Gateway Eliminates Fraud

Vesta Corporation announced the launch of vSafe, a new payment gateway that eliminates the cost of transaction fraud for e-commerce and m-commerce merchants. Leveraging Vesta’s proprietary and patented fraud technology modeled on over one billion electronic payments, vSafe evaluates orders using business-specific models that maximize real-time transaction acceptance and isolate merchants from transaction fraud. In addition, the quick-to-deploy API features full-service global payment capabilities and data protection features designed to significantly reduce PCI compliance requirements.

2Checkout Appoints New CEO

2Checkout appointed Shawn Budde as CEO. Bringing with him over 25 years experience, Budde has held executive roles at Citibank and Capital One; data analytics experience at Sears Holdings; and as co-founder and President at ZestFinance, a VC-backed technology company. Budde earned a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At ZestFinance, Mr. Budde teamed with Google’s former CIO to reinvent lending methods by using large-scale data analysis and machine learning to lower the cost of credit for the highest risk customers. At 2Checkout, Budde plans to apply similar approaches on a global scale to help the company accelerate its market expansion in online payments.