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

Equifax Partners with mCommerce Company Jumio

Equifax Inc. today announced its partnership with Jumio, an industry leader in the mobile commerce space that specializes in payments and ID scanning and validation products for mobile and web transactions. The companies will be working together in developing a series of solutions that will create a more streamlined, secure mobile transaction process for both consumers and retailers. The solutions will also be integrated with the Equifax Mobile Wallet functionality, allowing consumers to access their cards on their mobile device to use for purchases. Shoppers can choose to either scan their credit card with their smartphone, or utilize their smartphones in-store at the checkout counter to complete the transaction.

Verifone Fashions mPayment for Visa Network

VeriFone announced five devices in its “PAYware Mobile” line of EMV- enabled mPOS devices have been approved by the Visa Ready Program. The program is designed to ensure that devices, software and solutions used to initiate or accept Visa payments are compatible with Visa’s requirements. By adopting “PAYware Mobile” devices that are Visa Ready approved, merchants enjoy the benefits of secure electronic payment acceptance from virtually any location. PAYware Mobile solutions from VeriFone are innovative mPOS devices that enable retailers and merchants to extend the POS to new environments. PAYware Mobile devices feature universal, PCI compliant mPOS adapters that transform smartphones and tablets into completely secure devices that can accept contactless, chip and PIN and traditional mag-stripe card payments. Some devices also accept NFC payments and feature high-end barcode scanning for additional functionality such as remote inventory management, checkout and access to product information.

Infobip Meets PCI DSS Compliance, Awarded Certification

Infobip mobile messaging and payments services has been credited with PCI DSS compliance certification. This is confirmation that Infobip’s SSMS complies with the stringent data security standards set by the payment card industry for handling sensitive financial information. Infobip works closely with financial institutions and banks. Its service platform processes over 1 billion transactions a month and complies with a wide range of global security requirements, offering VPN tunnelling, data masking, encryption and geo-redundancy to guarantee the highest possible levels of security and reliability. Infobip was validated as a Level 1 service provider, which is the highest security category in the PCI DSS standard. It means that compliance was validated by an external organisation, as required by PCI DSS for service providers that process more than 300,000 transactions per year. Infobip was found to be one of the few companies of its kind to fully comply with the PCI DSS requirements.

Cardtronics Extends ATM Agreement

Cardtronics, Inc. has extended its ATM services agreement with Walgreens. Cardtronics is a preferred provider of ATM services for Walgreens. Since the relationship began in 2004, Cardtronics has grown its ATM presence in Walgreens locations significantly — from fewer than 400 initially to roughly 3,250 today. The company is also the exclusive ATM provider for Walgreens in many states across the U.S.

DFC Global Inks Definitive Acquisition Agreements

DFC Global serving primarily unbanked and under-banked consumers has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Lone Star Funds (“Lone Star”) in a transaction, including the assumption of net debt, valued at approximately $1.3 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, DFC Global will become a privately held company. Under the terms of the agreement, DFC Global stockholders will receive $9.50 in cash for each share of DFC Global’s common stock they own. This represents a premium of approximately 5.8% to DFC Global’s closing stock price on April 1, 2014, and a premium of 12.3% to DFC Global’s 30-day volume weighted average stock price for the period ended April 1, 2014. The agreement was unanimously approved by DFC Global’s Board of Directors. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of stockholder approval and certain approvals from both U.S. and foreign regulators. Competition-related approval requirements are expected to be limited in number. The acquisition requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Company’s stock, which will be sought at a special meeting of stockholders. The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2014.

Wells Fargo to Service Dillard’s Privatel Label Cards

Wells Fargo & Company and Dillard’s, Inc. announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement for Wells Fargo to fund, issue and service Dillard’s-branded private label and co-brand credit cards. Wells Fargo will also manage the cardholder loyalty program for Dillard’s. The program agreement has a 10-year term and is anticipated to become operational in the fourth quarter of 2014, following the scheduled expiration of Dillard’s current program agreement. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Dillard’s management believes its earnings from the new program exclusive of startup costs will be comparable to its historical earnings from the Dillard’s branded credit card products and believes that earnings will increase with future program growth.

Spire Payments Aquires Altius Plus

Spire Payments announced today the acquisition of Altius Plus. With a client list including top Romanian Banks such BRD (Group Societe Generale) and BCR (Erste Bank Group) together with Raiffeisen Bank (Romania, Croatia, Albania, Kosovo) and Payzone (Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Poland) as well as having developed EFT and certified HOST solutions for more than 20 international banks and financial organisations worldwide, Altius Plus have significant, proven technical capabilities and an extremely high level of credibility in the sector. Apart from the significant increase in R&D capability to complement Spire’s centres of excellence in Spain, England, Scotland and China, this move will provide a springboard to exploit multiple opportunities the business is forging in Central Eastern European markets and is a perfect fit in Spire’s strategic acquisition programme.

CurvePay Aquires T-Labs Payment Processor

CurvePay announced the completion of its acquisition of Transaction Labs (T-Labs), the world’s only direct payment processor to combine front and back end processing with Big Data analytics capable of delivering real time, targeted 1-to-1 marketing for brick-and mortar merchants. The T-Labs platform processes a billion transactions annually with direct connections to the associations (Visa, MC, AMEX, etc.) and transaction speeds up to 10x faster than traditional processors.

BPC, PayHD and Visa Launch Customs Payment

BPC Banking Technologies, Multiservice Payment System (payment service brand “PayHD”) and Visa are delighted to announce the launch of an innovative service which enables customers to make customs payments with Visa cards. The service is already in operation at all the customs points in Moscow’s airports and will be rolled out to cover the entire customs network of Russian Federation.

JetPay Appointments new Member to Board of Directors

JetPay® Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane (Vogt) Faro to its Board of Directors. Ms. Faro was nominated to the board to replace an open board seat created by the departure of Arthur Ryan, who resigned in October 2013. With a career of over 30 years in the payments industry, Ms. Faro brings executive expertise in management, sales, and the merchant acquiring and Independent Sales Organization sides of the payment business.

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Ameranth Mobile Payment Processing Partners With Taco Bell

Ameranth, Inc. announced that it has entered into a new patent license agreement for mobile ordering and mobile payment processing with Taco Bell Corp. – www.tacobell.com – the largest Mexican QSR restaurant company in the world – with nearly 6,000 locations. Taco Bell is headquartered in Irvine, California. The Ameranth-Taco Bell patent license includes mobile ordering, mobile payments and other elements critical to mobile deployments in the hospitality space.