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

MasterCard and Visa Launch Team on Payment Security

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard and Visa partnered on a new cross-industry group focused on enhancing payment system security to keep pace with the expectations of consumers, retailers and financial institutions. The group will initially focus on the adoption of EMV chip technology in the United States and tokenization, point-to-point encryption and broader needs. This…

Western Union 4Q/13 Revenue Flat Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union reported 4Q/13 financial results with flat revenues from the year ago period. Consumer-to-consumer (C2C) revenues declined 1%, flat on a constant currency. Total C2C transactions increased 9% in the fourth quarter, driven primarily by continued traction from the pricing investments which the Company began to implement in the fourth…

NPCI Deploys Fime for RuPay Certification

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) appointed advanced secure-chip testing provider Fime to deliver its RuPay certification program. NPCI will utilise FIME’s expertise in setting up EMV-based certification board for its card payment scheme, RuPay. FIME will define the certification specification, laboratory setup, test plan specification, test tools and operate the certification board for RuPay. FIME will also be involved in setting up the certification process including the associated administrative and business operations. This will ensure all payment cards and POS terminals deployed under the brand align to the requirements of RuPay specifications and ensure necessary infrastructural alignment of acquirers and issuers with the payment system.

G4S Appoints CIO

G4S appointed Martin Taylor to Group CIO, a new role for G4S. Martin will be responsible for developing and implementing IT strategy, including establishing global standards for infrastructure and applications as well as globalising the IT organisation and investment. Martin brings considerable experience to G4S from Group CIO roles at EMI Music, Cable and Wireless, and most recently LCH Clearnet. He joins the group from Barclaycard where he has just completed a major transformational project.

CashStar President and CEO to Present at OASIS Summit

CashStar, the digital gifting company preferred by the world’s leading brands, announced that its president and CEO, Ben Kaplan, has been invited to speak at OASIS: The Montgomery Summit. The OASIS Summit, an invitation-only event featuring top entrepreneurs and investors, senior level media and technology executives, and leading industry visionaries, makes its debut this year with 150 exceptional presenting companies. Kaplan will share how CashStar is transforming the gift card market with digital gifting and branded currencies that enable merchants to increase revenue, drive customer acquisition, and improve customer loyalty.

Wirecard expands Mobile Ticketing

Wirecard, is supporting sunhill technologies GmbH in its expansion of mobile ticketing services. From April this year, smartphone users can register their payment details and park their vehicles using the sms&park (on-street parking) and sms&exit 2.0 DF (off-street parking) apps to book and pay for parking. Currently, users can choose to pay by credit card or SEPA direct debit. sunhill technologies apps are already available in numerous towns and cities in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands and with the benefit of Wirecard’s payment channels, the company will be able to rapidly expand into various other European countries.

Stripe Redesigns Checkout Solutions

Checkout form Stripe has released its latest version. These redesigns feature expanded address support and supports separate billing and shipping addresses. Now Stripe will automatically select the user’s country, and we can fill in their city and state when they enter a postal code. The Company also supports integrated billing address verification and users are notified immediately if they’ve mistyped anything. Additionally, the Stripe added the “Remember me” checkbox that allows customers to save their payment info by providing a mobile phone number. This in turn enables a rapid checkout experience in the future on any site using Checkout. Stripe securely identifies your users via text message so they don’t have to retype their payment information or remember an additional password.

Lottery Tix At the ATM

Welch ATM has partnered with the Missouri Lottery and select convenience stores to provide even faster and more convenient access to lottery games…and potential winnings. ATMs at fifty local chains such as Mobil On the Run, U-Gas and Dirt Cheap will offer Powerball and MegaMillions quick pick purchases by March 7, 2014. Another fifty machines will launch in Kansas City by the end of the month.

CardFree teams with Mecury Payment Systems

CARDFREE announced its collaboration with Mercury Payment Systems. CARDFREE focuses on providing integrated mobile commerce and loyalty solutions for restaurants and retail stores that help large merchants engage consumers based on individual behaviors and preferences. The company’s award-winning platform provides end-to-end commerce capabilities, including smart offers, gifting, payments and loyalty. With this integration with Mercury, CARDFREE will be able to bundle core payment processing and merchant acquiring with their current suite of services.

Fiserv 4Q/13 Revenue Continues Climb, Up 10% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Fiserv reported financial results for 4Q/13 with an adjusted revenue of $1.19 billion, compared to $1.07 billion for 4Q/12- an increase of 10%. For the full year, GAAP revenue was $4.81 billion compared with $4.44 billion in 2012. Adjusted revenue was $4.55 billion for the full year compared with $4.15 billion…

eServGlobal Expands mWallet Services

eServGlobal mobile financial services will partner with MNepal Limited to offer a mobile financial service solution. eServGlobal and MNepal will offer a shared technology platform which can be accessed by all banks and financial institutions in the country to extend mobile financial services to their users. The service will operate as a common brand mobile financial service allowing multiple banks and financial institutions to join as members. The service will offer a comprehensive suite of mobile money services to users as well as extending to provide mobile-centric microfinance services such as loans, savings and insurance complemented by loyalty and segmentation features.

FCA Fiedling Market on Payments System Reform

A new regulator to oversee UK payment systems will be introduced by April 2015. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has asked for views on the key issues facing the payments sector. The FCA’s ‘call for inputs’ will help shape the focus of the new regulator’s work. The largest payment systems are owned and managed by the big banks, but concerns have been raised that the sector lacks transparency and innovation. It also needs to be easier for challenger banks to access these systems and compete with the bigger players. The Banking Reform Act (2013) created a new independent regulator for payment systems as a subsidiary of the FCA. Initiatives include promoting competition, promoting innovation and ensuring that payment systems operate in the interests of their users.