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

Discover Tops Loyalty Index

Discover card shared the top spot in the credit card category this year on the 2014 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index.® The index measures the degrees of loyalty that consumers exhibit toward their favorite brands. For the 2014 index, Brand Keys surveyed 32,000 consumers, ages 18 to 65, and examined 555 brands in 64 categories. Discover has held or shared the top Brand Keys ranking in its category for the past 18 consecutive years.

Incomm Partners With MOL

InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Money Online (MOL), one of Asia’s leading online payment service providers, to launch point-of-sale-activated (POSA) gift card mall solutions in Southeast Asia. MOL is majority owned by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan, founder and majority shareholder of Berjaya Corporation, one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates, which also owns the local rights to various retail brands such as Starbucks and 7-Eleven.

Citigroup Adjusts Financial Results Thanks to Mexican Fraud

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Citi is adjusting downward its 4Q/FY/13 financial results, from those earlier reported by an estimated $235 million due to fraudulent activity through its Mexican subsidiary. This will lower Citi’s 2013 net income from $13.9 billion to $13.7 billion. Citi subsequently intends to release a revised 4Q/13 Quarterly Financial Data Supplement. As…

Knab Deploys Gemalto Ezio Banking Server and SDK mCommerce

Gemalto is delivering a comprehensive suite of banking solutions to Knab online-only retail bank. Drawing on Gemalto’s comprehensive solution for banks, Knab can enjoy the benefits of having a single solution partner for the authentication server, the software development kit, the EMV payment cards and card readers and the related fulfillment services, all of which form an integral part of delivering secure consumer banking services online and on mobile. Gemalto provides the Ezio eBanking Server back-end authentication solution for protecting online banking operations, along with the Ezio Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) to secure Knab’s mobile banking app. In addition, each new subscriber gets a Knab debit card, combined with a portable EMV smartcard reader that verifies card holder identity and protects online transactions with EMV level security. Based on Gemalto’s Clarista range, these payment cards and readers form part of the ‘connection kit’ that Knab issues to all new account holders, that is packaged and shipped by Gemalto from its personalization center direct to end users.

Beijing Unionpay Card Technology joins GlobalPlatform

Beijing Unionpay Card Technology joined GlobalPlatform as a Participating Member. BCTC will make participation in the GlobalPlatform compliance program a priority, in order to work towards becoming a recognized GlobalPlatform testing laboratory. The program – through its approved laboratories, qualified test tools and established testing infrastructure – standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology and seeks to ensure the advancement and maintenance of an interoperable, sustainable and trusted end-to-end environment for managing applications on secure chip technology. BCTC will have representation in GlobalPlatform’s Card Committee and will also contribute to all aspects of GlobalPlatform’s market specific task forces. The aim of the Card Committee is to define industry and technology-neutral specifications for the secure, interoperable deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on secure chip technology.

Dash Mobile Raises $1.2 Million and Releases iOS 7 Update

Dash, a mobile payment platform for restaurants, bars, and clubs, that allows patrons to check-in, view, split, and pay their tab from the Pay with Dash smartphone app, announces today that it has raised $1.2 million in a Seed-2 round, bringing its total seed fundraise to $1.9 million. Existing investors including New York Angels, Caerus Ventures and Jonathan Segal, Founder and CEO of The ONE Group, participated in this round, with new investment from Mike Germano, CEO of Carrot Creative. Coinciding with the new fundraise, Dash also released today a iOS 7 update for the Pay with Dash app that incorporates location-aware BLE to automatically check-in patrons as they walk into a venue. Additionally, a stored credit system allows both Pay with Dash users and venues to pay with and offer credit that can be used towards any Dash tab.

Square Acquires BookFresh Merchant Solutions

Sellers use Square to manage POS with Square Register, run loyalty programs and promotions for customers, and access important analytics that help them make better business decisions. Now they have added resources thanks to the Square acquisition of Bookfresh POS merchant solutions. The BookFresh team remains dedicated to maintaining and improving the product. For Square merchants, the Company will continue to advance easy-to-use commerce for dynamic customer experiences.

NRF Welcomes Chase PIN and Chip Announcement

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay in response to the announcement by JPMorgan Chase & Co. that the bank will issue its Europay MasterCard Visa credit cards as PIN and Chip cards. NRF retail trade association represents discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.

OTPay Integrates with MasterPass

MasterCard and OTP Bank Hungary announced the introduction of OTPay, the first digital wallet in Europe to leverage the application programming interface (API) of MasterPass™. This application is customized to the unique needs of the OTPay customer, making the online use of payment cards easier and more comfortable for cardholders. OTPay will provide consumers a new way to pay online, as well as creating options for bill payment, prepaid top up and person to person transactions. The OTPay mobile application will be available for download not only for OTP Bank customers, but for clients of other banks too. The application will allow cardholders to shop and pay at over 30,000 MasterPass™ accepting merchants around the world. The application was developed by Cellum, the Hungarian company group known for delivering mobile payment solutions with banking-grade security, also a developer of a MasterCard® Mobile solution, which has been running for more than two years.

Gemalto Provides Secure Solution To Knab

Gemalto is delivering a comprehensive suite of banking solutions to Knab, a dynamic online-only retail bank in the Netherlands. Drawing on Gemalto’s comprehensive solution for banks, Knab can enjoy the benefits of having a single solution partner for the authentication server, the software development kit, the EMV payment cards and card readers and the related fulfillment services, all of which form an integral part of delivering secure consumer banking services online and on mobile. Gemalto provides the Ezio eBanking Server, a dedicated back-end authentication solution for protecting online banking operations, along with the Ezio Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) to secure Knab’s mobile banking app. In addition, each new subscriber gets a Knab debit card, combined with a portable EMV smartcard reader that verifies card holder identity and protects online transactions with EMV level security. Based on Gemalto’s Clarista range, these payment cards and readers form part of the ‘connection kit’ that Knab issues to all new account holders, that is packaged and shipped by Gemalto from its personalization center direct to end users.