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

Electra Card Services Inks NMB Bank Processing

ElectraCard Services has undertaken the end-to-end management of NMB Bank credit and debit cards. ECS will offer these services through their world class PCI DSS certified data centre.
NMB Bank Limited, one of the leading commercial banks in Nepal, has been licensed as ‘A’ class financial institute by Nepal Rastra Bank in May 2008. Over the past fifteen years the bank has been successfully providing banking and financial services in the Nepalese financial market. NMB Bank joins over 9 other banks in Nepal that are already running on the ECS payment platform. ECS will provide the Bank a comprehensive debit and credit processing solution on an EMV compliant card management system. This will provide the Bank complete cards lifecycle management and support all networks, including VISA®, SCT and NPN.

MasterPass Now Available in Spain

MasterPass enables consumers to make online payments in a comfortable, fast and safe way by removing the need for consumers to enter detailed shipping and card information to complete their online purchases. This simplifies and makes more comfortable the process of completing the purchase process of any product from any connected device and delivers an overall better payment experience for consumers. For financial entities, MasterPass is a service that can be easily customized and commercialized and that allows them offering to their clients the option of making payments with digital wallets.

Servebase Announces New Name

Servebase will now be legally known as PXP. With significant investment over the last three years the organisation is now primed for growth and scalability, which will assist customers in achieving their own business objectives. Therefore, it is logical that in moving into the next phase a new company name was required to reflect the new values, culture, uniqueness and offerings to the payments market. The new name PXP was born out of a simple equation of the core components that are central to what the business is all about: people multiplied by platform, delivers intelligent payment solutions that allow customers to gain strategic advantage for their businesses.

mCards Cloud Payments

New Media Insight Group, Inc. announced the Company has launched its mCard Cloud Payments solution in the United States. mCard Cloud Payments allow merchants to accept payments from a consumer’s mobile, mCard wallet on any wireless or Internet connected device. Consumers click “send payment” and the merchant clicks “accept” on their iPod Touch, iPhone, Android, iPad, Tablet, Mac, PC or Laptop. mCard Cloud Payments allow retailers to accept payments from anywhere in their store. A restaurant server could accept the payment at the diner’s table or a clothes vendor or salon could accept a payment in any department in their store.

Citi Cardholders Get to Turn Points into Instant Statement Credits, Charity

Citi ThankYou Rewards members have two new ways to use their Citi ThankYou Points for an account credit to cover a recent purchase, or to make a donation to charity. With ThankYou Select and Credit, available ThankYou Points can be used to cover purchases in certain categories made with an eligible consumer Citi credit card that participates in ThankYou Rewards. ThankYou members can also use their available points to make a donation to a wide variety of charitable organizations on www.thankyou.com/pointworthy. ThankYou members can use their points to receive a statement credit to cover those eligible purchases made during their current credit card billing cycle on Citi Account Online. Donate with Points is a new ThankYou Rewards feature that lets ThankYou members use their available ThankYou Points to make a donation to a wide variety of charitable organizations.

Heartland Names Chief Branding Officer

Heartland payment processor hired branding and strategic marketing expert, Michael McMillan, as chief branding officer to lead branding and marketing initiatives to drive business objectives and build brand preference and equity for Heartland products and services. For 20 years, McMillan was chief executive officer of McMillan Associates, a visual communications firm he founded in 1984. More recently, he has toured globally as an inspirational speaker and was president of McMillan Media, where he focused on thought leadership and consulting engagements on the topics of creative thinking, innovation and making positive change. McMillan’s clients have spanned Fortune 100 corporations, small entrepreneurs, sports and music legends, and non-profit organizations and institutions.

TransFirst Teams With GeeBo

TransFirst has teamed up with the GeeBo app, a secure, cashless mobile shopping solution designed to protect the credit card information of customers. The GeeBo app is a secure, end-to-end payment processing solution that allows convenient, cashless shopping for consumers directly from their smartphone or mobile device. Through the Quick Check feature on the app, a customer logs into their account and enters the merchant’s Quick Check store number. The user-friendly wallet service enables shoppers to pay for goods and services without swiping, faxing or handing over their credit card at the point of sale. The secure GeeBo app securely stores payment credit card information so there is never a need to carry cash or to show a payment card to a participating merchant. Customers can shop knowing that their personal information is protected and secure.

MASTERCARD Q4 & 2013

MasterCard has racked up more than $4 trillion in global gross payments card volume during 2013. MasterCard reported net revenue for Q4/2013 was $2.1 billion, a 12% increase versus the same period in 2012. Also, a 14% increase in gross dollar volume (GDV), on a local currency basis, to $1.1 trillion; an increase in cross-border volumes of 18%; and an increase in processed transactions of 13%, to 10.4 billion for Q4.

Card Commerce Rebrands

Card Commerce is now trading as Savvy. Card Commerce was founded in 2004 and has acquired an outstanding reputation for its closed loop prepaid services in Ireland and the UK. We count Barclaycard, Elavon, Mitchells & Butlers, Greene King, Tragus, Prezzo, Manchester Metropolitan University, Signet, Smyths Toys, Eason & Son and Caffe Nero amongst our customers. Everything that made Card Commerce such a success is now available to our customers under the Savvy brand. Under new branding, the company is more focused on a holistic approach to customer engagement, from the initial plan to the resultant profit.

Oberthur Takes Part in NFC Launch in Russian Transportation

Oberthur Technologies announced its involvement as the supplier of the latest generation of high end NFC SIM card – “dragonFly”, in the first NFC commercial project jointly launched by top operators in Russia. The project concerns public transportation payments in Kazan, Russia. This NFC project has been launched in order to provide the city with a solution aimed at increasing the convenience of using public transport in Kazan, and to promote its use through the introduction of non-cash fare payment via a mobile phone. In addition to the transport ticketing service, some of the operators offer subscribers a combination of transport and payment services based on NFC technology. This brings NFC services in Russia to a new level: from a single NFC service to a multiple offering.

American Express Announces Live Stream Access to Media Day

American Express and the NBA will take basketball fans behind-the-scenes of NBA All-Star 2014 with its “Off the Court” digital destination, which connects fans to some of their favorite players through shared personal passions and interests, including basketball, fashion, travel and music. American Express and the NBA will once again take basketball fans inside NBA All-Star Media Day and present the first-ever American Express “Off the Court” Rookie Roundtable giving them unprecedented digital and live stream access to players they love. These live streams will allow fans to submit their own questions to players via Twitter. Fans can also chat with each other online, reacting to player’s comments and join in on the excitement. The NBA All-Star Media Day live stream can be viewed on “Off the Court” at nba.com/offthecourt on February 14, beginning at 1:30pm EST. This is the second year, the global live stream courtesy of American Express will allow fans to watch four Eastern Conference All-Stars and four Western Conference All-Stars respond to media questions live. American Express is offering new ways for fans to experience the action of NBA All-Star 2014 by releasing NBA All-Star Mini Movies presented by American Express throughout the weekend.