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

Fiserv Again Named Top 10 in Chartis RiskTech100® Report on Global Risk

Fiserv has once again been named a Top 10 provider in Chartis Research’s RiskTech100® 2014, widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive and prestigious global study of risk technology vendors. Analyzing areas of expertise such as credit risk, operational risk, asset and liability management (ALM), liquidity risk and financial crime risk management, as well as compliance with regulations such as Basel III and Dodd Frank, the ranking reflects the broad portfolio of solutions for risk management and compliance from Fiserv. The RiskTech100 is judged on six equally weighted categories: functionality, core technology, organizational strength, customer satisfaction, market presence and innovation. Fiserv achieved strong all-around scores with particular strength in customer satisfaction, depth of functionality and organizational strength.

Coinstar Offers Blackhawk eGifts

Blackhawk Network, Inc, announced a new partnership with Coinstar to offer Coinstar customers a selection of certain Blackhawk Network’s popular eGifts for no fee when they cash in coins via the Coinstar coin-counting kiosks. The eGift codes can then be easily redeemed at issuing retailers – either in-store, online or via mobile devices. With approximately 20,300 kiosks conveniently located across the US, Coinstar makes it simple for consumers to convert their spare change into a cash voucher, for a fee that varies by location, or load these funds onto their choice of NO FEE gift card or eGift.

MasterCard, eServGlobal and BICS Create Remittance Joint Venture

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard, eServGlobal and BICS announced the formation of HomeSend, a joint venture (JV) which will enable consumers to send money to and from mobile money accounts, payment cards, bank accounts or cash outlets – regardless of their location or that of the recipient. The HomeSend JV will leverage the current HomeSend…

Target Confirms Card Data Hack

Target confirmed it is aware of unauthorized access to payment card data that may have impacted certain guests making credit and debit card purchases in its U.S. stores. Target is working closely with law enforcement and financial institutions, and has identified and resolved the issue.

Approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013. Target alerted authorities and financial institutions immediately after it was made aware of the unauthorized access, and is putting all appropriate resources behind these efforts. Among other actions, Target is partnering with a leading third-party forensics firm to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.

MoPowered Partners Realex Payments, Offer mChannel

MoPowered mcommerce and Realex Payments e-retail payment service provider partnered to let online merchants create new sales opportunities with the rapidly growing mobile channel. The Realex Payments partnership with MoPowered will ensure that mutual customers have the benefit of working with industry leading mobile software alongside PCI-DSS level 1 compliant payment solutions allowing retailers to provide a seamless payments experience for their clients. The payments industry is seeing exponential growth in m-commerce which cannot be ignored. Realex Payments already provides payment solutions to thousands of retail businesses across the UK alone, supporting small businesses as well as large corporates. Well known retail clients include notonthehighstreet.com and Chain Reaction Cycles. Realex Payments has seen a 55% increase in transaction volumes in the online retail sector between Q3 2012 and Q3 2013, due to the success and increased adoption of its sector specific payment solutions, supporting the needs of online retailers.

MasterCard Expands MasterPass to New Market

MasterCard’s new digital payment platform is debuting in Italy with Mediaworld, Trenitalia and Vodafone. The “MasterPass” solution will shortly be joined by Esselunga. 3,500 more retailers are also active through Banca Sella, the first acquirer bank to offer the MasterPass service to all its online clients. With MasterPass, consumers, don’t have to enter their card and shipping details each time they make a purchase from an online retailer, which is particularly important in the growing area of purchases made from smartphones and tablets. Consumers can simply click on the “Buy with MasterPass” button and enter their username and password to complete payment for a purchase. MasterPass optimizes the mobile check out experience making the small screens easier to navigate and offers the same benefits for online purchases made from PCs and tablets too.

Comdata Enhances FleetAdvance

Comdata has released a new advisor tool within its FleetAdvance solution. FleetAdvance Advisor enables customers to proactively plan fuel stops with the best pricing opportunities along a route to help fleets make smarter fueling decisions. Comdata FleetAdvance provides customers with real-time transaction data to help guide informed purchasing patterns, better manage fuel costs and improve driver behavior.

Welch ATM signs SeaWorld deal

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment the parent company of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens has partnered with Welch ATM to provide ATM services in the company’s parks nationwide. The partnership includes ATM equipment, management, financial institution branding and services for the SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® parks throughout the U.S. Headquartered in Peoria, IL, Welch ATM currently manages a network of over 22,000 ATMs nationwide. Welch’s company focus is customer satisfaction. They have earned the “Best Practice ATM Deployer” award from the ATM Industry Association and were ranked the #1 ATM Help Desk by NCR. SeaWorld ATMs will have colorful wraps, screens and toppers making it that much easier for park customers to find easy access to cash.

Mexican CPI

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Inflation in Mexico is hovering at 3.4% in the fourth quarter after a sharp decline from 4.5% in the second quarter, according to OECD. RAM Research projects the CPI for Mexico will increase to 3.5% in the fourth quarter. The recent hurricanes has impacted spending and reduced government spending has slowed…

MoneyGram Partners New Albertson

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer company, announces today that it has signed an agreement with New Albertson’s Inc., (NAI), to offer money transfer, bill payment and money order services in all ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Markets grocery stores. The new agreement with NAI includes provisions which will allow…

Africa’s First Travel Rewards Program

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] AfrAsia Bank and MasterCard introduce Africa’s first travel rewards program offering real time booking on over 450 airlines and at 200,000 hotels to its World and Titanium MasterCard cardholders. In collaboration with Infinia Services & Solutions and MasterCard, this travel rewards program enables cardholders to earn XtraMiles whenever they swipe their…

Fiserv Announces Latest Popmoney Client

First National Bank of Pennsylvania recently announced that it is one of the first banks in the country, and the first bank in Pennsylvania, to introduce Popmoney Instant Payments, a new feature within the Popmoney personal payment service that allows FNB online banking customers with an FNB debit card to transfer money in real time to other people. Popmoney, a Fiserv product which FNB has offered since 2012, allows FNB customers to quickly and easily request money or send payments using the recipient’s email address, mobile phone number or bank account information. Customers will now have the convenience of sending money immediately, without the need for cash or the traditional delays associated with other forms of money movement, such as check or ACH and without the hassle and expense of a wire transfer.