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

Supermarket Chainto Pilot Paydiant mWallet

Paydiant cardless ATM access and offer redemption platform announced that Harris Teeter, Inc., a Mid-Atlantic grocery chain that operates over 200 stores in eight states and the District of Columbia, will deploy a pilot of Paydiant’s white label mobile wallet as part of their Express Lane™ online shopping service in Matthews, N.C. beginning this month. The pilot store is located in Matthews Festival Shopping Center at 1811 Matthews Township Pkwy. The initial deployment will allow Harris Teeter Express Lane customers to use the Harris Teeter mobile wallet called “HT Express Pay” to pay for groceries ordered online. Payment will occur from within a customer’s vehicle at Express Lane curbside pick-up locations. Once the Harris Teeter mobile wallet app is downloaded to the customer’s iPhone® or Android™ smartphone and payment cards are linked to the wallet, the customer will simply scan a QR code presented to them on a Verifone® handheld mobile point of sale device. From there, the customer uses the mobile wallet to choose which of their major credit cards to use to complete the transaction, taps the “pay” button, and then a digital receipt is automatically sent to the customer’s mobile device.

MoneyGram Renews Another FCU Agreement

MoneyGram renewed its official check processing agreement with Mountain America Credit Union. This agreement includes the signing of a multi-year contract extension to offer processing and program management for Mountain America’s official bank checks. It also leverages MoneyGram’s PrimeLink® Official Check outsourcing solution, which includes daily balancing and reconciliation, inventory management, real-time updates and a state-of-the art online platform. MoneyGram has worked with Mountain America since 1997 in support of Mountain America’s official check program and through its efforts has helped the company prevent fraud losses through timely detection of fraudulent transactions.

JetPay Inks Agreement on Flexpoint Ford

JetPay® Corporation announced that Flexpoint Ford, a private equity firm focused on the financial services and healthcare sectors, signed a definitive agreement on August 22, 2013 to invest up to $40 million in the company through the purchase of Series A convertible preferred stock. This investment will be used to retire up to $16 million of currently outstanding debt with the remainder available to invest in the company’s growth. The transaction is expected to close in the next 45 days.

Loomis Implements Fiserv Item Processing Solution

Fiserv announced Loomis Armored US doubled its item processing volume in 2012 to an average of more than 7 million items a month. Loomis is the international leader in the cash handling services industry and implemented Branch Source Capture™ from Fiserv in 2007 to build its high-volume item imaging business, which automates processing in an outsourced vault environment for retailers and financial institutions. Loomis uses Branch Source Capture from Fiserv, a Web-based solution that facilitates remote capture, item correction, batch and deposit balancing, and image quality control. Loomis serves some of the nation’s largest banks, which often require highly customized information for their corporate and government customers. Fiserv customizes the output needed by Loomis’ bank cash vault clients – scanning, correcting and balancing check deposits to the exact specifications requested.

HybridPayTech Deploys Vodafone mPayments

HybridPayTech mobile payment space selected Vodafone’s global machine-to-machine (M2M) platform to provide connectivity for its pioneering mobile payment service. The service allows businesses to equip mobile employees with smartphones or tablets that can securely process credit and debit card payments globally using Vodafone’s network. This will allow businesses to fully embrace mobile payments for the first time while also introducing new revenue stream and improving the customer payment experience. HybridPaytech provides the world’s first completely secure, end-to-end mobile payment service that can process both credit and debit card transactions.

Downward Trend Continues on Unemployment Front

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 162,000 in July, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.4%. The number of unemployed persons, at 11.5 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.4 percent, edged down in July. This, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, also showed the number of long-term…

MoneyGram Expands Global Footprint

MoneyGram signed an agreement with Southeast Bank Limited (SEBL), a Bangladesh-based private commercial bank, and is now offering money transfer services at the bank’s branches across the country. The agreement increases MoneyGram’s presence in Bangladesh, adds it to its growing agent network, and makes the company’s services easier for customers to access. The addition of SEBL to MoneyGram’s agent network in Bangladesh creates an easy-to-access footprint of locations with MoneyGram services.

PayPal Here Announces Latest Expansion

PayPal Here, the highly anticipated Chip and PIN solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), is now available to all businesses in the UK. The chip and PIN reader is aimed specifically at businesses that have traditionally relied on cash or checks. It is a game changer for SMBs, enabling businesses an affordable, easy to use and secure way to accept credit and debit cards or PayPal Check in, meaning businesses don’t have to turn away customers who don’t have enough cash on them or want to pay by card. The PayPal Here app can be downloaded from iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android) and then you order the PayPal Heretm Chip and PIN card reader through the app.

NCR Inks International ATM Order

Global technology company NCR Corporation (NCR) has won a new automated teller machine (ATM) order of more than 500 units from ATMU (China) Technology Co. Ltd (“ATMU”), the largest ATM cooperation operator and service provider in China. The order includes NCR SelfServTM ATMs with cash dispense, deposit and cash recycling functions, which will help ATMU’s bank customers, especially small-to-medium sized banks, to deliver a better customer experience. Since 2008, NCR has won volume ATM orders from ATMU totaling more than 9,200 units. ATMU owns and operates its ATM network through a profit-sharing model with cooperated banks. This cooperation model allows banks, especially small-to-medium sized banks in China, to avoid making separate investments in dedicated ATM fleets.

ZTE Deploys Micropross EMVCo L1 Tools

ZTE Corporation, a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, has selected Micropross testers for the internal pre-certification of their NFC enabled smart devices. This choice was driven by several factors. One of them, is the fact that Micropross test solutions are deployed at numerous validation laboratories in the world, which means that ZTE will be able to debug their prototypes in their own laboratories, and be very confident they will be successful when they will take the official validation session at an EMVCo laborarory. Then, Micropross EMVCo L1 analog test bench is the only one validated by EMVCo, which adds another level of confidence to the solution. And finally, only Micropross is able to propose a complete EMVCo test solution in a compact, all-in-one box such as the Contactless Test Station.

CoinTap Cards Facilitate Bitcoin Purchases

CoinTap is the creation of Bitcoin Ventures, Inc., a local virtual currency software development company that offers smart solutions for Bitcoin e-commerce. The product is a gift card which streamlines an otherwise tricky and time-consuming process of trading your money on a market for Bitcoins. A $50 gift card is redeemable for 50 dollars in credit, which can then be used to purchase Bitcoins at a competitive rate through the company’s website. While the Government of Canada views Bitcoins as a tradable commodity, but not a currency, Germany recently ruled that the Bitcoin is “private money” and therefore taxable, just like regular money.

American Express Ranks High in Customer Satisfaction

For the seventh year in a row, consumers have rated American Express highest in customer satisfaction among U.S. credit card companies, according to the annual nationwide study by J.D. Power. The study places American Express highest in overall satisfaction among 11 of the largest card issuers in the U.S. American Express remains the only credit card to receive the study’s top ranking since it was first conducted in 2007. The J.D. Power 2013 Credit Card Satisfaction StudySM looks at six broad categories to determine overall satisfaction: Customer Interaction, Billing and Payment Process, Credit Card Terms, Rewards Programs, Benefits and Services, and Problem Resolution. Over the past year, American Express has worked to improve the overall customer experience by introducing a host of new digital enhancements and updated product offerings, better connecting Card Members with American Express, merchants and each other. American Express ranked highest in Benefits and Services, Rewards Programs, and the Billing and Payments categories.