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

Bluepoint Partners FSI on eStatement Solution

Bluepoint Solutions partnered Financial Services (FSI) to offer DocX print and electronic statement fulfillment to credit unions nationwide. The partnership will allow credit unions to increase adoption of cost efficient e-statements through targeted promotions and customized, multi-channel member delivery. DocX creates and distributes personalized financial statements by combining a member’s account information with variable advertising and promotional content that is tailored to each member’s spending habits and preferences. Statements are designed specifically to each credit union’s branding and are delivered directly to the member through any combination of print mail, email and mobile channels. DocX streamlines statements from various types of accounts including credit card, checking and savings accounts, and auto and home loans into a single, cost-effective statement for mail or electronic delivery.

Allied Payment Announces Latest Client

Allied Payment Network, a provider of online and mobile bill payment services to the financial industry, announced New Castle Bank launch Allied’s Picture Pay mobile bill pay solution, enabling its customers to pay any bill by taking a picture of the bill with their mobile device. In an effort to simplify the bill pay process, Ameriana Bank integrated Picture Pay into its existing mobile banking app, increasing the level of convenience for accountholders with a solution that is also more cost-effective for the bank. Once a customer takes a picture of the bill with their smartphone, they simply enter the amount and payment date, and the bill is paid. Picture Pay’s technology reads the data from the customer’s bill, and then its built-in analytics confirm the biller and execute the payment process. Picture Pay was developed in conjunction with Malauzai Software Inc., a provider of mobile banking SmartApps for community financial institutions.

As Job Market Strengthens, Consumers Charge More

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NRF Releases Statement on Fed Swipe Fee Appeal

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement in reaction to the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it will appeal a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling that the cap it set on debit card swipe fees in 2011 was too high; “We are very disappointed to see the Fed giving in to the banks. The facts are very clear that the Fed set the cap far higher than intended by Congress, and the court has insisted that the mistake be fixed as soon as possible. Instead, the Fed has taken a position that will drag this out while retailers and their customers continue to pay billions of dollars in inflated fees that harm that U.S. economy. We want to see this case resolved today, not next year, so these fees can finally be brought under control.”

Planet Payment Announces New Boardmember

Planet Payment payment processing and multi-currency processing services announces the Board of Directors has appointed Carl Joseph Williams as a Director of the Company. Carl Williams’ career in financial services spans 30 years and includes several high profile industry positions. He is currently CEO and founder of Baikal Group, LLC a consultancy and advisory company. From May 2012 until July 2013, he served as Managing Director of Pay Anywhere, LLC. Until recently he was also an advisor to Global Payments Inc. Previously, Mr. Williams was President of World Wide Payment Processing for Global Payments, a role that he held from 2004-2009, while living in Prague and Hong Kong. Mr. Williams also served as President of the Merchant Services Division of National Processing Company, one of the nation’s largest processors of credit card, debit and check transactions. Mr. Williams has served as an advisor to Planet Payment, Inc. since 2010. Mr. Williams holds a B.A. from La Salle University in Philadelphia.

Evolution1 Named to 500|5000 List

Evolution1 and cloud computing healthcare solution that administers reimbursement accounts, including HSAs, HRAs, FSAs, VEBAs, PRAs, and Wellness and Transit Plans – has been named to the annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy: America’s independent entrepreneurs. Fuhu tops this year’s list. Evolution1 joins LivingSocial, Bojangles’, Edible Arrangements, CDW, and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list. In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created more than 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.

Fiserv Renews FCU Relationship

Fiserv announced that Community First Credit Union renewed and expanded its relationship with Fiserv. The $1.7 billion credit union is a longtime user of DataSafe® account processing platform from Fiserv and has added Fiserv solutions for digital channels including Virtuoso™ for online banking, CheckFree® RXP® for bill delivery and payments and Mobiliti™ for mobile banking. DataSafe offers credit unions scalable, integrated account processing technology with flexible deployment options. The database within the platform offers a full view of member information across the enterprise. Community First uses Virtuoso from Fiserv to provide a highly personalized home banking experience that is cost effective and easy for the credit union to manage and customize. Meanwhile, through the capabilities of CheckFree RXP and Mobiliti from Fiserv, members will have mobile banking capabilities such as account balance access, an ATM locator and alerts, as well as the addition of payment capabilities. The Mobiliti mobile banking service integrates with the credit union’s CheckFree RXP bill payment service, making it possible for customers to securely pay bills through their mobile device.

Harris Teeter to pilot Paydiant mWallet

Paydiant cloud-based mobile wallet, 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 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.

Payleven Partners Bixolon on mPOS tech

Payleven mobile card payments and Bixolon partnered to make available the mobile BIXOLON printer SPP-R200IIi will be sold via payleven in a bundle with the Chip & PIN device or as stand-alone. New and existing customers can order the Bluetooth printer in combination with the Chip & PIN device for the special offer price of £279. With the BIXOLON SPP-R200IIi all receipts can be printed immediately, without cable connection, via smartphone or tablet. The combination of the BIXOLON printer and Chip & PIN device fulfils many more functions than a traditional card terminal. If the customer wishes, merchants can print and hand out the conventional paper receipt right after the purchase. The payleven app works with debit- and credit cards. Small and medium sized enterprises benefit from the easy- to- use, absolutely mobile and convenient sized format of both devices.

G&D Provides National Contactless ID Cards

The Republic of Kosovo has chosen Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) to manufacture and deliver its multifunctional, electronic, and entirely contactless smart ID cards. As prime contractor, the Munich-based technology company is assuming responsibility for all aspects of project management as well as for system development and manufacture of the cards. Sub-contractor for the Automated Fingerprint Inspection System (AFIS) and for the smartcard personalization machinery is Berlin-based Bundesdruckerei GmbH. G&D is also in charge of implementing and structuring all system components necessary to support every step in the ID documentation process, from applying for a card to delivering it. These new ID cards, which the Republic of Kosovo will begin issuing to its citizens by the end of this year, are among the most up-to-date smart ID cards in use anywhere in the world.

Mercury & PayPal Partner on Next Generation Payments

Mercury Payment Systems payment solutions providers announced a collaboration with PayPal to enable Mercury’s vast network of point-of-sale software developers and value-added resellers, and rapidly growing base of 80,000 merchants to offer PayPal in-store. This agreement brings PayPal together with a proven leader in delivering integrated payments solutions to countertops across America to give merchants a simple, and seamless way to use PayPal in-store. Through this collaboration, Mercury’s network of more than 500 point-of-sale developers will be provided a toolkit to enhance their POS system to accept PayPal’s in-store payments. Resellers of those systems will also be trained and certified to bundle PayPal acceptance with other merchant services that they already offer. Merchants using PayPal-enhanced POS systems enable PayPal customers to pay with their desired funding source in their PayPal wallet using their PayPal payment card or their mobile phone via the PayPal app.

First Data Announces Latest to Board of Directors

Joseph J. Plumeri is joining the Board of Directors of First Data, a KKR portfolio company. Having served 12 years as Willis Group chairman and CEO and as its non-executive chairman through July 2013, Plumeri strengthened Willis’ position as one of the world’s leading insurance brokers through industry-sector-leading organic growth and operating margins, strategic expansion, and a return to public ownership in 2001. Prior to joining Willis, Plumeri had a 32-year career at Citigroup and its predecessor companies. As CEO of Citibank North America, he led the integration of the consumer businesses at Citicorp and Travelers Group. He also served as chairman and CEO of Travelers Primerica Financial Services, vice chairman of the Travelers Group, and president and managing partner of Shearson Lehman Brothers.