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.

Paymill Announces All-in-One eCommerce Solution

Paymill launched its new product Paymill Unite, an all-in-one solution for everyone who offers an online marketplace. The product enables merchants to offer credit card or debit payment to their buyers on their marketplace in a very easy way. Marketplace owners are now able to connect to other PAYMILL merchants, create transactions on behalf of connected merchants and take commissions for their services. Users can transfer money directly to your merchants and to collect fees for yourself. For the merchant, PAYMILL Unite generates higher conversion rates and minimizes customer dropouts while securely storing customers credit or debit card data.

Credit Use Skyrockets, Employment Not so Much

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up 195,000 units in June as the unemployment rate remained at 7.6% while total outstanding revolving US consumer credit jumped a staggering 8.25% in May to an adjusted $857B. Erasing all positive momentum seen in 2013, springing to the highest outstanding total of the year, May revolving credit…

BankDhofar to Deploy G&D Instant Card Issuance

BankDhofar deployed Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) instant issuance solution, which will empower all branches of BankDhofar with its software for personalizing customer and payment cards. Customers can collect their debit cards instantly at the time of account opening itself, and start using them immediately. G&D is also supplying the bank with EMV cards and will offer all-round support for the instant issuance service. G&D’s Convego System Instant Issuance provides BankDhofar with a specially tailored all-in-one instant issuance system for its debit card portfolio. The solution is characterized by outstanding user-friendliness and offers customers the highest level of security thanks to a wide range of encryption methods and online-only personalization.

Cashcloud Secures Private Funding

Payment-corporation cashcloud announced that it has secured a second round funding from a private European investment firm. The cashcloud project has been conceptualized by experienced entrepreneurs and investors with a proven track record of success in the area of pre-paid, brand building and marketing especially in the mobile and internet world. It has been awarded with 25 million US$ from a long list of Silicon-Valley-Investors to develop a new mobile payment system that already exists in Europe.

CIMB Niaga and JCB Partner on Card iIsuance

Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk, the 5th Largest Bank in Indonesia and PT. JCB International Indonesia, a subsidiary of JCB International Co, Ltd., the international operation subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., are pleased to announce the commencement of partnership for credit card issuance and merchant acquiring business. JCB and CIMB Niaga are due to launch the merchant acquiring business in July 2013 and are ready to accept JCB card as means of payment, starting with Jakarta and Bali as the first area to be focused. Having JCB as a new principal for credit card issuing business provides CIMB Niaga with more credit card products to target the affluent segments. With the strong presence of JCB merchants across East Asia, especially Japan, Korea and China, the new CIMB Niaga JCB Credit Card will provide benefits to the cardmembers since many of the cardmembers from this segment are traveling to those countries.

Oberthur & Société Générale Launch Contactless Payment Service

Oberthur Technologies security and identification solutions and services based on smart card technologies and Société Générale announced that they launched the bank’s first NFC Visa payment service through Oberthur Technologies’ Trusted Service Manager (TSM) platform. The NFC ecosystem is progressively maturing in France with several commercial deployments either planned or in progress in large cities. The successful launch of Société Générale’s NFC service with two French mobile operators in Strasbourg means that Oberthur Technologies is the first TSM supplier demonstrating the end-to-end interoperability of its NFC offer with TSM and SIM cards from other suppliers. The bank’s customers will be able to subscribe to this NFC payment service that will enable them to pay with their phone at all the point-of-sales equipped with contactless terminals throughout the country.

TIO Networks Acquires Globex Financial Services

TIO Networks bill payment company entered into an agreement to acquire Globex Financial Services, Inc., and its operating business Global Express Money Orders, Inc. (“Global Express”). The acquisition of Globex Financial Services will strengthen TIO’s position in the bill payment industry and provide TIO with a national footprint. It is anticipated that revenue synergies will include the cross selling of TIO’s innovative mobile payment, self-service kiosk and financial wallet technologies to an expanded customer base. The combined companies will offer bill payment services to millions of consumers across the US and Canada. In 2012, Globex generated over US$10M in revenues at gross margins that are significantly higher than TIO’s historical gross margins. With this acquisition, TIO will enjoy significantly higher consolidated revenues and gross margins as well as a more diversified revenue base across customers, geographies and industries.

MoneyGram Appoints Former PayPal to Head Emerging Channels

MoneyGram International announced W. Alexander Hoffmann has been appointed to the company’s executive leadership team as senior vice president, global product management and emerging channels. Hoffmann will lead MoneyGram’s global product portfolio, emerging channels and MoneyGram Online. Hoffmann was previously head of consumer growth for Europe, Middle East and Africa at PayPal. He has 20 years of experience in payments and cards, online services and technology, and a strong track record of building new products from concept to launch. Prior to his position at PayPal, Hoffmann spent 12 years at McKinsey & Company in Brussels, Belgium, and Palo Alto, California, working with clients in the payments and telecommunications industries.

i2c Provides Heartland Prepaid Card Processing

I2C cloud-based payment processing is providing Heartland Payment Systems prepaid card processing services. The companies’ first collaboration is the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Edge prepaid card program, which runs on the Discover® network. The Edge card allows restaurant employees to deposit their paychecks, load funds, receive employer-sponsored incentives and earn cash rewards on a general purpose prepaid card. i2c’s prepaid card payment processing platform will serve as the system of record for Edge accounts and enable the introduction of new card features such as card-linked offers and real-time mobile alerts.

Orange Intros Cross-Border mMoney Transfers to Continent

Orange is launching a quick and easy international money transfer service at a competitive price called “Orange Money International Transfer”. The offer is available between Mali, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire. Every year, 200 million euros are moved between those three countries in the form of money transfers. With the new service, Orange meets the needs of the growing number of Orange Money customers. Orange Money International Transfer allows money to be sent and received from one’s mobile phone with complete security. Users no longer need to have cash with them when they travel, and sending cash doesn’t have to be done by a third party. All the sender needs to do is to dial #144# from his or her mobile phone, then enter the Orange telephone number of the recipient and the amount to be sent.

Global Payments and ShopKeep POS Partner on iPad POS

Global Payments payment processing partnered ShopKeep POS iPad point-of-sale solutions for brick and mortar businesses, to offer an iPad POS solution to Global Payments’ merchants throughout the United States. This agreement combines Global Payments’ services and distribution network with the ShopKeep POS system and award-winning customer care to provide merchants with a complete store management system and business data at their fingertips to help them grow. The easy-to-use and flexible solution offers small and medium-sized merchants a highly-functional, cost-effective cloud-based POS system to facilitate transactions as well as manage sales, inventory, staff and customers, all from an iPad.

FIS Payments Partners MCX on Real-time mPayments

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) selected FIS to power its new mobile commerce payments network. The relationship with MCX strengthens FIS’ cross-industry leadership position in delivering innovative payments network and mobile-driven financial services solutions to banks and retailers of all sizes. MCX members include leading merchants that account for an estimated $1 trillion in annual sales. FIS will provide MCX with a suite of services that will help bring its mobile commerce solution to the marketplace, including world-class payment processing, payments network infrastructure, routing and settlement, allowing MCX to authorize and execute transactions in real-time. FIS’ premier transaction processing solution is used by all sizes of financial institutions, networks, retailers and third-party processors worldwide.