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.

FIS Announces Multi-Year Agreement

FIS announced that Texas-based Industry Bancshares, Inc. signed a multiyear agreement to replace its four-year-old banking system with its core banking platform to deliver faster customer service as well as advanced online and mobile banking capabilities. The bank is also deploying FIS item processing and other complementary services. Converting onto the FIS core platform allows Industry Bancshares to deliver direct benefits to its customers by providing real-time access to customer accounts across all bank channels including mobile, online banking and bill pay, EFT networks and the traditional branches across its five banks.

AARP Card from Chase Offers More Cash Back

Chase Card Services announced a new credit card for AARP members, offering cardholders 3 percent cash back on gas station and restaurant purchases, with no earning caps or points expiration and no annual fee. The card, designed to reward AARP members for their most common everyday purchases, also offers unlimited 1 percent cash back on all other purchases. By receiving 3 percent cash back on gas station and restaurant purchases and 1 percent on all other purchases, the average family can easily earn more than $250 cash back every year just by using the card. The new AARP Credit Card from Chase also offers customers a 10% discount when redeeming rewards for travel through Chase; Price, purchase, return and extended warranty protections – at no additional cost; and dedicated, personalized customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CPI Card Group Awarded US Patent for Card Packaging Technology

CPI Card Group financial, EMV, commercial card production has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,419,889 for its innovative secure card packaging technology utilized in CPI’s Ultra Secure Pack™ products. The technology allows CPI to offer a superior, tamper proof, cost effective product for point of sale card activation applications including open loop prepaid cards. CPI products covered by the patent will now be marked with U.S. Patent No. 8,419,889 to properly indicate CPI’s protected position and extend the benefits to their customers.

Revolving Consumer Credit Waning-Slightly

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With the total outstanding revolving US consumer credit up 7.75%. in February to an adjusted $848B, it slowed in March to $846B. Although rather stagnant against recent months, March revolving credit outstanding is way down from the year ago figure of $865.7B- an average figure over what would be the ensuing…

ANZ Deploys NCR Cash Recycling

NCR announced ANZ Bank New Zealand has embarked on Asia-Pacific’s biggest deployment of its next-generation teller cash recycler (TCR) to provide a friendlier, more engaging branch experience. The NCR Cash Recycler 11 quickly accepts and dispenses cash for teller staff, allowing them to focus their attention on the customer rather than counting bank notes. Also, by immediately securing all deposited notes in its safe, cash drawers and loose cash are eliminated from the teller counter, improving security. This has enabled ANZ to remove barriers within the branch, which have traditionally kept customers and staff on opposite sides of the counter. NCR’s next-generation recycler can cut these transaction times by up to 50 percent and allow tellers to focus on customer service and offering advice rather than bill counting.

MasterCard Names European Commercial Head

MasterCard appointed Andrew Buckley Head of Commercial Products for Europe to lead the commercial team in Europe and delivering advanced commercial payments solutions to small businesses and large corporations and their employees. Andrew previously served as VP, Global Corporate Card Product Management at American Express. In his role, he was responsible for launching news products, such as Corporate Centurion, and new markets such as Russia. He was also VP, Global Corporate Marketing with American Express, where he drove the shift to digital acquisition. He also held senior Sales and Technology roles with American Express, in both the UK and USA. Prior to this, he was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and before that held strategy, sales and marketing roles with major Telecoms and IT companies. This experience included the startup of Telco’s such as Cegetel in France and BT NIS in Japan.

VocaLink Payment Service Hits Five-Year Mark

VocaLink is celebrating the five year anniversary of its Faster Payments Service, with 2.5 billion transactions securely processed since its launch in 2008. Against a tough economic backdrop, the service has flourished and real time processing is now the standard time for phone or internet initiated domestic UK payments. The Faster Payments Service is the largest real time payment system in the world that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering direct customer initiation and almost instantaneous transfer of value to the beneficiary. VocaLink processes payments on behalf of the Faster Payments Scheme Limited. The service supports businesses and consumers alike with the ability to make immediate bank transfers.

Datacard Group Presenting at the ICMA 2013 Card Expo

Datacard secure ID and card personalization solutions, announced its senior marketing manager will be speaking at the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) 2013 Expo taking place on June 4-7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The 2013 ICMA EXPO will feature a variety of presentations from different perspectives and address management and technical matters, industry trends, personalization and production issues, as well as new applications and marketing tips. Arredondo will be giving a presentation on “EMV and Mobile: A Case Study Convergence” on Thursday, June 6th at 2:00 p.m. This session will outline a recent mobile payments beta with a large U.S. issuer and how implementing an EMV structure in the U.S. will help enable overall adoption of contactless mobile payments.

Aeriandi Enlists Adapt on PCI Compliance

Aeriandi differentiated financial solutions selected Adapt independent managed services to support its business growth. Adapt will deliver critical infrastructure to support Aeriandi’s flagship offering, PCI Circle, which helps organisations meet compliance obligations quickly, cost effectively and securely. Aeriandi creates innovative technology that delivers superior business results for organisations across a number of industries. PCI Circle is Aeriandi’s team of highly experienced engineers, developers, consultants and managers that share deep expertise in delivering successful, PCI-DSS compliant solutions across every industry from multi-channel retailers to utilities, major high street banks and financial institutions.

Alaric Launches New Secure Authorization Solution

Alaric fraud prevention and payments solutions is now offering its “myPinPad,” allowing cardholders to securely control the authorisation of payments via the entry of their PIN on touch-screen payment terminals, smart phones, tablets and online. The combination of myPinPad and Alaric’s Authentic solution for transaction processing delivers an end-to-end platform for mobile and online payments, with EMV-level security. This ensures secure processing of mag-stripe or chip cards and addresses the challenges of securely authorising card payments through its highly-scalable virtual EFTPOS and ATM platform, which presents the cardholder with a one-time virtual PIN pad – effectively moving the security elements of the transaction from the device and into the cloud. It ultimately mitigates risk and fraud protection and converts card not present (CNP) to card present with PIN transactions through a secure virtual PIN Entry Device (PED).

SecureNet Announces New VP, Products

SecureNet Payment Systems payment technology operating system announced Nish Modi has been named VP, Product. Bringing over 17 years of payment experience managing, designing and architecting products and systems, financial services and eCommerce industries, Modi was most recently at eBay. Here he led the strategic direction for consolidating all billing, invoicing and payments across eBay’s adjacent entities as Senior Manager Platform Strategy. Prior to eBay, Modi led product management strategy for First Data Corporation’s flagship Internet banking and business banking products.