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.

Discover Launches Cardmember 5% Cashback Bonus Promo

Discover is now offering cardmembers the opportunity to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $1,500 in purchases at home improvement stores. Cardmembers can start earning 5% Cashback Bonus at home improvement stores now through June 30 by signing up for 5% online at, or by calling 1-800-DISCOVER (347-2683). After making $1,500 in home improvement purchases, Discover cardmembers still automatically receive their standard cash back on all other purchases. Discover is also offering its cardmembers exclusive ways to earn between 5%-20% on purchases made through ShopDiscover, the online shopping portal featuring more than 200 top online retailers. Starting April 11 through May 12, cardmembers can take advantage of over 20 merchant partners that will increase Cashback Bonus amounts.

Accourt Appoints Seasoned Card Partner

Accourt Limited consultancy services announced that Peter Trembling as a Partner, bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in International Cards and Payments. He served in roles with American Express, five years at MBNA International and was the founder of two specialist card consultancy practices. He has advised banks and card issuers in every continent around the world covering over 30 countries, as well as brokering co-brand card partnerships for over 50 rights-holders in airline, retail, travel, and sport. Peter has operated as a consultant to MasterCard, Visa and American Express and was the Chairman of the inaugural MasterCard Annual European Card Programme of the Year Awards. His speciality is in working with rights holders and assisting them in optimising the value of their card and payment opportunities, whether that be through a traditional co-branded or affinity relationship or from the advent of new technology such as mobile payments, cashless stadia and arenas, virtual cards etc.

Bluefin Payment Systems Announces New Partnership

Bluefin Payment Systems and social fundraising platform inked their partnership, whereby Bluefin’s payment gateway, PayConex, is available to’s customer base. Bluefin’s payment gateway features debit/credit/ACH acceptance, plus recurring billing, a virtual terminal and a hosted payment page – all backed by security features such as tokenization and point-to-point encryption (P2PE). A ll of clients will have access to Bluefin’s secure payment gateway by simply applying online for a merchant account, which will offer’s services to their base of merchants and more than 300 partners. Bluefin is partnered with over 100 software providers and serves 15,000 U.S. and Canadian merchants, including 1,200 Non-profits.

Vantiv PROCESSING All Ready for MasterCard EMV

Vantiv payment processing for merchants and financial institutions of all sizes, announced that it was the first U.S. acquirer to complete MasterCard’s testing requirements to process EMV transactions for MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus brands at both ATM and at the point-of-sale locations. Vantiv’s integrated processing platform continues to enable the Company to quickly integrate new technologies such as EMV. This, combined with Vantiv’s comprehensive suite of payment solutions, represents the Company’s continued investments in its core processing platform, emerging technologies and strong execution capabilities. Vantiv’s network drives nearly 13,000 ATMs and has been certified to process EMV transactions on the NCR APTRA(TM) Edge ATM software platform. Its EMV processing will allows cardholders to conduct EMV transactions at selected ATMs.

mPayment Patent Expands PayOne Portfolio

PayOne mobile payments and carrier billing has been awarded another patent by the US Patent Office on its “PayConnect” technology platform, “instant wallet” capability, and intellectual property serving the mobile commerce and digital payments market. The newly awarded patent, which was filed in November 2010 for invention number 8,379,815, covers mobile payments, fraud control and identity verification for online and in-store transactions. This new patent adds to an already robust portfolio of eight patents awarded to PayOne related to mobile wallet, payments and carrier billing. PayOne’s complete patent portfolio can be found at PayOne and the PayOne Global Carrier Network PGCN currently provides the ability for over 4 billion consumers in over 80 countries to utilize their mobile phones for secure digital mobile payments, typically with just 1-2 steps.

Fiserv Launches Solution to Reduce Improper Govt Payments

Fiserv financial services technology solutions has launched a payment accuracy and fraud solution to reduce improper payments for U.S. federal government agencies. The professional services engagement will allow government agencies to reduce the overall loss of cash associated with improper disbursement and recovery of funds, thereby enabling that money to instead be used for citizens and tax-payers. Improper payments can include payments to the wrong person, for the wrong amount, or to citizens who are no longer eligible for benefits. An estimated one-third or more of improper payments are due to fraud, while two-thirds are the result of errors or incorrect information. Using a rigorous process and data analysis, the Fiserv solution finds and eliminates process variation, waste and opportunities for error that may result in payment inaccuracy.

First Data SpendTrend Shows Card Spending Skyrockets

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data released its SpendTrend analysis for March 1-29, 2013. Compared to March 2-30, 2012, it tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations. Year-over-year dollar volume growth increased 6.0% in March, up from February’s 4.6% growth, as the…

MoneyGram, Neal & Massy Open Money Transfer Center

MoneyGram money transfer and The Neal & Massy Group opened their first stand-alone money transfer center. The new money transfer center will employ a dedicated staff to offer MoneyGram’s money transfer services and Neal & Massy’s Sure Pay bill payment service. Both product offerings will provide consumers with an additional, convenient location to send and receive cash locally and internationally. Neil & Massy will be offering the development of cross-promotions with the company’s grocery stores, offering incentives to customers to visit the money transfer center.

Allied Payment Network Integrates with CSPI Online Banking Platform

Allied Payment Network online bill payment services to the financial industry announced its online and mobile bill payment solutions now seamlessly integrate with Computer Service Professionals (CSPI) Aurora Online Banking platform. Providing financial institutions a full-featured eBanking experience, Allied’s bill payment technology will offer CSPI customers a comprehensive bill pay solution within a single platform, eliminating the need for separate systems. Now, financial institutions’ customers have access to a full-featured online banking platform with tightly integrated bill payment capabilities, achieving a richer customer experience. Allied’s payment routing technology also helps institutions control costs and deliver expedited payment services for a small convenience fee, eliminating costly late fees for customers and generating additional fee revenue for the institution.

Green Dot and UniRush Launch Prepaid Card

Green Dot banking and payment solutions partnered UniRush to launch the RushCard Live Reloadable Prepaid Visa Card. The prepaid card that will begin rolling out to thousands of Green Dot partner retailers nationwide is a cost-effective alternative to a traditional bank account. Available only at retail, it offers early payroll direct deposit, which enables customers to receive their direct-deposited paycheck up to two days before payday; pass-through FDIC insurance coverage up to the applicable limits; and a choice of usage plans. Customers also have access to fee-free transactions at more than 22,000 ATMs via the nationwide MoneyPass ATM network, worldwide merchant acceptance of Visa debit, online bill pay, and a mobile app which includes real-time views of account balances and transaction histories.

TransCard and FamZoo Deploy Prepaid Cards Family

TransCard and FamZoo partnered to develop Unlimited Family Banking. The prepaid card offering is designed for families, with one predictable flat monthly fee for multiple prepaid cards used collaboratively by individual family members to share funds and develop financial responsibility. The cards are linked together and accessed online through FamZoo’s award-winning family finance software designed specifically to help parents teach kids good money habits. A product of TransCard’s innovative new Premier Select Suite of general reloadable prepaid accounts, Unlimited Family Banking allows financial institutions to offer a fresh new way to address the unique needs of parents who are raising teens and younger children. It focuses on teaching how to Earn Diligently; Spend Wisely; Save Patiently; and Give Thoughtfully.

E-commerce site Deploys MasterCard MasterPass Shopping recently implemented MasterPass digital wallet service. Allowing users to use any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced shopping experiences, the new service provides shoppers a convenient and flexible way to pay via the website or on a mobile device. Shoppers can begin to use MasterPass immediately and will see further promotions on the service throughout the year as MasterPass will be increasingly marketed as an alternative and easy-to-use payment solution.