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

MasterCard CEO Addresses Development Forum

Ajay Banga, President and CEO of MasterCard, shared his views on how innovation can help drive economic growth. Banga noted that China’s current wave of industrialization – which has resulted in unprecedented growth based on low-cost labor – is challenged and the country needs a new model centered around continuous innovation. Bringing to bear MasterCard’s analysis and global experience in payments innovation before more than 500 audience members consisting of global CEOs, world leaders, and renowned scholars, Banga recommended China create a more level playing field for SMEs by removing the significant structural advantages that State-Owned Enterprises have over SMEs; reform the interest rate regime; harness a local banking model with right mix of global banks, large national banks and smaller regional / local banks to create efficiency in financing and serving SMEs; and Develop Electronic Payment Innovations that meet SMEs’ unique needs.

VerifyValid Launches Beta Payment Platform

VerifyValid web-based payment enablement and fraud prevention company launched its CheckItOut “Beta,” an all-new check payment platform, which costs organizations only the cost of a check, a flat 50 cents, per transaction. By maintaining a check as digital element and requiring no additional equipment for processing checks, VerifyValid only requires a .50 cent fee for the transaction ensuring the payments stay within the organization, and not into the marketplace. Through a simple to use web interface, a VerifyValid user can launch a instant web-based payment interface allowing their customers to pay them via the Internet without the cost and complexity of merchant accounts or credit card interchange fees.

Wintrust Pilots FIS\’ Cardless Cash ATM Access

FIS banking and payments technology launched its pilot of its Cardless Cash Access solution by Wintrust Financial Corporation. The FIS Mobile Wallet platform allows users to withdraw cash from ATMs using just a smartphone. The Cardless Cash Access solution securely authenticates a user on their smartphone and scans the QR code provided on the ATM screen and selects the account and amount of the withdrawal directly on their smartphone. The solution delivers an e-receipt to the smartphone app after cash is dispensed from the ATM. The FIS Cardless Cash Access solution utilizes the security within the user app authentication process and registration of the FIS Mobile Wallet app on the smartphone, eliminating card skimming risk and fraud incidents for banks and their customers.

TSYS Executive Honored by Commercial Payments International

TSYS announced that Keith Pierce, group executive of Commercial Services, has received the Most Influential Executive award at the CPI Global Awards for Excellence in Commercial Cards & Payments. Pierce was one of nine finalists for the award, which this year honors three exceptional professionals in the commercial payments industry. Pierce is responsible for the overall strategic direction and profitability of the commercial business at TSYS and has oversight of client relations, day-to-day operations, financial performance and business strategy.

Bluepoint ImagePoint Announces Latest Partnership

Bluepoint Solutions announced Smart Financial Credit Union selected its “ImagePoint” check capture, electronic cashletter processing and check archive solution. Smart Financial Credit Union selected Bluepoint’s ImagePoint Branch, Hub, and Archive solutions after an extensive search. ImagePoint is to provide a complete end-to-end check capture, processing, and archive solution for the credit union that simplifies workflows, improves research capabilities and lowers processing costs.

Flint and Fidano Partner on mCard Acceptance

Flint Mobile mobile payments partnered Fidano merchant service providers. Facilitating on-the-go businesses to accept credit card payments and to maximize customer engagement, Flint provides a unique, frictionless solution for mobile small businesses by eliminating the need for extra card reader hardware or reliance on consumer adoption of a proprietary mobile wallet. NXGEN International processes over $5 billion in transaction volume per year and is partnering with Flint to drive growth in the untapped market segment of mobile non-countertop businesses. NXGEN integrates technology and personal service together with smart analytics and social media tools to create products designed to help merchants grow their business. Users can securely scan just the main number off the card instead of using a physical swiper or capturing a full image of the card on an end-to-end payment service provider platform to enable easy online merchaant on-boarding in minutes.

Spindle mPayments buys MeNetwork

Spindle mobile payments solutions has concluded the acquisition of MeNetwork international location- and time-based mobile marketing platform for merchants and consumers. MeNetwork’s technology integration with Spindle provides a comprehensive mobile commerce ecosystem that incorporates location- and time-based mobile marketing, fulfillment, and loyalty with mobile payment services. Merchants can directly engage consumers and form durable ongoing relationships via their mobile devices and leverage these connections to drive commerce, establish customer loyalty, and enable consumers to share the unique content they discover through their preferred social media channels.

Misys Launches mBanking & eCommerce Solutions

At the ‘Misys MENA Market Forum 2013’ Misys is announcing its new innovative range of online and mobile banking products, Misys BankFusion Digital Channels, which significantly enhances the way banks provide products and services via the Internet or mobile devices. Misys BankFusion Digital Channels comprises a range of proven and mature modules covering online banking, mobile banking, personal financial management and Internet brokerage, which enable banks to extend their services and add more value to their customers. The innovative solution enables banks to keep up to date with the changing needs of consumers. It allows banks to provide a better digital service all the time and allows them to optimise their costs, as customers migrate from transacting in branches to banking via digital channels. Banks will now be able to ward off the threat of competitors and cope with the increasing pressures from more sophisticated consumers wanting to use the latest technology.

GE Capital Announces New Consumer Credit Card Program

GE Capital Retail Bank and American Signature announced a multi-year relationship to provide consumer credit card services through its 126 locations. For this, GE Capital Retail Bank provides financial solutions to retailers to help grow their customer sales and will service the account and manage the credit card program. GE Capital has helped major retailers and more than 200,000 small- and mid-sized businesses throughout the United States build consumer financing programs that support business growth and customer satisfaction and has been in the furniture market 60 years.

Western Union Launched Payment Network

Western Union launched its “Reload+” network, which allows customers with multiple types of accounts, including prepaid cards, mobile services and other e-commerce-based accounts, to “top up” or add cash to their accounts at participating Western Union Agent locations worldwide. The “Reload+” services offer cash access at participating Western Union Agent locations where ATMs are not prevalent.

TransCard Intros New Prepaid Card

TransCard introduced its “Traveler Prepaid Card” along with its “Student Prepaid Card.” The latest addition to the TransCard “Premier Select Suite” reloadable prepaid accounts, the Student Prepaid Card is geared towards high school students heading off to college. It offers purchasing power without the risk of piling up credit card debt and allows parents to send money to the card via a transfer from their bank account or in real-time from a secondary card. It also offers online budgeting, real-time text alerts, a mobile app, and access to cash at ATMs worldwide, all for one low monthly fee.

CSR Partners OMEGA Processing Solutions

CSR data compliance solutions announced that OMEGA Processing Solutions will offer its “PCI ToolKit” and Breach Reporting “ToolKit” solutions to its entire portfolio of approximately 7,000 business customers. OMEGA Processing Solutions credit card processing company provides electronic payment transaction services to businesses nationwide. The CSR “PCI ToolKit” solution helps merchants complete compliance validation quickly and easily without time-consuming support sessions. More than 82 percent of merchants who use the PCI ToolKit successfully complete validation. The CSR “Breach Reporting ToolKit” solution delivers the right information at the right time to the right regulating bodies in the event of a suspected or actual data breach. It identifies, prepares and files the mandated reports to countless oversight authorities in a timely fashion on behalf of businesses, both large and small.