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

Citi ThankYou Points Announces Latest Partners

Citi Prestigeand Citi ThankYou Premier cardmembers can now transfer an unlimited amount of ThankYou Points to 11 airline and hotel travel loyalty programs. Citi ThankYou Points Transfer (www.thankyou.com/transfer) lets cardmembers fly to thousands of destinations, and enjoy stays at thousands of hotels and resorts worldwide. Citi ThankYou Rewards members already can redeem their points for travel on any airline with no blackout dates. Citi Prestige cardmembers get the most value for their points when they use them to book flights through the ThankYou Travel Center, particularly when redeeming on American Airlines and US Airways. For example, a $415 ticket on American Airlines and US Airways is just 25,000 ThankYou Points, and would be approximately 31,000 points on other airlines. Citi Prestige and ThankYou Premier cardmembers also enjoy global acceptance with chip technology, no foreign transaction fees and complimentary concierge.

NCR Announces Latest Venue Management Partnership

NCR successfully deployed the NCR Venue Management solution at FedExField, home of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins. The suite of NCR venue management software and hardware will enhance the in-stadium game day experience for the team’s fans.NCR’s reputation, commitment and experience in venue management played a significant role in the project. At the core is NCR Venue Manager, an advanced point-of-sale (POS) and reporting system that is deployed in more than 250 stadiums and arenas globally. NCR Venue Manager has been selected to streamline operations, deliver an unparalleled level of service and help bring a world-class experience to FedExField. NCR Venue Manager will provide the Washington Redskins with instantaneous sales, inventory and labor information from the 600 POS devices in use across the stadium, enabling the team to accurately report, analyze and forecast key performance metrics.

Swisscard Deploys Entersekt’s Transakt Mobile App

Entersekt announced Swisscard AECS AG has implemented its mobile application Transakt to enable safer, more user-friendly 3-D Secure protection of online purchases. Swisscard is a joint venture between Credit Suisse AG and American Express. Designed to serve as an added layer of security for e-commerce purchases, 3-D Secure has significantly reduced fraud rates, but has proved unpopular with consumers and merchants owing to the cumbersome user experience of many current implementations. Entersekt’s card-not-present authentication solution reinvents the 3-D Secure user experience by enabling consumers to authenticate purchases through their mobile device with the touch of a button.When shoppers registered for the service initiate a transaction on a 3-D Secure e-commerce web site, they receive a push message on their mobile phone with the payment details. They then choose an “Accept” or “Reject” response.

Square Announces Analytics Tool

Square added Square Analytics to its complete Register service to provide sellers actionable data to increase sales and better serve their customers. Square Analytics integrates the full suite of Square Register products including Pickup, Invoices, and Appointments, making it the most robust point of sale service. Square Analytics features an analytics homepage to show seller’s business is performing in real time, including which items are the most popular, and how their business is performing compared to others in their industry. It also shows sales trends hourly, daily, and monthly so sellers can consider later hours or stocking up on inventory to avoid missed sales. Sellers can see new vs. returning customers as well as customer frequency, recency, and average customer spend.

Allied Wallet is Awarded as an INC 5000 Company for the 2nd Time

Allied Wallet has been awarded as an INC 5000 company for 2014, recognizing their incredible growth and award-winning solutions. Allied Wallet was previously recognized in 2012 as an INC 500 company. Since then, they’ve expanded to over 1000 employees globally with offices all over the world. This year they’ve earned their second placement on the INC 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies.By creating a state-of-the-art solution that is easily implemented all over the world, Allied Wallet has connected buyers and sellers from different continents by offering them a simple, safe way to accept or send payments for goods or services. INC 5000 has been awarding the top, privately-held companies in the United States for over thirty years.

Worldpay Partners OnDeck

Worldpay announced its relationship with OnDeck tp leverage OnDeck’s platform and proprietary technology to allow its small and mid-sized Worldpay customers rely on the company’s credit card processing services including face-to-face, virtual and mobile payment systems. The relationship will allow Worldpay’s small business customers to obtain working capital from OnDeck for business related growth needs, such as equipment or inventory purchases and hiring. OnDeck’s platform and proprietary credit score, the OnDeck Score, enables easy application with fast approval and funding.

Amex Deploys Payment Tech at US Open

American Express is harnessing the latest technology to get tennis fans on-site and around the world involved in the action on the courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships.
American Express is continuing to introduce more ways to enhance fans’ passion for the sport and their experience at the Championship throughout the two weeks of play. The US Open American Express Fan Experience features 20,000 square feet of interactive programming at the US Open with “MyOpen Pass” RFID-enabled wristband. This lets fans’ experience and send a personalized email that recaps the activities in which they participated within the Fan Experience and can be easily shared across their social media channels. These include a Professional Swing Analysis, a Rally Cam capturing tennis shots and candid poses, and the Pro Cam at American Express® Card Member Club.