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

Digital River Announces Expansion

Digital River, a leading global provider of Commerce-as-a-Service solutions, announced an expansion of its Brazil payments offerings through a partnership with Ebanx cross-border payments processor. The joint Digital River and EBANX offering will provide companies of all sizes a turn-key solution for processing local online payments, including installments. The partnership allows merchants to process payments online through a direct API or a hosted payment page; increase authorization and conversion rates; consult with Digital River’s support staff; and access payments tools for processing and authorization.

Moneris Partners Milano Software on Integrated Payments

Moneris and Milano Computer Systems partnered to provide a new integrated payment processing and salon management solution to the beauty and health industry in the U.S. and Canada. Moneris is one of North America’s largest payment processors and Milano Computer Systems is a leading developer of Milano Software. This partnership will combine Moneris’ reliable, secure payment processing platform with Milano’s salon and spa management tools. Clients will experience seamless credit and debit card processing that will enhance Milano’s robust suite of solutions, which manage everything from appointments and client relations to security and marketing. The Moneris platform adds Enhanced data security and fraud protection and EMV processing.

LendUp & MoneyGram Announce Partnership

LendUp inked two service agreements with MoneyGram and will enable real-time offline payments for loans issued by LendUp using MoneyGram’s ExpressPayment Service® at 39,000 agent locations in the United States. By connecting LendUp’s mobile platform with MoneyGram’s extensive agent network, borrowers now have another convenient option for loan repayment. MoneyGram’s ExpressPayment Service is the first of several new products that will be available to LendUp borrowers as a result of this collaboration. In the future, LendUp and MoneyGram expect to introduce products and services that make access to credit products through LendUp quicker and more convenient, as well new payment services valued by LendUp customers.

Retail Merchants Working With Payscout

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The use of debit cards has traditionally come at a high price to retail merchants. Retailers have paid upwards of $48 billion a year in “swipe fees”, with nearly $17 billion of that coming from debit card transactions. (1) Transactions processed by debit card had required retailers to pay fees which…

First Data Partners LocalVox for Instant Biz Feedback Solution

Thanks to First Data’s latest solution, business owners can access and use information that can not only help them anticipate those down cycles, but do something about it. First Data and LocalVox brings to small and medium-sized businesses the ability to combine powerful analytics from First Data’s InsighticsSM solution with LocalVox’s multi-channel targeted marketing solution. LocalVox’s marketing automation platform operates across every channel SMBs use to touch their customers – email, social, search and mobile – to ensure a consistent and compelling overall customer experience that drives in-store behaviors. The LocalVox partnership is an investment made by First Data Ventures, which is investing in and partnering with innovators in a number of areas, such as payments, marketing, customer loyalty, security, mobile and solutions that support the next generation of commerce.

Ukash Announces Latest Partnership

Ukash online cash payment provider partnered ZapZap mobile payments wallet, to give mobile users the ability to store, manage and spend their Ukash vouchers on the go. This means consumers who don’t want to use debit or credit cards for online transactions can still make the most of mobile transactions. Customers simply download the ZapZap app to their mobile device. In an industry first, customers in the UK, Europe and the Nordics can then scan their Ukash voucher code using their smartphone’s camera and load it into their ZapZap wallet to spend or transfer funds to friends and family without any delay or security concerns. The ZapZap app lets users to send and receive money from any of their mobile contacts abd receive money from contacts anywhere in the world.

Commerce Bank Kicksoff USA Triathlon Visa Card

USA Triathlon and Commerce Bank partnered to offer USA TRIATHLON members a Visa rewards credit card. The card offers reward points with unlimited earnings, bonus point opportunities, as well as no annual fee. Cardholders can redeem points for thousands of items including cash back as statement credits, gift cards, merchandise, or travel. Additional features include select perks such as special offers on travel, fine wine and food, sports and entertainment. Cardholders also benefit from 24/7 customer service and Visa Signature concierge, Visa Zero Liability coverage1, E-Statements and optional AutoPay.

Bindo launches Cloud Based EMV Card Reader

Bindo announced the launch of a mobile EMV credit card reader for its cloud-based iPad POS. Bindo’s newly developed EMV reader has full end-to-end encryption with its iPad POS system and is both EMV Level 1 and Level 2 certified in the United States. It slots comfortably into the audiojack of an iPhone or an iPad, and allows mobile credit card payment acceptance. Bindo’s system encrypts and tokenizes cardholder data at the point of capture and its Tamper-Safe security module (TSSM) helps prevent third party brute force attacks. According to Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX, merchants who have invested in EMV deployment, such as Bindo’s solution, will be protected from financial liability for card-present fraud, under the new rules that will come into effect by 2015.

Allied Payment Integrates Solutions to PicturePay

Allied Payment online and mobile bill payment services announced its FlexPay Internet bill pay solution offers banks and credit unions full integration with Allied’s industry-leading PicturePay® mobile photo bill pay solution, as well as flexible, per-transaction pricing rather than the traditional per-user pricing model. The integration offers several other advantages. FlexPay payees are populated from PicturePay photos, and payee lists are synced between both products. FlexPay seamlessly integrates with any online banking platform to match the look and feel of an institution’s existing website to provide bank customers and credit union members with greater continuity in their online banking experience. Users can also choose from a variety of available user interface formats to match their individual preferences.

Gresham Transaction Software Sees 2Q/14 Rev up 64%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Gresham real-time financial transaction control software to the global matching and reconciliation market, reports 1H/14 revenues up 67% to GBP 2.0m and profit before tax of GBP 0.6m (H1 13: £0.7m). Since May 2014, four new customers have signed for CTC. A major bank purchased CTC for real-time intersystems matching and…

HomeSend Expands Remittance Offering

HomeSend, eServGlobal and BICS announced an agreement with Indosat to make remittance services available in Indonesia.Through Indosat’s Dompetku Mobile Money platform, users can safely send and receive funds across Indonesia’s largest mobile money network. The HomeSend service enables consumers to send money to and from mobile money accounts, payment cards, bank accounts or cash outlets – regardless of their location or that of the recipient. The International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, estimates that 6.5M Indonesians will send funds to family or friends back home in 2014. The World Bank estimates that in total, $7.5B in remittance payments will be made into Indonesia this year.

EMVCo Approves Fime Lab

EMVCo has approved Fime’s laboratory to its EMVCo Contactless Communication Protocol Specification. This accreditation means FIME Japan can support chip card and mobile device manufacturers with type approval testing of their products to the requirements defined by EMVCo. EMVCo is the EMV® technical body collectively owned by American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa. It accredits laboratories and qualifies test tools that in turn can support product type approval. This particular EMVCo contactless specification describes the minimum functionality required for operation and market interoperability of contactless payment cards and NFC enabled mobile devices.