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

Wincor Nixdorf Revises Projected Profit

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Wincor Nixdorf AG has revised its forecast issued for fiscal 2013/2014 as a whole. The Company and now expects net sales to reach a level comparable to that recorded in the previous year instead of rising by the 4% it had originally projected. The forecast for operating profit remains unchanged, with…

KBC Bank Joins MyBank

KBC is joining MyBank and will offer this Europe-wide payment method to their retail and corporate customers from spring 2015 on.The MyBank button redirects internet shoppers to their online or mobile banking platform, where they can pay by confirming a SEPA Credit Transfer order that already has all the details filled in. KBC will also roll out MyBank Mandates, a solution that will allow customers to authorise electronic mandates for the payment of recurrent bills or online purchases via SEPA Direct Debits. Merchants and public authorities across Europe will be able to replace paper mandates with this efficient new solution. Moving to an electronic process that informs the bank of the debtor about the signing of a mandate in real-time reduces costs and the time required to collect funds.MyBank is currently available to over 12 million retail customers in Italy, France and Luxembourg and supports the initiation of SEPA Credit Transfers via online or mobile banking. From October 2014 on, the solution will also enable customers to create, modify and cancel electronic mandates for direct debits.

Visa Kicksoff Visa Digital Solutions

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa announced the creation of Visa Digital Solutions, a comprehensive suite of offerings that facilitate secure payments across a broad range of Internet-connected devices and wearables. In 2014, commerce initiated with mobile phones and tablets is expected to total $114 billion in the U.S. alone, according to research firm Forrester. Two-thirds…

Visa invests in LoopPay

LoopPay announced that it has received an investment from Visa, part of a larger strategic funding round for LoopPay. LoopPay invented Magnetic Secure Transmission™ (MST) technology which leverages existing point-of-sale infrastructure to receive contactless payments from mobile devices of all kinds with no hardware changes required by merchants. MST aims to reduce reliance on magnetic stripes to store and transmit cardholder data, and instead uses a secure chip to store and transmit data to existing POS terminals via a small low-cost inductive loop that could be embedded in a variety of devices, including smartphones.LoopPay will also work with card issuers and app developers through its SDK to leverage its platform to enhance consumer commerce experiences via mobile. It also has its own LoopPay app, LoopWallet, to help users store and organize all their payment cards, membership cards, ID cards and rewards cards, helping users carry fewer plastic cards with more convenience and better security than traditional physical wallets.

MoneyGram Appoints Two Top Execs

MoneyGram announces its appointment of execs in two strategic growth areas. Yogesh Sangle has joined MoneyGram as senior regional director for Asia, and Andrew Typrin joins as the company’s vice president of the global MoneyGram Online business.Sangle has more than 15 years of experience in banking and payments solutions in online payments, digital marketing, and sales and product management. Typrin previously supported Amazon’s global expansion and led strategy development and execution for payments acceptance. He formerly founded a consumer payments company, National Payment Network, gaining extensive experience in building and executing new business ventures. Typrin will lead the expansion of MoneyGram Online, focused on building an exceptional and innovative online customer experience.

Square Integrates Automation Solution

Square launched an integration with IFTTT (If This Then That). Sellers can now seamlessly integrate their Square data with IFTTT to trigger customized automated actions that streamline business operations and help their day run more smoothly.The IFTTT service enables anyone to create powerful connections with one simple statement: if this then that. Sellers can link their Square account to IFTTT and create custom “recipes” that integrate their Square payment, refund, and settlement data with other products and services like SMS, Google Drive, Twitter, or email. For example, if a Square business makes a big sale then a congratulatory email could be sent to employees automatically via IFTTT. Likewise, if a large refund occurs at a store, the manager can use IFTTT to set up a text alert to follow up with the customer.

Visa Q2/14

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa continues to amaze as profits for the second calendar quarter hit $1.36 billion, an 11% gain over the year ago quarter. (Visa Inc. does not include Visa Europe.) Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended June 30th was up 11% over the prior year…