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

TSYS Appoints NetSpend VP

Chuck Harris has been named senior executive vice president of TSYS and will continue to serve as president of NetSpend. Harris joined NetSpend as president in July, 2010, with responsibility for the partner, direct and corporate paycard lines of business, as well as the company’s products, technology and operations. Harris joined NetSpend from Intuit where he had served as general manager of the company’s payment solutions division. Prior to Intuit, he served as chief executive officer, president and chief operating officer of Electronic Clearing House (ECHO), an electronic payment solutions provider that was acquired by Intuit in 2007. Earlier in his career, Harris also served with Paymentech and its Merchant Link subsidiary.

MasterPass in South Africa

South Africans will now benefit from a more seamless, speedy and secure online shopping checkout with the launch of the innovative MasterCard digital service, MasterPass™. MasterPass enables consumers to make convenient, simple, fast and secure digital payments. Digital wallets accessible through the MasterPass acceptance network allow consumers to store all their MasterCard or other branded credit, debit or cheque card information, and shipping and billing address details securely in one place. This gives them the ability to make secure online payments without the repeated hassle of entering these details each time.

First Data Forges Major Partnership at GiGse

First Data has attracted an industry leading team of partners that will collaborate to bring ease and convenience to the complex and growing legalized online and offline gambling and gaming market in the U.S. and abroad. PayLucky Solutions offer an innovative package of comprehensive payment services, all in one place and all from one source. Proven solutions include check, debit and credit processing with emphasis on protecting operators by qualifying players and guaranteeing player funds through third party validation and analysis on individual spending habits. The Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo (GiGse), First Data and its partners are poised to deliver the much-needed solutions to the gambling and gaming industry. First Data partnered CAMS (Central Account Management Systems), CrossPay Services, FEXCO, Global Cash Access, NRT Technology and Secure Trading Inc.

LCL PIN via SMS

French LCL payments cards can now offer PIN codes via SMS thanks to Gemalto. Gemalto’s solution for LCL is built on Gemalto’s Netsize platform, operating seamlessly with direct connections to more than 160 mobile operators globally. This new Allynis eService offer is part of Gemalto’s broader range of digital services associated with payment card issuance.

First Data Integrates Perka Mobile Loyalty

First Data Corporation today announced the commercial integration of its Perka™ Mobile Loyalty Solution. Its apps are now available through First Data distribution systems. Extending far beyond traditional couponing, newspaper and yellow page ads, or old-fashioned paper loyalty cards, Perka, the most recent offering from First Data Small Business Solutions, is a cloud-based customer loyalty solution that connects businesses to their customers using location-based apps and mobile phones. Acquired by First Data last October, Perka, now a wholly-owned subsidiary, was named one of 2013’s most innovative companies by Fast Company. It helps SMB owners maintain profitable and long-term relationships with their customers by providing a sustainable and highly personalized incentive program.

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Bravo Media Host Tasting Event

Chase Sapphire Preferred travel rewards card and Bravo Media announce public ticket sales for the “Top Chef Duels” Premiere Tasting Event being held in New York City on Monday, August 4. Fans will be able to purchase a limited number of tickets for this exclusive event for $100 per ticket beginning Monday, July 14 at 2 p.m.ET through the City Harvest website at www.cityharvest.org/events/topchefduels. All proceeds from public ticket sales will benefit City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization dedicated to helping feed the more than two million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. The Premiere Tasting Event celebrates the series premiere of “Top Chef Duels” on Wednesday, August 6 at 10pm ET/PT on Bravo. As part of the presenting partnership, Chase Sapphire offers cardmembers VIP tickets to the event on the Ultimate RewardsSM website. The unique VIP experience includes early entrance, an exclusive screening of a clip of Episode One and a meet-and-greet with “Top Chef Duels” judges and contestants.

MEPS Deploys TNSLink for Wireless ATM Services

Transaction Network Services (TNS) will deploy wireless ATMs for Malaysian Electronic Payment System Sdn Bhd (MEPS). MEPS launched Malaysia’s first non-bank ATM late last year and has ambitious growth plans to roll out the technology across the country, which will see 500 ATMs live by the end of this year and continuous steady growth year on year to 1,580 by 2018 as MEPS rolls out nationwide coverage. TNS will provide its TNSLink solution to handle secure, high-speed transaction transport and ATM communications utilizing advanced encryption algorithms and a PCI DSS certified backbone network.MEPS ATMs support the Malaysian government’s Economic Transformation Programme and Bank Negara Malaysia’s e-Payment Agenda by offering more than just cash withdrawals and balance enquiries. Customers can complete real-time interbank transfers, as well as make credit card and loan repayments.

Citibank Q2/14

Citibank’s U.S. bank credit card profits increased substantially from one-year ago driven by record low delinquency and charge-offs coupled with rising purchase dollar volume and higher net credit margin. Citi’s U.S. retail credit card profits of $430 million were likewise up year-on-year. Citi’s total delinquency rate for U.S. bank credit cards, as a percentage of EOP outstandings, declined 20 basis points from the prior quarter to 1.67% and dipped 14 bps from the year ago quarter.

Diebold Names VP Global Services

Diebold has named Sal Mahbouba VP, global services. To lead the company’s global services portfolio, infrastructure and service technology teams, Mahbouba has held various leadership positions at several global high-tech and service-oriented companies where he has been responsible for all aspects of a global services business including supply chain management, forward and reverse logistics, and break-fix repair. During his more than 10 year career with Oracle, Mahbouba was responsible for the conceptualization, development and implementation of consistent business practice, process optimization and solution architecture. More recently, he spent five years at Avaya, Inc. during which time he drove profitable growth and market expansion.

Powa Launches POS Software Program

Powa Technolgies completed its Alpha program and rollout of its advanced PowaPOS Software Developer Program to independent software vendors (ISVs) globally. The PowaPOS Software Developer Program features the PowaPOS SDK and online Developer Portal that, together, simplify app integration with PowaPOS point-of-sale hardware and services, including PowaTag, the company’s fast-growing mobile commerce solution that has more than 500 brand partners around the world. PowaTag’s global expansion was recently enhanced with the acquisition of Hong Kong-based MPayMe. The PowaPOS SDK works seamlessly with existing smartphone and tablet applications. A consistent set of APIs work across iOS, Android and Windows operating systems and drives the PowaPOS T-Series hardware and the PowaPIN EMV-enabled card reader. Standard interfaces are provided for the T-Series’ unique integration of tilting/swiveling tablet mount, high-speed printer, 2D barcode scanner, encrypting magnetic stripe reader, EMV-compliant smartcard reader, secure PIN-entry keypad, and cash drawer.