Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

Intuit closes Check acquisition

Intuit has completed its acquisition of Check mobile bill pay tfor $360 million. This will accelerate Intuit’s ability to offer bill pay across small business and personal finance products and create opportunities to retain, attract and serve additional customers. Check’s highly-rated mobile app automates and consolidates the bill pay process all in one place, reducing the complexity for its 10 million registered consumers. Check customers can monitor bills and accounts, receive alerts when bills are due or funds are low, and pay bills automatically.

Worldpay Inks Referral agreement with 5Linx Enterprises

Worldpay US payments processing has entered into a referral agreement with 5Linx Enterprises. The agreement will allow 5LINX to promote Worldpay payments processing products and services to merchants. The expansion of its relationship will give 5LINX and its Independent Marketing Representatives a concentrated approach to Worldpay markets. Our Representatives and customers will benefit from offers tailored to our 95,000 members.”

ANZ & CUP

ANZ is expanding payment options for its customers by accepting UnionPay cards at 120,000 merchant terminals and ATMs throughout Asia Pacific. Under the agreement, UnionPay cards will be accepted at ANZ merchant terminals and ATMs by 2015. ANZ has had a presence in China since 1986 and was locally incorporated in 2010.

BancaStato Announces Latest Implementation

The Avaloq group has successfully migrated Ticino Cantonal Bank (BancaStato) to the B-Source Master, the Swiss Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) platform based on the Avaloq Banking Suite.BancaStato has successfully been migrated to Avaloq’s Swiss BPO platform, the B-Source Master based on the Avaloq Banking Suite. The going live was on 1 April, 2014 after a project time of 18 months. The bank decided for the Avaloq group due to its many years of experience in back office operations, the state-of-the-art platform and the innovative web and mobile banking solutions. The Avaloq group also provides BancaStato with new solutions in the area of credit business and fully automated processes for the cashier desk. The solution excels through its high usability designed for easy and comprehensive interaction between the bank and its clients.

Xendpay launches website and mobile wallet service

Xendpay have introduced services for sending money to mobile wallets, allowing customers to transfer money directly to mobile wallets of family and friends. With the intention of making international money transfers easier, safer and cheaper, the new service is available for remittance to Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria and Philippines but the team at Xendpay is working on expanding this list with further new partnership announcements due in the coming weeks.

GlobalCollect inks deal to integrate Qiwi into product portfolio

GlobalCollect payments service provider has signed a partnership agreement with QIWI plc payment services. As part of the deal, GlobalCollect has integrated QIWI into its portfolio of payment products. By adding QIWI to their payment mix, GlobalCollect merchants gain access to over 70 million consumers in Russia and the CIS. The company is already seeing strong demand across all industries, with gaming and digital media companies among the first to start accepting QIWI payments through GlobalCollect.

Jumio Launches Mobile Card Swiping Solution

Jumio mobile credentials management company released Netswipe for Mobile Web, the next version of its award-winning Netswipe card scanning technology that is designed to improve the customer experience and increase conversion rates for purchases made on connected devices. Netswipe was previously available for native apps and desktop websites, but this expands Netswipe’s availability to mobile websites, allowing customers on all platforms to benefit from a faster, easier way to input their credit card information. Jumio’s proprietary computer vision technology brings speed and ease-of-use to credit card entry and ID verification processes. By eliminating 60 seconds or more of key entry time from each transaction, conversion rates increase an average of 30 percent. Jumio credit card scanning implements smartphone and desktop cameras to streamline the payment process.

Digital River Partnerships

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Digital River (DR) has seriously expanded its global Partner Network with several new deals. SheerID, Translations.com and Yandex.Money are all new DR partners. SheerID, a provider of real-time eligibility verification solutions, which helps companies protect special offers by instantly verifying customer segments online, including members of the military, college students and…