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

Diebold Partners, Certifies Branch Transformation Solutions

Advancing branch transformation initiatives to migrate teller transactions to the self-service channel, Elan Financial Services has certified two Diebold, Incorporated technologies on its transaction processing network. The processing and payments services provider approved both Diebold’s Opteva® Branch Performance Series™ in-lobby teller (ILT) terminal and Concierge Video Services™ offerings. The certifications ensure that Diebold’s solutions will run seamlessly within the Elan network, helping to accelerate the solutions’ pace of adoption by financial institutions. These branch transformation certification initiatives are powered by Diebold’s Agilis 3 software, which enables a consistent multi-channel consumer experience and transaction support. Elan delivers ATM processing and payments services, providing transaction processing, terminal driving and monitoring and support services.

Visa Rewards TSYS for Service Quality

TSYS was honored by Visa for superior service quality in issuer processing authorizations. TSYS received two 2013 Visa Service Quality Performance Awards for lowest assured transaction rate and lowest transaction response time. Visa Service Quality Performance Awards were created in 1992 to recognize members and processors for their outstanding operating performance and focus on service quality improvement. Within each tier, members and processors are recognized for exceptional performance in key operation areas directly affecting their customers. TSYS won in tier 1 for multinational high volume companies. The Lowest Transaction Response Time award recognizes issuer processors that build and support brand preference for Visa by performing authorizations quickly.

PCI Security Standards Council calls for password security ambassadors

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual America’s Small Business Summit and Small Business Expo this week, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards, initiated a call for 50 organizations to step forward in a collaborative effort…

Frost Brown Todd Announces Latest Addition to ePayments Team

Joshua S. Rosenblatt has joined the Frost Brown Todd (FBT) Nashville office as part of the firm’s new electronic payments industry team. With experience representing and advising clients in complex mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate law, his practice has primarily been focused in the electronic payments and healthcare industries. He has served as lead associate counsel for several mergers/ acquisitions in the $100-750 million range, while also having assisted small start-ups, large entities and public companies in a wide scope of operational and strategic business matters. Rosenblatt will oversee the electronic payments industry team to serve clients in this technology driven and rapidly evolving industry both domestically and globally. Frost Brown Todd’s Nashville team is anchored by more than 30 attorneys counseling current and future business leaders.

Visa and FIFA 2014 Technology

Visa Inc.and FIFA’s exclusive Financial Services partner for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, today shared its global FIFA World Cup activation program, which will enhance the sporting experience for millions of fans, clients and partners in 104 countries worldwide. Engaging film and print spots featuring Nobel Peace Laureates, alongside dynamic and interactive social engagement programs, and a seamless in-stadium payment technology experience, enables fans at the tournament, or anywhere in the world, to be part of the FIFA World Cup celebration.

Square Invoices

San Francisco-based Square has unleashed Square Invoices to help sellers get paid fast with free unlimited invoices and no monthly service fee. Now sellers can accept payments in person, online in Square Market, and through Square Invoices for the same low 2.75% transaction price. Sellers can track all sales from their Square Dashboard, making it easy to manage all of their business operations from one place.

Walt Disney Studios and Visa Signature Announce Latest Partnership

SEEKING REAL “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!” Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios, Dolby® Laboratories and Visa Signature are joining forces for a nationwide MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY””GUARDIANS OF GOOD contest in conjunction with the August 1, 2014 release of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY””GUARDIANS OF GOOD invites real “Guardians of the Galaxy,” young men and women (ages 14-18) from across the United States, to share their stories of how they are bettering their communities through service, science or innovation, and gives them the opportunity to connect with a galaxy of Peer Guides”who are already doing great things”to learn from their successes. Entries will be accepted between June 11, 2014 and June 29, 2014.GUARDIANS OF GOOD INNOVATION & SERVICE SUMMIT is scheduled to include presenters from NASA/JPL, speaking on the monitoring and protection of Earth through asteroid detection and Earth-observing satellites and ensuring the safety of Mars spacecraft during a comet encounter, Disney Imagineers, generationOn, Broadcom MASTERS®, Discovery Science Center, & Disney Global Community Outreach.

Credorax Announces New Board Member

Credorax appointed Joshua R. Floum to its board, who will bring to the role 30 years’ experience in financial services, payments, advanced technologies, governance and risk initiatives to further facilitate Credorax’s growing business and increasing market share worldwide. Floum served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Visa, Inc., reporting to Visa Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer and serving on its Executive Committee. Floum was instrumental in guiding Visa through its merger and birth as a global public company, which represented one of the largest IPOs in US history. Floum devised the company’s “retrospective responsibility” plan, which shielded the new organisation from legacy legal liabilities and built Visa’s legal and government relations departments to global world-class scale.

Google Wallet Instant Buy comes to iOS

Google Wallet Instant Buy makes checkout on mobile sites and Android apps easier and help shoppers speed through the purchase process and is now available through iOS apps. Merchants and developers selling physical goods and services can use Instant Buy for easy integration that works with existing payment processors and secure payments with 24/7 fraud monitoring. There are no Google fees and merchants can simplify their mobile checkout. Select early partners, including B&H, Eat24, Fancy, Newegg, Sionic Mobile and Wish, to integrate Instant Buy into their iOS apps. We are excited to open the Instant Buy iOS API and welcome more developers to sign up today.

AccessPay Announces New Faculty

AccessPay has installed a new team in Manchester to enhance the reach of its UK customer support.Rachael Howard joins as Regional Sales Manager, offering more than a decade’s worth of experience in sales and working with clients to assist their business development. Rachael specialises in cloud computing and SaaS. Lauren King is the new Operations Manager, and has extensive experience in establishing and building key customer relationships. Lauren’s main role will be to assess, improve and streamline AccessPay’s pre and post-sales customer support. Rob Illidge, has joined from Shaping Cloud and will use his experience to develop new communication channels and build relationships with present and future AccessPay clients.Jess Macedo has been appointed as Customer Support Executive, and will ensure all areas of our structure and organisation are 100% customer-focused. She will also be responsible for all the onboarding, training and support relating to AccessPay Pro and Direct Debit Management. Alistair Jenkins, Business Development Executive, who joins from Peninsula, possesses over fifteen years’ experience in client liaison, and will be responsible for developing and nurturing key customer relationships.