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.

VisualTouch Deploys BitPay for Bitcoin POS Acceptance

BitPay business solutions for Bitcoin digital currency partnered to integrate bitcoin acceptance into VisualTouch. VisualTouch is a complete point of sale system that provides the advanced POS functionality needed for business management. VisualTouch POS is used in the Hospitality, Food Service, Grocery, Retail and Concession industries with a combined install base of more than 6,000 unique customers and some customers having up to 1,600 locations each. VisualTouch will use BitPay’s POS-integration solutions to grow bitcoin acceptance through brick-and-mortar retail locations that may have not considered bitcoin acceptance in the past.

Digital River Receives CardNotPresent Award

Digital River received a Customer Choice Award from CardNotPresent (CNP) for Best Subscription and Recurring Billing Program. The award was presented at the CNP Expo in Orlando on May 21, 2014. The awards honored the companies, programs and solutions that have distinguished themselves in the card-not-present space during the past year. The CNP Customer Choice Award winners are selected by customers for their experience and longstanding reputation in the card-not-present industry. Digital River World Payments features a wide range of customizable services for managing the complete payment lifecycle. These services, which work through a single payments connection, include checkout page optimization, A/B testing, real-time fraud detection, solutions to manage PCI exposure and currency risk, as well as advanced back-office reconciliation services and business intelligence tools.

JCB Inks Worldline License Agreement

JCB International announced Worldline e-payment and transactional services signed a License Agreement for building a JCB card acceptance network and to start JCB merchant acquiring operations. JCBI has been increasing its presence in Europe by expanding its merchant network. Currently, JCB cards are accepted at about 25 million merchants worldwide including several millions in Europe. This partnership will significantly increase the number of JCB merchants, which will improve the card acceptance for JCB cardmembers visiting Belgium. Worldline payment and transactional services is active in Merchant Services & Terminals, eMobility & eTransactional Services, and Financial Processing and delivers non-cash payment transactions via a wide range of payment solutions for POS, online and mPayments.

Nabil Bank Deploys Fime Solutions for EMV Compliance

Fime completed a period of consultancy and testing to validate Nabil Bank’s point of sale (POS) terminals and host acquirer platform infrastructure to UnionPay, MasterCard and Visa specifications. The host acquirer platform certifications, also completed by FIME, confirm that the bank’s infrastructure adheres to the functional standards set out by the three payment systems. These standards aim to ensure that POS terminals connected to the bank’s network are using the same ‘language’ to relay information. FIME is an EMV implementation partner, offering practical support and solutions to ensure banks can implement EMV effectively and successfully. Using the FIME SAVVI test analysis tool, with FIME test cards qualified by the payment systems, acquirers have the ability to debug and test the compliance of a payment acceptance terminal in preparation for formal approval and, ultimately, market implementation.More than 80 countries worldwide have adopted, or are adopting, EMV in order to increase transaction security, reduce fraud and enable cardholders to execute payments worldwide.

Conference Board LEI Up 3rd Consecutive Month by .4%

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) was up 0.4% in April to 101.4 after a 1.0% increase in March and 0.5% increase in February. The LEI was up for the third consecutive month thanks in great part to housing and the financial market. The overall trend in the leading economic index suggests consumers will continue to spend and the economy is projected to expand.

Mobile Money UAE

Abu Dhabi-based First Gulf Bank has partnered with UK-based Monitise to launch new mobile banking services to consumers in the Middle East. First Gulf Bank has been a pioneer in digital banking and is convinced the future lies in mobile. Roughly 28 million consumers benefit from Montise’s patented technology to ‘bank anywhere’, ‘pay anyone’ and ‘buy anything’, accounting for $71 billion of payments, purchases and transfers annually among 3.4 billion mobile transactions.

McDonald’s Launches Quick Mac

McDonald’s Austria goes with the launch of the order-app “Quick Mac” in terms of service one step further. Order, pay, pick up: Immediately get there in just three quick steps by means of smartphone to the McDonald’s products. After selection of food in the App Payments are made ​​via paybox, PayPal or credit card. A short time later, the order over the desired restaurant is served in a specially marked area on the counter or in McDrive.

Capital One Bank Names Treasury Management Head

Capital One Bank announced the appointment of Jim Gifas as Senior Vice President and Head of Treasury Management’s Product Management & Innovation Group. Gifas will lead all aspects of product management and development functions, including industry and segment strategies. Prior to joining Capital One Bank, Gifas served as Head of Treasury Solutions for RBS Citizens Bank, where he drove value for corporate clients through cash management, credit card, trade finance, and foreign exchange payment solutions. Gifas is an active member of the Payco Board of Directors for The Clearing House and the Corporate Executive Board for the Treasury Management Executive Circle. He has recently spoken at the 2013 Mobey Forum and the 2012 McKinsey & Co. Cash Management Forum on the topics of corporate mobile banking and improving the customer experience, respectively. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Iona College.

Cardlytics a Georgia Fast 40 Company

Cardlytics Card-Linked Marketing has been honored as one of the Georgia Fast 40. The Georgia Fast 40 was founded in 2008 to honor companies headquartered in the state of Georgia that are achieving sustained growth over a three-year period. This year saw the largest pool of applicants in the history of the event, with over 100 companies submitting applications, which makes this recognition even more rewarding for Cardlytics.The Georgia Fast 40 recognition event will be held on June 19, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Atlanta.

Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh Announces Mobile App

The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh announced the launch of its new mobile banking product, Dime Mobile Banking, which allows users to pay bills, transfer funds, and check on account status from the convenience of their smartphone.
In addition, the mobile deposit capability allows users to photograph their checks and then transmit the deposit to the bank through their mobile device. The free Dime Mobile Banking apps are now available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. For more details, please visit our website, Dime will move into a full-scale branch rollout and market promotion. Featuring the headline “Say ‘Hello’ to your money,” branch promotional material and signage will make a colorful splash, announcing the arrival of Dime Mobile Banking. Dime Mobile Banking is a continuation of the Bank’s strategy to extend Dime’s eBanking platform to include online banking, mobile banking, bill pay and remote deposit, and to increase remote access usage with existing customers.