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

RBS beefs up global transaction services team

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (RBS) announced the appointment of five new senior hires to its Global Transaction Services team, further strengthening its capabilities and enhancing the service it provides to clients. Helen Mason joins as Head of Bank Partnerships, consolidating the Bank’s approach to and management of partner banking arrangements across Global Transaction Services. Mason has over 20 years experience within global transaction banking organisations and joins from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), where she has been leading the commercial cards business within GTS EMEA. Mason reports to Berndt. Waud also joins from JP Morgan. He was at the bank for over 12 years, most recently as executive director and team leader for Northern Europe. Waud reports to Blake. Stuart Lawson and Maha el Dimachki both join the GTS Cash Product team as Managing Directors.

Interac Announces Latest Flash Contcatless Payment Client

First West Credit Union signed Interac Flash to contactless, tap-and-go technology feature on its debit cards.Interac Flash is a new contactless enhancement of Interac Chip debit cards that enables cardholders to make everyday small value purchases faster by simply holding their card up to a supporting reader. First West will be rolling out Interac Flash and Instant Card Issuance, the ability to create personalized cards in branch for members, in a phased approach at two of its Envision Financial branches. Beginning in mid-June, a limited number of these cards will be available at the Willoughby branch in Langley and High Street branch in West Abbotsford. A greater roll-out is planned for Envision Financial members this fall and to Valley First and Enderby & District Financial members in 2015.

Kohl’s and Capital One Announce Extended Contract for Private Label Credit Card

Kohl’s Department Stores and Capital One announced a multi-year extension of their private label credit card program agreement. The contract extension with Kohl’s enables consumers to have expanded buying power and solidifies an already strong partnership. Kohl’s high product standards and the company’s focus on customer service extends through its private label credit card program which offers cardholders access to exclusive offers, guaranteed savings and online payment services. Capital One’s long-term partnership with Kohl’s reinforces the company’s commitment to grow its Credit Card Partnership business.

CNET Founder Launches Bitcoin Platform

Internet and tech entrepreneur Halsey Minor announced the launch of Bitreserve, a bitcoin platform that addresses bitcoin volatility and provides real-time transparency, transaction traceability, and proof of solvency. Bitreserve Members can hold bitcoin denominated in dollars, euros, yuan, yen, and pounds. These “bitcurrencies” are backed by a full reserve of real-world currencies.

First Data Names New Vice Chairman

First Data announced its Board of Directors has named Joseph J. Plumeri vice chairman. Plumeri was appointed to the First Data Board of Directors and as a senior advisor to KKR in August 2013. Since then he also has been serving as senior advisor to First Data Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano, and as the head of First Data’s client delivery, innovation and marketing organization. He will continue in these roles.Since joining First Data, Plumeri has played a pivotal role in the company’s transformation from a transaction processor to a payments technology company and solutions provider to merchants and financial institutions. Plumeri has spearheaded company-wide efforts to become more client-centric, including realigning how the company delivers solutions to and serves its global and strategic accounts, national merchants and enterprise clients, financial institutions, small business clients, bank partners and agents and ISO clients. Plumeri was chairman and chief executive officer of Willis Group Holdings, plc before joining First Data. Appointed in 2000,

Heartland Secure Card Data Security Solution

Heartland Payment Systems today is introducing Heartland Secure™ – a comprehensive credit/debit card data security solution that combines three powerful technologies working in tandem to provide merchants with the highest level of protection available against card-present data fraud. Featuring a breach warranty, this innovative solution is designed to provide merchants with protection against point-of-sale (POS) intrusions, crimeware, miscellaneous errors, insider misuse, and other common sources of card-present data fraud by eliminating the opportunity for criminals to monetize card data.

Cardlytics President Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Cardlytics announced that President & COO, Lynne Laube, has been named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southeast, in the technology category. The award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Lynne Laube cofounded the advertising & technology company, Cardlytics, which has grown to over 250 employees in six years, with nearly 400 financial institution partners including Bank of America, PNC Bank and Regions Bank. Lynne held a number of leadership positions and was responsible for the key innovations, including the formation and growth of the core U.S. credit card business, expansion in the UK, and development of several new U.S. business lines.

TAPBase Adds To TAP Platform

TAPBase has announced it will add a next-generation standalone card and wallet device to its TAP Platform. The new device contains both NFC (Near Field Communications) and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) interfaces, and can replace existing cards for identity, payments, loyalty, transit ticketing, physical access and more. “We’re very pleased to offer consumers the chance to replace many of the cards in their wallets and purses – in a secure and convenient manner,” reported CEO, Robert Mallett.

Toshiba Implements BitPay Acceptance for Retail POS

BitPay partnered Toshiba to integrate acceptance into VisualTouch POS Software Solution. Toshiba VisualTouch POS 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. BitPay has over 30,000 clients.

NCR Invites National Restaurant Association Show Attendees to ‘Find Your Fit’

NCR will demonstrate how the right technology “fit” can help any restaurant – be it a large chain or a small coffee shop – operate more efficiently, manage more profitably and drive consumer engagement at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show 2014. With NCR’s POS systems and operational solutions, ease-of-use is infused in every step of the transaction – from the guest reservation and table management and mobile ordering solutions – to accurate and timely order placement with the kitchen production system, all the way to tableside ordering and quick merchant processing. When operators want a more detailed look, they can run reports for sales and labor data, helping to increase visibility into a business and reduce costs. Gift card and loyalty programs help operators stay connected to customers even after they leave the restaurant. NCR’s consumer feedback tool allows guests the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback and provides insight into the profit impact of a guest.