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

BYNDL Partners with USA Technologies

BYNDL Inc., an innovator of hardware and VMS-agnostic mobile marketing, payment and support services, has signed a strategic alliance with USA Technologies, a leader of wireless, cashless payment, telemetry and consumer engagement services for self-serve retail industries, that provides for the two companies to work together to incorporate BYNDL mobile marketing and payment services to USAT’s 6,000 plus customer base.

CardLinx Releases New Standard for Card-Linked Advertiser Insertion Order

CardLinx announced the publication of an industry-wide protocol, the CardLinx Boar Standard, that provides a standard order format to digital publishers for an offer, coupon, or loyalty program linked to a payment card or payment credential. Until now, merchants were required to develop multiple orders for each card-linked offer because each order could only be delivered by a specific publisher. The Boar Standard has developed a common format for the industry which will enable a merchant or advertiser to place one order per offer and have that same card-linked offer published across multiple digital platforms including the web and mobile. As the number of publishers increases, merchants and advertisers will be able to increase the reach of their card-linked marketing campaigns by adopting this standard.

EBA Clearing MyBank Solution Slated for Launch

MyBank Mandates has been set to launch for 27th October 2014. MyBank Mandates provide direct debit users with a simple way to agree online and in real time that their account can be debited. Merchants and public authorities across Europe will be able to replace paper mandates with this efficient new solution. Paper mandates are expensive and lead to higher rejection rates for the first collection. Moving to a real-time electronic process that involves the bank of the debtor reduces costs and the time required to collect funds. MyBank Mandates will also support mandates by consumers waiving their automatic “no-questions-asked” refund right. MyBank Mandates do not interfere with the statutory refund rights provided under consumer law. This will help bridge the gap between today’s situation, where no-refund direct debits still exist as niche products in several countries, and the introduction of a pan-European scheme foreseen in the coming years.

mopay Partners with Baidu for Mobile Billing

mopay announced today a carrier billing partnership with Baidu Mobile Game, one of the largest mobile games distribution and promotion channels in China. Under this agreement, mopay will be the preferred carrier billing provider for mobile games, which are distributed by the Baidu Mobile Game platform. mopay has been chosen by Baidu Mobile Game to service the app store giant with carrier billing globally. Baidu Mobile Game will make use of mopay’s frictionless payment method.

Prosper raises $70m in funding

Prosper peer-to-peer lending raised $70 million in additional funding to fuel the company’s growth and expansion. David Golob from Francisco Partners will join the Prosper Marketplace Board of Directors. The funding round also includes investments from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), one of the premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firms, as well as Phenomen Ventures.Over the past 15 months, Prosper has focused on improving its efficiencies and products through the use of cutting-edge technologies. This has helped to attract new borrowers and lenders at a rapid pace, with loan originations growing over 400% since last year and up 30% from last month. At the end of April, Prosper had 35% share of the online consumer peer-to-peer lending market place.

Chase Paymentech Lauches Mobile Dashboard

Chase Paymentech today announced the launch of its Mobile Dashboard, an interactive reporting display that provides merchants using an Apple® iPad with a snapshot of their payment account activity no matter where they are. Merchants can stay connected and current with their business by viewing historical transactions, settlement and funding overviews, chargebacks and fees on a colorful, intuitive and interactive reporting tool as part of their Chase merchant account.

GlobalCollect Opens Newest Office

GlobalCollect has opened a new office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, further consolidating the company’s leading position in the Latin-American eCommerce market.GlobalCollect has had a presence in Brazil for several years, and by establishing the Sao Paulo office, the company responds to strong demand for regional expertise from both Brazilian companies looking to expand internationally, as well as global merchants entering the rapidly growing Brazilian market. The Sao Paulo office is the fifth new GlobalCollect office to open in the last 12 months, following Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Brisbane, which all opened in the second half of 2013. GlobalCollect’s Argentina-based subsidiary Sub1 has its own software factory and is the region’s leading payments gateway, providing access to more than 50 local payment methods and more than12 local acquirers across the region. In 2013, Sub1 outperformed the overall Latin American eCommerce market, growing revenues by 46%.

Monitise Announces Latest Mobile Money Client

Monitise Mobile Money announced a new partnership with First Gulf Bank to launch new mobile banking services to consumers in the Middle East.Abu Dhabi-based First Gulf Bank is one of the leading banks in the United Arab Emirates. Monitise will support the bank in increasing the variety of Mobile Money services it offers and strengthening its position as a digital banking leader through the provision of new innovations for its customers.Through the partnership with Monitise, FGB is looking to build its mobile ecosystem with cutting-edge services to make life easier for its customers.

Consumer Confidence Index Drops in April

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was down to 82.3 in April from 83.9 in March. Meanwhile the Present Situation Index was also down to 78.3 from 82.5. These findings coincide with consumers took a less than favorable stance on the current business and labor market conditions. Meanwhile, those claiming business…

TSYS Announces New CFO, VP

TSYS announced the appointment of Paul M. Todd as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective July 1, 2014. Paul Todd has served as executive vice president for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, product and marketing since 2008. Over the past four years, Todd directed TSYS’ diversification strategy that included four acquisitions in the direct merchant acquiring business and TSYS’ largest acquisition, NetSpend, which occurred last year. He has been the key driver in developing strategies to lead TSYS into new and faster growing sectors and markets. Prior to 2008, Todd was President and Chief Executive Officer of Synovus Financial Management, a unit of Synovus Financial Corp.

MyCheck partners PayPal for at-table restaurant payments

MyCheck collaborated with PayPal to enable consumers to pay at table through the PayPal app. The app itself enables users to select a restaurant from a list, check-in to the venue, and once there, view ordered items and prices on the mobile device, split the bill (if desired), add a tip, redeem an offer, accrue loyalty card stamps, quickly check out by hitting the pay button without waiting for a check, and receive an email receipt. The MyCheck capability has been operating in the UK version of the PayPal app for approximately nine months, where successful joint advertising campaigns with the Prezzo and Busaba Eathai restaurant chain drove significant adoption and usage of the app. Merchants benefit from offering the pay at table option in multiple ways, with faster turnarounds, fewer chargeback’s, the ability to spend time on customer service that would have otherwise been spent preparing checks, and developing more targeted marketing based on consumption.