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

American SESAMES Awards Finalists Announced

Comexposium named the finalists for the first American SESAMES Awards. Based on the 19 year heritage of the SESAMES Awards held each year at the CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS Exposition in France, recognize technology innovation for smart cards, digital security, identification, secure transactions and contactless technology developed for the U.S. market. The finalists include Emerging Payments, Oberthur Technologies for Omni-channel Wallet, ROAM for RP750x, Sequoia Retails Systems, Inc. for the QuadPoint Compact Register, Card Manufacturing, Oberthur Technologies for Lasink, SKIMPROT Ltd. for SkimProt, SmartDisplayer Technology Co., Ltd. for iCARD4, Identification, Brigham Scully Public Relations for Zwipe Biometric Card, DigitalPersona, Inc. for DigitalPersona Altus and GOTrust Technology Inc. for SDencrypter Lite.

EFT and the ATM Associations Release Research Report on Bitcoin

The Electronic Funds Transfer Association in conjunction with the ATM Industry Association, has announced the release of a commissioned research report into the digital currency Bitcoin. The intensive report, written by Value Partners Management Consulting, authors of the industry’s bi-annual Global ATM Benchmarking studies, is called “Bitcoin: Virtual Currency with Real Opportunities”. ATMIA and EFTA are keen to develop industry positions on the current and future significance of Bitcoin. It presents a history and comprehensive international analysis of Bitcoin. Bitcoin digital currency allows people to send and receive payments within an entirely decentralized peer-to-peer network.

ChannelAdvisor Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ChannelAdvisor Corporation (ECOM), a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable retailers and manufacturers to increase global sales, announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Total revenue of $19.3 million for the first quarter of 2014 increased 30 percent compared with total revenue of $14.9 million…

EVERTEC to Present at Annual J.P. Morgan Conference

EVERTEC announced it that will be presenting at the J.P. Morgan 42nd Annual Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference to be held at The Westin Copley Place. EVERTEC full-service transaction processing business offers a broad range of merchant acquiring, payment processing and business solutions services. EVERTEC serves 19 countries in the region from its base in Puerto Rico and manages a system of electronic payment networks that process more than 2.1 billion transactions annually, and offers a comprehensive suite of services for core bank processing, cash processing and technology outsourcing.

Ukash Announces Latest Client

Ukash has announced that Betfair has signed up to their popular service which enables customers to use cash to transact online with Betfair. Betfair customers who pass strict verification processes will be able to make cash deposits into their account through Ukash vouchers, which are available from over 50,000 sale points in the UK, with a reverse process being available to make cash withdrawals. The service is available on both desktop and mobile. Ukash enables players to spend cash securely online. Ukash codes are purchased with cash in retail outlets such as shops and petrol stations. The unique 19 digit codes can then be used to pay directly on thousands of websites that accept Ukash transactions worldwide.

MasterCard launches school payment app

MasterCard QkR payment app follows the recent successful pilot. The mobile payment app allows parents to pay for school meals, contribute to fundraising initiatives as well as purchase school uniforms and other items via their mobile device or tablet. The Qkr payment app promises to significantly decrease the administrative burden of cash transactions for schools, and give parents greater control of their spending. And by allowing parents to pay for these items remotely, primary school children are no longer having to carry significant sums of money to and from school – a growing headache for parents everywhere. This technology marks an important step forward for schools everywhere and that the project should act as a template for the kind of mutually-beneficial partnerships that schools can make with private enterprises.

Worldpay Takesover Cobre Bem Tecnologia

Worldpay Group acquired Cobre Bem Tecnologia, giving its customers access to a wide range of payment products. Cobre Bem is a payment service provider that offers single point access to popular local payment methods in Latin America, including eight different credit/debit card types and more than 20 banks for direct online transfers, direct debit and Boleto Bancario. Cobre Bem will continue to operate its current business model, and the existing Cobre Bem management team will join the senior leadership of Worldpay’s eCommerce business unit.

Western Union Reports First Quarter Results

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union 1Q/14 revenues increased 2% compared to the prior year period, or 4% on a constant currency basis. Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) revenues increased 3%, or 4% constant currency, while transactions increased 9%. Transaction growth continued to benefit from the previously implemented pricing actions in key corridors, as well as strong performance…

VISA Europe Card Not Present

While the U.S. and Canada rack up huge Card-Not-Present (CNP) fraud losses, Europe is much better managed, particularly in the UK. Visa Europe reports that its overall fraud rate is a mere 4.5 basis points (bps) of Gross Transaction Volume (GDV). However, the CNP fraud rate is 10 bps in the UK, compared to 63 bps on France, 27 bps in Germany, 22 bps in Italy and less than 10 bps in the UK.

Vantiv 1Q 2014 Results

Vantiv, Inc. announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Revenue increased 8% to $537.6 million in the first quarter as compared to $498.0 million in the prior year period. Net revenue increased 6% to $288.5 million in the first quarter as compared to $272.9 million in the prior year period, primarily due to a 6% increase in transactions. On a GAAP basis, net income attributable to Vantiv, Inc. was $28.1 million or $0.18 per diluted share during the first quarter, compared with $26.1 million or $0.18 per diluted share in the prior year period.