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

Chevron Appoints FleetCor Fuel Card Partner

FleetCor Technologies fuel cards and workforce payment products to businesses, confirmed that it has signed a long term fuel card system processing contract with Chevron covering Asia-Pac and South Africa. Using its Global FleetNet (GFN) fuel card processing platform, FleetCor will process transactions for Chevron’s private label commercial card program fuel card in six Asia-Pac markets plus South Africa. The in-scope geographies are Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand. Chevron has a significant position across Asia-Pac and South Africa and private label commercial fuel cards are a major part of its ongoing development in these markets.

IXcellerate is Certified PCI DSS Compliant

IXcellerate announced that Moscow One Datacentre achieved the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification, the most thorough global payment-card security standard within the industry. This worldwide information security standard was set up by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council to protect sensitive information and avoid possibilities of a fraud. Verizon, an internationally recognised leader in security and technologies that need to be protected, issued this prestigious certification to Moscow One Datacentre. Since any organisation that handles card data is required to meet PCI DSS, a failure to comply can be costly not only for an organization but also for its clients.

Bank Negara Indonesia Launches JCB Platinum Card Issuing

PT JCB International Indonesia, subsidiary of JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations arm of JCB Co., Ltd. (hereinafter collectively “JCB”), and Bank Negara Indonesia (“BNI”) are pleased to announce the launch of the Kartu Kredit BNI JCB Platinum card. BNI was the first bank in Indonesia, established by the government in 1946, and now has a nationwide network of 1,694 outlets spread throughout 34 provinces and 384 counties in Indonesia and 11,175 ATMs serving the Indonesian people. BNI is one of the top ranked in the credit industry as well, having issued 1.7 million cards to consumers and acquiring credit transactions at 40,000 merchants. JCB cards are today issued in 16 countries with 83 million cardmembers and accepted at 24 million merchants in 190 countries and territories around the world. JCB entered into the Indonesian market in 1983 to expand JCB card acceptance and JCB card issuing to residents of Indonesia was launched in 1996. JCB and BNI signed an issuing and acquiring license agreement in May 2013, culminating in the launch of the new Platinum card.

Wells Fargo takes commercial card portfolio to Europe

Responding to the needs of its growing multinational customer base, Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) announced it has expanded its commercial card portfolio to Europe by offering the European Commercial Card, where commercial card transactions in pound sterling or euros will now be easier to process, track, and report. Supported by MasterCard, one of Wells Fargo’s longtime credit card partners in the United States, the Wells Fargo European Commercial Card can be used in 37 million outlets worldwide. The European Commercial Card solution balances enhanced controls and local, regional, and global management oversight with international traveler convenience through a global card expense reporting tool via Wells Fargo’s Commercial Electronic Office® (CEO®) portal. This tool permits company financial officers and their employees the ability to monitor commercial card transactions, such as travel expenditures (e.g. airfare, hotel, rail), use data for local, regional or global strategic sourcing opportunities, and maintain visibility over expenses.

V/M Q1 U.S. CHARGE-OFFS

Among the nation’s top four Visa and MasterCard (V/M) issuers, bank credit card charge-offs are down 48 basis points year-on-year (Y/Y), but up nine basis points quarter-to-quarter (Q/Q). All credit card metrics are seasonally skewed in the first quarter as well as the fourth quarter by a higher denominator in Q4 and a lower denominator in Q1. Nevertheless, bank credit card charge-offs have been marching south throughout 2013.

PayPal Revenue, User Base Witness Exponential Gains

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PayPal net total payment volume (TPV) grew 27% with Merchant Services volume up 32% and on-eBay volume up 15%. Revenue grew to $1.8 billion. PayPal gained 5.8 million new active registered accounts to end the quarter at 148 million, up 16%. Global on-eBay penetration increased to 78.9%. PayPal continued to invest…

Former Swift CEO Joins Payoneer Board

Payoneer, a leading online payments company transforming the way technology companies and SMEs globally send and receive cross-border payments, announced today that Lázaro Campos, the former CEO of SWIFT, has joined its Advisory Board. Campos spent 25 years with SWIFT, including five as CEO. Under his leadership the company nearly doubled volume while maintaining a high standard of operational performance. He will work with Payoneer management as it accelerates development of new products and services in support of its growing global customer base. Mr. Campos is joining Payoneer at a critical time: Payoneer recently completed a Series D financing round of $25 million, and was selected by Google as a payment partner for Google Trusted Stores.

Real-Time ACH a Reality Within 2 Years

Market experts believe real-time ACH payments will become a reality in the U.S. within the next two years, based on a survey of 120 financial industry professionals. Momentum for faster payments has been accelerating with government call to action for the U.S. to adopt a real-time payment system within 10 years. The results of ACI’s latest survey highlight that the majority of industry professional respondents believe this vision can and will be achieved in far less time. ACI’s survey found 27% of respondents have not made a payment through their mobile device, somewhat surprising given that those surveyed are the same professionals pushing forward the ‘mobile revolution.’ Findings also show 70% believe real-time ACH payments will become a reality within the next one to two years and 92 percent within the next five years, 86% believe real-time ACH will add “significant” value to businesses and corporate bank clients and 34% rated social media’s importance to financial institutions as neutral to not important.

Citi and Expedia Extend Credit Card Relationship

Citi and Expedia extended their partnership in a multi-year agreement. Through the new agreement, Citi and Expedia Inc., through the Expedia.com brand, will continue working together to provide more value to travelers and cardmembers. Since 2007, Citi and Expedia have worked together to provide the Citi Premier Pass® / Expedia® card, which has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers connect with the people and places that matter most to them.

PayCargo Announces Next Day Remittance Settlement

PayCargo electronic invoicing and settlement solutions for the ocean shipping industry, and until recently part of a major financial electronic commerce and payment processing firm announced an instant online freight payment and settlement system. PayCargo has enormous flexibility to make decisions on matters such as contract terms, pricing, and geographic reach. As part of the new strategy, PayCargo is expanding into other transportation segments such as Air Cargo, Trucking, Rail, and Warehousing. PayCargo has provided the ocean shipping industry a business-to-business payments solution with tools that create efficiencies by automating the payments process. PayCargo offers multiple financing options, dispute resolution, systems integration, email alerting, and reporting capabilities.

Cardlytics to Present at Bank Director Growth Conference

Cardlytics will present at the Bank Director Growth Conference in May to demonstrate its Card-Linked Marketing platform. Cardlytics is one of only five companies that the Bank Director Growth Conference selected to present their latest innovations. Each company will have eight minutes on stage to give the audience an inside glimpse into their latest technologies. Cardlytics will highlight an upcoming technology, preliminarily named, ‘Cardlytics SmartPush’. The new feature allows consumers to map offers close to their current location. More than basic geo-location, ‘Cardlytics SmartPush’ will map offers that are relevant to their purchase behavior, not just offers in their immediate geography whether they are at home or traveling.

Spindle unveils cloud-based POS and retail management platform

Spindle announced the availability of Yowza!! POS cloud-based, comprehensive POS and retail management platform.The new solution is a component of Yowza!! Merchant, a suite of tools that allow merchants to conduct and manage a full range of business functions, including inventory management, order processing, workforce management, payment functionalities, marketing and other core business operations from an iOS and Android device. Yowza!! POS serves as a cloud-based central management console for small, medium, and larger merchants, giving them instant visibility into a number of mission-critical operations, including inventory across multiple locations, scheduling, and accounting functions. Yowza!! POS is latest offering from Spindle’s line of advanced mobile commerce solutions, which includes mobile marketing solutions for merchants and consumers, as well as advanced and secure mobile payment processing capabilities.