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

Western Union Goes to the Movies with Major RIO 2 Film Partnership

The Western Union Company announced a film partnership deal with 20th Century Fox for its animated feature RIO 2. Western Union saw the partnership with RIO 2 which has a roster of beloved characters, a stellar cast, a rich and vibrant soundtrack, and is a sequel to the original smash hit film, as an opportunity to create a unique partnership between two iconic brands centering on a common theme in a fresh and creative venue. The partnership expands consumer reach for both companies with a collaborative global marketing campaign. The collaborative global marketing campaign with 20th Century Fox includes TV advertising, print, point of sale, online, out-of-home, and social media, with a consumer scratch and win game in the US.

AFEX to Acquire Jameson Bank

AFEX announced that subject to regulatory approvals, it will acquire the business of Jameson Bank, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. This strategic acquisition, expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, will result in the addition of three new offices for AFEX in Canada, in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, joining an extensive network of global offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Clearent Releases API for Payment Processing

Clearent announced that software application developers now have access to a full service payments platform that allows them to provide seamless payment transactions to their customers. Clearent’s developer-friendly API integrates payment processing into any software program or application, resulting in a seamless user experience for the consumer. Clearent’s payments API is different from those offered by legacy processors in that it offers clear, easy-to-understand documentation, supports multiple programming languages and is backed by live developer support that helps streamline the implementation process.

ChannelAdvisor Supports Google Merchant Promotions

ChannelAdvisor e-commerce solutions that enable retailers and manufacturers to increase global sales, announced support for Google Merchant Promotions, a program that enhances Google Product Listing Ads with discount offers. ChannelAdvisor Digital Marketing offers technology to streamline retailers’ participation in Google Merchant Promotions and help accelerate the success of Product Listing Ads for online retailers. ChannelAdvisor Digital Marketing allows sellers to get their products front and center on global, local or mobile search engine results pages through Google Product Listing Ads, paid search ads and comparison shopping engines. Digital Marketing employs Flex Feed technology, so advertisers can easily explore additional feed-based destinations such as retargeting providers and affiliate networks, as well as benefit from SKU-level performance reporting across those programs. ChannelAdvisor will also improve the buyer experience and optimize the path to conversion.

Powa Technologies Introduces End-to-End POS Platform

Powa Technologies continues its rollout of groundbreaking retail solutions with the introduction of PowaPOS, the next generation in retail Point of Sale. PowaPOS is the physical retail component of the company’s vision of enabling commerce online, offline, and everywhere. The PowaPOS platform features an industry-first and multiple patent pending all-in-one tablet-based POS system, along with the world’s smallest EMV-ready card acceptance device, universal tablet OS support, and an advanced Server and POS Software Developer Program. PowaPOS solutions have been fine-tuned for sale by retail banks, payment service providers, third-party processors, mobile network operators and systems integrators, enabling them to provide mobile and tablet-based POS services to their customers through an array of products and services.

NCR Teams with Channel Partner on Retail Market Presence

NCR Corporation announced the appointment of a major channel partner, Shanghai Anmao Information Technology Company, as its reseller for the full range of NCR POS solutions, including the NCR SelfServ Checkout. The China retail market is highly competitive and retailers are looking to deploy advanced and flexible store automation technologies that create a competitive advantage. With a national sales force dedicated to retail and its various market segments, Anmao is the perfect complement to expand NCR software, hardware and services throughout China.

PowaTag Releases PowaPOS

On the heels of its widely acclaimed introduction of PowaTag and tremendous retailer approval of its 360-degree commerce strategy, Powa Technologies continues its rollout retail solutions with the introduction of PowaPOS, the next generation in retail Point of Sale. PowaPOS is the physical retail component of the company’s vision of enabling commerce online, offline, and everywhere. Powa is demonstrating PowaPOS at the Electronic Transactions Association TRANSACT 14 in Las Vegas, April 8-10, 2014.

CardFlight Launches SwipeSimple

CardFlight announced today the launch of SwipeSimple, a turn-key solution that empowers credit card processors, merchant service providers, ISOs, agents and other resellers to offer a mobile POS product to their merchants. SwipeSimple is the first mobile POS offering that provides 100% free co-branding, allowing resellers to promote their brand throughout the merchant experience at no extra charge.

JetPay Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

JetPay hired Michael J. McGovern as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. McGovern began his career in a corporate setting as a tax accountant then as director of operations at Management Assistance Inc., a computer manufacturing and leasing company. With his experience at the Federal Reserve, Mr. McGovern joined American Express where he eventually was responsible for application project management. McGovern, in a long and distinguished career with CoreStates rose from Vice President of cash management services, to Senior Vice President of data Processing Systems, and, ultimately, to Executive Vice President of Domestic and International Operations – a position in which he remained for 12 years.

Next Gen AprivaPay Previewed

Apriva announced that it will preview its next-generation AprivaPay™ Plus mobile payment acceptance software. A white-label solution that enables merchant services providers and financial institutions to deliver highly secure and comprehensive mobile payment acceptance to iOS and Android users, AprivaPay Plus 3.0 incorporates a number of advanced capabilities to serve a rapidly growing market.

ROAM Expands mPOS Channel Strategy with EVO Payments Partnership

ROAM mobile commerce platform provider announced EVO Payments International payment service provider operating in the United States, Canada and Europe, will leverage ROAM’s platform to extend its full range of electronic payment service offerings to include mPOS. Through this strategic partnership, EVO will provide its large U.S. customer base of over 300,000 merchants with ROAM’s advanced mPOS solutions, including the G5X mobile card reader and ROAMpay X4 mPOS application, while leveraging the advanced security and management capabilities of ROAM’s mobile payments engine. EVO is among the largest fully integrated merchant acquirer and payment processors in the world, processing in nearly 50 markets and 120 currencies.