Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

Southeast Bitcoin ATM

Southeast Bitcoin will unveil South Carolina’s first Bitcoin ATM, powered by Robocoin at the Dig South Interactive Technology Festival in Charleston, SC. The machine will be hosted at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Southeast Bitcoin has partnered with Robocoin, whose groundbreaking technology allows customers to buy AND sell Bitcoins from a freestanding kiosk with bank grade hardware and security and 100% regulatory compliance capabilities. The security features include biometric sensors and user identity verification by scanning of a government-issued photo ID.

Singtel Deploys Direct Carrier Billing Through Neomobile

Onebip by Neomobile mpayments service and SingTel telecommunications announced the launch of Direct Carrier Billing for Onebip merchants. This will allow SingTel subscribers to charge purchases from Onebip merchants directly to their mobile phone bills. Onebip Merchants such as Game Publishers and App Developers, will benefit from a more advanced carrier billing technology, higher pricing flexibility, better commercial conditions, increased conversion rates and ultimately new and increased revenue streams. SingTel and Onebip by Neomobile will also support merchants wishing to enter or develop their presence in the Singaporean market, with local promotion and marketing activity.

Wincor Nixdorf to adopt GS1 Standards

Wincor Nixdorf is now a GS1 Germany solution provider to take the GS1 standards into account in its software solutions, its ATMs and cash recyclers as well as in the overarching project plan for Managed Services that is still to be adopted. Wincor Nixdorf intends to make a contribution toward evolution of the GS1 standards together with other partners in the market. The group of GS1 Germany solution providers comprises almost 100 companies from the fields of hardware and software, communications, logistics and category management. They provide solutions that enable companies to optimize their interfaces with partners in the value chain.

Banco Popular Joins Xoom Network

Xoom digital money transfer provider announced that Banco Popular Dominicano is offering its fast deposit services to the bank’s checking and savings accounts in usually less than 15 minutes. With the addition of Banco Popular Dominicano, Xoom expands its cash pickup network in the Dominican Republic to 576 locations, including Banco BHD, Caribe Express and Banco del Progreso. Xoom and Banco Popular Dominicano also offer Cash Pickup at more than 200 locations across the island. Users can receive their money faster, since they will be able to withdraw the funds from their Banco Popular Dominicano account anytime at more than 700 ATMs across the island.

Fexco mplatform connects to Zapp

Zapp announces a partnership with FEXCO that will make it easier for consumers to make mobile payments at the point of sale within stores. The partnership – one of many that Zapp is establishing with technology providers – means that acquirers will be able to seamlessly support Zapp transactions via FEXCO’s FLASHiZ mobile payment platform on existing Point of Sale hardware. This makes it easier for retailers to integrate mobile payments using both QR codes and NFC so their customers can use their mobiles to pay in shops, online, and pay paper invoices. Research by the Cebr2 predicted that 20 million adults will use their mobiles to pay for goods and services by the end of the decade, with the value of purchases tripling from current levels to £14.2bn in 2018. By 2020, mobile payments will represent 1.4% of total consumer spending.

First Data Releases March 2014 SpendTrend

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data released its SpendTrend for March 2014, compared to the year ago period. Tracking same store POS data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four million U.S. merchant locations serviced by First Data, the analysis shows dollar volume growth was 2.1%. This…

Heartland Acquires MCS Software

Heartland Payment Systems has acquired MCS Software, an innovative provider of school foodservice point-of-sale (POS), back office and online payment solutions for more than 4,000 K-12 schools nationwide. The acquisition of Madisonville, Louisiana-based MCS Software marks the continuing expansion of Heartland’s market-leading position in the growing K-12 school nutrition and POS technology industry. Heartland School Solutions now serves over 34,000 K-12 schools nationwide, representing a 35% share of the public schools in the U.S.

Discover Wins EIFLE Award for Corporate Leadership

Discover Financial Services received an Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award from the Institute for Financial Literacy. It was specifically awarded in the “Organization of the Year, Corporate Leadership” category for its financial education program, Pathway to Financial Success. The EIFLE Awards acknowledge the innovation, dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations that advance financial literacy education. Discover’s Pathway to Financial Success program is a five-year, $10 million investment to bring financial education curriculum into public high schools across the country.

FIS Releases GenNOW

FIS today announced a new solution that allows banks and credit unions to compete effectively with alternative financial services. FIS GenNOW™ Financial Services allows financial institutions to capitalize on these customers by providing real-time access to funds via mobile or prepaid cards. GenNOW customers can easily track their spending and manage their finances on the go.

USA Technologies Redefines One-Stop Cashless Payment Services for Self-Serve Retail at 2014 NAMA OneShow

USA Technologies ntends to redefine one-stop cashless payment services by showcasing a myriad of products and services at the 2014 NAMA OneShow. Here USA Tech will demonstrate self-serve retail, including the growing web of interlinked products, services and consultative support marketed under the ePort Connect® platform. The Company will also cover Micro-market Services: USAT is making it easier to optimize cashless in today’s complex food and refreshment service businesses by linking ePort Connect to a growing list of supported micro-market providers such as Revive Self Checkout and Breakroom Provisions. In addition, ePort Connect has recently been upgraded to give consumers the opportunity to replenish their MORE. account with either cash or credit at either of these supported micro-market kiosks.

Citi® and American Airlines Celebrate Exclusive Admirals Club® Lounge Relationship

The Citi® Executive® / AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard now comes with American Airlines Admirals Club with membership to nearly 40 clubs in major airports worldwide. It includes access to all 18 US Airways Clubs. To receive complimentary One-Day Passes, travelers must meet with the Citi ambassador and show their credit card that previously enabled access to the Lounge. For details about this limited time complimentary access promotion, visit citi.com/opendoors. The lounge offers members such benefits as complimentary beverages, light snacks, Wi-Fi access, personal travel assistance with reservations and more. Additional information on the Admirals Club lounges can be found at aa.com/admiralsclub .