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

Square Launches Software Platform

Square launched its software partner platform, collaborating with third parties to build new applications that complement Square’s suite of business services. The launch extends Works with Square, a program launched earlier this year to connect customers with more tools for their businesses. The new Xero integration is Square’s second available in the U.S. Since November, thousands of sellers have been saving time and improving accuracy with Square’s integration with QuickBooks, seamlessly importing their Square sales data into QuickBooks each day. “The Square/QuickBooks integration couldn’t have come at a better time for our growing business. It has been nothing short of a miracle and has given us so much time back.” says Jess Hughes of Tad Hughes Custom Fit Studio in Houston.

Oink Partners with Visualsoft

Virtual Piggy, Inc., provider of innovative safe youth payments technology, Oink, today announced that it has partnered with Visualsoft. Visualsoft is one of the UK’s leading eCommerce agencies, providing web and e-commerce services to over 1,000 UK businesses and have today announced a partnership Oink to deliver a safe and secure payment solution for youth-market focused eCommerce sites.

Xoom Announces Instant Deposit Service

Xoom Corporation today announced a partnership with HDFC Bank Limited (HDB), by offering instant deposits to INR denominated HDFC Bank accounts in India. This breakthrough service allows Xoom customers to instantly deposit money directly into their recipients’ HDFC Bank accounts in India. The instant service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year–even on banking holidays.

Green Dot to Streamline Prepaid Card Reloading

Green Dot Corporation announced a new reload technology and consumer process designed to improve the retail cash reloading experience for its millions of Green Dot Reload Network users. Reload @ the Register is powered by Green Dot’s highly scalable and market-proven “SwIT” (Swipe Interface Technology) functionality. This real-time technology is designed to make reloading cash onto a prepaid card faster, more convenient, more efficient and more intuitive for the customer than using a paper reload “chit,” which is a method commonly used today by Green Dot and other competing reload network providers. The Green Dot Reload Network was invented in 2002 as the prepaid industry’s first cash reload service. Today, The Green Dot Network is America’s leading reload network used by all Green Dot Bank programs and also by more than 150 other banks and prepaid program managers in order to facilitate cash reloads to their respective program’s cards.

Spire Payments buys Altius Plus

Spire Payments announced the acquisition of Altius Plus, recognised experts in the development of payment applications, terminal management systems, loyalty schemes, ticketing solutions and client server-based architectures within the payments industry. Altius Plus will become Spire Payments Eastern Europe LCC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spire Payments and will play a pivotal role within the business to cement its position as the third largest PoS vendor in Europe. Altius Plus was founded in 2006 by payment industry experts who had accumulated over a decade’s worth of experience working as part of the Hypercom Corporation team in CEE.

Transactis Transaction Hub Deploys eMoney Platform

Sopra Banking Software implemented an electronic money platform at Transactis French electronic transaction hub – for Société Générale, La Banque Postale and Crédit du Nord.
This fully operational platform uses Sopra Banking Cards-Issuer for contract and support management, as well as associated payment and withdrawal activities. A common electronic money platform for Société Général and La Banque Postale, allowed a common transaction system. At the end of 2012, Transactis was already managing two billion transactions per year for both banks. Sopra Banking Cards-Issuer offers an open, flexible architecture and comprises a number of pooled services that benefit all of its customers. These services include a multitude of visuals, a reduction on card production delays, mobile payments, payments without contract and post-personalization.

iPayment Reports 4Q/13 & FY/14 Financial Results

iPayment announced their financial results for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2013. For 4Q/13, the Company processed $5.3 billion of total transaction volume, an increase of 1.0% from the same period of 2012. In the fourth quarter, the Company processed 82.9 million transactions, an increase of 2.0% from the fourth quarter 2012. Total revenues increased by 0.2% to $169.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 from $168.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Digital Insight Expands Online Banking

Digital Insight, announced it will expand its online banking portfolio to include Shared Access (Entitlements) and Small Business Payments, including Automated Clearing House (ACH) and Wires to help financial institutions increase profitability, deepen loyalty and trust, and reduce fraud. Digital Insight was acquired by NCR Corporation in January 2014. Offered as part of the retail banking platform, the added Digital Insight online banking solutions enable the company’s more than 1,000 customer financial institutions to attract and engage the unique needs of profitable small businesses.

Optimal Payments Integrates MasterCard Digital Wallet

Optimal Payments Plc is pleased to announce that it has integrated MasterPass™, MasterCard®’s digital wallet, into its NETBANX® merchant platform. MasterPass allows consumers to use any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced and secure shopping experiences with just a click, tap or touch – online, in-store or anywhere. It moves payments forward by allowing the consumer to safely store all their payment, store card, loyalty, shipping and billing address details in one place and gives consumers the ability to make a payment from wherever they are with whatever device they have.

SpendSmart Acquires SMS And Appoints CEO

The SpendSmart Payments Company announced that it has appointed Mr. Alex Minicucci as the Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company. Mr. Minicucci is a proven entrepreneur with an 18-year background in web, ecommerce, and mobile marketing. In November 2008, Mr. Minicucci founded SMS Masterminds, subsequently earning several recognitions such as ‘Top 20 under 40 Entrepreneur’ in 2013 in Tri-Counties California.

Global Payments to Offer MasterCard MasterPass

Global Payments will implement MasterPass digital payments service allowing consumers to use any payment card or enabled device for an enhanced shopping experience. The new service will provide Global Payments North American merchants the ability to offer their shoppers a convenient and flexible way to pay via the web or on a mobile device. With MasterPass, shoppers can pay for the things they want with the security they demand, through the simple click of a mouse, touch of a tablet or tap of a smartphone. Shoppers’ preferred payment and shipping information is securely stored within the digital service, which is readily accessible when they click on the “Buy with MasterPass” button and log into their accounts. This faster, more efficient experience leads to less shopping cart abandonment, increased sales and enhanced consumer loyalty.