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

TSYS To Provide Processing for Virgin Money

TSYS today announced that it has reached a long-term agreement to provide consumer credit processing services along with value- added capabilities for Virgin Money customers within the United Kingdom. Virgin Money selected TSYS’ market leading TS2® platform to support its UK cards portfolio. TSYS will provide a flexible and reliable card processing solution for Virgin Money with value- added capabilities being provided through various partners, including TSYS Managed Services EMEA.

Interac Debit Card Fraud Skimming Losses Way Down

Interac Association reported that Interac debit card fraud losses as a result of skimming are at a record low – decreasing to $29.5 million in 2013 from a high of $142 million in 2009.
Only 25% of losses in 2013, or $7.3 million , are the result of fraud exploitation. Total losses in 2013 represent 0.0093% of domestic Interac debit card volume (0.93 basis points) and the lowest volume of recorded fraud losses. As a result of this significant decline in fraud exploitation, the number of cardholders reimbursed by financial institutions fell to 72,200 in 2013 from 238,000 in 2009. Cardholders are protected from losses under the Interac Zero Liability Policy*. Criminals are increasingly migrating their payment card fraud activity to international exploitation in non-chip environments and card-not-present exploitation on credit cards and other networks’ debit products. Interac rules offer account holders the added protections of not allowing card-not-present, offline and signature transactions. Chip technology enables advancements like Interac Flash®, which is currently being rolled out across the country.

2C2P Launches mPOS Trial

2C2P payment solutions and Myanmar Citizens Bank, one of the pioneer private banks in Myanmar, have officially announced the launch of the mPOS solution, iACCEPT, in partnership with Myanmar Hotels International Group, to accept MasterCard and Visa international payment cards. iACCEPT is a 2C2P owned innovative mobile solution that transforms iOS and Android smart phones into a mobile point of sales system. iACCEPT will allow Inya Lake Hotel and The Strand Hotel, both luxury hotels under Myanmar Hotels International Group, to accept payments through MasterCard and Visa inside the guest room, effectively providing in-room express check out facilities for guests. iACCEPT solution runs on the same backbone of 2C2P’s PCIDSS Level 1 payment platform, so it is as secure as a traditional POS terminal.

Orange Business Services Inks SIA mPOS Payment Agreement

SIA and Orange Business Services have signed a collaboration agreement that will enable European and extra-EU banks and merchants to manage payments via mobile point of sale (POS) terminals. Orange Business Services will provide a managed M2M solution with global roaming services enabling remote terminals to automatically transmit data to the SIA technology infrastructure. The agreement will allow SIA to take a significant step forward in the creation of a single operating network at the European level which will collect payments traffic generated by wireless POS terminals and other channels of merchants and then deliver it securely and reliably to the authorization systems of banks, terminal operators and other acquirers. SIA has enabled almost 5,000 mobile POS terminals and plans to reach around 60,000 terminals by the end of the year. These devices can manage transactions coming mainly from European countries (including France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom) and extra-EU countries, such as South Africa.

Unemployment Rate Catches .1% Blip, Still Well Under 7%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up 175,000 units in February for a subsequent .1% change in the unemployment rate from January, which now sits at an impressive 6.7%. This was led by employment in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining fields. The number of unemployed persons sits at 10.5 million showed little change…

Breaches Stimulate EMV Migration

The survey of U.S.-based financial industry professionals was conducted in March 2014 at BAI Payments Connect and reports that 44% of customer accounts have been compromised. More than 15% of financial institutions indicated recent breaches put more pressure on fraud operations resources to do more to protect themselves while 12% indicated that they experienced a negative impact on their brand. Over 75% of respondents said they are looking at additional resources to combat fraud in their organizations, of which 50% are looking to invest in fraud detection system technology, 15% are investing in more training for their fraud management teams and 10% are beefing up staff with new personnel. Although data breach-related fraud has a negative impact on the bottom line and on the industry in general, over 40% indicated their customers appreciate the proactive outreach and response to market events.

First Data Adds Latest Developer Programme Member

First Data payment technology and services solutions added Attra Infotech cards and payments services as its first Developer License Program member for the VisionPLUS and AccessPLUS suite of software products licensed by First Data globally. VisionPLUS, is a payment processing solution for financial institutions that enables the issuance and processing of credit, debit, commercial and prepaid cards, as well consumer loans, loyalty and merchant accounts on a single platform. Offered with VisionPLUS is AccessPLUS with a suite of business process management products that drives operational staff efficiency in servicing customers and supports portfolio parameter management. First Data’s Developer License Program further contributes to keeping the VisionPLUS and AccessPLUS suite of products flexible and up-to-date with new market trends and technology.

Acquirer Systems to Supply Discover-Diners Club Test Cards

Acquirer Systems has been qualified by Discover Financial Services to supply D-Payment Application Specification (D-PAS) EMV certification test cards for Discover Network and Diners Club International acquirer testing. With this qualification, Discover and Diners Club International acquirers, merchants and industry partners can now source certified D-PAS test cards directly from Acquirer Systems using a simple and straightforward online ordering process. The D-PAS test cards are used to confirm POS terminal compliance during the D-PAS testing and certification process. The certification cards are based on the latest D-PAS 2.2 card image specification.

Thatcher Technology Deploys Ingenico mPOS Platform

Ingenico announced its Roam mobile commerce platform provider partnered Thatcher Technology Group direct selling innovator to implement the mobile point of sale offering for direct selling organizations, on top of its powerful sales performance management software system.The mPOS solution leverages ROAM’s full capabilities: Application Programming Interfaces (API) enabling software interaction, fully PCI compliant payment gateway and mobile payment engine. This will enable Thatcher’s customers to conveniently and securely accept debit and credit card payments, while enhancing customer buying experience and improving business efficiencies. ROAM’s mobile commerce platform also helps reduce costs by enabling direct selling companies to avoid card-non-present transaction rates and reducing post-sale credit card declines and chargebacks.

Fiserv Announces Latest Premier Platform User

Fiserv announced FirsTier Bank implemented its Premier bank platform along with a host of additional Fiserv solutions. The innovative navigation tools and efficient processing capabilities within the Premier bank platform were determining factors in FirsTier Bank’s selection of Fiserv. The bank expects the user-friendly, browser-based design of Teller Source Capture(TM) from Fiserv to save staff time, while shortening transaction times for customers. By simplifying workflows and business processes, FirsTier Bank anticipates it will be able to offer more convenient, value-added customer service. Known for its robust functionality and scalability, Premier is the bank platform for a wide range of financial institutions with diverse goals, customers, technology strategies and operating environments. Open integration to an extensive set of best-in-class Fiserv solutions and flexible deployment options make this a versatile solution.

Diebold and FIS Partner, Launch ATM cash Recycling

Diebold and Suncoast Credit Union, supported by FIS, will enable full cash recycling at the ATM with Diebold’s Opteva® Flex Performance Series ATMs. This will allow the ATMs to reuse consumer-deposited cash for future withdrawals, enhancing ATM availability and reducing the frequency and cost of cash replenishment visits. FIS, the world’s largest banking and payments technology provider, is designing and implementing the back-end processing required to facilitate full cash recycling. Diebold’s Opteva Flex Performance Series ATMs have a recycling capacity of up to 10,800 notes and accept deposits of up to 13,100 notes in a five-cassette configuration.

AccessPay Partners Global Reach

AccessPay announced a strategic partnership with Global Reach Partners tol help international businesses face the difficulties of cross-border fx payments by unifying their payments processes under one innovative payment solution. Companies who import, export or do business overseas can now harness the combined power of both AccessPay and Global Reach Partners to access a single, unified global payments system; they will no longer have to use different processes to make Bacs, SEPA and cross-border payments, all of which can be expensive and time-consuming.