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

miiCard and EMerchantPay Partner

Online identity proofing service miiCard today announced a cooperation with eMerchantPay, a trusted international payment processor, to offer its merchants a secure, compliant payment processing platform in combination with the miiCard service that eliminates payment fraud and enables higher value transactions. miiCard’s patented identity verification solution, enables merchants around the world to conduct high value transactions purely online while eliminating identity-related chargebacks and Card Not Present fraud. As a consumer-driven identity service, miiCard provides a seamless, real-time verification experience before the payment process that establishes the customer’s identity to the same level as an in-person photo ID check.

Karrot Deploys hyperWallet Prepaid Card Services

HyperWallet global payments provider announced Karrot launched branded prepaid card services for a unified payment solution for its loyalty and reward payment solutions. Karrot provides online loyalty and reward program solutions for a wide variety of companies. With a deep understanding about the impact of motivation, Karrot builds loyalty programs that promote the desired behavior and foster strong, long term relationships. hyperWALLET’s branded prepaid card program will provide Karrot with a streamlined payment solution in USA and Canada that allows earned loyalty funds to be made available to recipients instantly in local currency onto prepaid cards that can be used at ATMs, point of sale, or online.

Comtrex integrates Eagle Eye AIR POS

Comtrex Systems EPOS partnered Eagle Eye digital consumer engagement solutions. Eagle Eye AIR allows merchants to easily connect with potential and existing customers to deliver relevant offers, rewards and services that can be redeemed securely through any POS. Following a successful engagement supporting the Tesco Clubcard Boost programme with high street brands such as Zizzi, Prezzo and Ask, the EPOS provider expanded the Eagle Eye AIR platform into all existing points of sale. Based on the results of current merchants using this programme, switching from paper to digital vouchers will see a quick ROI including a reduction in operational costs, the elimination of fraud and an improved customer experience. The platform enables real time validation providing merchants with improved insights into consumer activity which can be used in future digital marketing campaigns to personalise offers.

CardinalCommerce Patents Tokenization Technology

CardinalCommerce remote commerce received new intellectual property protection with regard to technology that expands its Universal Merchant Platform invention, related to its tokenization technology, in the form of patent US 8,645,266 B2. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Cardinal the patent on February 4, 2014. Cardinal’s Universal Merchant Platform technology includes a system for securely processing Consumer Authentication for applications including eCommerce. The company’s patents on the invention date back to 2002. The new patent provides further and strengthened protection for Cardinal’s tokenization technology within the Cardinal Centinel® platform.

GoNow Issued Patent for Mobile eWallets

GoNow Technologies has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for two-way, secure, wireless communication between a smartphone or other computing device and a reprogrammable card with data storage in a fully encrypted, secure element on the GoNow Card. The value of a reprogrammable card, paired with an eWallet on a smartphone, has now been recognized as the key way to enable 100% acceptance of phone based eWallets. When paired with any eWallet application on a smartphone, a single reprogrammable GoNow Card can store more than 50 credit, debit, ATM, loyalty or gift cards. The user simply selects the payment or other card on the phone eWallet, or from a set already on the card, and the magstripe on the card is instantly programmed with the key data for the card selected. The GoNow Card can then be used at any traditional magstripe, Dip, ATM or other reader, with no changes necessary to current retailer terminals or back office systems.

ReD and Alpha Payments Cloud Partner

ReD global fraud prevention and Alpha Payments Cloud payments solution partnered to support acquirers and merchants as they drive secure cross-border ecommerce growth. The partnership will make ReD’s highly regarded, real-time fraud prevention service, ReD Shield®, available to Alpha Payments Cloud clients across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America, via the APC Product Hub.

Canadian regulators propose new crowdfunding exemptions

The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA), Financial and Consumer Service Commission of New Brunswick (FCNB), the Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) and the Nova Scotia Securities Commission (NSSC) published for comment the Integrated Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption (the Crowdfunding Exemption) and the Start-Up Crowdfunding Prospectus and Registration Exemption (the Start-Up Exemption). The proposed exemptions would, subject to certain conditions, allow both reporting and non-reporting issuers to raise money by distributing securities through internet portals. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is also publishing the Crowdfunding Exemption for comment by way of a local notice and the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) is also concurrently publishing a local notice soliciting comments on the Start-Up Exemption.

Payza Available to Canadian Merchants

Payza online payment platforms for e-commerce, corporate disbursements and remittances formed a strategic relationship to provide credit and debit payment service to merchants based on fully-featured Payza as a Platform enterprise solution. The service offers highly competitive pricing, a wide range of supported payment methods, built-in security and fraud protection, strong merchant support, and a host of tools, features, and reporting options. The platform’s business payment module will enable businesses to accept major credit cards, with payments settled directly into their bank account. The recurring billing feature also has a variety of intervals and billing terms, and is created at a product level which allows for additional products to be added to the basic subscription. Unlike other payment processors and merchant accounts that charge monthly, gateway and other service fees on top of transaction fees, the Payza Merchant Gateway only charges for the processed transactions.

MasterCard MasterPass Embarks on Latest Market

MasterPass digital payment solution from MasterCard is now available in Italy. Following its success in the US, Australia, Canada and the UK, MasterPass is now debuting in Italy thanks to MasterCard’s agreements with the country’s major banks and an increasing number of participating retailers. Over 3,500 of Italy’s leading brands and companies have recognised the new business opportunities e-commerce has to offer. With digital shopping becoming an increasingly multi-channel process in Italy, MasterPass is making online purchasing even faster, simpler and more secure. Having stored their name, card and shipping details when they sign up for the service, consumers no longer need to enter them at the checkout: they simply click or tap on the “Buy with MasterPass” button and enter their password to complete the payment. This kind of simplicity is fundamental to the growth of e-commerce, now a well-established phenomenon with 3.7 million Italians making at least 10 online purchases a year and a rise in online shopping using mobile devices.

MasterCard Supports Greater Transparency in Payments

MasterCard today announced a new initiative to help smaller merchants create efficiencies in their operations by accepting electronic payments. The effort combines changes to the company’s U.S. region rules with best practices and insights developed from conversations with smaller merchants.
The new standards deliver greater transparency and value to smaller business owners. In the standard, acquirers and payment service providers are required to provide their customers with a clear and detailed disclosure of the fees they are charged, while also ensuring a minimum of 30 days’ notice before they modify any fees related to MasterCard transactions.

hyperWALLET To Provide Prepaid Cards to Karrot

hyperWALLET® Systems Inc., a trusted global payments provider to top-tier organizations, today announced that Karrot has launched hyperWALLET’s branded prepaid card services to provide a unified payment solution for its loyalty and reward payment solutions. hyperWALLET’s branded prepaid card program will provide Karrot with a streamlined payment solution in USA and Canada that allows earned loyalty funds to be made available to recipients instantly in local currency onto prepaid cards that can be used at ATMs, point of sale, or online.

Tsys Announces Latest Partnership Expansion

TSYS Merchant Solutions announced its partnership with Navy Federal Credit Union designed to provide Navy Federal’s merchant members with the ability to accept credit and debit cards as payments for their goods and services. TSYS Merchant Solutions, a wholly owned affiliate of TSYS (TSS), is ranked as the seventh largest merchant acquirer in the U.S. by number of active merchant outlets according to The Nilson Report. Navy Federal members will now have access to world-class payment acceptance and marketing solutions, including competitive comparison dashboards, mobile, tablet, e-commerce and retail point-of- sale solutions, along with 24/7 customer and technical support.