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

Ingenico Annouces Latest Payment Terminal Client

Ingenico announced the deployment of an innovative fiscal solution, along with its local partner Etranet Group, for Hrvatski Telekom telecommunication services. Further to the implementation of a fiscal law in Croatia, Ingenico in partnership with Etranet group (Croatian specialist in electronic payment transaction systems) and Hrvatski Telekom developed an innovative all-in-one cash register solution combining Ingenico latest generation of payment terminals with fiscal application developed by Etranet Group to equip Hrvatski Telekom customers. The solution is based on Ingenico’s range of wireless and countertop terminals (IWL220 GSM & GPRS and ICT220 GPRS). Thanks to Ingenico’s secure software application, tax information is easily transmitted to Croatian tax administration.

Paysafecard claims strong full year revenue growth

paysafecard.com Wertkarten AG continued the success of previous years by achieving record results in 2013. This further establishes the company’s position as the European market leader for prepaid solutions for online payments, and showcases paysafecard as one of Austria’s globally successful companies. Last year’s total turnover of €116.4 million is the highest in the history of paysafecard, and represents an increase of 13% on the previous year’s turnover. paysafecard products were used for 68 million payment transactions around the world in 2013 – a year on year increase of 23%. A significant step taken in 2013 was the launch of the online payment account my paysafecard in 22 countries. With my paysafecard, paysafecard allows users to manage their purchased PINs via a single account. This gives users the best possible overview of their current balance and past transactions, as well as allowing them to pay online simply and easily with only a username and password.

Money Dashboard goes mobile

Money Dashboard announced the availability of the mobile edition of its popular free service smart account aggregation service that automatically analyses spending across accounts to help people better understand their finances and manage their money. The mobile edition of Money Dashboard has been specifically designed to provide users with a streamlined interface, which makes accessing your personal financial information ‘on-the-go’ easier and clearer than ever before. The launch of the mobile site is a key part of a larger growth strategy from a £2.7 million investment round in November 2013. This is the first phase in Money Dashboard’s wider mobile strategy that will see native Android and iOS apps launched over the coming months. Additional features will also be launched in the near future, building an even more powerful tool for smart account management, yet retaining its core easy to use and understand philosophy.

USA Technologies 4Q/13 Revenue Up 23% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] USA Technologies reported results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. Fourth quarter highlights include a 23% increase in total revenues to $9.7 million and a 28% increase in license and transaction fee revenues to $8.2 million, representing 84% of total revenues for the quarter. Revenues…

VeriFone Posts Revenue Exceeds Guidance

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] VeriFone Systems posted fiscal 1Q/14 net revenues of $436 million and operating cash flow of $32 million. This exceeds guidance thanks in great part to operational initiatives launched in the year ago period and innovative payment as a service and commerce enablement solutions. Additional disclosure indicated service businesses achieved net revenues…

CardLab Appoints New CRO

CardLab fully customized open-loop incentive and prepaid card products announced Glen Holbert has been named Chief Revenue Officer. Holbert is responsible for growing revenue by identifying new industry segments and new product innovations. He will also continue to manage the relationships with CardLab’s robust e-commerce clientele, large corporate clients and CardLab’s reseller network. Holbert joined the CardLab team in 2013 with 25 years of industry expertise, having served as Executive Vice President of Sales for Parago, a leading rebate processing company and worked with several of the nation’s leading incentive companies including MotivAction, LLC, BI Performance, Maritz Inc. and Marketing Innovators International. He holds a B.S. in Business and Marketing from Miami University.

FreedomPay Names Vice President, Technology

FreedomPay added Marc Pereira to its executive team as vice president of technology. With nearly 20 years of e-commerce and technology experience, Pereira will be responsible for overseeing, envisioning and maintaining the company’s technology infrastructure, which covers both the development process and the network infrastructure management operations. Marc will ensure that FreedomPay’s world-leading commerce platform is constructed using best practices in security, code optimization and scalability. Pereira joins FreedomPay after serving nearly 12 years in strategic executive roles at eBay Enterprises. Marc has led project teams in coordinating complex, concurrent product development initiatives, deployment and forecasting.

JetPay Payment Services Names EVP, Sales

JetPay Payment Services Appointed Jeffrey S. Tourek as Executive Vice President and National Sales leader. Jeff comes to JetPay from Heartland Payment Systems where he was Executive Director for Major Accounts. JetPay Corporation is a nationally recognized payments processor for all major payment cards, with vertically integrated services for businesses that include prepaid debit cards, payroll services and related payroll tax filing, and human resource management. JetPay offers a unique blend of hi-tech transaction processing with customizable solutions for a wide swath of business needs. JetPay Payment Services’ technology platform handles all types of payment transactions including swiped cards at the merchant, mobile payments, and large internet card-not-present businesses.

2Checkout Offers Instant Underwriting to Merchants

2Checkout now offers online retailers the ability to apply for their new merchant accounts online and be underwritten and approved instantly. No other bank or payments processor enables a merchant to start selling as quickly. A new merchant can go from application to live payment processing in seconds, versus the industry norm of weeks. 2Checkout is a global payments processor that lets online retailers accept credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, and recurring billing in 26 currencies and 15 languages. In addition to processing payments with PCI Level 1 compliance, 2Checkout also protects merchants by passing all transactions through their proprietary fraud review. 2Checkout also gives merchants options for hosted checkout, APIs for direct website integration, turnkey implementation with more than 100 shopping carts, and free mobile and tablet apps for monitoring and managing sales.

Higher One Acheives Validated Oracle Integration

Higher One announced from the floor of the Alliance HEUG conference (booth 706) it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of Higher One Payment Processing with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.0. Higher One provides payment processing to campuses across the country. For institutions, these services can offer assurance that transactions will occur in real-time and within the strictest of security standards, all through a proven integration. To achieve Oracle Validated Integration, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customers. This proven strategy can assure institutions that they can rely on Higher One’s virtually seamless processing of payments made by students and parents, including online, on-campus, international and mobile payments.

EMVCo Publishes Tokenisation Framework

EMV Payment Tokenisation Specification – Technical Framework v1.0 has been published by EMVCo. The technical document – which will be of interest to all industry participants including merchants, acquirers, card issuers and new payment entrants engaged in the mobile and digital secure payment ecosystem – is designed to allow market implementers to develop interoperable tokenisation solutions. EMVCo, which is collectively owned by American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa, announced that it would expand its scope to lead the payments industry in its work to standardise tokenisation in January 2014. The new specification will help provide the payments community with a consistent, secure and globally interoperable environment to make digital payments when using a mobile handset, tablet, personal computer or other smart device. This will encourage industry efficiencies and security enhancements for digital commerce. The new specification from EMVCo will maintain compatibility with the current payment infrastructure and will be complementary to the existing EMV Chip Specifications to ensure consistency across all payment environments. Moving forward, EMVCo will actively solicit Associate, Subscriber and public feedback to support enhancements and inclusion of additional use cases. The specification framework will evolve with industry input collected to broaden its applicability and relevance to marketplace needs.