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

skyauth and CreditCall Deploys mPOS at Shopping Center

Cloud commerce specialist skyauth is set to launch in Europe later this month after signing its first major customer for its mPOS solution, popuppay, which uses CreditCall’s mPOS SDK and payment gateway service. skyauth will be showcasing its mPOS solution on CreditCall’s stand 435 at RBTE at London’s Earls Court on 11-12 March 2014. Working in conjunction with We Are Pop Up, a company which connects brands and businesses to short-term retail commercial space across Europe, skyauth will be providing eight pop-up retailers within the Corio shopping centre in Berlin with its popuppay mPOS solution. skyauth has developed its mPOS product to be a complete out of the box commerce solution for small and pop-up retailers with the payment functionality provided through the use of the CreditCall software development kit (SDK) http://www.cardeasemobile.com/developers.html.

Western Union 4Q/13 Revenue Flat Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union reported 4Q/13 financial results with flat revenues from the year ago period. Consumer-to-consumer (C2C) revenues declined 1%, flat on a constant currency. Total C2C transactions increased 9% in the fourth quarter, driven primarily by continued traction from the pricing investments which the Company began to implement in the fourth…

MasterCard and Visa Launch Team on Payment Security

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard and Visa partnered on a new cross-industry group focused on enhancing payment system security to keep pace with the expectations of consumers, retailers and financial institutions. The group will initially focus on the adoption of EMV chip technology in the United States and tokenization, point-to-point encryption and broader needs. This…

Payelp Introduces ePrime Global

Payelp Global is introducing a new revolutionary new payment and business platform called ePrime Global,™ which will dramatically help the speed and security of payment transactions within the Payelp system. The platform has been in beta, but the company is transitioning into the new platform now for all future transactions. Payelp is more than just a payment service provider (currently offering over 300 global payment gateways worldwide to merchants), as the company helps online retailers and businesses earn revenue in other regions around the world through global partners and local regional offices.

Klarna Completes SOFORT Acquisition

Klarna today announces the completion of the SOFORT acquisition as all conditions precedent for the closing have been fulfilled. The two companies will together form Klarna Group and become Europe’s leading alternative online payments provider. Klarna Group’s services are used by over 25 million consumers and 45 000 online retailers across 14 European countries. Klarna Group has processed over 140 million transactions. Klarna Group can offer online merchants the payment alternatives most preferred by European consumers.

Ripple Launches Developer Portal for Payment Protocol

Ripple Labs launched this week the Ripple Developer Portal to make it easier and more efficient for third party developers to build on the Ripple protocol. Ripple Labs also announced that Mathijs Koenraadt claimed the first Ripple developer bounty for his Magento extension and its ability to read the Ripple public ledger to create an invoice. Ripple Labs created Ripple, an open-source, distributed payment protocol that powers a new global value web. The Ripple Developer Portal initially features the new REST API, and will expand over time to include a number of tools and resources designed to empower developers building on the Ripple open source code.

Barnes Intl Smart Card Increase

Barnes International, a global smart card test tool leader, today reported an increase in activity to US companies involved in the manufacture, personalization and issuance of EMV and non-EMV payment cards in the last 12 months. By selecting Barnes’ test solutions and EMV training, these organizations can assure the quality of their cards; speed up EMV product development and payment scheme certification; and reduce card issuance costs.

Switch Commerce Moves Headquarters

Switch Commerce LLC, a leading provider of ATM processing and Payments processing services, is pleased to announce our growth and move to a new company headquarters at 6565 N. MacArthur Boulevard in Irving, Texas. This move to a larger technology based headquarters reflects the company’s commitment to their customers and plans for new products under development in both ATM Processing and Payments Processing.

Icici Bank launches pre-paid transit and shopping card

ICICI Bank launched its combo prepaid card in association with the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC). The card was launched and co-branded by UPSRTC, offering dual benefits of a travel card as well as a shopping card on a single card. This first-of-its-kind pre-paid card offers users the convenience of not having to pay cash for buying tickets for every trip undertaken on a UPSRTC bus or buying paper passes for monthly or quarterly season tickets. In addition to this, customers can use this same card to shop online as well as at stores. This features Ease of travel on UPSRTC buses, wider acceptability at all VISA POS retail shops, malls and websites for cash-less shopping, no requirement of minimum balance on the shopping card, no need to open a bank account to avail shopping card benefits and secured use.

Fiserv 4Q/13 Revenue Continues Climb, Up 10% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Fiserv reported financial results for 4Q/13 with an adjusted revenue of $1.19 billion, compared to $1.07 billion for 4Q/12- an increase of 10%. For the full year, GAAP revenue was $4.81 billion compared with $4.44 billion in 2012. Adjusted revenue was $4.55 billion for the full year compared with $4.15 billion…

CardFree teams with Mecury Payment Systems

CARDFREE announced its collaboration with Mercury Payment Systems. CARDFREE focuses on providing integrated mobile commerce and loyalty solutions for restaurants and retail stores that help large merchants engage consumers based on individual behaviors and preferences. The company’s award-winning platform provides end-to-end commerce capabilities, including smart offers, gifting, payments and loyalty. With this integration with Mercury, CARDFREE will be able to bundle core payment processing and merchant acquiring with their current suite of services.

Lottery Tix At the ATM

Welch ATM has partnered with the Missouri Lottery and select convenience stores to provide even faster and more convenient access to lottery games…and potential winnings. ATMs at fifty local chains such as Mobil On the Run, U-Gas and Dirt Cheap will offer Powerball and MegaMillions quick pick purchases by March 7, 2014. Another fifty machines will launch in Kansas City by the end of the month.