Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

MoneyGram International 4Q/13, FY/13 Up 10% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MoneyGram posted 4Q/13 and FY/13 revenue, both up 10% on the previous year. Total 4Q revenue was $385.8 million, an increase over the prior year of 9 percent on a reported basis and 8 percent in constant currency. Money transfer revenue increased to $340.0 million, representing growth of 11 percent over…

Vodafone & MoneyGram Launch Global Payment

Vodafone and MoneyGram announced their partnership allowing consumers to transfer funds directly from around 200 countries to the millions of users of M-Pesa. The agreement will allow consumers who visit MoneyGram’s 334,000 agents across the globe to send funds directly to M-Pesa accounts. MoneyGram customers can also transfer money to an M-Pesa user through moneygram.com or via a mobile app, available on iPhone, Android and Windows 8 phones. M-Pesa – which allows customers to pay bills and withdraw, transfer and deposit money easily – is now available in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Fiji, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.

SCANSOURCE ADDS MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS

ScanSource® POS & Barcode is pleased to announce that it has expanded its relationship with Motorola Solutions. Through this expanded relationship, ScanSource POS and Barcode will now offer Motorola Solutions’ Industrial Mobile Computing (IMC) products (formerly known as Psion). By offering these products, ScanSource resellers will have access to Motorola Solutions’ complete enterprise portfolio, including mobile computing products that are designed for extreme work environments. Motorola Solutions’ IMC solutions include vehicle-mount products, non-incendive devices that safely operate in hazardous areas found in a number of applications, rugged handheld mobile computers, and enterprise handheld PDAs.

MoneyGram Announces Organizational Changes

MoneyGram announced several operational and organizational changes to better support the Company’s corporate objectives, including its goal of reaching $2 billion in annual revenue in 2017. These actions include realigning the organizational structure and commencing a global transformation program designed to help MoneyGram lead the industry in compliance, fuel multi-channel growth and improve its cost structure. MoneyGram has made several changes to its executive committee to position the Company for continued growth. W. Alexander Holmes has been named chief operating officer, effective immediately. He will also maintain his current titles and responsibilities as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In his expanded role, Holmes will be responsible for oversight of all finance, technology and operations functions. The following executives have been named executive vice president of their respective positions and will continue to report to MoneyGram’s chairman and chief executive officer, Pamela H. Patsley: W. Alexander Hoffmann, Global Product Management and Emerging Channels; Grant Lines, Asia Pacific, South Asia and Middle East; and Peter Ohser, U.S. and Canada. The three-year global transformation program designed to strengthen MoneyGram’s competitive position consist of Enhancing compliance, Investing for growth, Reorganization and restructuring.

JCB 2013

Currently the only international payment brand originating in Japan grew leaps and bounds last year. During 2013, the JCB card reached a milestone as it now has more than 15 million cardholders outside Japan. JCB also expects annual transaction volume to surpass $200 billion in 2014. JCB now has more than 350 issuing and acquiring partners worldwide, with card issuance in 15 countries and acceptance in 190 countries and territories. More than 23 million merchants worldwide serve JCB’s 81 million affluent cardholders. Here is an overview of JCB’s progress in 2013.

NFC microSD mPayments Implement ams

ams AG analog ICs and sensors announced that US-based DeviceFidelity, Inc. is using unique ams RF technology in its latest CredenSE 2.10 NFC microSD card to enable secure, certified NFC transmissions between any mobile phone and contactless payment terminals from Visa and MasterCard. DeviceFidelity CredenSE 2.10 is the world’s first NFC microSD card to successfully achieve global payment certifications from both Visa and MasterCard without requiring external booster antenna or device specific attachments. Using the AS3922 from ams, an integrated NFC front end with Active Boost technology, CredenSE achieves a typical read range of 4cm in a mobile phone’s microSD slot. The mobile phone is a notoriously difficult environment for RF and variations between phone models make it difficult to consistently achieve good performance. The stringent requirements for read range compatibility with payment terminals for payment applications cannot be met in small form factors such as SIM or microSD cards with a traditional passive NFC card emulation front end and simple planar antenna. The DeviceFidelity CredenSE 2.10 is the first commercially produced NFC microSD card that meets EMV standards using only an ultra-small antenna embedded in the card, making distribution and compatibility with hundreds of phone models possible with one easy-to-deploy microSD card. It can be used to transform any mobile device with a microSD card slot into a contactless payment device without any need for device specific external antenna or attachments. Active Boost allows for robust tag-to-reader communication at a coupling factor 100 times higher than is possible with conventional passive tag designs. The AS3922 also offers unique Antenna Auto Tuning and Q factor adjustment, which are critical to microSD, SIM and µSIM applications. The IC includes an ACLB interface for communication with the contactless interface of any Dual Interface Secure Element, and DCLB and NFC-WI interfaces for digital communication.

Triton Integrates Fujitsu G60 Bill Recycling in its ATM

Fujitsu front-end solutions and Triton Systems ATMs and ATM management software announced they will offer the Fujitsu G60 bill recycling unit in the ARGO 7 ATM. The integrated solution will be on display in the Triton booth number 508 at the ATMIA 2014 US Conference in Orlando, FL. The ATMIA USA annual conference and expo is the largest ATM-focused event in the world and this year’s event marks its 15th anniversary. Triton’s ARGO 7 ATM features a color touchscreen, supports the eco-friendly option of sending SMS text, email or printed receipts, reducing each machine’s carbon footprint and resulting in cost savings over the life of the ATM. Also it can be configured with a business hours or level one safe and is EMV ready. The Fujitsu G60, with up to 1,900 notes capacity, features 4 recycling cassettes, 1 deposit cassette and 1 optional F53 loading cassette. The loading cassette increases up time and productivity by increasing capacities, start of day replenishment or providing an additional denomination when necessary.

NCR POS Powers Stangengrüner Mühlenbäckerei

NCR and dascus are modernizing the point-of-sale (POS) infrastructure of all 109 branches of the German bakery chain Stangengrüner Mühlenbäckerei. The complete solution consists of software and hardware along with services and support provided by dascus. Due to its design, the POS technology enables small and midsized retailers to realize significant energy savings, since it features an energy-saving processor and runs without a cooling fan. With its compact design, the technology is easy to setup and maintain. Its color and branding can be customized according to a retailer’s individual preferences and can be used either as a POS workstation or multimedia kiosk for self-service applications.

Schuh Deploys TNSPay Payment Processing

Schuh Retailer has selected TNSPay, the multi-channel payment gateway from Transaction Network Services (TNS), for secure, compliant payment processing across its 99 stores in the UK and Ireland. As part of a store wide chip and PIN upgrade, Schuh was seeking to move to a service provider that could deliver a higher quality of customer service and technical support through a secure, compliant solution that improved the payments experience for their customers. TNS was one of the first companies to introduce managed payments technology over 20 years ago and has grown significantly with its products and solutions now managing over 15 billion payment transactions across the world each year. TNS provides services and support to customers in over 60 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific region, with its reach extending to many more.

Yapi Kredi revamps card processing operations with SmartSoft

Kredi Bank has renewed its payment systems with SmartSoft’s OCEAN platform and completed the technological and functional transformation of its infrastructure.
Yapı Kredi renewed its card payment systems infrastructure with Cardtek Group company SmartSoft’s OCEAN platform. Complete Worldcard portfolio has been successfully transferred to OCEAN platform’s payment systems structure with the project that started in 2012. Due to this change, Worldcard products are now easy managable, flexible and designed with the latest technological infrastructure. OCEAN Payment Platform and Yapı Kredi functions were combined together to create the maximum efficiency. Credit Card Management, Prepaid Card Management, Campaign Managtement, Switch, Exchange, Authorization and Charegeback systems have all been renewed.