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

Visa payWave Transactions Average 1mm+/Monthly

Singapore is currently the fastest growing country in the world for Visa payWave thanks to increased consumer and retailer acceptance with the addition of new merchants in the “everyday” segment, such as cafes, cinemas, fast food chains, pharmacies and convenience stories, as well as increased consumer acceptance. Contactless payment momentum has been greatly supported by major supermarket chains in Singapore and this has increased Visa payWave acceptance across the island. Cold Storage, Market Place, Giant and, most recently, NTUC FairPrice have also adopted Visa payWave as a payment option. There are now more than 1.5 million Visa payWave cards2 issued in Singapore, an increase of half a million cards since the beginning of the year. Locally, cardholders can choose from 17 Visa payWave cards issued by national banks.

Consumer Credit Outstanding up 4.5% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With the total outstanding revolving US consumer credit up 4.5% in June from last year to an adjusted $850B, it continued to erase all positive momentum seen in 2013. Continuing to grow, the July revolving credit outstanding is still not as high as the year ago figure of over $1trillion and…

NCR Exclusive Processor for NFL Team

NCR announced a four-year partnership with the Atlanta Falcons, whereby Official Falcons Gear, the Atlanta Falcons Retail arm, will use NCR Netkey Endless Aisle solution to allow fans on the main level of the stadium to order merchandise from designated NCR Express Zones and then pick it up any time they want before the game ends, dramatically cutting time spent waiting in line. NCR Wayfinding interactive self-service solution will be installed at the stadium, to make it easier for fans to find their way around the large, multi-tier stadium with a touch of the finger. NCR and the Falcons are also kicking off a series of programs for NCR employees and the community. Beginning in the spring of 2014 associates from the Atlanta Falcons Physical Performance Department will work with the NCR Human Resources Department to develop a wellness program specially designed for NCR employees.

Citi Retail Services Extends Staples Contract

Citi Retail Services announced a long-term extension of their successful 22-year credit relationship with Staples, the world’s largest office products company and second largest Internet retailer. Citi Retail Services will continue to provide processing services and customer service support for all of Staples’ private label credit card programs. Staples offers three private label credit programs to meet the needs of businesses and organizations of all sizes, as well as individual consumers: The Staples Business Credit Account with Revolving Terms, the Staples Commercial Billing Account with Net Pay terms, and the Staples Personal Credit Account. Each credit program has no annual fee, and can be used for purchases at Staples stores, by catalog and online at Staples.com.

Barnes and Fime Card Test Tool MasterCard Qualified

The card personalisation validation (CPV) test tool co-developed by Barnes and Fime has been qualified by MasterCard Worldwide to meet its latest CPV requirements version 6.2 (2013). The test tool – which is available in four forms, Barnes CPT 3000v3 CPV module, Barnes CAT 3000v3 CPV module, Barnes CPT PRO Issuer FIME-CPV and PersevalPRO FIME-CPV – helps issuers to reduce product time to market by enabling pre-certification of MasterCard and MasterCard PayPass™ cards. Banks, card manufacturers and personalisation bureaus can purchase the tool to test a product’s adherence to MasterCard standards prior to applying for the formal CPV service. The test tool has been qualified by MasterCard after extensive qualification tests, which confirmed that the tool collectively incorporates the personalisation functionality and security requirements outlined by the payment system in June 2013. This includes support of M/Chip Advance version 1.1 and Mobile MasterCard PayPass M/Chip 4 version 1.0 products as well as specific CPV requirements for the United States market. The tool has also been enhanced to automatically perform tests on all card interfaces – magnetic stripe, contact and contactless – without manual intervention.

Jack Henry Expands with IT-Lifeline

Jack Henry & Associates technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for the financial services industry has expanded its relationship with IT-Lifeline which enabled the addition of Centurion Enterprise-Level Recovery to its suite of disaster preparedness and recovery solutions. Centurion Enterprise-Level Recovery is an enterprise-wide data protection and recovery solution for Windows servers and their resident data. This cost-effective, secure data vaulting service supports Windows-based core systems, complementary banking solutions, and ancillary business systems such as email and office document platforms. The disk-based data protection and recovery services enable financial institutions to enhance their business continuity planning and testing, and expedite disaster response with immediate data access and recovery and local data restores. Centurion Enterprise-Level Recovery provides offsite data storage, eliminates the time and cost associated with tape-based recovery, provides workstation access from any location with an Internet connection, and is compliant with the FFIEC requirements for progressive and periodic testing of business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities.

MiiCard Launches Digital Bank Statements

Online identity proofing service miiCard launched Certified Digital Bank Statements as part of its verified online identity service at Finovate Fall 2013. Financial and professional service companies can now use miiCard Certified Digital Bank Statements for underwriting, risk assessment and responsible lending decisions. Certified Digital Bank Statements are user-controlled components of a verified miiCard identity. Upon request, miiCard members can authorize financial institutions or professional service companies to access one of two different levels of information. With miiCard’s Identity as a Service (IDaaS) platform and Certified Digital Bank Statements, businesses can quickly verify an individual can afford a loan or qualify for a service.

Zuora Names SVP, Global Services

Zuora continued expansion of its executive management team with the addition of Keith Costello, who will join as Zuora’s Senior Vice President of Global Services. An enterprise technology executive with twenty-five years of experience, Costello previously served in senior executive roles at Oracle, Siebel Systems, and at SAP. Guillaume Vives, who previously held the position of Senior Vice President of Professional Services, has been named Senior Vice President of Strategy and Product Management. Keith Costello was with SAP, where he held a variety of senior leadership positions, including Executive Vice President and General Manager in SAP’s business analytics and global services divisions. At Siebel Systems, Costello served as Group Vice President of Global Services, and at Oracle as Vice President of Oracle Consulting.

OP-Pohjola Inks Equens Card-Processing

Equens was elected by the Finnish OP-Pohjola Group as new card processing partner. Both parties signed a long-lasting contract for card services.It is highly exceptional that a bank actually acts upon the SEPA European level playing field by switching from processor. With OP-Pohjola as new client for card-related processing services Equens will create a clear footprint in the Northern European cards market. Expectations are that the first card transactions will be processed in Q4 2014. OP-Pohjola already had an agreement with Equens for the processing of SEPA payments as well as their regular cross-border euro payments since 2008. With this new agreement OP-Pohjola Group will also entrust their debit and Visa Electron card processing to Equens. Equens card and payment processor processes 10.4 billion payments and 4.4 billion card transactions, operating over 61 million payment cards, 873,000 payment terminals and 21,000 ATMs.

Credit Union 1 Deploys Bluepoint ImagePoint on ATMs

Bluepoint Solutions announced Credit Union 1 has selected its ImagePoint ATM for ATM check capture. With $864 million in assets and 14 branches, Credit Union 1 boasts a service area spanning the entire state of Alaska. To better serve such a far-flung member base, the credit union launched a comprehensive ATM replacement project in December 2012 and installed ATMs from Diebold. After a thorough vendor review process between several providers, an internal project team deemed Bluepoint’s ImagePoint ATM check capture as the solution best equipped to handle the credit union’s projected growth and the addition of additional capture points in the future. Credit Union 1 also chose Bluepoint due to its accelerated time to market capabilities, as well as the company’s ability to integrate multiple RDC capture points that are supported by a single back-office cashletter system.

NCR Video ATM Announces New Client

Tobyhanna Federal Credit Union will begin using interactive video ATM technology from NCR Corporation. Tobyhanna FCU has installed two NCR APTRA Interactive Tellers in order to increase service hours and create friendly and efficient member experience. APTRA Interactive Teller is the only ATM-based technology that not only lets people talk to a live remote teller, but also gives the teller remote control over the machine to conduct transactions. Tobyhanna FCU has made remote tellers on the machine available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, resulting in a 78 percent increase in branch service hours. Adding an additional 10 hours of service per week to a typical financial institution branch can cost as much as $50,000 per year. APTRA Interactive Teller can conduct approximately 95 percent of typical teller transactions over the same timeframe at a fraction of the operational cost.