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:

AnywhereCommerce & Spindle Partner on mPOS

AnywhereCommerce has reached an agreement with mobile commerce solutions provider, Spindle, Inc., to provide mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) products for Spindle’s MeNetwork mobile commerce offering. Through this relationship, AnywhereCommerce will provide MeNetwork™ customers its patented magnetic-stripe card payment accepting technologies that turn smartphones and tablets into mobile payment terminals. Renowned for its MeNetwork brand of global mobile marketing services, Spindle is the leading developer of seamlessly integrated mobile payments and mobile marketing and branding solutions. Its customizable services enable mobile merchants around the world to strengthen connections with their consumers, differentiate themselves from the competition, and drive more business.

Shopify Announces POS System

Shopify ecommerce platform announced its Shopify POS system designed to let anybody easily sell in-store in addition to online. Shopify POS marks a new frontier for Shopify as they branch out from helping people create ecommerce stores, to helping people run and grow businesses across all levels of commerce. Shopify POS uses the same easy-to-use online store management system as its ecommerce platform, allowing merchants to manage all aspects of their business from one place. They can add a product or update inventory on one side of the system, and it is instantly updated across the board – creating an organized, seamless integration between selling online and selling in-store.

BullsEye Launches Mako PCI DSS

Provider of integrated telecommunications solutions, BullsEye, launches its new PCI DSS-enablement solution in partnership with Mako Networks, a world leader in PCI DSS compliance and network security management. Through this partnership BullsEye will continue to offer enhanced network management with the addition of a PCI compliance solution to its base and new customers. This partnership with Mako is a natural progression for BullsEye. The company (BullsEye) has been offering simplified network management as part of its current portfolio and this decision to partner with Mako now bolsters its ability to empower its clients to become and remain PCI DSS-compliant.

PNC Bank Upgrades 3600 ATM

PNC Bank customers have more convenient options to make deposits, cash checks and complete other transactions with the addition of new features to 3,600 ATMs. The installation of PNC DepositEasysm capabilities on ATMs in every PNC region began in 2012 and was completed this month. The “smart” ATMs, which can be located via from among the bank’s 7,200 ATMs nationwide, enable customers to cash checks and deposit stacks of cash or checks without an envelope 24/7, 365 days a year. Justice said customers are increasingly taking advantage of PNC’s investments in services and technology. Prior to completion of the ATM upgrades, deposits via ATMs and mobile app increased to 23 percent of PNC’s total deposits in the second quarter compared to 14 percent last year.

Cardlytics Expands Internationally

Cardlytics Card-Linked Marketing launched its successful advertising platform, initially with Lloyds Banking Group. The U.K. market represents a new opportunity in Card-Linked Marketing, which allows advertisers to create purchase-targeted marketing, reaching consumers via their online and mobile banking applications. Online banking customers represent an important and engaged consumer channel: 50% of all U.K. adults report that they access their bank accounts over the internet, and 76% of those aged 25-34 report using the internet for online banking.

MoneyGram Expands Money Transfer Service

MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer company, announced that its international money transfer service will be expanding. Services will be provided through an alliance with three banks: Asia Green Development (AGD) Bank, Myanmar Citizens Bank (MCB) and Tun Foundation Bank (TFB). MoneyGram’s initial services allow consumers to securely receive money from friends and family through these three banks, which have locations spread across the country. Each bank was selected for its reliability and reputation: MCB is a public bank, TFB is almost 20 years old and privately owned, and the parent company of AGD Bank owns the largest chain of banking businesses in the region.

MasterCard, C-SAM, DNP to Introduce White-label NFC mWallet

MasterCard, C-SAM and DNP announced the coming launch of a white-label NFC m-wallet service in Japan that enterprises will use to offer their customers more rewarding experiences to retailers and merchants. The NFC white label services integrate C-SAM’s end-to-end Mobile Transaction Platform (MTP), MasterCard PayPass™ contactless payment solution, and DNP’s flexible and scalable mobile wallet, enabling merchants and retailers to enhance and simplify the shopping experience by offering their customers convenient, contactless, transactional and value-added services via their smartphone. A joint mobile wallet service integrating C-SAM’s MTP and MasterCard contactless technology was launched in Singapore in August of 2012. This platform also includes StarHub, DBS Bank, and EZ-Link.

Global Payments and Dialog Axiata Ink mPOS Partnership

Global Payments Asia-Pacific Limited (Global Payments), a leading pan-regional card payment processor in Asia Pacific, and Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog), a premier telecommunications service provider in Sri Lanka, announced the launch of an innovative mobile payment solution that turns a smartphone or tablet into a mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) terminal — the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. This award-winning mobile payment solution* enables merchants to accept card payments beyond a counter-top sales environment and wherever business takes them within Sri Lanka. This mobile payment solution helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) quickly and easily establish a means to accept MasterCard(R) and Visa(R) card payments through a smartphone or tablet. The business can download a free app provided by Global Payments on their mobile device and connect it to a secure card reader to start accepting card payments instantly.

B+S Card Service Launches ePayment

B+S Card Service launched its Electronic Payment Advice (EPA) reporting tool to UK merchants. The EPA function is a daily report format that integrates with merchants accounting software to instantly provide detailed payment information. Daily report format has to be seen with respect to agreed date of payment, i.e. report is only available after payments are completed. This integration presents relevant payment information quickly and clearly to merchants making it easier for them to attain an overview of transactions. EPA presents payment information in various levels of detail, from payment at invoice number level to individual transaction level offering merchants a convenient and immediate overview of their electronic payments.

Mashreq Bank Inks MasterCard and Swiff on mPOS

In its efforts to continue pioneering innovation led banking solutions, UAE’s leading financial institution Mashreq announced the launch of ‘Mashreq Payport’, the region’s first fully EMV Chip & PIN compliant mobile POS solution, in partnership with MasterCard and with Swiff. For businesses that are dependent on cash to facilitate home deliveries or many other similar business segments, Mashreq Payport provides the ideal, convenient, secure and cost-effective solution. With Mashreq Payport, any standard smart phone can be converted into a full-fledged payment acceptance terminal, all that is needed is to download the Mashreq Payport app on the phone and insert the card in the accompanying device.

Fiserv Announces Tablet Banking App

Fiserv launched its “Mobiliti: Tablet,” a turnkey ASP solution tailored for tablet users. With more than 100 banks and credit unions already committed to deploy the solution, “Mobiliti: Tablet” provides a functional, quick to market tablet banking capability. The downloadable application for iPad(R) and iPad mini provides users with access to their accounts in an interactive, touch-enabled format. Capabilities include bill payments, person-to-person payments, mobile deposit, an ATM and branch locator and built-in calendar and calculator functions. It also integrates with online banking solutions from Fiserv and the Popmoney(R) person-to-person payments solution, providing users with full access to digital banking functionality and social payment transactions. A downloadable application for Android(TM) tablets will be available in 2014.

MasterCard Names New Chief Marketing Officer

MasterCard announced that Raja Rajamannar has been named Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Here he assumes global responsibility for MasterCard’s advertising, sponsorships, promotions, research, insights, and digital and consumer marketing initiatives. Rajamannar previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at WellPoint, Inc, where he led the company’s new strategic direction and transformational agenda, and was responsible for managing its $10 billion Medicare Advantage business. He also managed various functions for the enterprise, including Marketing, Innovation, Corporate Development & Ventures, Consumer Data Analytics, Digital and International Operations.