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

Payment Alliance Intl inks Latest ATM branding deal

Payment Alliance International (PAI) and BB&T Corporation (BBT), one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S., have jointly announced an agreement to brand over 130 Rite Aid Corporation ATMs in the Atlanta area. While PAI will own and operate all of the ATM placements, BB&T customers will enjoy the familiar appearance of the BB&T brand on the ATM, as well as surcharge free access for their transactions. As one of the largest ATM networks in the United States, PAI provides ATM services for over 60,000 retail locations nationwide and was recently selected to provide ATM services for approximately 1,500 Rite Aid locations in the western, central, and southern United States.

Western Union 2Q/13 Revenue Drops 3% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union reported 2Q/13 revenues declined 3% compared to the prior year, or 2% on a constant currency basis, primarily due to pricing investments in the Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) segment. C2C revenues declined 4%, or 3% constant currency, including a negative 1% impact from the Vigo and Orlandi Valuta brands. C2C pricing…

Capital One and Helzberg Diamonds Re-Up on Private Label Card

Capital One Financial Corporation and Helzberg Diamonds announced a multi-year extension of the private label credit card program agreement. The partnership enables consumers to have expanded buying power through access to special purchase offers, as well as exclusive benefits and financing options. Capital One’s continued partnership with Helzberg Diamonds reinforces the company’s commitment to building its credit card partnership business.

mopay Reconfirmed Preferred Gameforge mPayments Supplier

mopay, a global leader in innovative payment solutions for online merchants, announced today that it has been reconfirmed as preferred payment partner for Gameforge, one of the leading providers of high-quality online games. mopay has received top scores in Gameforge’s evaluation of mobile payment providers and will thus continue to process a significant proportion of Gameforge’s global mobile payment transactions. mopay provides direct carrier, landline and broadband billing options for online merchants in more than 80 countries through its industry-leading payments platform. Implemented in Gameforge’s offers, mopay enables players to easily, quickly and securely make in-game purchases, allowing them to buy virtual goods in its AAA game portfolio.

Q2 & Geezeo Partner on Bank PFM

Q2 secure virtual banking partnered Geezeo online Personal Finance Management (PFM) for financial institutions. The partnership allows Q2 to integrate Geezeo’s engagement banking platform to not only provide PFM, but also to enable financial institutions to deliver highly relevant content from within the online banking environment. Q2’s PFM services help financial institutions gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace by empowering customers and members to best manage their finances. Additionally, the data analysis and marketing capabilities provide comprehensive insight into customers’ purchasing patterns, allowing banks to offer better service, which in turn promotes customer loyalty.

USA Technologies Celebrates 5,000th Cashless Client

USA Technologies recently celebrated its 5,000th customer milestone with New York vending operator and Pepsi bottler, Fitzgerald Brothers Beverages, Inc. (“Fitzgerald Brothers”). Crossing the 5,000 customer mark translates to a compound annual growth rate of 69 percent for USAT, from approximately 1,000 customers three years ago. Fitzgerald Brothers recently became a USAT customer in response to increasing demand for debit/credit card acceptance by its consumers and encouraging data regarding the sales uplift a cashless payment platform can deliver to traditionally cash-only businesses and subsequently will receive a free personalized loyalty and prepaid program.

MoneyGram Signs New Agent Agreement

MoneyGram and Payzone Romania payment services operators signed an agreement to offer money transfer services throughout the country. Payzone Romania offers a wide range of payment services and electronic recharge services, operating the largest electronic payments network with cash from Romania from its more than 11,000 terminals all over the country. The agreement between Payzone Romania and MoneyGram provides a cost efficient solution for consumers who do not have or use a bank account or credit card to transfer funds.

MasterPass by MasterCard Debuts

MasterPass is a digital service that allows consumers to use any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced and secure shopping experiences with just a click, tap or touch – online, in-store or anywhere. It moves payments forward by allowing the consumer to safely store all their payment, store card, loyalty, shipping and billing address details in one place and gives consumers the ability to make a payment from wherever they are with whatever device they have. With a single click of the MasterPass button on a retailer site, the consumer can access their wallet of choice and authenticate with a password to checkout. In addition to MasterCard cards, consumers can use other branded credit, debit, prepaid and private label cards. MasterCard Advisor’s SpendingPulse data shows total UK year-on-year eCommerce sales grew by more than 12% in May 2013, compared to just 3% growth in overall UK retail sales for the same month last year.

Visa 3Q/13 Net Income Jumps 16% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa announced its 3Q/13 net income of $1.2 billion, an increase of 16% from the year ago figure. Net operating revenue in the fiscal third quarter of 2013 was $3.0 billion, an increase of 17% over the prior year, driven by strong growth in service revenues, data processing revenues and international…

Fiserv Deploys Investment Portfolio in Secure Online Portal

Fiserv made available its Prologue Investment Portfolio Accounting application as a hosted (ASP) solution via the Intelligent WorkplaceSM web portal. Launched in the first quarter of this year, Intelligent Workplace provides centralized and cost-effective access to multiple Fiserv solutions that help manage performance, grow profits and protect assets. Using Prologue Investment Portfolio Accounting via Intelligent Workplace from Fiserv, portfolio managers within banks and credit unions can utilize an unlimited number of security types for complete flexibility and customization as their portfolios change and grow. Fixed, variable, adjustable and step-up instruments are all handled with ease, and the system simplifies tracking of the unique characteristics associated with debt instruments, equities, CDs and liabilities. The portal makes it easier for end users to manage and switch between these multiple applications, while seamlessly integrating an organization’s risk, budgeting and reporting data and processes.