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

Diebold Names Senior VP, Strategic Projects

Diebold, Incorporated (DBD) announced that Stefan E. Merz has been appointed senior vice president of strategic projects, effective Aug. 1. In this role, Merz will be responsible for driving Diebold’s transformation strategy, helping execute on the company’s previously disclosed multi-year realignment plan, and identifying other areas of improvement that will drive future growth. With executive-level experience in strategic development, business intelligence, sales effectiveness and business transformation, Merz has a proven record of driving results and improving profitability in large, global technology companies. Merz held various leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise Group and at Siemens AG, based in Munich, Germany, most recently serving as vice president of strategy and marketing. In this role, he was responsible for defining the organization’s enterprise services strategy and growth initiatives.

Bank of Ningbo Deploys NCR ATM Software Platform

Bank of Ningbo has deployed its 500 ATM on the NCR APTRATM Edge multi-vendor software application while its network has been migrated to be compliant with EMV1 (PBOC 2.02) card payment standards. NCR has installed its Terminal Management Services solution, which provides real-time remote monitoring and recovery ability to ensure the ATM network’s availability and visibility. In addition, NCR has upgraded Bank of Ningbo’s ATM network with a suite of security solutions, including NCR Remote Key Management solution, Dynamic eLock Management Platform, and SolidCore for APTRA security solution, which will help improve security and ATM uptime. NCR immediately kicked off the project through detailed testing and analysis of its multi-vendor ATM environment, and implemented software to be shared among different vendors’ ATM terminals.

BKM Launches mPayments-Remittance App

BKM Express, the payment platform developed by BKM (Interbank Card Center of Turkey), continues to be acclaimed by the users with its new services.
With the new mobile application of BKM Express, cardholders can make payments at e-commerce merchants and transfer money through mobile phones. BKM Express gives the opportunity to transfer money to mobile phones or cards for 7×24 between different banks. Mobile Application of BKM Express can be downloaded from Apple Store free of charge. Members of BKM Express can immediately log in the application with their currently effective e-mail addresses & passwords and begin to transfer money. Those who are not already members of BKM Express, can immediately become a member with their e-mail address and a password. It is possible to add cards by clicking “Add Card” button and begin to make transactions after receiving a verification password from the bank. BKM Express members, who prefer to make a payment on the mobile applications of merchants, can click “Pay with BKM Express” option on the payment page and they will be forwarded to the mobile application of BKM Express.

CaixaBank and Global Payments Ink Merchant Payments JV

CaixaBank and Global Payments payment processing services signed an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture in the Brazilian merchant payments market to enhance Global Payments’ first incursion into the Latin American market. The new joint venture will be named Comercia Global Payments Brazil and, through its operating subsidiary, is already accepting Visa and MasterCard cards. This agreement will combine the technological and commercial expertise of the two companies, which have been at the forefront of payments innovation including contactless technology, digital payments and mobile solutions (mPOS). The strength of the joint venture represents a competitive advantage the two companies will bring to Brazil, a market that is growing at an annual rate of 20%.

Fortumo Partners China Unicom and China Telecom

Mobile payments provider Fortumo announced direct carrier billing agreements with China Unicom and China Telecom. Fortumo is now the first and only mobile payments provider who can provide mobile operator billing for in-app purchases to all 1.15 billion mobile phone subscribers in China. Fortumo’s commitment to China is further solidified by its recently establishing a Beijing office, through which Fortumo aims to act as a bridge for Chinese developers seeking to monetize overseas and overseas developers seeking to monetize in China. Fortumo has already closed deals with top Chinese developers, including CocoaChina/Chukong, Gamewave and Boyaa for monetizing their games in the international markets.

Fiserv Makes Available Investment Portfolio Accounting

Fiserv announced the availability of 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.

USA Technologies Helps Extend Rewards Program

USA Technologies, a leader of wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, Thanks Again, LLC and USAT customer, Canteen, have teamed up to enable travelers using vending machines at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to participate in the DFW Customer Rewards Program. Travelers participating in the DFW Customer Rewards Program are eligible to earn frequent flyer miles or points for every qualifying purchase made at the DFW Airport, including parking, retail, concessions and now, vending. ePort Connect was designed to make adoption easy, reliable and scalable for the small-ticket market and enables customers to participate in loyalty programs such as those offered by Thanks Again as well as USAT’s loyalty and prepaid customer offering.

Fiserv Awarded “Best-in-Class” Rating

Fiserv announced two of its enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, Nautilus® and Director®, have been awarded three “Best-in-Class” ratings in the CEB TowerGroup 2013 Enterprise Content Management Technology Analysis. Nautilus and Director were both recognized in the Content Management and User Experience categories, and Nautilus was recognized in the Enterprise Support category. Nautilus from Fiserv was recognized for its adaptable ECM infrastructure, which enables workflow layers for integrated departmental applications supporting treasury management, loan servicing and loan origination. Each application comes with pre-configured business rules to define events-based workflows that can be redesigned by business analysts during discovery or on an ongoing basis.

MasterCard Announces CMO Retirement

MasterCard announced that Alfredo Gangotena will retire as the company’s chief marketing officer, effective September 1, after nine years with the Company and having held the role since April 2010. Tim Murphy, MasterCard’s chief product officer, will add oversight of marketing to his current responsibilities on an interim basis as the search for a chief marketing officer is conducted. As chief marketing officer, Gangotena led the company’s advertising, sponsorships, promotions, research and digital marketing initiatives. Gangotena was the Global Products & Solutions lead and general manager for MasterCard Europe. Gangotena was also the senior vice president and general manager, MasterCard Asia/Pacific Region.

Travelex Partners OKI for Regional Expansion

Travelex Japan, one of the largest merchants specializing in currency exchange, announced the installation of OKI’s RG7 Currency Exchanger at two stores at Narita International Airport. Travelex began operating the RG7 Currency Exchanger located at Terminal 1 on July 19; the second machine, located at Terminal 2, is slated to begin operating July 26. The RG7 Currency Exchanger currency exchange machine is capable of simultaneously recycling deposits and accommodating withdrawals between Japanese yen and multiple foreign currencies, thereby automating exchange tasks and accelerating the pace of foreign currency exchange transactions. The deployment of these two machines follows the installation of the RG7 Currency Exchanger at the Haneda Airport International Terminal Station; the latter machine began operating March 4. Travelex and OKI plan to capitalize on the partnership and deploy additional machines.

FleetCor Inks Visa Europe Partnership Agreement

FleetCor Technologies fuel cards and workforce payment products to businesses signed a long-term agreement with Visa Europe. FleetCor will utilize its Global FleetNet (“GFN”) fuel card processing system together with Visa Europe’s EMV standard chip and PIN intelligent technology to deliver new fuel card solutions across Visa Europe territories. The companies plan to develop new fuel card propositions together with the first planned implementation in FleetCor’s Allstar business in the UK. Allstar will be the first to offer this Visa Europe chip and PIN technology in the commercial fuel card space.