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

Allied Wallet Officially a MasterCard Principal Member

Allied Wallet online credit card processing, multi-currency merchant services, state-of-the-art payment processing, digital eWallet solutions, software development, and a PCI Level 1 payment gateway, has recently been deemed a Principal Member of MasterCard. Now an official member of MasterCard as an acquirer, Allied Wallet has been given its own MasterCard BIN, Bank Identification Number and can now assign MIDs, Merchant Identification Numbers, to merchants at even lower discount rates. Merchant and customer transactions will all be monitored and protected under Allied Wallet’s in-house, PCI Level 1 Security.

Commerce Trust Company Introduces World Elite MasterCard

The Commerce Trust Company, in conjunction with Commerce Bank, is offering its clients greater flexibility and security for their purchases at international locations by adding the new World Elite MasterCard® product to its private banking card portfolio. The chip-enabled World Elite MasterCard offers private banking clients improved ease of use when travelling internationally, no foreign transaction fees, and enhanced reward options. The World Elite MasterCard has no preset spending limit and provides cardholders with airport lounge club membership, one-day card replacement delivery to U.S. and global destinations* for lost or stolen cards, and a dedicated 24/7 customer service line and enhanced servicing.

payvia Partners Mobile-XL on mPayment Solution

payvia direct carrier billing mobile payments partnered to integrate its mobile payments technology with Mobile-XL, whose feature phone browsing platform provides access to digital services such as Facebook, Twitter, email, news, sports and games for millions of people in Africa and India. Mobile-XL browsers use SMS as a data channel, creating an innovative solution that gives feature phone users access to a wide range of digital content. By adding payvia’s mobile checkout into services on the Mobile-XL browser, the partnership will let consumers purchase digital goods and services with two-click payments made from their prepaid carrier airtime. This means that millions of feature phone users will have a fast and secure way to transact across services like social media, communications, news and games, without requiring a bank account or credit card.

Izyi Payments Startup Raises $1.4mm

iyzi Payments announce that they received Series A investment of 1.4 million US dollars. iyzi Payments will use the investment to accelerate the company’s growth in Turkey. iyzi Payments was founded in 2012 with the vision of becoming the leading payment service provider in Turkey. iyzi Payments launched its first product iyzico in April 2013, bringing a completely new and easy approach to implementing card payments for eCommerce companies. With iyzico merchants can host their payment solution themselves and still be PCI-compliant. To customize the payment process, a library of ready-made widgets is available, which can be adapted to the merchant’s own specifications in a fully flexible manner. With iyzico, iyzipayments is taking cutting edge solutions similar to Stripe to the booming Turkish eCommerce market.

BPC Banking Names Director of Sales

BPC Banking Technologies Open System payment solutions announced Brian Hadaway as the Director of Sales. Brian has held management and executive sales positions within the banking and financial services industry, and has extensive experience in enterprise payment systems and processing environments. He spent over 13 years in a management role at North Dallas Bank &Trust in Dallas, TX. Before joining BPC, Brian served as senior account manager at Mosaic Software, S1 and ACI Worldwide.

ROAM mPOS Announces Facility Expansion

ROAM, an Ingenico mobile commerce platform provider, expanded its Boston headquarters, from 12,000 to 20,000 square feet, in order to accommodate its rapidly growing team. The firm doubled in size over the past year and currently employs 100+ professionals, with plans to hire an additional 50 employees by the end of 2013, primarily for engineering roles. For a full list of open positions, visit http://www.roamdata.com/careers. ROAM’s business has grown swiftly due to ramping worldwide demand for mobile POS solutions, which provide consumers with convenience and merchants with incremental revenue.

Infinite Peripherals Aids Retailer iPad Adoption

Leading mobile point-of-sale (POS) device provider Infinite Peripherals, Inc. (IPC) introduced the Infinea Tab 4 for the iPad with Apple Lightning connector to support retailer mobile POS adoption. The latest MFi-certified device from IPC – which already has more than 250,000 mobile POS devices in use nationwide – is compatible with the Apple iPad 4. With tablet POS adoption rates increasing among retailers of all sizes, the Infinea Tab 4 presents an improved design and even faster scanning capabilities that are in demand to deliver the Apple-inspired in-store customer experience and improved inventory management. The Infinea Tab 4 with Lightning connector adds a 1D or 2D barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader to an Apple iPad 4 so retail associates can conduct customer checkout from anywhere in the store, eliminating consumer wait times in line. With optional Bluetooth® and RFID readers, the new Infinea Tab 4 completes transactions even faster with a more streamlined handheld unit.

ASI/Restaurant Manager POS Appoints Director, Software Development

Action Systems Restaurant Manager POS software for the foodservice industry, announced the appointment of Brian Ellery as Director of Software Development. In this role, Ellery is responsible for supervising three independent development teams that focus, respectively, on restaurant Point-of-Sale software, mobile business applications, and cloud services. Ellery brings over 20 years of experience to his new role, including proven abilities in new software development, propelling technical and business organizations to new levels, software and IT roadmap development, mobile application development management, and multi-national team management.

TransCard Launches Gift Card Kiosks

TransCard launched its RUBY Gift Card kiosk, a self-service kiosk offered to shopping mall operators for a low lease cost of $100 per month. The RUBY Gift Card kiosk allows mall shoppers to purchase a gift card to the shopping facility without the help of a customer service mall employee. The shopper simply enters the denomination they wish to load onto the gift card and they’re done. TransCard purchased HQ Gift Cards in November 2012 and has actively been looking for ways to combine processing, program management, and technology to mall operators around the country.

MoneyGram Renews Nix Financial Partnership

MoneyGram renewed its contract with Nix Financial, which offers consumer loans, prepaid debit and credit cards, bill payment and check cashing to financial education. Nix will continue to exclusively provide MoneyGram money transfer services and money orders to its customers. Nix Financial customers regularly depend on MoneyGram’s services to securely send and receive funds from Latin America as well as locally. With the agreement, customers can continue to quickly send or receive funds at any Nix location to recipients across the globe.

Discover Cardmembers Earn 5% Cashback on Gas

Discover is making it easier for cardmembers to earn extra rewards at the pump. Now through Sept. 30, 2013, Discover cardmembers can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $1,500 in purchases at gas stations. Cardmembers can earn 5% Cashback Bonus by simply signing up for 5% online at discover.com, or by calling 1-800-DISCOVER (347-2683). After making $1,500 in gas station purchases, Discover cardmembers still automatically earn their standard Cashback Bonus on all other purchases. Additionally, as the 2013-2014 school year quickly approaches, Discover cardmembers also can enjoy extra savings on back-to-school purchases made through ShopDiscover, the exclusive online shopping portal featuring more than 200 top retailers. From July 18 to Sept. 4, 2013, Discover is leveraging its relationships with nearly 40 merchant partners to increase Cashback Bonus savings to help families save more on items such as clothing, shoes and school supplies.