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

NCR Announces Latest Interactive ATM Client Bank

Cadence Bank will install two drive-up APTRA Interactive Teller units from NCR Corporation, which will extend service hours and create friendly and efficient customer experiences. APTRA Interactive Teller ATM-based technology allows people to talk to a live remote teller, while giving the teller remote control over the machine to conduct transactions. Adding an additional 10 hours of branch service each 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. Through its APTRA Interactive Tellers, Cadence can offer secure teller services during non-traditional banking hours and provide full teller services in areas not served by branches.

MasterCard Launches Merchants ePayment Solution

MasterCard Worldwide is offering US merchants and developers its “Simplify Commerce” product e-commerce and mobile commerce payments, regardless of payment brand, in a matter of minutes. The “Simplify Commerce” is the developer-friendly solution that gives merchants the power to accept electronic payments, which can lead to additional revenue and a larger customer base. It is offering APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and SDKs (Software Development Kits) in a variety of programming languages such as Ruby, PHP, Python and Java. Mobile SDKs for iOS and Android are also available. In addition, sample source code and engineering support are accessible at www.simplify.com.

Discover Shows Consumer Spending Caution

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Discover U.S. Spending Monitor dropped by one point in May to 92.6, as consumers reported higher confidence in the economy, but lower confidence in their personal finances. While overall spending intentions stayed the same, consumers were more likely to increase their discretionary spending in areas such as home improvements, personal…

First Data Partners Mutual of Omaha Bank on mPayment

Mutual of Omaha Bank is expanding its portfolio of solutions for local merchants and small businesses with a mobile solution for processing payments through First Data. The Bank will deploy “Pogo>” mobile payment solution that enables credit, signature debit and cash acceptance anywhere in the U.S. the merchant has wireless coverage. The “Pogo>” solution allows merchants to convert their Web-enabled smartphones or tablets into POS devices through the use of a mobile application and a secure mobile card reader. The solution leverages First Data’s proven technology, security, infrastructure and broad distribution channel and will complement Mutual of Omaha Bank’s existing portfolio of merchant and small business banking solutions.

Safetypay & GlobalCollect Partner, Tap Merchant Segment

Safetypay and GlobalCollect announced their global partnership agreement. The partnership extends the reach of both organizations in markets around the world, while providing the companies the ability to provide their customers a more secure and seamless payment option. SafetyPay will allow merchants to offer goods and services to customers who do not have internationally accepted credit cards; don’t want to use credit cards and those without credit cards with sufficient funds in their bank accounts.

Greater Nevada Credit Union Deploys Fiserv Processing

Fiserv announced that Greater Nevada Credit Union (Greater Nevada), based in Carson City, Nev., has selected the DNA account processing platform from Open Solutions, now part of Fiserv. Recognized by industry leading analysts for its best-in-class technology, user experience and breadth of functionality, DNA from Fiserv is the first relationship-centered core banking platform built for global collaboration. DNA is a 24/7 continuous, real-time platform that employs a relational data model designed around the person, not the transaction.

Financial Mobility Summit Announces Speakers

The Financial Mobility Summit announced its slate of speakers for the inaugural FM Summit. Held in Las Vegas August 13-14, co-located with The Prepaid Press Expo, the sixth annual Summit will explore the world of mobile payments convergence, where prepaid debit and gift cards, loyalty and marketing programs, alternative banking, gaming, top-up services and e-commerce meet on a mobile device. It will also address the evolution of the mobile wallet, mobile bank accounts, mobile marketing, mobile commerce, and more. Retailers, merchant acquirers, wireless resellers, agents, distributors, prepaid providers and financial services companies will learn how mobile payments can transform their businesses. Speakers will include the Giftango president and execs from CashStar, CHARGE Anywhere, Clutch, Corduro, CorFire, Discover, Gyft, Heartland Payment Systems, ISIS, JunoWallet, LevelUp, MetroPCS, Mocapay, Sprint/Boost Mobile, Sutherland Global Services, VeriFone, Vesta, Wipit, and more. Industry analysts from Mercator Advisory Group and Yankee Group will also be presenting.

DFC Global Settles with Regulator

DFC Global diversified financial services company serving primarily unbanked and under-banked consumers for over 30 years announced its subsidiary Dealers’ Financial Services reached a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) regarding certain aspects of its business. As previously disclosed, the CFPB conducted a review of the Military Installment Loans and Educational Services (“MILES”) program, an automobile finance program whereby the Company’s subsidiary, Dealers’ Financial Services, LLC, is a service provider for third party lenders. The CFPB cited violations by DFS of the Consumer Financial Protection Act for deceptively marketing the prices and scope of certain add-on products. Without admitting or denying any of the facts or conclusions of the review, DFS agreed to a consent order with the CFPB to amend its practices in line with recommendations made by the CFPB, and to provide financial redress in the form of a $3.3 million restitution fund to be distributed to past and current DFS customers. The Company established a reserve for the restitution fund in a previous quarter.

Ingenico and Nets Launch Mpos Solution

Ingenico payment solutions entered into an agreement allowing Nets to launch new payment solutions for small merchants, including a mobile Point Of Sale (mPOS) solution, transforming smartphones and tablets into secure payment terminals. Nets and Ingenico will provide a fully operated solution from the secured card reader to the processing of the transaction. Nets will use the mobile commerce platform provider ROAM, an Ingenico subsidiary and leading mobile commerce platform provider, to implement the solution. Nets will offer a dedicated application and a secured pocket format card reader with Bluetooth connection to use with a smartphone or a tablet device.

DBS Offers Visa P2P Payments

DBS and Visa have launched Visa Personal Payments (VPP) for quicker, more secure money sending from a bank account to any Visa cardholder around the world. To make a payment a user just needs the recipient’s name and their 16 digit Visa card number. The new service is accessible to all DBS/POSB customers in Singapore and is available through the bank’s iBanking and mBanking channels. DBS/POSB customers can now send money to over 1 billion eligible Visa cards globally, including funds transfers in near real-time (within minutes) to over 200 million Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Visa Prepaid cards. Transfers to a Visa debit card occur as a deposit to the underlying checking or savings account, transfers to an eligible Visa prepaid card occur as a top-up to the balance, and transfers to a Visa credit card will be applied to the outstanding balance with any surplus funds held in credit. For a limited period of time, customers can also enjoy low handling fees starting from S$2.50 and competitive foreign exchange rates.

SumUp Launches plug and play POS

SumUp, the company that empowers merchants to take debit and credit card payments with their smartphones, has announced the launch of the SumUp Point of Sale Box plug and play package that allows merchants to quickly set up a POS. The Point of Sale Box has been designed by SumUp with the specific needs of small businesses in mind and will give merchants such as cafes, fashion boutiques and beauty stores access to an affordable and easy to use point of sale system. It will include a pre-configured iPad, an iPad stand, a receipt printer, a cash drawer and a Wi-Fi router and can be up and running in less than 15 minutes. The monthly rental price for the box will be €69.95 which includes a 48h turnaround replacement guarantee on any component of the Box as well as a full 30 day money-back guarantee.