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

FreedomPay & Microsoft Announce eWallet Development Event

FreedomPay is set to lead a week long development session at the #DigitalWalletFoundry event. Both FreedomPay and Microsoft will collaborate with the region’s burgeoning tech-savvy and creative population to kick start the innovative development of digital wallet applications. Digital Wallet Foundry takes place March 18-22, 2013 at the ultra-hip Modern Jago building in London’s East End. At this event developers, designers and industry thought leaders from the world’s leading banks and mobile operators are coming together to collaborate on everything from envisioning, defining wallet strategies and business planning, to coding and agile project development.

Wells Fargo Insurance Names Managing Director

Wells Fargo Insurance named David Robertson managing director for its Atlanta office to lead business development, client service and sales, and cross-sell strategy for the company’s insurance operations. Named a 2012 Power Broker by Risk and Insurance magazine, Robertson was most recently senior VP/head of William Gallagher Associates’ (WGA). A former regional partner at Willis Group Holdings, and senior VP at Marsh, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Robertson was a corporate banking officer at Citizens & Southern National bank, and worked for First Atlanta, a predecessor of Wells Fargo. Robertson has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Georgia, received his MBA from Georgia State University, and a master’s in Health Policy and Management from Emory University.

Fiserv Partners IDT on International Billing Services

IDT Corporation prepaid telecommunications services and Fiserv financial services inked agreements to expand the availability of the Boss Revolution international calling service from IDT and the CheckFreePay® walk-in bill payment service from Fiserv. Now IDT Boss Revolution payment users can use the “CheckFreePay” walk-in bill payment services. Likewise, Fiserv “CheckFreePay” agents can offer the Boss Revolution PIN-less international calling service. The “CheckFreePay” walk-in bill payment service allows consumers to pay bills from more than 3,000 companies at more than 25,000 retail agent locations nationwide.

Job Situation Sees Positive February Momentum

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Down .2% since January and .6% since the year ago figure, total payroll employment was up 236,000 jobs in February as unemployment dropped 7.7%, most notably in professional and business services, construction, and health care. This in conjunction with the number of unemployed slightly ebbing to 12.0 million during the month.…

Job Situation Sees Positive February Momentum

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Down .2% since January and .6% since the year ago figure, total payroll employment was up 236,000 jobs in February as unemployment dropped 7.7%, most notably in professional and business services, construction, and health care. This in conjunction with the number of unemployed slightly ebbing to 12.0 million during the month.…

CTS Introduces Money Order Middleware

CTS North America launched its “ClearPIXTM” middleware product at the BAI Payments Connect 2013. For human readability and Courtesy Amount Recognition (CAR) scoring when processing money orders and other non-conforming items, CTS’ “ClearPIX” features a set of advanced algorithms that enhance accuracy and image quality when processing difficult-to-read items, such as money orders, WIC vouchers and postal orders. It automatically recognizes the item-type of a scanned document and then applies the proper algorithms to reduce background noise and enhance the contrast on foreground objects, such as the courtesy amount.

Adelante and Anderson Zaks to Debut mPayment System

Anderson Zaks independent card payments service provider is working with Adelante card payment solutions provider to deliver a fully PCI DSS compliant mobile payment system. The “MobilePOS” uses the Anderson Zaks RedCard platform and is fully accredited by the banks, ideal for a diverse range of users including local government, charities, the taxi trade, party plan companies, bailiffs, market traders, pop-up retail outlets, hospitality and many others. It is to debut at the Retail Business Technology Expo.

Cardtronics BuysOut Scottish ATM Tech Group

Cardtronics wholly-owned subsidiary, Cardtronics Creative, has acquired i-design group plc. The i-design solution provides the technology and services that transform ATM screens (and receipts) into delivery devices for interactive customer communications by financial institutions, as well as advertising space for retailers, third-party advertisers and independent ATM owners. Built on the premise of helping financial services providers, retailers and third-party advertisers make the most of existing customer communications, marketing and ad campaigns, the i-design solution repurposes the “waiting time” in a standard ATM transaction.

Servebase Teams Movanta, Expands Payment Gateway

Servebase and Movanta integrated to provide Retailers a white label Mobile App. Allowing a retailer to send targeted messages and run a loyalty scheme on their customers’ phones using insights gathered from their payment stream information, the app is integrated to the “ANYpay” Servebase payment gateway. Using the Movanta campaign management tools, the Retailer’s Marketing Department can then use the app to send promotional messages, offers and loyalty points based on a customer’s purchasing activities.

EnterCard Integrates Two-Factor mAuthentication

EnterCard integrated Encap’s two-factor authentication technology into its “re:membercard” mobile app. Ensuring EnterCard’s customers enjoy simple, seamless and secure access to their financial services on the move, in partnership with ID specialist Signicat, this will provide secure two-factor user authentication. Customers will be able to access their services using the app on their smartphone without the need for hardware tokens, SMS passwords, or other one-time passwords. This will provide EnterCard’s customers with an intuitive, convenient experience, and secure authentication without leaving the app.

JPMorgan Chase Unveils 2013 Dodd-Frank Test Results

JPMorgan Chase released the results of its “company-run” 2013 Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test for JPMorgan Chase & Co. on its website, www.jpmorganchase.com, under Investor Relations, Investor Presentations. JPMorgan Chase global financial services firm serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands.

U.S. Bank Intros Mobile Photo BillPay

U.S. Bank introduced its m-Photo BillPay to its customers, allowing them to set up bill payments by snapping a picture of their bills with their camera-enabled smartphone or tablet. This eliminates the need to manually enter payment information and makes adding or transferring billers and paying bills much quicker. This is the culmination of its partnering with Mitek to bring Mobile Photo Bill Pay™ to its customers.