Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio:

GE Capital Partners Thomas Kinkade on Credit Card

GE Capital Retail Bank and the Thomas Kinkade inked a multi-year agreement to provide a private label credit card program for consumers, for which GE Capital will manage the relationship and account service. The consumer financing program is available at more than 350 participating Thomas Kinkade authorized galleries and approved dealers, offering competitive rates and promotions, including deferred interest payment options on purchases of the artist’s limited edition artwork, open edition pieces and licensed products such as collectibles, home décor and furnishings. GE Capital’s Retail Finance business has provided billions of dollars in consumer financing through major retailers and more than 200,000 small- and mid-sized businesses throughout the United States.

Chase Sapphire 2013 Golf Experience Program

Chase Sapphire premier travel rewards card launched its 2013 Golf Experience Program offering golf enthusiasts access to two professional golfers. Chase Sapphire’s Golf Experience Program enters its third year and will be hosted by the 2012 U.S. Open Champion, Webb Simpson and renowned professional golfer, Stewart Cink. The experiential program is exclusively for Chase Sapphire cardholders and includes a series of six events in cities across the U.S. this year. Chase Sapphire cardholders can redeem their credit card rewards points to participate in unique golf experiences with Simpson and Cink. Experience packages include a shoulder-to-shoulder walking clinic with one of the professional golfers, personalized swing analysis and a round of golf at one of the country’s most beautiful courses.

American Express Partners Inspirato Luxury

American Express and luxury vacation club Inspirato to deliver the club’s unique vacation experiences under the new brand “Inspirato with American Express,” available to all consumers with special benefits to American Express® Cardmembers. Inspirato is the first luxury destination club to lease rather than own its properties – and as a result, avoid the six-figure, up-front fees common in the industry. Members enjoy personalized pre-trip vacation planning and on-site concierge services, and pay members-only nightly rates – often at significant savings – to vacation in exquisite homes that average $3.6 million in value and are exclusively managed by Inspirato. Inspirato offers private vacation homes, luxury hotel partners and adventure travel experiences in such world-class destinations as Aspen, St. Barts, Nantucket, Sonoma, Los Cabos, Maldives, Tuscany, Maui and Provence.

TransCard Announces Personalized Card Option

TransCard prepaid product offerings to financial institutions is now allowing banks to give consumers an option to create their own personalized Prepaid MasterCard through cardgistics. Customers can use online banking services for user generated photo card design. In just a few easy steps, clients can personalize their reloadable Prepaid MasterCard with their favorite memory to always carry with them. After uploading and editing a personal photo, consumers need only to sit back and relax after placing their order. Consumers can access the designer through a link customized with the banks logo and message, upload their chosen digital photo, adjust image as desired and submit the design.

OKI Expands ATM-Recycler G7 Cash-Recycling Offering

OKI deploys its cash-recycling ATMs, ATM-Recycler G7, to PT Bank Central Asia Tbk. These deliveries follow ATM-Recycler G7 installations in Russia announced last year, and will mark OKI’s first delivery of its cash-recycling ATM in Southeast Asia. OKI plans to accelerate global sales development of its ATMs and aims for 40% market share in the global ATM market, namely in emerging markets, where continuing growth is expected. Economic growth continues in Indonesia and installation of ATMs and CDs (cash dispensers) reached 50,000 units in 2011, the largest in South East Asia. The number is expected to continue expanding to 80,000 units by 2015 following the economic growth.

PayPal Here Fully Deploys in New Market

Nihon PayPal KK (President and CEO: Hiroaki Kitano), SoftBank Mobile (President and CEO: Masayoshi Son) and PayPal Pte Ltd (Vice President, Asia Pacific: Rohan Mahadevan) announce a full-scale expansion of PayPal Here, a global mobile payment solution from PayPal Pte Ltd, to small businesses and entrepreneurs through over 2,700 SoftBank retail shops and business sales networks across Japan. PayPal Here allows merchants to focus on maximizing their sales opportunity by offering credit card and PayPal payments to their customers. PayPal Here encrypts card information as it swipes and all transactions are backed by PayPal’s world-class security and fraud prevention capabilities as well as live customer support. In doing so, the partnership launched an Android app and made available the SoftBank “Mobile Perfect SP” integrated transaction information report.

TransferWise Launches New Transfer Solution

TransferWise international P2P has made it even easier to transfer money, allowing customers to enter their debit card details directly into the website. In 2012, TransferWise transferred over GBP50m worth of customer money and the team grew to 25 people. It introduced the US Dollar, the Swiss Franc, Polish Zloty, Swedish Krona, Danish Krone and the Norwegian Krone and won the coveted Europas award for best startup.

VeriFone Posts Quarterly Revenue Up 1% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] For its 3 months ended January 31, 2013, VeriFone Systems secure electronic payment solutions posted revenues of $430 million, compared to $425 million a year ago for a 1% increase. Meanwhile, net revenues were $429 million, compared to $420 million a year ago, a 2% increase. With North America GAAP net…

TSYS Named Ethisphere’s 2013 Most Ethical Companies

TSYS has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies for the second year in a row. Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries for the award. The methodology for the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

TransCard Announces Traveler Prepaid Card

TransCard prepaid products to financial institutions announced its new Traveler Prepaid Card. This card protects customers’ bank balances and credit lines if the card is ever lost or stolen. Financial institution customers can move money for their travels onto the Traveler Prepaid Card and leave their debit card and credit cards at home. With mobile account access for both Apple and Android users, tracking spending and balances on the Traveler Prepaid Card while on the road is easy and convenient.

Alaric & Mistral Partner on mMoney Solution

Alaric fraud prevention and payments solutions partnered Mistral Mobile to enable financial institutions around the world to offer customers full financial services through mobile phones. This will use Mistral Mobile’s Money Mobility Suite for the interface with the mobile devices, supported by Alaric’s Authentic solution for transaction processing. The service can be used by any customer with any mobile phone. The partnership lets users update and add new features completely remotely and automatically, with no need for customer involvement in application updates. The system can connect to banks, card schemes and other payment schemes, and has the flexibility to be integrated into the wider banking system. The mobile solution will also integrate with Alaric’s Fractals fraud prevention technology, giving financial institutions the ability to detect and prevent merchant or micro-agent fraud.