The BIGGEST, HIGH PROFILE payment acceptance event in Europe

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

Top industry leaders fostering their business relationships...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

Continuous merchant-centric talks aimed to distinguish hype from reality...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

90 influential speakers shaping the future of the payment ecosystem...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

Answers that move thoughts forward. Questions and real-time interaction...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

A place where new commercial opportunities regularly arise...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

"Guiding Hands" statuettes brought from the hall of fame. For the best of us...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

Networking during awards night. Get closer to the celebrities...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

Industry movers and shapers. Formulating big ideas...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

Socializing during the first night dinner. All under one roof...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

Talk, talk, talk...Productive networking at its best...

8th annual, February 17-19, Berlin

MPE Awards 2013 - Winners

 

In the evening of the second conference day, February 13, the participants of the MPE 2013 conference gathered for the fourth time to honour the best performing companies and individuals within the payment acceptance area. The MPE Awards got bigger and better, just like the conference itself.

The awards committee, consisting of recognized independent consultants and dedicated press professionals, was impressed by the number of entries that came in at the end of last year and beginning of this year.

It was great to see so many excited professionals from both the audience and award entrants‘ side, awaiting the announcement of the results at the ceremony. 

...and our congratulations go to the best of the best which, in 2013, were:



 

• Processing Award

Processing Award - Verifone - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the processor, the payment services provider or the network services provider, who offered the most innovative services to acquirers (and therefore, ultimately, to merchants) or to merchants directly:

 

 


VeriFone 

“Past are the days that when a London cab driver answered ‘YES’ to your question whether he accepted credit cards, he drove you to the first ATM for you to collect cash.”, says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. „The Jury appreciated the fact that VeriFone, in co-operation with Worldpay, designed a modern, contactless – NFC enabled card payment solutions helping out the 73 million annual taxi passengers in London using over 22,000 taxi’s.”Leon ads.

VeriFone - Processing Award - Merchant Payments Ecosystem 2013


 

 

• International Award

International Award - WorldPay - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the acquirer, the payment services provider, the network services provider, the MNO or the payment scheme, who did set-up the best offer, programme, or system, to service international merchants: 

 



WorldPay 

“A wide range of payment instruments other than debit and credit cards are in use, like real time bank transfers, offline credit transfers, direct debits, eWallets, paper-based systems, and mobile payments.”, says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. „WorldPay is unique in offering the broadest range of alternative payments of any payment service provider, with over 200 different alternative payment mechanisms through one single connection.”Leon ads.


 


 

 

• Usage Award

Usage Award - Novalnet - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the acquirer, the processor, the network services provider, the payment services provider, the payment scheme, the MNO or the solution provider, who launched the most original and best performing campaign to increase card, mobile or online payment usage at (their) merchants:


Novalnet

“Buying goods or services on the internet confronts customers with a jungle in different checkout procedures and payment processes, often making the customer abort the transaction.”, says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. „The Jury appreciated the fact that Novalnet developed an easy to integrate, user friendly and fully secure PCI compliant plug-in, allowing merchants to focus on what they are good at without having to worry about the payment: their business.”, Leon ads.

Novalnet - Usage Award - Merchant Payments Ecosystem 2013



 

• Channel Award 

Channel Award - BKM (Interbank Card Center of Turkey) - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the acquirer, the processor, the network services provider, the payment services provider, the payment scheme, the MNO or the solution provider, who was able to offer innovative or the most complete offering regarding card, mobile or online acceptance in different channels:



BKM - Interbank Card Center of Turkey
“The Jury appreciated the reliability and security of BKM Express. This digital wallet prevents the sharing of card details with (online) merchants and the approval of transactions happens through a verification code submitted to BKM Express member's mobile phone number registered at his/her bank.”, says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. „This is the next step in bringing Turkey towards a „Cashless Society“. Turkey aims to be the first country in the world, where all the payment transactions are executed through payment systems by 2023, only ten years from now, at the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.”Leon Ads.

BKM - Loyalty Award - Merchant Payments Ecosystem 2013



 

• Mobile Payments Award

Mobile Payments Award - Elavon Merchant Services - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the acquirer, MNO, data player, direct carrier or other payment solution provider who launched the best performing initiative to increase mobile payments at several merchant segments:

 



“The Jury appreciated that Elavon attempted to transform smartphones (BlackBerry® or Android®) into EMV payment terminals, fully integrating end-to-end payment functionality and mobile phone technology.”, says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. „By adding a card payment acceptance function to a device which is already in the palm of each small business owner, will open new segments to card acceptance.”, Leon Ads.





 

• Loyalty Award

Loyalty Award - Loylogic - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the acquirer, the processor, the network services provider, the payment services provider, the MNO or the solution provider, who has developed, implemented, or made significant innovations in offering loyalty programmes to their merchants:




“Loylogic’s PointsPay solution resolves an everlasting customer issue since airlines started to issue miles as loyalty programme in combination with other loyalty schemes offering points: how can I exchange my miles and points wherever and whenever I want: PointsPay converts miles and points into cash, which can be loaded onto a prepaid card.” says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. With PointsPay members can buy virtually anything anywhere at any time with their points of miles instead of being limited to the Points-of sale provided by the programs.”, Leon ads.

Loylogic - Loyalty Award - Merchant Payments Ecosystem 2013



 

• Information Award

Information Award - OmniPay - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the acquirer, the processor, the network services provider, the payment services provider, the payment scheme, the MNO or the solution provider, who has set-up or developed the best, most comprehensive (segment penetration), or efficient information exchange systems with the issuing banks and cardholders, for instance – building e-invoicing solutions, corporate expense management, etc.:

 


OmniPay 

“The Payments Aggregation Acquiring Services allows payment aggregators to enrol and manage their merchants and their transactions as a single entity” says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. „Additionally, this solution reduces acquiring processing costs, facilitates dispute management, and manages fraud more effectively by aggregation the information of different channels into a single view.”Leon ads.





 

• Data Security Award

Data Security Award - ReD - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the acquirer, the processor, the network services provider, the payment services provider, the payment scheme, the MNO or the solution provider, who has the best performing security system, as expressed by merchant satisfaction, fraud rates or security breaches:



ReD

“Fraud is the number one enemy in electronic commerce, and etailers are as much victim of this as consumers.”, says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. „The Jury appreciated the fact that ReD created the ReD Shield, offering robust, reliable, real-time fraud prevention service to online merchants.”, Leon ads.

ReD - Data Security Award - Merchant Payments Ecosystem 2013



 

• mPOS Award

mPOS Award - Adyen - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the payment solution provider who offers the best shopping experience for consumers via using smartphones, tablets or PDAs as a POS:







“The Jury appreciated that Adyen created a M-POS solution which is easy to use, secure PIN & chip, multichannel, and accepts all major card schemes.”, says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. „On top of, the Adyen Shuttle’s pricing is most democratic, and in the reach of all types of businesses, ranging from high volume, high throughput to the single transaction a day merchant.”, Leon ads.

Adyen - mPOS Award - Merchant Payments Ecosystem 2013



 

• Acquiring personality of the year Award

Acquiring Personality - Neira Jones - MPE Awards 2013The Acquiring Personality of the Year Award goes to an individual or organisation who made an exceptional contribution to the development of the acquiring business, in its widest interpretation, covering merchant business, as well as processing of accepted card transactions, security, networked services, contribution to the development and the success of schemes, etc…



“Ms Jones‘ continued concern to build a solid and sound acquiring business at one of the most repudiated acquirers in Europe, Barclaycard, combined with her efforts to avoid fraud at the merchant side of the business, and to ensure the profitability of her business and of the business of her retailers, makes Neira a highly appreciated leader in the electronic payments acquiring business.”, says Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards. „Neira and her team were instrumental to support the Barclaycard merchants in supporting the adoption of PCI in a cost effective manner... ”, Leon ads.


 

 


 

 

• Payment Startup Innovator Award

Payment Startup Innovator Award - Adyen - MPE Awards 2013Goes to the payment solution provider who offers the best shopping experience for consumers via using smartphones, tablets or PDAs as a POS:




payworks

The decision about the winner in this newly-added category was conducted right after the pitch presentations of the category entrants (5 startups), using an online voting system with real-time results…

 The audience voted and we have a winner…congratulations! 

payworks - Payment Startup Innovator Award - Merchant Payments Ecosystem 2013




„In order to put their sector relevance into evidence, Merchant Payments Ecosystem wanted to bring a tribute to those payments acceptance professionals who were instrumental in pushing the card, mobile or online payment system beyond the next level“

Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the Guiding Hand Awards

 

The MPE  Awards 2013 Jury consisted of the following members:

1. Leon Dhaene, Chairman, N2Finance 

2. Roger Alexander, Chairman, Greenings International

3. Annich McIntosh, MD, C&M Publications

4. Alex Rolfe, MD, Payments Cards and Mobile

5. Chris de Smet, MD, De Smet Consulting

6. Diderik Schonheyder, Managing Director, Schonheyder & Associates

7. Cecile Bataille, Independent Consultant

8. Jose-Luis Rojas, Independent Consultant 

9. Pascal Dufour, Managing Director, Pascal Dufour SPRL 


The MPE Awards statuettes, created by Mrs Sofie Muller for three years in a row, have found a worthwhile successor. A Slovak sculptor, Peter Krupa, with his own vision of the „Guiding Hands“ Award, provided a new perspective. His recent artwork represents a touch of two hands – the basic principle of humanity, which can easily be applied to our B2B environment as well…

Peter Krupa has been working as a professional artist for almost 10 years, with exhibitions and screenings in several European and Asian cities.