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

MCPS Ankles New SVP/CIO & Opens New Ops Center

MCPS Ankles New SVP/CIO & Opens New Ops Center

TX-based Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions (MCPS), a/k/a Delta Card Services has ankled Robin Laskowski for the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. MCPS also announced the opening of their new 30,000 square foot operations center. Before joining Merchants’ Choice, Ms. Laswkowski held the position of Client Solutions Director & Sales for SmartDog…

Top 4 Issuers Eke Out US CIF Growth Thanks to COF

Top 4 Issuers Eke Out US CIF Growth Thanks to COF

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Credit Cards-in-Force (CIF) among the Top 4 issuers edged up by a mere 1.0% year-on-year (YOY) at the end of the fourth quarter (4Q/15) to a largely estimated 232.9 million cards.  
Capital One blew the other three top issuers away in the fourth quarter, as the only issuer with positive…

Verifone Point Classic & Revel iPad POS Integrated

Verifone Point Classic & Revel iPad POS Integrated

Verifone Point Classic has been integrated with Revel Systems’ iPad Point of Sale (POS) to simplify EMV acceptance and payment management for merchants. By seamlessly integrating with Verifone Point Classic, Revel allows its clients the choice to have their payment systems managed by Verifone. Combining world-class hardware and services into a flexible and robust managed…

USAT Riding High in Self-Serve NFC Small Ticket Payments

USAT Riding High in Self-Serve NFC Small Ticket Payments

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PA-based small-ticket, self-serve specialist, USA Technologies (USAT), posted fourth calendar quarter (4Q/15) total revenue of $18.5 million, a year-over-year (YOY) increase of 44.5%. Net income sunk to a net loss of $874,000 in 4Q/15. At the end of the fourth quarter USAT had 369,000 connections, up 28% YOY. In 3Q/15 USAT reported…

Blesh to Support Google's EID Beacon Frame Type

Blesh to Support Google’s EID Beacon Frame Type

San Francisco-based Blesh will fully support Google’s Eddystone Ephemeral Identifiers (EID), the new privacy/security Eddystone beacon frame type. Eddystone-EID begins the next chapter in the Eddystone beacon standard announced in July 2015 as an open, scalable Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacon format. Signals broadcast by these Eddystone-EID beacons rotate and change frequently, allowing only authorized…

V+M U.S. Credit+Debit Cash Transactions +2.0% YOY

V+M U.S. Credit+Debit Cash Transactions +2.0% YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Cash transactions (CTX) for Visa and MasterCard U.S. credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 2.0% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/15). U.S. 4Q/15 credit card cash transactions were up 8.3% YOY, while U.S. debit card CTX increased 1.9%. Visa’s 4Q/15 CTX for U.S. credit cards was up…

Self-Scanning Solutions Market to Grow 10% CAGR

Self-Scanning Solutions Market to Grow 10% CAGR

The global market for handheld self-scanning/shopping solutions (hardware, software, and services) is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10% to $92M by 2020. According to a new report from VDC Research handheld self-scanning/shopping solutions are dedicated handheld barcode scanners with integrated screens and mobile self-scanning applications for consumer smartphones that are used for consumer…

RIEFS – CUBIC; CHARGENT; RAPIDVALUE; and BKASH

In Other News: CUBIC (Sydney); CHARGENT (linked2pay); RAPIDVALUE (Zervant); and BKASH (Bangladesh). CUBIC – Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) reports a customer open payments trial will begin in Sydney, Australia in 2017, enabling Sydney to have London-style open payments ticketing technology. The trial would be a first for the southern hemisphere, providing a valuable test case…