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 Gets EMV Certification from First Data for Epsilon

NCR Gets EMV Certification from First Data for Epsilon

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] NCR has received EMV certification from First Data for its Epsilon payments application. Deployed by small and large operators, NCR Epsilon is a reliable, fast, secure site-based payment processing application that has been providing multi-host online/offline payment processing for the retail industry since 1999.  The certification enables Epsilon to process credit…

Europe Commercial Payments Cards - They Miss the Message - Dah!

Europe Commercial Payments Cards – They Miss the Message – Dah!

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Europe has not been a wholesale adopter of the commercial cards model, but expectations for growth of virtual payments are positive, especially in mid-to-large markets. Commercial credit cards include corporate cards, purchasing cards, lodged cards, and recently virtual cards (also known as single-use account, or SUA). Europe has not been a…

SelfScore Unveils International Students MasterCard

SelfScore Unveils International Students MasterCard

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Silicon Valley Fintech startup SelfScore has unveiled the first dedicated MasterCard credit card designed for international students in the U.S. By utilizing unique analytics and robust data sets including a borrower’s education, source of funding, and career prospects, SelfScore identifies creditworthy international students who are otherwise labeled as “thin-file” or “no-file”…

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X-Border Online UnionPay TX 2015 Volume Up 3X

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The cross-border online transaction volume of UnionPay cards increased by nearly three times in 2015. Meanwhile, more and more overseas cardholders prefer to use UnionPay cards for online payment, and the online transaction volume of UnionPay cards issued overseas witnessed an increase of six times last year. According to China e-Business…

MasterCard & CB Bank Team EasiTravel Prepaid Contactless

MasterCard & CB Bank Team EasiTravel Prepaid Contactless

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard has buddied with Co-operative Bank (CB Bank) to launch the CB EasiTravel Prepaid MasterCard Contactless card. ARTICLE: MasterCard has buddied with Co-operative Bank (CB Bank) to launch the CB EasiTravel Prepaid MasterCard Contactless card. The latest of MasterCard’s efforts to better serve the people of Myanmar, the CB EasiTravel Prepaid…

MITSUBISHI; BLUESNAP; THE BANCORP (video); and CSI

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In Other News: MITSUBISHI (award); BLUESNAP (award); THE BANCORP (video); and CSI (award). MITSUBISHI – Mitsubishi UFJ Financial was named Americas Bank of the Year for 2015 by IJGlobal, the project finance and infrastructure magazine’s top annual regional honor. BLUESNAP – BlueSnap won a 2016 PYMNTS Innovator Award in the category…

Awesome Jiffy P2P is Kicking Serious Butt in Italy

Awesome Jiffy P2P is Kicking Serious Butt in Italy

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Milan-based Jiffy, the service developed by SIA to send and receive money in real time via Smartphone, has surpassed 300,000 registered users. The average value of a single transaction is €44 and around 50% of the transfers are for sums under €25. Jiffy, the P2P payments service by SIA, has surpassed…

China’s UnionPay Hits a Serious Bump in UK ATM Acceptance

China’s UnionPay Hits a Serious Bump in UK ATM Acceptance

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UK regulations now require the separation of VocaLink, the UK payments infrastructure operator, from the LINK scheme. Thus, UnionPay needs to work with different individual ATM operators in the UK to sign agreements with them individually From April 1st 2016, some ATMs in the UK may temporarily experience interruption in service…

RDM’s EC9600i Series Scanners Simplify Check Scanning

RDM’s EC9600i Series Scanners Simplify Check Scanning

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Ontario’s RDM is now shipping its new EC9600i single feed network check scanner models. The new EC9600i SF models are an extension of the family of EC9600i auto-feed network scanners introduced last year. RDM’s EC9600i series network scanners simplify the check scanning process through RDM’s “one-touch” setup. Unique to the EC9600i…

D+H Payments Goes to Bed With The Clearing House

D+H Payments Goes to Bed With The Clearing House

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] DH is partnering with The Clearing House to provide real-time payments to U.S. financial institutions. Financial institutions will now be able to use D+H’s payments, core and channel applications to access TCH’s ubiquitous real-time payment system in the United States, making payments seamless, certain, and frictionless. D+H’s payments technology already supports…

Stripe Expands Stripe Atlas to Cuban Entrepreneurs

Stripe Expands Stripe Atlas to Cuban Entrepreneurs

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Stripe announced the expansion of Stripe Atlas to include Cuban entrepreneurs. This a big deal to coincide with President Obama’s historic Cuban trip. For the first time, Atlas will give Cuban entrepreneurs access to: — an incorporated U.S. business entity — a U.S. bank account for the newly-created U.S. entity —…

USAT Ankles Metzger to the Company's Board of Directors

USAT Ankles Metzger to the Company’s Board of Directors

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] USA Technologies, has ankled WageWork’s Robert Metzger to the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Metzger was appointed to the Board on March 11th, increasing the size of the Board from six to seven members. In addition, USAT has appointed Michael K. Lawlor, 54, as the chief services officer responsible for oversight…