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

GlobeSherpa Powers METRO Q Mobile Ticketing

GlobeSherpa Powers METRO Q Mobile Ticketing

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] GlobeSherpa continues to expand its mobile book-and-pay ticketing for public transit. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO), has launched the “METRO Q Mobile Ticketing” mobile application. The new METRO Q Mobile Ticketing app allows Houston residents and visitors to purchase mobile tickets for METRO bus and METRORail and…

MagicPay Rolls-Out Global Retail Merchant Account

MagicPay Rolls-Out Global Retail Merchant Account

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MagicPay Merchant Services is launching the “Global Retail Merchant Account” service, a global retail merchant account payment solution for international merchants. This solution provides a service to retail merchants that operate in multiple countries and choose to bank in a country separate from the country in which they retail. The Global…

Costco Cobrand Portfolio to Change Hands

Costco Cobrand Portfolio to Change Hands

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Citi and American Express have inked a deal for Citi to acquire Costco’s U.S. co-brand credit card portfolio. The sale is expected to close June 2016, at which time all eligible Costco American Express Card cobranded accounts will be transferred to Citi. Additional details will be provided to Card Members in…

China’s PayEase to Accept Apple Pay

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] China’s top independent third-party payment platform, PayEase now supports business apps that accept payment through Apple Pay, a brand new, fast and secure mobile payment option. With the launch of Apple Pay, there will be more consumers using this platform for the payment of mobile purchases. As a partner, PayEase will…

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LendingUSA Ankles Testa from CardCredit as President

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] LendingUSA, a marketplace lender and provider of consumer point-of-need financing, has ankled Mike Testa, former President of CareCredit, as its new President. Mike will immediately assume his role, working with LendingUSA founder and CEO Camilo Concha to scale and grow the company’s point-of-need financing and direct-to-consumer financing business. Under Mike’s leadership,…

MobileRecharge and Smart Cambodia Beef-Up Network

MobileRecharge and Smart Cambodia Beef-Up Network

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MobileRecharge.com, the platform dedicated to multi-ethnic expat groups and travelers worldwide, enhanced its network with Smart Cambodia. This way MobileRecharge.com gives Cambodians the chance to support their families and friends from abroad. Smart was added to the list of networks in Cambodia that welcome mobile top ups from abroad, and which…

DHgate and UnionPay Ink Cross-Border Payments Deal

DHgate and UnionPay Ink Cross-Border Payments Deal

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] China’s DHgate and UnionPay have inked an agreement on cooperation in cross-border online business with DHgate enabling its B2B platform – DHgate.com to accept UnionPay cards. Subsequent to the cooperation with Yiwugou, UnionPay International joins hands with domestic cross-border export E-commerce again to enable overseas cardholders to use UnionPay cards for…

Breaking News Mentions in CardFlash March 1, 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Breaking News: PENFED (NAFCU); UNION BANK (survey); EARLY WARNING (clearXchange); and PERK (Celltick). PENFED – PenFed Credit Union showed its appreciation for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions’ advocacy efforts with a $25,000 donation. From its founding, NAFCU has been a highly effective advocate for credit unions at the federal…

Spreedly Snags $3 Million in a New Funding.

Spreedly Snags $3 Million in a New Funding

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] NC-based Spreedly, innovators of a cloud platform that securely connects merchants, platforms and payment gateways, has raised $3 million in a new series of funding. The investments were made by existing investors, Belgian venture fund Emerge, as well as a new investor, Harold Mechelynck. The new funding builds on Spreedly’s earlier…

Dominion Dealer Solutions Intros My Payment

Dominion Dealer Solutions Intros My Payment

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Dominion Dealer Solutions has introduced My Payment for automotive retail dealers nationwide. Dominion’s My Payment is a suite of tools designed to drive more leads from dealership websites by giving shoppers real answers to their payment questions. The application embedded on the dealership’s website moves consumers deeper into the sales funnel…

MobileRecharge Recharges with Smart Cambodia

MobileRecharge Recharges with Smart Cambodia

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Atlanta-based MobileRecharge.com, the platform dedicated to multi-ethnic expat groups and travelers worldwide, enhanced its network with Smart Cambodia. This way MobileRecharge.com gives Cambodians the chance to support their families and friends from abroad. Smart was added to the list of networks in Cambodia that welcome mobile top ups from abroad, and…

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SwervePay to Offer Optum ID Single Sign On Access

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Chicago-based SwervePay Health says it users will soon be able to sign into Link with their Optum ID through Single Sign On (SSO) access, allowing a seamless transition to SwervePay’s patient-centric payment solution. SwervePay’s partnership with Optum will enable users to access the SwervePay platform directly from Link via their Optum…