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

Metal/Carbon/24K Cards Enter the Market

Metal/Carbon/24K Cards Enter the Market

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] WY-based Luxury Card has launched three new metal credit card products with patented designs and construction: the top-tier MasterCard Gold Card, the mid-level MasterCard Black Card and the base-level MasterCard Titanium Card. Luxury Card is the only credit card program in the world to offer a complete suite of metal and carbon…

VCN + Visa Net Poised to Kick Butt

VCN + Visa Net Poised to Kick Butt

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa has launched Visa Commerce Network, a new way for merchants to create online and in-app commerce experiences to acquire new customers, drive loyalty and increase sales with relevant offers. Visa Commerce Network is built on the world’s largest electronic payment network, VisaNet, and can be easily utilized by merchants through…

Identity Fraud Victims Reverses Course Finally

Identity Fraud Victims Reverses Course Finally

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The number of identity fraud victims increased by three percent (13.1 million consumers) in the U.S. last year, but that the amount stolen decreased by 6% to $15 billion. The 2016 Identity Fraud Study by Javelin Strategy & Research found that the rise of EMV has already had a significant impact…

FamilyMart in Japan to Accept CUP Cards

FamilyMart in Japan to Accept CUP Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UnionPay International says its credit cards would now be accepted at all FamilyMart stores in Japan. Now, all the three major chain convenience stores in Japan, namely Lawson, 7-ELEVEn and FamilyMart, accept UnionPay cards and allow for easy PIN-free payment which is widely adopted at local convenience stores. According to data…

JCB PREMO to Analyze Payment Traffic Patterns

JCB PREMO to Analyze Payment Traffic Patterns

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] JCB says it will analyze traffic patterns and payment data of international visitors to Japan by providing information on shopping, drinking, eating, and special offer services and by giving visitors a card type coupon, JCB PREMO, with a value of 1,000 yen in order to promote purchases. JCB will start a…

BlueSnap’s Checkout Conversion Calculator Rocks

BlueSnap’s Checkout Conversion Calculator Rocks

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] BlueSnap is launching The Checkout Conversion Calculator to help retailers identify the points of friction that create a loss of sales. eCommerce now accounts for as much as 10 percent of all retail sales, but merchants are putting as much as 42% of their online sales at risk by making it…

South Africa has Strongest Foundation in e-Payments

South Africa has Strongest Foundation in e-Payments

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Africa has arguably the strongest foundation for electronic payments of all these countries. In part this is because of its mature and stable banking ecosystem resulting from the country’s legacy with the United Kingdom. Though considerably smaller in population (53.6 million in 2015) than other emerging economies in either the top…

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Levvel Acquires Big Specialist in API management

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Levvel has acquired RCBJ Consulting, a big specialist in API management, security, and performance tuning. RCBJ’s team has joined the Levvel west coast operations. Levvel is an IT consulting firm that combines the innovative DNA of a start up with the wisdom, scalability, and process rigor of a Fortune 100 company.…

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U.S. ID Fraud Victims a Mixed Bag in 2015

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The number of identity fraud victims increased by three percent (13.1 million consumers) in the U.S. last year, but that the amount stolen decreased by six percent to $15 billion. The annual 2016 Identity Fraud Study by Javelin also found the rise of EMV has already had a significant impact on…

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MC Ankles Niejelow as SVP/Public Policy

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard has ankled Alexander N.M. Niejelow as a senior vice president of public policy, effective February 8th. In this role, he will drive policy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity and global data management, while also leading the company’s industry partnerships on technology policy issues. In these efforts, Niejelow will work with members…

Special Breaking News Mentions in Today’s CardFlash

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: NXT-ID (Fatone); VISA (Singapore); USAT (award); and ACI (AAC). NEXT-ID – Wocket smart wallet has inked a new video featuring singer, dancer, actor and television personality, Joey Fatone. The new video ad was filmed at the Consumer Electronics Show.The video is part of a new 2016 social media campaign…

Cap One US Card Profits Up 5.5%; Metrics Weakening

Cap One US Card Profits Up 5.5%; Metrics Weakening

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Capital One (COF) continues to lead the U.S. credit card industry in outstandings and volume growth, posting a strong 13% year-on-year (YOY) gain in end-of-period (EOP) outstandings and a whopping 18% surge in Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) for the fourth quarter as other metrics are concerning. As the most U.S. inclusive…