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

PFS Offers Prepaid Payment Cards for EU Asylum

PFS Offers Prepaid Payment Cards for EU Asylum

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) is now offering prepaid payment cards for asylum seekers across the EU. PFS has been selected to roll out a prepaid payment card programme to immigration processing centres for a National Government in Europe that currently receives over 30,000 asylum seekers per annum.  PFS will provide prepaid…

eServGlobal Gets Serious w/Advanced Customer Adoption

eServGlobal Gets Serious w/Advanced Customer Adoption

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] eServGlobal has unveiled its Advanced Customer Adoption (ACA) module for mobile money and recharge services. As mobile money services continue to spread in emerging markets around the world, service providers require the right tools to address the challenges of subscription and increasing usage. The ACA module will form part of eServGlobal’s…

Qkr! with MasterPass App to Kick Butt in the UK

Qkr! with MasterPass App to Kick Butt in the UK

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Qkr! with MasterPass pay-at-table app goes live at Zizzi restaurants MasterCard mobile app will speed up bills for diners. Developed by MasterCard Labs, Qkr! is already used to great acclaim throughout wagamama and ASK Italian restaurants, saving time for customers and waiters alike. Studies show that the average time between asking…

Clicks Upstage Bricks says New ACI Survey

Clicks Upstage Bricks says New ACI Survey

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Clicks upstage bricks, as consumers shopping at traditional brick and mortar stores are increasingly using in-store browsing capabilities, which puts the power of information in sales associates’ and consumers hands. Payments security is a core area of concern for retailers, according to new research from ACI Worldwide. The survey of 200…

China Political: UnionPay Eliminates Fees for Taiwan e-Students

China Political: UnionPay Eliminates Fees for Taiwan e-Students

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UnionPay International has joined hands with Bank of Taiwan, Taiwan Cooperative Bank, CTBC Bank and Yuanta Bank in providing an exclusive privilege of service fees exemption for online tuition payment via UnionPay cards so as to satisfy the needs for secure and convenient tuition payment of mainland students who study in…

Experian Adds DecisionIQ to Small Business Credit Share

Experian Adds DecisionIQ to Small Business Credit Share

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Experian unveiled further enhancements to its Small Business Credit Share (SBCS) program. These new elements enable users to obtain deeper insights into the payment performance and credit history of companies, ultimately promoting greater credit access for small businesses. The new enhancements to the SBCS program include new scoring models; updated report…

Special Breaking News Mentions in CardFlash January 26, 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: GREEN DOT (awards); AVT (PayRange); 3G DIRECT (PCI); and EQUITY BANK (Entersekt). GREEN DOT – Green Dot has been chosen by Paybefore as a 2016 Pay Awards winner in three categories for its mobile bank account, GoBank, and industry-leading reload network, the Green Dot Network. Awards include: •…

TSYS Gobbles Up TransFirst for $2B+; Pyke Departs

TSYS Gobbles Up TransFirst for $2B+; Pyke Departs

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] TSYS inks a $2.35 billion all-cash deal to acquire TransFirst. TransFirst provides merchant solutions to more than 235,000 SMEs in the U.S. TSYS entered into a definitive agreement with Vista Equity Partners to acquire TransFirst, a Vista portfolio company and leading U.S. merchant solutions provider, in an all-cash transaction valued at…

China UnionPay Enters Slovenia via Intesa Sanpaolo

China UnionPay Enters Slovenia via Intesa Sanpaolo

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Koper Bank and Intesa Sanpaolo Card jointly announced the acceptance of UnionPay cards at all ATMs subordinate to Koper Bank. This is also the first time that UnionPay cards have realized ATM acceptance in Slovenia, and the card-using channels of UnionPay cards in the market are further enriched. Intesa Sanpaolo Card…

JetBlue Opts for MasterPass for Web & App

JetBlue Opts for MasterPass for Web & App

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard has inked JetBlue for MasterPass. MasterPass will be available later this year on the airline’s website and mobile app. With MasterPass, shoppers can pay for the things they want at thousands of merchants with the security they demand, anywhere online or in app, using any device. The wallet securely stores…

Rambus Swallows Bell ID for £64.7M in Cash

Rambus Swallows Bell ID for £64.7M in Cash

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Rambus has acquired Smart Card Software Ltd which includes Bell Identification Ltd (Bell ID) and Ecebs Ltd (Ecebs) through the purchase of all outstanding shares of Smart Card Software Ltd., for £64.7M in cash. As part of this acquisition, the advanced mobile payment platform developed by Bell ID, along with the…

USA Technologies Picks Up West Coast VendScreen for $5.6MM

USA Technologies Picks Up West Coast VendScreen for $5.6MM

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PA-based USA Technologies has acquired the cloud-based content delivery platform, device platform and products, customer base, and intellectual property of VendScreen of Portland, OR. The acquisition adds a West Coast operational footprint for USAT, with a talented and experienced team, providing greater efficiencies in operational performance, expanded customer services, sales and…