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

Deploying Mobile Payments with Airlines – Peas & Carrots

Airlines and travel companies should start deploying payment methods that are aligned with airline operations and airline customers’ behaviors and needs. Enabling more alternative payment methods (APM) as they become available is a necessary step for collecting new revenues and enabling mobile payments throughout the journey, from booking and ticketing all the way to post-destination…

Synthetic Identity Fraud & Application Fraud Driving Payments Execs Bonkers

Synthetic identity fraud is emerging as a key migration point in the post-EMV era, as criminals refocus on application fraud and exploit easy access to sensitive consumer data. According to Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG) fraudsters are using that data to create fake personas – hybrids of stolen and fabricated personal information – and open new…

Stodgy Bankers Fail to Grasp Transactions are Consolidating to Mobile Devices

While financial institutions (FIs) are rapidly shifting to digital and mobile banking to increase interactions with customers, they can benefit by enabling “mobile cash access” for account holders. This method essentially lets a banking customer substitute a smartphone for an ATM, debit, or prepaid card and its associated PIN to withdraw cash at an ATM…

New EMV/NFC Mobile Card Readers Offer Extensive Payment Management Tools

FL-based Blue Dog Business Services is launching Fetch, a mobile card reader that allows businesses to accept EMV chip credit card payments on the go. The new mobile reader technology allows you to manage inventory, customer receipts and tipping options with real-time reporting. Two Blue Dog Fetch card readers will be available. One tethers to…

National Bank of Cambodia to Test Blockchain Distributed Ledger Technology

Soramitsu has partnered the National Bank of Cambodia (NBOC) to co-develop the open source distributed ledger project, Hyperledger Iroha. Through a co-development deal, NBOC will study the implications of distributed ledger technology, while contributing to the open source development of Hyperledger Iroha and developing new payment infrastructures. Distributed ledger (blockchain) technology is what powers decentralized…

Cyber Breaches & Internal Breaches – Growing Problem for Banks Worldwide

A lack of comprehensive, practical, real-world cybersecurity testing is leaving gaps in the defense of major companies. According to a new report from Accenture, Building Confidence: Solving Banking’s Cybersecurity Conundrum, found 78% of executives surveyed expressed confidence in their overall cybersecurity strategy, with more than half the respondents indicating high levels of comfort in their…

ADS Q1 Exceeds Expectations – Segments Pumping on All Cylinders

Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems (ADS) reported first quarter (1Q/17) year-on-year (YOY) profits declined but Loyalty One, Epsilon, and especially Card Services, all posted strong first quarter YOY performance, according to CardData. ADS reported gross revenue rose 12.1% YOY in 1Q/17 to $1879 million, compared to $1828 million for 4Q/16, and $1676 million for 1Q/16. Net…