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

VE Kiosk Platform Brings Together ePort, More Loyalty with High Quality Vending Hardware

USA Technologies (USAT has buddied with Vendors Exchange (VE) brings together an industry leader in vending solutions for the convenience marketplace an innovator in next generation payment technology and provider of cashless and mobile transactions in self-serve retail. The partnership has produced the VE Kiosk platform. The VE Kiosk was built on the premise that…

PayRange Taps Into the Most Advanced Vending Machine Market in the World

OR-based PayRange has inked a deal with Sumitomo Mitsui Card Company (SMCC), a major merchant acquirer in Japan to expand the PayRange mobile payment solution to millions of Japanese vending machines. While Japan has among the most advanced vending machine markets in the world almost none of the vending machines take credit or debit cards.…

Online Consumer Payments to Capture 20% of Market; Americans Wary of Cybersecurity

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Zuora to Electrify the Subscription Economy in Frisco with Subscribed

Zuora’s first annual User Summit begins with advanced training by role – Billing & Payment Ops, Finance Ops, Zuora Admins, IT/Developers, Pricing and Growth Managers. Zuora has been enabling the subscription economy by building the next generation commerce platform. Zuora’s subscription management software has enabled 21st century businesses around the world from startups to enterprises…

Cryptocurrency + Bank + Visa with Complete Anonymity? – Probably All Hat No Cattle

The creators of the digital currency known as DIBCOIN, reportedly have inked a billion-dollar liquidity partnership with Digitas Bank enabling present and future DIBCOIN holders the ability to deposit and withdraw DIBCOIN and FIAT currency in a single transaction and with complete financial privacy. On top of this customers can use an anonymous VISA debit…

Tech & Jazz & Startups to Have a Collision in The Big Easy

America’s fastest growing tech conference, with more than 20,000 attendees, and millions of business ideas including fintech is slated for early May in New Orleans. Collision attendees include 3,000 CEOs and other senior executives. About 4,500 companies will be represented from 110 countries. It is an ultimate event, and best of all, it is sandwiched…

Wells Fargo Credit Card Portfolio Bad Sales Practices Impact Continues in Q1

Wells Fargo continues to reel from the bank’s fraudulent sales practices exposed last year, as new credit card account acquisitions fell more than 46% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). Consumer credit card portfolio metrics remained soft with single digit YOY gains, and there was a noticeable uptick in charge-offs, according to CardData. The…

Bitcoin Decentralized Cryptocurrency Transformational for Payments Market

Wildly successful in early development, bitcoin has hit some rough patches in China and Europe, and a cold shoulder in the North American banking world. However, mainstream acceptance is plowing forward albeit at single-digit annual growth rates. The global bitcoin technology market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.26% through 2020. The recovering…