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

BitConnect Coin Cryptocurrency Gains Serious Traction in First Two Months

BitConnect Coin (BCC) reports a new record high, in terms of value and market capitalization. BitConnect Coin (BCC) is an open source, peer-to-peer, community driven decentralized cryptocurrency that allows people to store, invest their wealth and even earn a substantial interest on the balance stored in the wallets. BitConnect Coin launched 11th of January, 2017. According to…

PaySimple Service Commerce sPOS Targets SMEs

Denver-based PaySimple has reinvented point-of-sale software for service businesses with their new release of Service Point of Sale (sPOS) platform. Small- and medium-sized service business owners are looking for ways to simplify management tools and have a more comprehensive view of their businesses. PaySimple’s new sPOS is a virtual terminal that provides customers the simplicity…

LG Pay Adopts Wireless Magnetic Communication Solution

Dynamics’ proprietary Wireless Magnetic Communication (WMC) technology is being intergrated into the mobile payment strategy of LG Electronics. The game-changing technology revolutionizes mobile payments by allowing LG mobile phones to wirelessly communicate traditional magnetic stripe information directly to traditional magnetic stripe readers. An early version of the company’s WMC technology will be featured on the…

PrestoPrime EMV Terminal Captures U.S. Pay-at-Table Market

CA-based E la Carte has unveiled the PrestoPrime EMV Terminal, offering a solid pay-at-table experience available, with the highest levels of security available along with future-proof capability and unparalleled guest and server ease-of-use. The new PrestoPrime EMV Terminal is the successor to E la Carte’s current Presto System, which is operational every day in more…

Cannabis is the Fastest Growing Payments Segment in the U.S.

Eight states and the District of Columbia now allow the recreational use of marijuana, while another 28 states permit its use for medicinal purposes. In what has been touted as the fastest-growing industry in the U.S., investment opportunities in the cannabis space appear boundless. Companies are all employing a “no-touch” approach to their cannabis business…

Clearent PAI Acquisition Adds 17K Customers, a Telesales Team, and Strategic Partners

Clearent has completed its acquisition of Payment Alliance International’s (PAI) Merchant Services Division. The acquisition adds support and operations resources, a complementary telesales channel, strategic association partnerships, and increases Clearent’s processing volume by 40%. PAI’s Merchant Services Division is a provider of payment processing solutions for businesses, Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), agents and associations, and…

i2c Lands First Data Executive as EVP of Client Services

CA-based i2c, a provider of smarter payments and integrated commerce solutions, has ankled Peg Johnson as executive vice president of Global Client Success to oversee global operations of its client services and customer success organizations. Ms. Johnson has over 20 years of experience running global service delivery teams in the payments industry, working with the…