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

e-Commerce Survey

The third annual Key Business Drivers & Opportunities in Cross-Border E-Commerce survey is now open for input from merchants and payment professionals from around the world. Last year’s survey polled nearly 700 e-commerce and omnichannel merchants, payment service providers, acquirers and consultants, quantifying stakeholder attitudes about this increasingly important segment of payments.

G&D & Visa HCE

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has been certified “Visa Ready” by Visa for Host Card Emulation (HCE) cloud based payment services. With the Visa Ready status, Visa ensures that technology and service providers develop and deploy products and services that are compatible with Visa’s requirements. G&D’s data center in Canada has received Visa Ready certification as a provider for cloud based payment services.

CU Wallet

CU Wallet, a Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) providing the industry’s first credit union driven mobile payments application, and Relevant Solutions, the provider of mobile in-store shopping content for financial institutions, have entered a strategic alliance integrating merchant offers and promotions with CU Wallet’s mobile wallet.