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

JCB 2019

Japan’s JCB continues this year to expand its worldwide acceptance and issuance with new deals in Europe, as well as the LAC, ME and AP regions. Based on current metrics JCB is expected to surpass the US$500 billion in annual transaction value milestone by end-of-year (EOY) 2019. JCB racked up US$223 billion in transaction value last year, according to CardData. Forecaster RAM Research’s CAGR Corner computes JCB’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 18.01%

MC AVG US P-TIX

MasterCard’s average ticket (TIX) per purchase for U.S. credit cards has increased 10.3% since 2009, compared to Visa’s decrease of 1.9% during the same five year period. MasterCard’s average U.S. debit card purchase TIX runs about 4.8% higher than Visa’s since 2009. According to CardData, the MasterCard average TIX for full-year 2014 for credit cards is $90.23 and $39.42 for debit cards, up $8.39 and 8 cents respectively, compared to 2010.

Amazon DRS

Amazon launched its Dash Button service enabling consumers to buy products they frequently purchase with the push of a physical button at the point-of-need (PON). Amazon then quickly delivers the household favorites. The new service is available to Prime clients by using the Amazon app on a smartphone to connect Dash Button to the home Wi-Fi.