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.

Digital River & Netconcepts

Digital River is expanding its marketForce global interactive marketing agency through a partnership with Beijing-based Netconcepts. The new partnership will enable Digital River to further extend its current marketing services in Asia Pacific and offer multi-national commerce clients additional access to localized, conversion-driven marketing services in China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Revel POS

San Francisco-based Revel Systems has secured a $1.2 million grant from Invest Northern Ireland to open a UK sales and operations center in Belfast. The Revel platform includes complete front-end order entry, POS system and payment processing, back-end personnel scheduling, time clock and payroll, inventory management, comprehensive product/menu management and advanced reporting to successfully measure and optimize business performance. 

Gemalto NFC

Gemalto has teamed up with Chunghwa Telecom, the largest operator in Taiwan with 10 million subscribers, to secure their mobile NFC services . This commercial launch, supported by MasterCard and four leading Taiwanese banks, uses Gemalto’s UpTeq Multi-tenant NFC SIM and embedded software to host mobile payment and Mifare transit purse on a single card.

CUP Card Benefits

China UnionPay (CUP) transaction volume continues to explode racking up a stunning estimated 56% increase in 2014, following a solid gain of 48% in 2013. This month UnionPay International, the international business arm of China UnionPay announced special privileges for UnionPay cardholders at 20 global tourist cities and 10 resort islands, providing its customers with discounts of up to 15%.