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.

SumUp BitPay mPOS

SumUp has integrated Bitcoin into its mPOS solution through BitPay. The integration means that any bricks and mortar retailer can now easily accept Bitcoin payments. With SumUp’s streamlined checkout process, the customer simply confirms the amount with a single click on their smartphone after scanning a QR code or using NFC broadcast. For merchants, accepting Bitcoin payments means that issues with fraud concerns or credit card chargebacks are erased from the equation. After having launched a proprietary Chip & PIN terminal in its major European markets, SumUp is now building an open network by accepting different alternative payment options, such as Bitcoin and soon to follow Apple Pay.