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

Synchrony Rock ’n Rolls Posting a Solid 3Q/16 for Retail Cards

Synchrony Rock ’n Rolls Posting a Solid 3Q/16 for Retail Cards

Synchrony Financial’s retail credit card business revenues posted an 11.2% year-on-year (YOY) gain for the third quarter (3Q/16) to $2.79 billion. Retail card outstandings continue to be aided by the recent acquisition of the BP portfolio during the second quarter. During the quarter Synchrony renewed key relationships – TJX Companies, hhgregg, Nationwide Marketing Group and…

MemberAssist Targets Martial Arts, Fitness and Health Businesses

PA-based Member Solutions, a provider of business management software and solutions including full-service membership billing, payment processing, and advisory services for Martial Arts, Fitness and Health-related businesses, has released MemberAssist, a new mobile application that helps businesses increase member engagement and maximize revenue. The Company says a large percentage of consumers now use smartphones or…

German Acquirers Expand UnionPay Acceptance

China-based UnionPay has inked a deal with two major acquirers in Germany, B+S Card Service and CardProcess. The two institutions will enable more than 50,000 local merchants to accept UnionPay cards, raising UnionPay’s merchant coverage from the current 30% to 50%. UnionPay’s acceptance footprint in Europe has expanded rapidly. Now, 38 European countries and regions…

Google’s Android Pay Partners with Visa Checkout for Payments

Visa Checkout is opening its platform to partners – allowing them to integrate the easy and secure payment service into digital wallets for online payments. Google’s Android Pay will take advantage of this new open platform by offering Visa Checkout to their consumers for online purchases. Issuers, digital wallets and payment app providers will have…