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.

AccessPay Announces New Faculty

AccessPay has installed a new team in Manchester to enhance the reach of its UK customer support.Rachael Howard joins as Regional Sales Manager, offering more than a decade’s worth of experience in sales and working with clients to assist their business development. Rachael specialises in cloud computing and SaaS. Lauren King is the new Operations Manager, and has extensive experience in establishing and building key customer relationships. Lauren’s main role will be to assess, improve and streamline AccessPay’s pre and post-sales customer support. Rob Illidge, has joined from Shaping Cloud and will use his experience to develop new communication channels and build relationships with present and future AccessPay clients.Jess Macedo has been appointed as Customer Support Executive, and will ensure all areas of our structure and organisation are 100% customer-focused. She will also be responsible for all the onboarding, training and support relating to AccessPay Pro and Direct Debit Management. Alistair Jenkins, Business Development Executive, who joins from Peninsula, possesses over fifteen years’ experience in client liaison, and will be responsible for developing and nurturing key customer relationships.

Google Wallet Instant Buy comes to iOS

Google Wallet Instant Buy makes checkout on mobile sites and Android apps easier and help shoppers speed through the purchase process and is now available through iOS apps. Merchants and developers selling physical goods and services can use Instant Buy for easy integration that works with existing payment processors and secure payments with 24/7 fraud monitoring. There are no Google fees and merchants can simplify their mobile checkout. Select early partners, including B&H, Eat24, Fancy, Newegg, Sionic Mobile and Wish, to integrate Instant Buy into their iOS apps. We are excited to open the Instant Buy iOS API and welcome more developers to sign up today.

Credorax Announces New Board Member

Credorax appointed Joshua R. Floum to its board, who will bring to the role 30 years’ experience in financial services, payments, advanced technologies, governance and risk initiatives to further facilitate Credorax’s growing business and increasing market share worldwide. Floum served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Visa, Inc., reporting to Visa Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer and serving on its Executive Committee. Floum was instrumental in guiding Visa through its merger and birth as a global public company, which represented one of the largest IPOs in US history. Floum devised the company’s “retrospective responsibility” plan, which shielded the new organisation from legacy legal liabilities and built Visa’s legal and government relations departments to global world-class scale.

Walt Disney Studios and Visa Signature Announce Latest Partnership

SEEKING REAL “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!” Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios, Dolby® Laboratories and Visa Signature are joining forces for a nationwide MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY””GUARDIANS OF GOOD contest in conjunction with the August 1, 2014 release of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY””GUARDIANS OF GOOD invites real “Guardians of the Galaxy,” young men and women (ages 14-18) from across the United States, to share their stories of how they are bettering their communities through service, science or innovation, and gives them the opportunity to connect with a galaxy of Peer Guides”who are already doing great things”to learn from their successes. Entries will be accepted between June 11, 2014 and June 29, 2014.GUARDIANS OF GOOD INNOVATION & SERVICE SUMMIT is scheduled to include presenters from NASA/JPL, speaking on the monitoring and protection of Earth through asteroid detection and Earth-observing satellites and ensuring the safety of Mars spacecraft during a comet encounter, Disney Imagineers, generationOn, Broadcom MASTERS®, Discovery Science Center, & Disney Global Community Outreach.

Square Invoices

San Francisco-based Square has unleashed Square Invoices to help sellers get paid fast with free unlimited invoices and no monthly service fee. Now sellers can accept payments in person, online in Square Market, and through Square Invoices for the same low 2.75% transaction price. Sellers can track all sales from their Square Dashboard, making it easy to manage all of their business operations from one place.

Visa and FIFA 2014 Technology

Visa Inc.and FIFA’s exclusive Financial Services partner for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, today shared its global FIFA World Cup activation program, which will enhance the sporting experience for millions of fans, clients and partners in 104 countries worldwide. Engaging film and print spots featuring Nobel Peace Laureates, alongside dynamic and interactive social engagement programs, and a seamless in-stadium payment technology experience, enables fans at the tournament, or anywhere in the world, to be part of the FIFA World Cup celebration.

Bongo Adds Bitcoin

Bongo International, announces that they are the first in their field to accept decentralized P2P currency, Bitcoin. The move to accept Bitcoin confirms Bongo’s innovative approach to international eCommerce. Bongo International currently supports over 60 payment options including VISA, MasterCard, American Express, V Pay, Union Pay and more in addition to the newly introduced Bitcoin.

70% of US CC Will Be EMV

By the end of 2015, 70% of U.S. credit cards and 41% of U.S. debit cards will be EMV enabled, says Aite Group. Aite Group’s new research report, EMV: Lessons Learned and the U.S. Outlook, takes a look at the migratory experiences of five countries that preceded the United States in adopting the EMV standard: the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada. It also describes the U.S. path to EMV based on interviews with top U.S. issuers and payment networks and makes a series of recommendations for U.S. issuers based on the lessons learned from other countries.