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.

Credit Card Attrition

Credit card attrition has slowed by more than three percentage points over the past twelve months. Based on credit card data from Chase, annualized attrition dropped from 11.7% in the third quarter of 2012 to 8.6% in the third quarter of 2013. Over the past year Chase opened 5.6 million new credit card accounts, but its total account base grew by only 500,000 accounts. On a quarterly basis the Chase attrition rate is running at 2.3%, down significantly from 3.9% in the third quarter of 2012, according to calculations by CardData.


Wincor Nixdorf has launched a tablet-based BEETLE mobile POS system. The solution is designed to meet the requirements of international retail companies who plan to enhance their customer engagement with mobile POS capabilities. The BEETLE mobile POS solution offers the flexibility and scalability to be used either as a queue buster, taking mobile payments or offering customer information on the shop floor, or linked to back-office systems to carry out admin tasks such as stock taking or inventory ordering. The solution has also the flexibility to operate as a fully functioning stationary POS terminal, when locked into its purpose-built docking unit and POS Device Hub. All relevant interfaces are available to connect the tablet with cash drawer, barcode scanner, receipt printer, customer display, checkout scale or any other device.

GlobalPlatform Names Fresh Board of Directors

GlobalPlatform announced its Board of Directors for fiscal year 2014*, following annual elections for six of the eleven Board seats. Individual members to serve as Board Officers for a one-year term have also been confirmed, as well as the appointment of a new Mobile Task Force Chair. Marc Kekicheff – Senior Business Leader of Chip Innovation at Visa Inc. retains his position as Chairman. Uwe Wittig – Group Vice-President within the Mobile Security Business Unit at Giesecke & Devrient continues as GlobalPlatform Vice-Chairman; and Yves Moulart – Director of Development and Innovation within STMicroelectronics’ Secure MCUs Division, Integrated Secure Solutions, is again confirmed as GlobalPlatform’s Secretary / Treasurer. First-year members to serve a two-year term include Yves Moulart, Simon Moore, Solutions Architect – ARM, Rémi de Fouchier, Vice-President, Marketing Communication – Gemalto, Arnaud du Chéné, Vice President, Head of Product Quality within Global Chip & Contactless Solutions – MasterCard Worldwide and Sebastian Hans, Senior Standardization Manager – Oracle. Additionally, Jon Geater, Chief Technology Officer at Trustonic was elected to serve a one-year term.


R.K. Hammer, in this 3rd of their annual series of year-end card industry reports, indicates that the card business saw a fee income decrease of $2.6 billion in 2013, compared to 2012; $79.9 billion vs. $82.5 billion a year earlier. New regulations and legislation continues to have an impact. Post-recession card fees have been fairly flat for the past five years, according to R.K. Hammer…

Pensio and ReD payment and fraud prevention solution

Pensio, the Danish payment management specialist, and leading global fraud prevention provider ReD, have announced a new partnership that is offering an integrated, tailored fraud screening solution to Pensio’s broad range of merchant customers. The first merchant to take advantage of the integrated service is progressive retailer LN-CC. David Hobson, ecommerce Director at LN-CC said, “As we expand our global online presence, it’s vital that we have the right fraud detection in place to protect our business. By working with Pensio and ReD we achieve that for every type of payment instrument.”


Payments volume for Diners Club International declined 7.7% year-on-year and 4.6% sequentially in the third quarter to $6.5 billion. Acquired by Discover Financial Services in July 2008, the international card has consistently hovered between $6.5 billion and $7.0 billion in quarterly payments volume. In 2009 Discover and its franchises launched a major marketing initiative to revitalize the brand. Since acquiring the Diners Club, Discover has been aggressively expanding acceptance.

Extreme Weather Bosts Online Holiday Shopping

For the first time in Canadian eCommerce history, the online share of retail sales totaled 7.8% for the month of December according to MasterCard SpendingPulse, a macro-economic report that leverages purchase information across all forms of payment – credit cards, cash and cheque – to offer detailed insight into consumer spending trends. The eCommerce channel showed a 22.2% month-over-month increase in December, representing the 54th consecutive month of positive year-over-year growth for the channel. Total Canadian retail growth was steady but slow, posting a year-over-year growth of 2.3% and demonstrating the strength of eCommerce retail growth. The price index also declined significantly due to deep promotions during the holidays.

Omanye Money Now In Nigeria and Ghana

Omanye Money whose services are largely targeted at the unbanked and under-banked world-wide, has announced the introduction of international mobile money transfer to bank accounts in Nigeria and Ghana. Their customers can now send money from the Omanye mobile site and website wherever they are in the world and users of the eTranzact Mobile Money mobile service (pocketmoni) in Nigeria now have the option of receiving international transfers from Omanye Money customers all over the world.

First Professional Sports Team to Accept Bitcoin

The Sacramento Kings announced they will become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin, a popular online currency. The bitcoin purchases will be processed through BitPay. Since purchasing the Kings earlier this year, majority team owner Vivek Ranadivé has directed a business philosophy coined “NBA 3.0,” which focuses on investments in technology, globalization and deep community partnerships. The BitPay relationship marks another manifestation of the 3.0 philosophy in Sacramento.

Acculynk Seeks PIN-Based Patent

Acculynk announced that the European Patent Office granted Acculynk patent protection for the company’s propriety process for PIN based authentication over the Internet. The patent protects the mechanisms and processes behind Acculynk’s innovative PaySecure® product, a software-only service that allows consumers to pay for online purchases with their debit card and bank-issued PIN. Acculynk is the only global payment gateway that brings e-Commerce merchants PIN authenticated payments for debit or credit cards across some of the largest markets in the world. Currently the PaySecure solution is supported in 3 of the 5 largest PIN debit markets: USA, India and China. Globally Acculynk supports over two billion bank issued cards in its network.

Wallaby Certified by PCI

Wallaby announced its official certification by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council, making Wallaby the first and only credit card optimization solution to receive PCI certification. The certification reflects Wallaby’s full compliance with PCI standards for the security of cardholder data. The report commended Wallaby for its effective implementation of information security policies and processes.

NRF Asks Appeals Court to Uphold Lower Swipe Fee Cap

The National Retail Federation today asked an appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that the Federal Reserve set its cap on debit card swipe fees far higher than intended by Congress and that the cap needs to be recalculated at a lower level. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hold a hearing in Washington this morning on the Fed’s challenge of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s July ruling that the 21-cent cap that took effect in 2011 was too high. The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by NRF and other groups.