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

Processors Not Fintech Startups Most Likely to Disrupt the Payments Industry

While all new technologies will be important to their business in the next two years, the majority of CFOs say they are most concerned with mobile payments and mobile capabilities to manage and approve payments (55%), with blockchain a close second (54%), followed by cloud payments (48%) and data mining (46%). Despite the buzz around…

Bankers Behind the Eight Ball on Formal Payments Strategy

Nearly nine of 10 bankers admit their bank does not have a formal payments strategy. Of those, only 46% have plans to develop a formal payments strategy. Furthermore, 36% of respondents characterize their bank’s approach to payments strategy as “fast follower,” while 54% said their bank takes a “wait and see” approach. Only 3% consider…

Fully-Integrated, Linux-based Portable mPOS Platform Taken to a Higher Level

Verifone has launched two new portable and mPOS products: Verifone V240m & Verifone e285. Both devices are commerce-enabled and certified with the highest level of global security, PCI 5.0. This important certification, granted by the PCI Security Standards Council, ensures strong device protection for cardholder payment data and ensures the strongest possible protection in a…

Software Only Card Payment mPOS App Now in Extended Beta


The first UK technology app enabling micro-businesses to take physical card payments using smartphones without any additional dedicated hardware is not far off. Worldpay announced the launch of the first ever extended-trial of a software only card payment mPOS (mobile point of sale). My Business Mobile will allow businesses to download an app and accept…

Consumer Businesses Underestimate Cyber Risk Beyond Card Payments

Between 30% and 40% of companies currently investing in platforms such as consumer analytics, cloud integration, connected products and mobile payments have mature programs in place to address related risks. Many of these technologies involve a broad set of data types that could expose consumers to much more than stolen credit cards and identity theft.…

Thailand’s KBank JCB Credit Card Accommodates Japanese Culture

Thailand’s KBank and JCB have buddied to introduce the “KBank JCB Credit Card” to accommodate Japanese culture and lifestyles. The new card offers a wide range of attractive privileges are offered to Japanese cardholders, with first-year targets of 100,000 cards and spending of 2 billion Baht. Being among the most-visited destinations of Thai travelers, Japan…

Deals Facilitate AliPay in Germany & Empowers VEON Platform in Italy

Wirecard has recently nailed two big deals, one in Germany and one in Italy. In Germany Wirecard inked high-quality knife and cookware specialist Zwilling as a customer for Alipay. The company operates in nearly 100 countries worldwide and is one of the largest kitchen and household goods chains in Germany. The kitchenware specialist will now…

Mastercard Slowly Making Inroads on Visa in LAC – Q1 GDV Up 13% FX

Visa and Mastercard purchase dollar volume (PDV), currency adjusted (FX), in the Latin American Caribbean (LAC) region has been robust with year-on-year (YOY) growth in double digits. Mastercard has been slowly gaining on Visa in the LAC, eroding Visa’s marketshare in the LAC region, based on nominal PDV, to 64% at end-of-year (EOY) 2016, compared…

AmEx Costco Loss Fuels Top 4 V/MA Issuers Q1 GDV YOY Growth

U.S. Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) among the top four bank credit card issuers, rose an estimated 19.0% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). The strong growth was driven by Citibank and its Costco portfolio acquired from American Express early last year, according to CardData. The top four U.S. issuers racked up an estimated $351.3…