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

First Tennessee & First Data Ink a Deal for Small Biz

First Tennessee & First Data Ink a Deal for Small Biz

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data has inked a major deal with First Tennessee Bank, the largest bank in Tennessee with nearly 200 retail and commercial banking locations. Under the new enterprise agreement, First Tennessee will provide its small business clients with First Data’s innovative products, including the Clover family of business management solutions. First…

Card-Linking Transactions are Soaring in U.S.

Card-Linking Transactions are Soaring in U.S.

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardLinx Association released new data from the 2016 Annual Card-Linking Industry Survey. The February 2016 data is sourced from the largest merchants, payment companies, publishers and card-linked technology companies. Over 50% of respondents noted that card-linking transactions have grown by at least 50% in the last 12 months. This compares to last…

UATP and Air Canada Unveil the ACGlobe Program

UATP and Air Canada Unveil the ACGlobe Program

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UATP and Air Canada introduced the ACGlobe program for corporate travelers. Multi Service will manage the corporate payment solution for the airline, which will issue a branded card for program users. Air Canada is the preferred airline of 86 per cent of Canadian business travelers. UATP is a global payment solution…

Visa Becomes Partner of the U.S.-China Tourism Year

Visa Becomes Partner of the U.S.-China Tourism Year

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa inked a Cooperation Plan with the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), establishing Visa as a strategic partner of the U.S.-China Tourism Year. The landmark collaboration between the CNTA, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Visa will provide for a year-long series of events designed to enhance tourism, trade cooperation, and…

Mobile Wallets Set to Take Off Big Time

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Consumers are finally awakening to mobile wallets and the market is set to explode. As the barriers to wallet adoption drop, and issues with merchant adoption and consumer hesitation lessen, FI-branded wallets stand ready to reap the benefits. JAVELIN released, What’s in your Mobile Wallet?, and introduced JAVELIN’s S.C.O.R.E. wallet analysis…

Other News: GREENDOT; M-PAYMENTS; OBS; and ZOOZ

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In Other News: GREENDOT (award); M-PAYMENTS (forecast); OBS (KFCU); and ZOOZ (Android). GREEN DOT – Green Dot announced its GoBank mobile checking account was honored at the 2016 PYMNTS Innovator Awards in the Best Check Innovation category. Announced at a live ceremony and awards dinner on March 17th, GoBank was presented…

Flywire Inks a Sponsorship Agreement with USCIPP

Flywire Inks a Sponsorship Agreement with USCIPP

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Flywire, f/k/a peerTransfer, announced a new sponsorship agreement with USCIPP, the U.S. Cooperative for International Patient Programs. USCIPP is the premier non-profit organization dedicated to expanding global access to U.S. expertise in high-quality healthcare. The agreement comes on the heels of Flywire’s entry into the $40B international patient care industry, announced…

Faux Omni-Channel is the Reality

Faux Omni-Channel is the Reality

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Many retailers have taken the “just get something done” approach over the last few years to attempt to deliver a cross-channel customer experience. According to a new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers recognize the need for a holistic customer experience that transcends channels, but most attempts are falling…

Cubic Transportation Systems Pilot Trial of NextAgent Underway

Cubic Transportation Systems Pilot Trial of NextAgent Underway

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Cubic Transportation Systems announced the pilot trial of NextAgent, an innovative hybrid between a virtual walk-up ticket office and a ticket vending machine with a video-linked call center, at the central station in Essen, Germany in cooperation with Essener Verkehrs-AG (EVAG). Essen will be the first German city to field trial…

MC CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index

MC CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Eight countries from the Middle East & Africa (MEA) region have ranked among the top ten destinations in the global Muslim travel market. The MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2016, which covers 130 destinations, saw the UAE moving up one spot to second place on the list of Organization of…

The PCI SSC and ECPA have a Strategic Regional Partner

The PCI SSC and ECPA have a Strategic Regional Partner

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) and the European Card Payment Association (ECPA) is now a strategic regional member of the PCI Council. Supporting the shared goal of a single, globally unified data security standard, ECPA will collaborate on future versions of the global PCI Data Security Standard…

Curb Takes NYC Taxis to a New Level w/Advance Booking

Curb Takes NYC Taxis to a New Level w/Advance Booking

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Verifone’s Curb, the national taxi-hailing app that will be the first to introduce advance booking for traditional, licensed taxi rides in New York. Using Curb to book a cab will be as simple as: opening the app, setting the pick-up location, and selecting to hail a cab for now or reserve…