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

Chinese Outbound Trips to Top Global Market

Chinese Outbound Trips to Top Global Market

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] New research shows 90 million outbound trips will be made by Chinese residents in 2020, representing an impressive average growth rate of 13% per annum over the past two decades. By 2030, this number is expected to reach almost 126 million, making China the largest outbound market overtaking the US, Germany,…

Square 4Q/15 GPV Explodes but Transaction Revenue Slips

Square 4Q/15 GPV Explodes but Transaction Revenue Slips

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Square reports 4Q/15 Gross Payment Volume (GPV) increased 47% year over year to $10.2 billion. Adjusted Revenue was $135 million, up 64% year over year, while total net revenue was $374 million, up 49% year over year. Software and Data Products revenue was $22 million, up 52% sequentially from $15 million…

Kount Ankles Hertz, NCR, Western Union Director to Board

Kount Ankles Hertz, NCR, Western Union Director to Board

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ID-based Kount, an innovator of solutions for fraud and risk management, has ankled Linda Fayne Levinson for its Board of Directors. The development comes on the heels of an $80 million investment made by the CVC Growth Fund in December. Levinson brings extensive board and business experience, along with a deep…

Technavio Discovers 4 Emerging PoS Software Trends

Technavio Discovers 4 Emerging PoS Software Trends

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Technavio’s latest report on the global PoS software market reveals the top four emerging trends influencing the global PoS software market. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline. Technavio announces top four emerging trends…

All Things Bitcoin is the Newest & Hottest eCommerce Store

All Things Bitcoin is the Newest & Hottest eCommerce Store

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With the launch of a new eCommerce store, All Things Bitcoin, buyers can peruse through a wide range of bitcoin t-shirts, clothing, and other bitcoin gifts. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that is revolutionizing technology in the financial and middle-men markets. It is used to as a currency purchase a…

eMazzanti Technologies Warns of DROWN Syndrome

eMazzanti Technologies Warns of DROWN Syndrome

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] NYC-based eMazzanti Technologies issued a security warning regarding a threat to encrypted server traffic which is usually considered to be secure. Any data exchanged with vulnerable servers is at risk. The vulnerability, called DROWN, was discovered by an international team of researchers and made public by the Department of Homeland Security,…

Hitachi Solutions Restaurant POS Reaches New Heights

Hitachi Solutions Restaurant POS Reaches New Heights

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Hitachi Solutions reports its food and beverage Point of Sale (POS) for Restaurants is now available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Built on Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, the Food and Beverage POS for Restaurants helps restaurants manage and track all aspects of food creation and service. The Food and Beverage POS…

Computop Inks a Big Deal with Heartland Payment Systems

Computop Inks a Big Deal with Heartland Payment Systems

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Computop, a global payment service provider (PSP), has inked a big deal with payment processor Heartland Payment Systems. Through a non-exclusive collaboration, the Heartland Portico Gateway will be integrated with Computop Paygate, a robust platform with international payment solutions and fraud prevention, to enable Heartland’s U.S. customers to expand into new…

Visa Checkout Gets Awesome with Virtual Card Images

Visa Checkout Gets Awesome with Virtual Card Images

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa has taken its Visa Checkout to a new higher level allowing shoppers to complete their online purchase by sliding a virtual image of their credit, debit or prepaid card across the screen of a smartphone, tablet or laptop. The dynamic, new interactive button brings an engaging new way to pay…

Other: NEXONIA; JACK HENRY; PAYPAL; and DIGITAL CHECK.

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In Other News: NEXONIA (Amadeus); JACK HENRY (TCH); PAYPAL (Village Capital); and DIGITAL CHECK (SecureLink). NEXONIA – Nexonia, a provider of web and mobile business financial management solutions, announced a partnership with Amadeus, provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry. The new partnership signals the advanced integration of…

Big 6 4Q Outstandings Flat; Driven by AXP; Offset by COF

Big 6 4Q Outstandings Flat; Driven by AXP; Offset by COF

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers decreased 0.3% in the fourth quarter year-on-year (YOY) to $485.5 billion. The decline was driven by American Express and offset by Capital One. American Express U.S. EOP credit card outstandings nosedived 17.9% to $51.4 billion, compared to $62.1 billion in…