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

CardFellow Attacks the Rules Surrounding Card Surcharges

CardFellow Attacks the Rules Surrounding Card Surcharges

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CT-based CardFellow released an infographic version of its popular blog post offering detailed information about the rules surrounding surcharges. The infographic combines information on card brand regulations, consumer opinions of surcharging, and details on credit card usage in order to highlight the multiple facets involved. Credit card processing costs have long…

Asia Pacific Consumers Embrace Digital Wallets

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Consumers in Asia Pacific are embracing new mobile technologies with one in five (19.5%) using digital wallets, a two-fold increase from two years ago (9.7%). Smartphone users in emerging markets, China (45.0 percent) and India (36.7 percent) are the biggest adopters of digital wallets in the region while smartphone users in…

Western Union & PrivatBank Launch online Ukraine Money Transfer

Western Union & PrivatBank Launch online Ukraine Money Transfer

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union has launched online money transfer in Ukraine. The new service is available in collaboration with Public Joint Stock Company Commercial Bank PrivatBank. With this capability, Western Union customers in Ukraine can now make fast, convenient and reliable online money transfers on www.westernunion.ua using their Visa or MasterCard credit cards…

Thai Payment Network & China UnionPay Join Forces

Thai Payment Network & China UnionPay Join Forces

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Bangkok Bank, Krung Thai Bank, Kasikornbank and Siam Commercial Bank, says TPN (Thai Payment Network), Thailand’s local switching network constructed based on UnionPay technical standards officially went live. Previously UnionPay IC card standard became the industry standard of Thailand. Through the incorporation of a joint venture, UnionPay now offers the technical…

Krungsri Consumer and JCB Launch a Payment Card

Krungsri Consumer and JCB Launch a Payment Card

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Krungsri Consumer, a specialist in credit card and personal loan business in Thailand, and JCB have launched JCB credit card issuing in Thailand. Krungsri Consumer has a combined customer portfolio of over 7 million accounts, the biggest portfolio in Thailand. JCB cards are today issued in 20 countries with 91 million…

Minneapolis Metro Transit Bus Fleet Go-To Switch to Cubic

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Cubic Transportation Systems has installed mobile validators on the Minneapolis Metro Transit bus fleet to replace previous card validators used in the Go-To smart card system. The state-of-good-repair project was awarded under a $5 million contract. The new validators meet Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) compliance and include the capability of…

BJ’s to Deploy Zipit Enterprise Critical Messaging Solution

BJ’s to Deploy Zipit Enterprise Critical Messaging Solution

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] BJ’s Wholesale Club has selected the Zipit Enterprise Critical Messaging Solution for use in improving order processing and fulfillment efficiency across all 213 BJ’s locations. After undergoing a comprehensive trial, BJ’s chose to implement the Zipit solution because of its patented priority messaging feature as well as its ability to provide…

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HomeSend and Vodafone Launch M-Pesa Remittance

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] HomeSend has expanded its global framework agreement with Vodafone Group for M-Pesa, including the launch of remittance services into five new markets during 2016. The two companies will work together to enable the real-time, mobile receipt of remittances by M-Pesa users in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique and…

Moneris Solutions Accredited to Self-Certify EMV

Moneris Solutions Accredited to Self-Certify EMV

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Moneris Solutions has been accredited to self-certify EMV-chip and PIN, and chip and signature terminals for five major credit card brands. With this authorization, Moneris is the only processor in North America with the ability to perform self-certification for merchants on behalf of American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Union Pay.…

CreaCard for a MasterPass Wallet in France

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] For the occasion of Mobile World Congress 2016 (22nd – 25th February in Barcelona), MasterCard announced today the launch in France of a new MasterPass service fully dedicated to CreaCard PCS, the Prepaid leader on this market. This innovative digital and safe payment method will revolutionize online transactions for MasterCard cardholders.…

International Bank of Azerbaijan to start accepting JCB cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., has started JCB merchant acquiring operations with the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA). JCB cards will be accepted at all of IBA’s acceptance locations throughout the country by the end of February 2016. JCB has more than 91…

Special Breaking News Mentions in Today’s CardFlash

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Breaking News: DRA (licensing); PARKMOBILE (NYC); CARDFELLOW (Indigo); and THREATMETRIX (Fuji Soft). DRA – Canada-based Digital Retail Apps (DRA) will begin licensing its purchase verification technology to merchants and partners. As well, the company has earned an additional patent on its system and method of facilitating secure self-payment transactions of retail…