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

Virtual Reality is Super Hot for Users & Investors

Virtual Reality is Super Hot for Users & Investors

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Virtual reality is super hot and immerses consumers in sensory and personalized experiences, empowering them to interact with products and services. With mobile devices capable of delivering rich VR experiences, shoppers can tour a store or try on a new fashion anywhere, at any time. The retail environment is constantly changing…

Mobeewave Contactless Payments on Horizon

Mobeewave Contactless Payments on Horizon

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Mobeewave is unveiling its patented secure contactless payment-acceptance capability for mobile payment applications at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Integrated into a mobile wallet or mobile banking application, can provide a True Wallet Experience for consumers, by allowing them to receive as well as make electronic proximity payment via…

Breaking News Mentions in CardFlash February 16th 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Breaking News: AVT (PayRange); INTELLING (EU M-Pay); HYPERWALLET (CarHopper); and NICE (KeyBank). AVT – AVT will incorporate the PayRange mobile payment system on the company’s innovative, new coffee kiosks. The Bluetooth-enabled payment device gives customers unparalleled freedom from carrying cash and credit cards, along with unprecedented convenience. INTELLING – Mobile wallet transactions…

Datacap Systems & WorldPay Complete US EMV Certification

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PA-based Datacap Systems has completed US EMV level 3 certification with WorldPay and released an EMV-capable version of NETePay available for download immediately. NETePay for WorldPay’s host-based processing platform provides hundreds of point of sale providers with the ability to deliver US EMV functionality via an evolving list of PIN Pads…

Official Credit Card of NASCAR Unveiled by Credit One

Official Credit Card of NASCAR Unveiled by Credit One

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Credit One Bank unveiled the Official Credit Card of NASCAR. The Credit One Bank NASCAR credit card provides 1 percent cash back on eligible purchases and 2 percent cash back on purchases made at NASCAR.com. Card members will also have access to exclusive one-of-a-kind NASCAR experiences, discounts, and promotions. This new credit…

VSoft Survey Finds Top Five Digital Banking Services

VSoft Survey Finds Top Five Digital Banking Services

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Top five digital banking services include balance inquiries; online bill payment/ATF; money transfers; finding branch/ATM locations; and customer service support. Atlanta-based VSoft Corporation finds among consumers who have a financial institution, 99 percent say their bank currently offers digital banking services and 88 percent use at least one of those digital…

Remitly Ankles Krish Srinivasan as CFO

Remitly Ankles Krish Srinivasan as CFO

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Remitly has ankled Krish Srinivasan to be chief financial officer (CFO). Srinivasan will bring 20 years of experience in financial planning, analysis and investor relations, having served in executive positions at Microsoft, Amazon and Lyft. Concurrent with this transition, Andy Larson, who served as Remitly’s CFO for the past three years,…

ISO Bluefin Payment Systems Settles with FTC

ISO Bluefin Payment Systems Settles with FTC

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ISO Capital Payments, now known as Bluefin Payment Systems, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it enabled a telemarketing scheme called The Tax Club to use merchant accounts to process consumers’ credit card payments. As alleged in the FTC’s complaint, Bluefin Payment Systems, ignored red flags about The…

Saudi Arabia’s Alinma Inks With China’s UnionPay

Saudi Arabia’s Alinma Inks With China’s UnionPay

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] China’s UnionPay has inked Alinma to enable all ATMs and merchants in Saudi Arabia to accept UnionPay cards, making Alinma the first local bank to accept UnionPay cards. In order promote card usage channels, the two sides also agreed to cooperate in issuing UnionPay cards for the purpose of providing secure…

Sierra Wireless Unveils Smart SIM Technology

Sierra Wireless Unveils Smart SIM Technology

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Sierra Wireless unveiled its Smart SIM technology and connectivity service that provide customers with superior coverage and service quality to accelerate the deployment of global IoT applications. With the addition of its global Smart SIM offering, Sierra Wireless delivers the most comprehensive, fully integrated device-to-cloud solution, including hardware, managed connectivity, and…

Small Business Owners Optimism is Rising

Small Business Owners Optimism is Rising

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Small business owners optimism is rising over the past year. The bounce in optimism benefitted largely from small business owners feeling better about their cash flow. According to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, conducted January 11-15, as the Index’s overall score rose to 67, a 13-point gain from November’s…