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

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…

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: SVB (Startups); GOLDMONEY (BitGold); WU (competition); and CORP INSIGHT (awards). SVB – Silicon Valley Bank and MasterCard have selected four startups to participate in the fourth class of Commerce.Innovated., a virtual accelerator designed to help commerce startups grow their businesses. From mobile lending to instant authentication and identity checks,…

Qapital for Android Empowers Consumer Savings

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Qapital is now available to iOS and Android users, allowing millions of Americans access to the only savings tool that lets customers set and attain their goals while helping them change their money habits for the better. Since launching in the U.S. in May 2015, Qapital has redefined the money-saving experience…

P97 Networks Upgrades its Flagship PetroZone

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] P97 Networks has unveiled the version 2 release of its flagship PetroZone mobile app on Windows 10. This new release of the PetroZone mobile commerce app (V2) brings together Microsoft’s unifying operating system, Windows 10, and Microsoft Azure Service Bus to deliver an innovative mobile payment and digital marketing capability for…

Ciright ONE and Gift Card Balances & M-Wallets

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Ciright ONE has introduced a cutting edge solution for consumers to track and spend their gift card balances. According to a recent study, consumers spent some $130 billion on gift cards, while close to $1 billion went unused. Millennials made up a significant portion of the unused balances as 40% misplaced…

Bluefin + USAePay = Decryptx & 3DRetro

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Bluefin Payment Systems and USAePay have enabled their first merchant for Decryptx, 3DRetro. Decryptx, Bluefin’s Decryption as a Service (DaaS) product, provides all of the benefits of Bluefin’s PCI-validated P2PE solution suite on the USAePay platform. Merchants utilizing USAePay can get the security and scope reduction of PCI P2PE with no…

Pakistan’s Bank Alfalah to Massively Issue 1.5MM CUP Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Bank Alfalah to massively issue 1.5 million China UnionPay cards in Pakistan. Bank Alfalah is the largest merchant acquirer in Pakistan. Before this move, UnionPay International has partnered with the Bank in enabling all ATMs, POS Network and merchants subordinate to the Bank to accept UnionPay cards. These merchants include supermarkets,…

Oberthur Technologies

Boubyan Bank to Offer OT Contactless Payment Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Oberthur Technologies (OT) has been selected by Kuwait’s Boubyan Bank to offer the first contactless payment cards. In order to offer its customers innovation and cutting-edge technology, Boubyan Bank has decided to market new contactless payment cards, provided by OT. It significantly enhances the shopping experience as customers just need to…

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FIS Cardless Cash Getting Ready to Roll with PayPal

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FIS and PayPal have buddied for FIS Cardless Cash, a capability that allows consumers with a mobile banking app to withdraw money from virtually any ATM. Launched in January 2015, Cardless Cash was the first mobile ATM solution on the market that avoids the plastic debit card. This technology provides banks…