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

Credit Karma Reaches 50 Million Member Milestone

Credit Karma Reaches 50 Million Member Milestone

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Credit Karma announced has signed up its 50 millionth member, a major milestone that gives the online personal finance platform insight into more than one-fifth of America’s total household debt. Credit Karma’s 50 million-strong member base accounts for 22% of all Americans with a credit profile in the United States, who…

Service Biz & Middle Market Scrutinized by AXP & DNB

Service Biz & Middle Market Scrutinized by AXP & DNB

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The burgeoning service economy is significantly outpacing more traditional industry sectors in its rate of business growth among middle market companies, according to the Middle Market Power Index: Exploring Generational Changes in Middle Market Industries from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet. While manufacturing and wholesale trade continue to remain key…

Special Breaking News Mentions in CardFlash January 27, 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: USAT (4Q/15): NFCC (Board); and EXPERIAN (SBCS). USAT- USA Technologies has added 20,000 net new connections and achieved revenue of approximately $18 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. The resulting increases represent net new connection growth of 66 percent from net new connections added during the…

China CITIC Bank to Issue the First JCB Virtual Cards

China CITIC Bank to Issue the First JCB Virtual Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] JCB has inked China CITIC Bank to issue the first JCB virtual cards for online shopping users. CITIC is part of the major state-owned conglomerate CITIC Group. The bank has a nationwide branch network and solid customer base, including the wealthy segment, and is actively expanding its card issuing business. China…

ANZ Bank ATMs to Accept China UnionPay Cards

ANZ Bank ATMs to Accept China UnionPay Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UnionPay and ANZ Bank will jointly announced in Auckland all ANZ ATMs and merchants in New Zealand would be able to accept UnionPay cards. These ATMs and merchants would not only accept UnionPay chip cards, but would also initiate the acceptance of UnionPay QuickPass in New Zealand. ANZ is the largest…

TouchSuite Lightning Payments Offers ReCharge Solution

TouchSuite Lightning Payments Offers ReCharge Solution

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] TouchSuite has expanded the availability of its QuickBooks-integrated processing solution, Lightning Payments, by offering ReCharge, a solution that makes invoice management and recurring billing simple. ReCharge changes the way business owners look at their customers’ billing process by providing helpful tools that offer detailed insights into customer behavior. A real-time dashboard…

PFS Offers Prepaid Payment Cards for EU Asylum

PFS Offers Prepaid Payment Cards for EU Asylum

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) is now offering prepaid payment cards for asylum seekers across the EU. PFS has been selected to roll out a prepaid payment card programme to immigration processing centres for a National Government in Europe that currently receives over 30,000 asylum seekers per annum.  PFS will provide prepaid…

eServGlobal Gets Serious w/Advanced Customer Adoption

eServGlobal Gets Serious w/Advanced Customer Adoption

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] eServGlobal has unveiled its Advanced Customer Adoption (ACA) module for mobile money and recharge services. As mobile money services continue to spread in emerging markets around the world, service providers require the right tools to address the challenges of subscription and increasing usage. The ACA module will form part of eServGlobal’s…

Qkr! with MasterPass App to Kick Butt in the UK

Qkr! with MasterPass App to Kick Butt in the UK

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Qkr! with MasterPass pay-at-table app goes live at Zizzi restaurants MasterCard mobile app will speed up bills for diners. Developed by MasterCard Labs, Qkr! is already used to great acclaim throughout wagamama and ASK Italian restaurants, saving time for customers and waiters alike. Studies show that the average time between asking…

Clicks Upstage Bricks says New ACI Survey

Clicks Upstage Bricks says New ACI Survey

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Clicks upstage bricks, as consumers shopping at traditional brick and mortar stores are increasingly using in-store browsing capabilities, which puts the power of information in sales associates’ and consumers hands. Payments security is a core area of concern for retailers, according to new research from ACI Worldwide. The survey of 200…

China Political: UnionPay Eliminates Fees for Taiwan e-Students

China Political: UnionPay Eliminates Fees for Taiwan e-Students

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UnionPay International has joined hands with Bank of Taiwan, Taiwan Cooperative Bank, CTBC Bank and Yuanta Bank in providing an exclusive privilege of service fees exemption for online tuition payment via UnionPay cards so as to satisfy the needs for secure and convenient tuition payment of mainland students who study in…