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

V+MA 1Q/17 International CIF Up 7.7% YOY Driven by MA +9.9% YOY

International payment cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard, excluding Visa Europe, increased 7.7% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). International debit card CIF rose 15.7% YOY, while international credit card CIF increased 33.6% YOY, according to CardData. The figures are skewed as Visa began reporting Europe data in the third quarter. With Visa Europe…

Rambus & Google Buddy to Power Interac on Android Pay in Canada

Interac Debit on Android Pay in Canada is coming thanks to a partnership between Rambus, Google and Interac Association / Acxsys, the organizations behind Canada’s leading payment brand, Interac. Through the Interac Token Service Provider (TSP), which was developed in collaboration with Rambus, Interac debit cardholders can make secure mobile debit payments, now using Android…

MONKEY Offers Seamless Native In-App Ordering & Payments

LevelUp and MonkeyMedia Software are co-developing a seamless bi-directional interface between MONKEY, a cloud-based software platform to support takeout, delivery and catering service channels, and LevelUp’s mobile loyalty and payment solution. The new interface will allow LevelUp customers’ mobile loyalty and payment accounts to be connected with their corresponding MONKEY ordering accounts. As part of…

PayPal Exec Ankled to Head Customer Experience at TD Bank

TD Bank has landed Barry Baird, formerly with PayPal, as Head of Customer Experience. Baird joins was most recently PayPal’s Head of Business Operations, Project Management Operations, PayPal Credit Card Program. Barry’s accountabilities included end-to-end program management of all new PayPal credit initiatives and roadmap prioritization, including all major product and platform builds. He joined…