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

MasterCard Bands

Coin and MasterCard Wearables

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Coin and MasterCard and partnered to bring payments to a wide array of fitness bands, smart watches and other wearable devices. Atlas Wearables, which designs advanced fitness trackers, Moov, a personal fitness coach on your wrist, and Omate, maker of fashionable smartwatches, are the first set of companies working with MasterCard…

Blackhawk Acquisitions

Blackhawk Acquisitions

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Blackhawk Network has acquired GiftCards.com, which sells digital and physical prepaid gift card solutions to consumers through a high-trafficked gift card U.S. website, and OmniCard, which sells customized prepaid incentive and reward solutions for business clients. The deal is valued at $120 million. GiftCards.com offers differentiating features, including its GiftLocal product…

US Debit Cards

US Debit Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] New research shows young adults and high-income earners are shifting away from debit card use. The latest Insight Summary Report from Mercator Advisory Group’s CustomerMonitor Survey Series reveals usage by both demographic segments declined to a seven-year low in 2015, 52% of households earning $100,000 or more a year and 56%…

NAB CIO

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MI-based credit card processor North American Bancard has ankled Jim Parkinson as chief information officer. In his new position, Parkinson will be responsible for the company’s IT operations, including IT engineering, PMO and the IT products and strategy teams. Parkinson comes to NAB with extensive experience with digital projects and strategies,…

Special Mentions

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FREEDOMPAY – FreedomPay has launched of Pay-At-Table solution with PCI Validated Point-to-Point Encryption (PCI P2PE). Available on Ingenico Group’s iWL 258 wireless smart terminal and powered by FreedomPay’s payment gateway, the Pay-At-Table solution is a fully integrated solution with the point of sale at the merchant’s location. In 2016, FreedomPay will…