Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

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…