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

Global V+MA Q1 PTX Up 10% Excluding V Europe

Global purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards, excluding Visa Europe, rose 10.1% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). Including Visa Europe PTX increased 28.1%, according to CardData. The two networks combined processed 51.0 billion purchase transactions in 1Q/17, compared to 53.0 billion for the fourth quarter and 39.8 billion one-year…

Fleet Card Leader WEX Adopts Aggregate Data via Custom APIs

Corporate payment solutions WEX inked a new agreement with Crawler2api. Crawler2api is a major provider of custom real-time APIs and transactional bots. The company aims to make data easily accessible for clients while eliminating the need for websites to maintain costly APIs or structured data feeds. Crawler2api’s proprietary crawling framework enables its clients to request data…

Desjardins & Monetico Propel Discover Card Acceptance in Canada

Discover Global Network has inked an agreement with Desjardins Group, the top cooperative financial group in Canada through its Monetico payment solutions, to expand acceptance in Canada. Merchants that have business relationships with Desjardins are now able to accept cards that run on the Discover Global Network, including Discover, Diners Club and alliance partner cards.…

CardConnect to be Gobbled Up by First Data in 3Q

First Data has inked a deal acquire CardConnect for $750 million. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter. CardConnect is a provider of payment processing and technology solutions and is one of First Data’s largest distribution partners. CardConnect processes approximately $26 billion of volume annually from about 67,000 merchant customers which are…

30K+ Attendees to Check-Out Mobile World Congress Americas in Sept

Mobile World Congress (MWC) Americas will debut September 12-14 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center and will be the premier mobile industry event for the Americas. Under the theme “The Tech Element”, Mobile World Congress Americas will be expecting 30,000 professionals from across the mobile industry and adjacent industry sectors to attend. The exhibition…