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

AvidXchange

AvidXchange has teamed withViewpoint Construction Software, a provider of innovative construction-specific software solutions to the global construction and capital project industries. AvidXchange and Viewpoint have formed a strategic partnership to deliver clients a best-in-class payment automation solution with a strong integration to Viewpoint’s ERP solutions, Vista by Viewpoint and ProContractor by Viewpoint.

U.S PDV Q2/15

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) in the U.S. climbed 7.6% year-on-year (YOY) in Q2/15 reaching a record $1205 billion. Visa led the way in the second quarter posting a 8.8% YOY gain for U.S. PDV, according to CardData. However, YOY PDV growth is slowing a tad for all four U.S. networks.