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

PrestoPrime EMV Terminal Captures U.S. Pay-at-Table Market

CA-based E la Carte has unveiled the PrestoPrime EMV Terminal, offering a solid pay-at-table experience available, with the highest levels of security available along with future-proof capability and unparalleled guest and server ease-of-use. The new PrestoPrime EMV Terminal is the successor to E la Carte’s current Presto System, which is operational every day in more…

Cannabis is the Fastest Growing Payments Segment in the U.S.

Eight states and the District of Columbia now allow the recreational use of marijuana, while another 28 states permit its use for medicinal purposes. In what has been touted as the fastest-growing industry in the U.S., investment opportunities in the cannabis space appear boundless. Companies are all employing a “no-touch” approach to their cannabis business…

Clearent PAI Acquisition Adds 17K Customers, a Telesales Team, and Strategic Partners

Clearent has completed its acquisition of Payment Alliance International’s (PAI) Merchant Services Division. The acquisition adds support and operations resources, a complementary telesales channel, strategic association partnerships, and increases Clearent’s processing volume by 40%. PAI’s Merchant Services Division is a provider of payment processing solutions for businesses, Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), agents and associations, and…

i2c Lands First Data Executive as EVP of Client Services

CA-based i2c, a provider of smarter payments and integrated commerce solutions, has ankled Peg Johnson as executive vice president of Global Client Success to oversee global operations of its client services and customer success organizations. Ms. Johnson has over 20 years of experience running global service delivery teams in the payments industry, working with the…

China’s UnionPay Inks EMV Card Deal with Philippine’s Asia Payment Network

UnionPay has made new progress in driving the rollout of products and services in overseas markets through exporting technical standards after reaching chip card standard licensing cooperation with Asian Payment Network (APN). UnionPay International has signed a card issuance agreement with the Philippine switch network, BancNet. The two will jointly promote large-scale issuance of UnionPay…

First Data and ShopKeep Team for Clover POS

First Data and ShopKeep have expanded their partnership to First Data’s Clover platform. ShopKeep is a cloud-based technology solution that transforms an iPad into a smart, connected cash register. First Data will make ShopKeep’s POS software available through First Data’s vast distribution network including major bank partners, retail partners, and its network of independent sales…