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

Powa + S-Cubism

Powa Technologies has gone to bed with S-Cubism Technologies to become the first Japanese-based POS software provider to complete integration with its PowaPOS tablet-based hardware. The full-featured solution will use its EC-Orange POS for iPad and Windows, and is available from Billing System Corporation, a leading payment gateway and reseller.

Visa Checkout

Visa and Williams-Sonoma announced that Visa Checkout, the online check out service that Visa launched less than a year ago, is now live online at Williams-Sonoma, America’s leader in high-quality cookware and tools, electrics and entertaining essentials. With Visa Checkout, Williams-Sonoma customers now have a fast, easy and secure way to pay online.