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

BAWAG Cardless ATMs

Austria’s BAWAG PSK has become one of the first banks in Europe to introduce cardless cash withdrawals at ATMs in all its branches. The technology enabling the new service is Wincor Nixdorf’s software platform PC/E with a smart client component that runs on the ATM, and a server component that authorizes the withdrawal via the code.

Plenti Card

American Express has corralled nine major U.S. merchants to form the first U.S.-based coalition loyalty card program. The new Plenti card and/or FOB can be used any form of payment that the partner accepts at checkout – cash, credit, debit or prepaid and offers cardholders the ability to double-dip with other rewards payments cards.