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

Synchrony Q1/15

Synchrony Financial reported its card platform revenue increased 5%, driven primarily by purchase volume growth of 10% and period-end loan receivables growth of 7%, with broad-based growth across partner programs. Payment Solutions platform revenue increased 8%, driven primarily by purchase volume growth of 10% and period-end loan receivables growth of 11%, with solid growth across industry segments led by home furnishings, automotive products, and power equipment.

InComm & KUBRA

InComm has partnered with KUBRA, a customer interaction management solution provider, to offer cash payment options to customers of KUBRA’s business clients. Through InComm’s Cashtie, a powerful API that links retail cash payments via an existing point-of-sale (POS) system to a software application, customers will soon be able to pay their bills in cash at the POS of over 40,000 conveniently located retail locations with many more on the horizon.