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

Mastercard Europe Softens Up as PDV Slips but PTX & CIF Solid

Mastercard’s European region posted sluggish year-on-year (YOY) gains for the third quarter (3Q/16), according to CardData.com. While, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), cash dollar volume (CDV) jumped more than 22% YOY, purchase dollar volume (PDV) declined more than 2% and gross dollar volume (GDV) increase a mere 5.4%. Europe is Mastercard’s second largest international…

Diebold Nixdorf’s New Extreme Self-Checkout Concept is 1.5X the Width of a Dollar Bill

Diebold Nixdorf’s new Extreme Self-Checkout offers the ability to serve as an automated teller machine (ATM), point-of-sale (POS) terminal and a self-checkout unit. The concept enables an unprecedented level of consumer convenience by connecting the physical and digital worlds of shopping to create a seamless end-to-end experience.  By accepting cash, card and contactless payments, the…

Gemalto Protects BNP Paribas Wa! Mobile Wallet in France

BNP Paribas is deploying Gemalto’s Mobile Protector, a highly secure solution to protect Wa!, a multi-brand, omni-channel mobile wallet that combines payments, shopping coupons and loyalty programs. Gemalto’s Mobile Protector encompasses an SDK (Software Development Kit), and both a customer enrollment and an authentication server. The solution delivers comprehensive security for all mobile payments made…

Personal + Mobile + Seamless + Secure = Unified Commerce for Retailers

Unified commerce goes beyond omni-channel, putting the customer experience first, breaking down the walls between internal channel silos and leveraging a common commerce platform. Retailers are moving in this direction with 71% planning to have a unified commerce platform within three years. According to a new report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), the mobilization of…

British Consumer Credit Card Debt Continues to Accelerate 9%+ Year-on-Year

U.K. consumer credit continued to expand at a brisk pace in November, topping 10% year-on-year (YOY). In November total consumer credit grew to £192.2 billion. The three-month annualized and twelve-month growth rates, seasonally adjusted (SA), were 11.4% and 10.8% respectively. The Bank of England (BOE) reports consumer credit increased by £1.9 billion in November, in…

Verifone Expands its Engage Family with New Advanced Multilane Payment Device

Verifone has pulled up the curtain on its sleekest, the most advanced and intuitive multilane payment device ever. Verifone designed the new M400 to enable this for its department store, specialty retailer, grocery store, hotel, quick service restaurants and convenience store clients. Verifone says multilane merchants need a platform capable of supporting their vision for…

Next Generation Payment Testing Solutions Optimizes Existing Legacy Testing Assets

Paragon Application Systems has inked a deal with RS Software India, a provider of digital payment technology solutions that builds payment infrastructure for countries all across the globe and helps businesses transition from legacy to modern e-payment systems. The alliance addresses the growing demand for testing solutions that provide better automation and more comprehensive code…

Cargo Volume Data Points to a Very Strong Holiday Shopping Season

Dovetailing with recent consumer spending and consumer debt statistics, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports saw an unexpected increase during the industry’s busy holiday season. Global Port Tracker says retailers don’t import merchandise unless they think they can sell it. Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.64 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in…