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

SIX Payments 2014

SIX Payment Services saw online transaction volumes rise in 2014 alongside constant increases in traditional card payments using credit and debit cards at the point of sale. The range and volume of payment transactions made online, in high street stores and through a variety of other locations offering goods and services continued to expand in tandem with technical innovations. Mobile wallets, which became a hot topic in 2014, are likely to gain momentum in 2015 with the launch of Apple Pay. We also anticipate that NFC payments (near field communication) and omni-channel solutions will effectively remove the dividing line between online and offline activities. SIX Payment Services saw global transaction volumes increase 10%, rising from 1.195 billion in 2013 to 1.315 billion in 2014. The total transaction volume (MSV) amounted to EUR 57.5 billion. Almost half the transactions (48%) came from the international business of SIX. The number of cards processed increased by 2% to 25.7 million in 2014.