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

Fime JCB mAccreditation

FIME secure-chip testing locations are now accredited to deliver testing services for JCB’s J/Speedy mobile, and contact and contactless, products. FIME’s Global test tool is available for purchase as an off-the-shelf product for in-house pre-certification testing. Using FIME’s services to test JCB’s J/Speedy products enables mobile handset, USIM and dual interface card manufacturers to confirm that the application layer of their products meets the requirements laid out by the payments system for all forms of contactless payment.

Checkprint & Metro Bank

Checkprint payment solutions has been awarded a contract extension by Metro Bank for cheque services. The contract extension will see Metro Bank use the latest version of The CheckPrint Solution, the innovative, secure and versatile cheque printing system, to instantly issue chequebooks to all new account holders, within minutes of them entering the store. Replenishment books, for both personal and business customers, are also provided on tight service levels from Checkprint’s fully accredited site in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

Retail Success + Boutique Window

KS-based Retail Success has acquired NE-based Boutique Window, an online marketing and social media management platform. Retail Success will add Boutique Window to its existing set of retail tools that include POSIM a point of sale, inventory management and eCommerce solution and sister company, National Merchant Alliance, a provider of electronic payment technology and services.