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

MasterCard joins Nafcu

NAFCU Services Corporation announced MasterCard has become the newest Preferred Partner to join the program. The partnership was approved following a rigorous RFP process and voting by NAFCU’s three panels of credit union CEOs. Through this partnership, credit unions will have access to innovative credit, debit and prepaid solutions from MasterCard, as well as pertinent information on emerging payment technologies and advancements.

PayPal & InComm

InComm integrated POS technology announced PayPal will utilize the InComm Digital Solutions (IDS) platform to support PayPal’s digital gifts services. IDS will enable PayPal to expand the number of leading retailers’ gift cards that it sells real-time on the PayPalDigital Gifts store and on the eBay marketplace. With this PayPal customers can now purchase digital gift cards from more of the leading brands, can quickly purchase and send digital gift cards either for gifting or self-use and can benefit from future mobile payment capabilities, driven by PayPal’s innovation and integration to the IDS platform.