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

Zilzar & MC

MasterCard announced its service to the Muslim lifestyle segment with its Zilzar.com partnership, a Muslim Lifestyle Marketplace platform. Zilzar.com is a business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) platform which will provide robust information and content for users, sellers, buyers, and halal certification bodies, engaging them across sectors of Islamic finance, food, travel, logistics, cosmetics and fashion, among others.

Mickey Dees NFC

While CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart trashed Apple Pay this week, McDonald’s U.S. customers have another way to pay for their orders, thanks to a collaboration with Softcard. Customers will now be able to tap and pay both in-restaurant and in the drive-thru lane at all U.S. McDonald’s locations, marking the largest deployment of NFC-based mobile commerce in drive-thru.