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

eUICC = Ingenico + Oberthur Technologies + Vodafone

Ingenico, Oberthur Technologies, and Vodafone have been collaborating to define a disruptive connectivity management solution based on embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC). This partnership brings together the best of their know-how to revolutionize payment terminal connectivity in an agile way. By joining forces, Ingenico, Vodafone and OT will make the remote management of payment terminals’…

Accenture Deal Provides Integrated Customer Experiences Globally

Accenture has acquired, one of the UK’s largest independent agencies renowned for blending creativity, digital and data to develop campaigns that help brands better engage with consumers. The Karmarama acquisition strengthens the ability of Accenture Interactive, part of Accenture Digital, to create and deliver integrated customer experiences to brands in the UK and beyond. Based…

CanPay Takes Cannabis Payments to a New High

CanPay, the first debit payment solution for the cannabis industry, confirmed its availability to retailers and consumers in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. On the heels of eight states legalizing recreational or medicinal cannabis last week, CanPay is the only legitimate and stable debit payment solution for merchants in newly legalized and established cannabis markets, operating…

PayZang Beefs-Up with New Payment Portal and API Services

Salt Lake City-based PayZang is taking-off big-time as it continues to demonstrate its ability to keep up with and even surpass the trends. A large part of the reason for PayZang’s continued excellence in providing merchant services is the staff’s awareness of the ever-changing needs of merchants and consumers of today. In response to these…

Sleek & Durable iPad Mini Case Handles Swipe, Dip & Tap Payments

Untethered payment terminals have allowed merchants of all sizes, whether a restaurant, retailer, food truck operator, or an artist working a craft fair, to bring the cash register to the customer and facilitate faster check-outs and a better service experience. The L7 Case is designed to create a roaming sales terminal that seamlessly combines an…

Samsung Rewards Takes Mobile Payments to a New Level in the U.S.

Samsung Pay unveiled a first-of-its-kind incentive program for a mobile payments platform in the U.S.: the “Samsung Rewards” program. For every transaction users conduct with Samsung Pay, enrollees in Samsung Rewards will earn points, which can eventually be redeemed for a variety of items, including gift cards to some of nation’s most popular retailers, prepaid Samsung…

Verifone & AITO Ink Payments Deal for Mexican Petroleum Retailers

Verifone and ATIO Group, a provider of retail fuel technology in Mexico and other Latin American markets, inked a deal to provide integrated payments technology to Mexico’s petroleum retailers. Mexico is the sixth largest consumer of motor gasoline and diesel with more than 11,000 filling stations across the country, and its energy market deregulation allows…

Vantiv to Suck Up Moneris USA Solutions for US$425 Million

OH-based Vantiv has inked an agreement to acquire Moneris Solutions from Moneris Solutions Corporation (Moneris) for $425 million. Schaumburg, IL-based Moneris USA is the U.S. subsidiary of Moneris, which is a joint investment between BMO Financial Group and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Upon closing of the transaction, Vantiv will begin servicing Moneris USA’s merchants…

NerdWallet Ankles a Big-Time Exec as First Chief Product Officer

NerdWallet has ankled Tapan Bhat, veteran technology leader and former Realtor.com Chief Product Officer (CPO), as its first CPO. NerdWallet provides free tools and clear, unbiased advice to help consumers choose the best credit cards, mortgages, banks, insurance and other financial options for their lives. Bhat will report directly to co-founder and CEO Tim Chen.…