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

Western Union Invests in Walletron to Advance its M-Tech Capabilities

The Western Union has taken a stake in Walletron, a pioneer in mobile wallet bill presentment and payment capabilities. The investment supports Western Union’s strategic direction to bring smart and convenient payment experiences to its customers via smartphones. Walletron automates brands’ presence in mobile wallets like Apple Wallet and Android Pay, powering digital engagement and…

Upstream+pCloud Launch Secure Cloud Storage w/Micro-Payments via MNOs

Upstream, a mobile commerce accelerator in high growth markets, has launched Cloudeasy, a white-labelled cloud storage offering for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), in partnership with cloud storage experts, Cloudeasy is a secure, customized storage application that gives MNOs the ability to offer to their customers over 100GB of data storage, over cloud technology. The solution…

WooCommerce Expands Local Payment Methods in Local Currencies Globally

Payment methods like SEPA, iDEAL, eps, Sofort, giropay, BoletoBancarió, UnionPay and many more are now just a few clicks away. Alternate Payments, a specialist in local payment methods, has launched a plugin for WooCommerce. The company just improved this globally popular e-business platform by developing a plugin which will enable millions of eCommerce merchants, and…

Layered Payment Security Comes to Resort Property Management

Shift4 and Resort Data Processing (RDP), provider of property management software, are now offering a joint EMV-certified solution for vacation rentals, timeshares, resorts, hotels, campgrounds and private residence clubs. The solution includes: Layered payment security: EMV helps prevent the fraudulent use of stolen card data in card-present environments. With Shift4’s DOLLARS ON THE NET and…

Small Web Businesses Favor Ancillary Payment Service Providers

A new survey of web-based U.S. small businesses (between $500 thousand and $5 million annual sales) found a picture that is both reassuring and threatening to providers of payment services. The Mercator Advisory Group survey discovered small businesses deal primarily with one payments provider, on the other hand, ancillary payment service providers are joining the…

Wirecard to Enable Purchase Insurance at POS w/Credit Life’s boon

Wirecard is gearing-up to integrate coverage solutions from Credit Life International in its mobile payment solution. Soon, purchases made by users via the mobile app can also be insured at the touch of a button during the checkout process. The combination of payment and insurance is extremely convenient for users.  A fully digitized prepaid MasterCard,…