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

Braintree Merchants to Offer Masterpass and Visa Checkout

Braintree Merchants to Offer Masterpass and Visa Checkout

PayPal confirmed it is adding MasterCard’d Masterpass and Visa’s Visa Checkout as a payment option for Braintree merchants. Braintree powers payments for companies like Airbnb, Eventbrite, Pinterest and Uber, enabling merchants to accept a variety of payment options online, in app and in-stores. Under the expanded partnership with MasterCard, consumers and small businesses will be…

UnionPay Expands Rapidly in Europe

UnionPay Expands Rapidly in Europe

UnionPay International reports consumers can now pay with UnionPay cards at about two million merchants in Europe. In particular, over 70% of the merchants in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Spain, the six major tourist destinations, accept UnionPay, which satisfies tourists’ payments needs in Europe. UnionPay acceptance footprint also expands from duty free…

Hellenic Banks Deploys Gemalto Optelio Wristbands

Hellenic Banks Deploys Gemalto Optelio Wristbands

Gemalto has supplied Hellenic Bank, a major Cypriot financial institution, with its Optelio contactless EMV Payment wristbands. These water-resistant NFC wristbands that are marketed as PayBand to Cyprus consumers will ensure that Hellenic Bank customers no longer have to worry about carrying cash or cards. Gemalto has worked alongside its local partner Mellon Cyprus to…

Blackhawk Network to Acquire Grass Roots Group

Blackhawk Network to Acquire Grass Roots Group

Blackhawk Network has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Grass Roots), a provider of employee and customer engagement solutions. The closing of the transaction is subject to completion of certain filings with and approval by Germany’s Bundeskartellamt. Grass Roots is headquartered in the county of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, with offices in Europe, the Americas and…

CoreCard Software Beefs-Up its Prepaid Products

CoreCard Software Beefs-Up its Prepaid Products

CoreCard Software has added three new features designed to increase the ease of use and marketability for clients providing prepaid solutions to community banks and credit unions. The features include: multiple card sales with receipt, reseller hierarchy and floating teller/user support across multiple bank branches. CoreCard’s processing solution now includes the following features and benefits.…

Paysafe Inks a Deal to Acquire Income Access Group

Paysafe Inks a Deal to Acquire Income Access Group

Paysafe is expanding its product capabilities by acquiring Income Access Group, a pioneering affiliate technology business for a cash consideration of CAD$40m (approximately US$30m1). Income Access is a market-leading brand providing innovative affiliate technology for businesses to manage their performance marketing programs. In addition, more than 25,000 affiliates use the company’s multi-channel software for their…

Verticalized Solutions Trigger New Growth in Brazilian M2M Market

Verticalized Solutions Trigger New Growth in Brazilian M2M Market

Novel applications and value-added services such as management platforms are expected to restore the average revenue per line (ARPL) in the Brazilian machine-to-machine (M2M) market. Revenue growth had slowed down during a period of intense competition and aggressive pricing, but the emergence of new applications requiring ubiquitous connectivity and higher value 3G/4G services are giving…