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

Southeast Asia Driving e-Commerce Globally

Southeast Asia Driving e-Commerce Globally

The world’s fastest-growing region for e-commerce revenues, exceeding US$25 billion by 2020 is Southeast Asia. In 2015, the market earned US$11 billion despite several acquisitions, market exits, and many online retailers struggling to achieve profitability. While significant challenges persist, Frost & Sullivan remains optimistic about the growth potential of e-commerce in Southeast Asia. Analysis of…

Boku Raises Funds to Expand Carrier Billing Connections

Boku Raises Funds to Expand Carrier Billing Connections

Boku has landed $13.75 million in further venture funding to expand carrier billing across numerous carrier connections in developed and emerging markets around the globe. Boku continues to grow in emerging economies, while simultaneously executing a strategy to penetrate and grow in developed markets. Several of Boku’s existing venture investors from Silicon Valley have followed…

UnionPay Card Acceptance Become Ubiquitous in th USA

UnionPay Card Acceptance Become Ubiquitous in the USA

Nearly all the ATMs in the US accept UnionPay cards for cash withdrawal and over 80% of the local merchants accept UnionPay credit cards. In tourists’ favorite destinations such as New York, Hawaii, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando and Chicago, UnionPay’s acceptance coverage in well-known shopping centers and Outlets has exceeded 90%. With one UnionPay…

China POS Terminals Explode 43% YOYin 2015

China POS Terminals Explode 43% YOYin 2015

With the development of electronic information technology and Internet technology, emerging payments like online payment, mobile payment and fixed-line phone payment have produced certain shunting effect on e-payment in the traditional consumption areas as well as exerted an influence on POS terminal-based e-payments. However, POS terminal manufacturers have taken the initiative to adapt to the…

Briefs: BLUEFIN; SHIFT4; LEVEL 3; and USAT

In Other News: BLUEFIN (P2PE); SHIFT4 (EMV); LEVEL 3 (PCIDSS); and USAT (VendPro) BLUEFIN – Bluefin Payment Systems, the leading provider of PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions for retail, healthcare and education, announced the availability of the PCI PTS-approved P2PE POI PAX S300 & S500 devices for stand-alone and semi-integrated applications with EMV on the…