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

Wirecard and airberlin topbonus Team to Launch a MasterCard

Wirecard and airberlin topbonus Team to Launch a MasterCard

Wirecard is now collaborating with topbonus, the frequent flyer program of airberlin. The deal includes a MasterCard credit card for topbonus participants in Austria. With the airberlin & NIKI MasterCard, customers can collect one award and status mile for each Euro spent on the credit card. Users can easily redeem these miles for flights with…

CheckAlt Renews and Expands Payment Processing for Italbank

CheckAlt Renews and Expands Payment Processing for Italbank

Miami-based CheckAlt has inked a renewal and an expansion agreement with ItalBank international. CheckAlt will now process all deposits made at ItalBank’s branches, including inclearings processing and CheckAlt Archive. The renewal agreement also includes ItalBank continuing to offer CheckAlt’s Business Capture solution to ItalBank’s business customers. CheckAlt’s Branch Capture consolidates the item processing stream within…

High Risk Merchant Processor Adds High Powered Chargeback Feature

High Risk Merchant Processor Adds High Powered Chargeback Feature

TX-based Soar Payments, a top credit card processor for high risk merchants, now defaults all new clients to enroll in Chargeback’s unique technology-driven solution; sending a strong signal to its merchant clientele that customer disputes need to be taken seriously and managed with proper tools and resources from day one. With Chargeback, Soar Payments’ clients…

Wirecard Ödeme Ve Elektronik Turkey to Power Otelz.com

Wirecard Ödeme Ve Elektronik Turkey to Power Otelz.com

The Wirecard Group with its Turkish subsidiary Wirecard Ödeme Ve Elektronik Para Hizmetleri inked a deal to work together with one of the biggest booking platforms in the Turkish domestic market that offers worldwide travels to its customers, Otelz.com. This cooperation includes that Wirecard processes all credit card payments via the online platform and acquires…

Retailers Are Not Tapping the Full Potential of Social Media

Retailers Are Not Tapping the Full Potential of Social Media

New research reveals most retailers are not successfully executing their social media strategies. About 81% of retailers use social media to engage with customers acknowledge indicate their processes need improvement. According to the BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Enhancing Customer Engagement Through Social Media, social media provides retailers with unprecedented visibility into their customer base. It provides…

Aeromexico Now Offers an Advanced Digital Ecosystem

Aeromexico Now Offers an Advanced Digital Ecosystem

Aeromexico has unveiled its new digital ecosystem that consists of a revamped website, mobile app, and updated airport kiosks. The system also offers advanced payment features. Aeromexico’s new website, mobile app, and automated airport kiosks are part of this new multi-platform vision. The airline aims to develop a personalized and connected end-to-end passenger experience at…