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

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…

Briefs: INGENICO; JCB; FAYSAL ; and OT

In Other News: INGENICO (Datacap); JCB (CSR); FAYSAL (MasterCard); and OT (Discover). INGENICO Ingenico and Datacap Systems, an integrated payments middleware provider, announced the installation of its Pay-at-the-Table solution at Uncle Oogie’s, a New Jersey and Philadelphia-based chain of pizzerias. Using Ingenico Group’s smart terminals, Datacap’s point of sale partner, PDQ Signature Systems was able…