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

In Other News: ADS (deal); WISEKEY (BVLGARI); ICBA (CEO); and FIS (PAI)

In Other News: ADS (deal); WISEKEY (BVLGARI); ICBA (CEO); and FIS (PAI). ADS – Alliance Data Systems announced its Columbus, Ohio-based card services business, a premier provider of branded private label, co-brand and commercial credit programs, has inked a new long-term agreement to provide private label credit card services for Secaucus, N.J.-based The Children’s Place,…

Cubic and Transport for London Ink a Major Deal

Cubic and Transport for London Ink a Major Deal

Cubic Transportation Systems inked a technology licensing agreement with Transport for London (TfL) positioning the company to deliver an unprecedented level of performance for public transit payment solutions. The licensed TfL solutions, EMV contactless chip card and mobile device payment acceptance and account-based systems can now be available for transportation agencies worldwide. Under the agreement,…

Dai Nippon Printing Integrates Gemalto Ezio Mobile Suite

Dai Nippon Printing Integrates Gemalto Ezio Mobile Suite

Gemalto will deliver its Ezio Mobile Suite to Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), a leading provider of financial solutions in Japan, to help them secure mobile payments, internet banking, and related services. With Gemalto’s solution, DNP can offer a strong and scalable cloud-based authentication platform – supporting a wide range of authentication and transaction signing methods,…

Briefs: EXPENSIFY; CORECARD; TSYS; and MERCATOR

In Other News: EXPENSIFY (platform); CORECARD (EMV); TSYS (Lloyds); and MERCATOR (debit). EXPENSIFY – Expensify announced an integration platform that will eliminate receipts for business purchases. Called ReceiptBurner, the program’s initial launch partners include Uber, HotelTonight, Revel Systems, SaneBox, and Fujitsu ScanSnap, with more planned in the coming months. These services utilize the ReceiptBurner integration…

Ira Bornstein

TouchSuite Ankles New Chief Operating Officer

Ira Bornstein has reunited with the fast-growing team at TouchSuite, one of the country’s leading U.S. technology companies. In his position as Chief Operating Officer, Ira will once more play an integral role in the company’s enhancement of operational workflows, risk mitigation, new product development and improving overall profitability, a role previously held from 2008-2012.…

Seamless SEQR Acquires MeaWallet with HCE Technology

Seamless SEQR Acquires MeaWallet with HCE Technology

Seamless has snagged the Norwegian technology company MeaWallet. The purchase price amounts to approximately SEK 42,8 million and payment is made through an issue in kind of 4,574,328 new shares in Seamless. Through the acquisition Seamless controls important technology in the rapidly growing field of contactless payments. Through the acquisition of MeaWallet, Seamless acquires important…

Big 6 U.S. Issuers Struggle with Active Accounts

Big 6 U.S. Issuers Struggle with Active Accounts

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. bank credit card active accounts (AAC) (accounts with sales activity), among the top six U.S. issuers, inched up 0.8% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). There were 158.4 million active bank credit card accounts for 1Q/16 in the U.S. among the top six issuers: Citibank; Capital One; Chase, Bank…

Citi Picks Up Marketshare While the Other Top 4 Lose to Smaller Issuers

Citi Picks Up Marketshare While the Other Top 4 Lose to Smaller Issuers

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. credit card marketshare, based on purchase dollar volume (PDV) among the top 4 U.S. bank credit card issuers, shows Citi was the only issuer with a positive gain in the first quarter (1Q/16), compared to the prior quarter. While Chase continues to hold a commanding 24.5% marketshare for 1Q/16, there…