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

C-Connect has Launched Ippin an Online Shopping Mall

C-Connect has Launched Ippin an Online Shopping Mall

C-Connect, the retail e-commerce company selling printer inks and sanitary napkins, has launched “Ippin” – the Online Shopping Mall specialized in direct sales and distribution from Japan to foreign countries. “Ippin” not only sells “Made in Japan” products but also high–quality “Produced by Japan” and “Popular in Japan” items, enabling customers to purchase directly from…

Briefs: AMEX; TO-INCREASE; GPN; and CLEARENT

In Other News: AMEX (rewards); TO-INCREASE (ERP); GPN (Singapore); and CLEARENT (buttons). AMEX – To celebrate 25 years of the Membership Rewards program, American Express debuted the Anniversary Collection, a curated collection of premium entertainment, sports and dining experiences, all available with Membership Rewards points. The collection opens up once-in-a-lifetime experiences for Card Members, with…

PayVector’s New Owners Add Best-of-Breed Fraud Prevention

PayVector’s New Owners Add Best-of-Breed Fraud Prevention

The PayVector payment processing gateway is in the new hands of Guildford, UK-based ai Corporation from Iridium Corporation. The PayVector gateway processes payments for 38,000 merchants & £2 billion transactions per year. The acquisition will bring together best-of-breed fraud prevention with multi-channel payment processing. PayVector was founded in 2007 to offer a wide range of…

MasterCard Promotes Julie Yang to Oversee Chinese Market

MasterCard Promotes Julie Yang to Oversee Chinese Market

MasterCard is beefing-up its market in China with promotions and new hires. Julie Yang will become Senior Vice President, Core Business, China. Shawn Zheng will join MasterCard as Senior Vice President, Account Management, MasterCard China. Grace Chan will be appointed as Senior Business Leader, China Consumer Products Lead, Product Management. Regina Cheung, will join MasterCard…

UK Credit Card Debt Continues to Hover at 7% YOY Level in May

UK Credit Card Debt Continues to Hover at 7% YOY Level in May

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.K. consumer credit continued to expand at a brisk pace in May, hovering around 10% year-on-year YOY. In May total consumer credit grew to £184.3 billion. The three-month annualized and twelve-month growth rates, seasonally adjusted (SA), were 10.7% and 9.9% respectively. The Bank of England (BOE) reports consumer credit increased by…

Payments as a Service (PaaS) Need EMV-Enabled Security

Payments as a Service (PaaS) Need EMV-Enabled Security

As Payments as a Service (Paas) soars, multiple businesses have formed partnerships and rolled out new EMV-enabled security to protect sensitive payment information. According to the latest edition of the PYMNTS.com Payments as a Service Tracker, done collaboratively with Cayan, several companies have partnered with one another to improve their security going forward. Action Systems…