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

PayPal Power

The eBay PayPal divorce is over and will quickly evolve into a major disruptive force in payments and e-commerce to the dismay of the payment networks. Under the leadership of former American Express executive and now PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman the Company will likely grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 17%.

KT & UnionPay

The largest telecom operator in Korea, KT, agreed last week to deepen cooperation with China’s UnionPay for mobile payment and technology exchange. The deal covers six major fields as Near Field Communication (NFC), mobile payment, online payment, cross-border remittance, electronic marketing based on smart mobile terminal, financial-technology business, and promote the comprehensive upgrading of innovative payment service via UnionPay cards in Korea.

Mobile & Shopping

New research shows about 50% of survey respondents are now shopping using a mobile device. Almost one-third are purchasing a product after seeing it on social media. Approximately one-third of survey respondents indicate that text offers would drive an incremental shopping visit. Value propositions, including free shipping, loyalty programs and personalized offers, continue to be important.