UPI merchant payments witness 15% rise in June

As more digital payment firms are working to provide a more easy way to accept merchant payment, it seems to have been contributing to rise in the share of merchant payments on Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

As per the latest report, merchant payments on UPI has grown 15% from April to 31% in June. Close to 240 million merchant payments were reported last month, said an ET report.

For payment firms, the rise of merchant transactions is a significant development as a number of instances for merchant payments is higher than p2p transactions.

As per Industry observers, this is at the initial stage and merchant payment has huge potential to get it developed into a large scale.

Of late, a couple of players in the space moved to merchant payments through offline acceptance point.

Last month, Paytm announced to invest money in offline merchant expansion, for which it claims to have high-frequency usage. It said to partner over 20 million kirana stores enabling them to accept the digital mode of payments including UPI, wallets and cards.

Whereas Flipkart-owned PhonePe, has also claimed to made headways towards offline merchant payments. It claims to have 5 million offline merchants.

Google Pay also partnered with Paypal to help a merchant accept payments online.

According to the last month report, Google-owned payments app had recorded 240 million UPI transactions amounting to Rs 55,000 crore in May whereas PhonePe and Paytm registered 230 million and 200 million transactions worth Rs 44,000 crore and Rs 38,200 crore respectively. Whereas in merchants payments, it contributes between 10- 20% of the overall numbers.

In May, Paytm claimed to clocked over 70 million of the estimated 120 million UPI-based merchant transactions. With about a 10% MoM growth in this segment, it has claimed to have 60% of UPI-based merchant payments market share.

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MobiKwik thrives on targeting Bharat, witnesses 2X jump in revenue growth in FY19

MobiKwik’s annual report for FY19 says it’s building financial services for Bharat. The angle here, as elaborated by Founder and CEO Bipin Preet Singh in a blog post, is to not count on the unbanked, but the underbanked users.

What is this underbanked user? These are the 750 million banks accounts out of the total 900 million that are enrolled in Public Sector Unit (PSU) banks where the account holders are mostly from lower middle class. Why? Because they have access to lesser quality tech assistance, wealth management and other financial services provided by PSUs.

And Mobikwik within the last very year has gone from being an e-wallet to a horizontal fintech platform with launch of services like UPI, credit card payment, loans and credit line, insurance, mutual funds, digital gold investment, and instant redemption of mutual funds.

All we had wondered at the launch of these services was how much dent it would create in the market, or in the company’s performance. Seems like we’ve got our surface answers in the least.

MobiScore – the company’s indigenous credit score based on AI algorithms, saw 64 million users consenting to sharing the data required to generate a score and loans were disbursed in a completely digital manner with sizes ranging between Rs 2,000 to R 2 lakhs.

May 2019 saw MobiKwik giving away 70,000 loans and claims are being made that 1 lakh applications are received every month. Almost Rs 1,500 crore worth loans have been distributed to about 1.2 million customers in FY20 but just 3.5 lakh loans in FY19 with a $24 million loan book so far.

Apparently, credit scoring and loan disbursement made for a customer more loyal than a regular one.

Insurance numbers, however, remain yet to be disclosed. The deadline of the aim announced at the time of flaunch last year – to complete 15 lakh loans by end of FY19 – now seems to have been extended to end of 2019. For Bharat, these policies – accident and/or term – are cheap with prices as low assas Rs s20 giving a cover of Rs 1 lakh.

Wealth Management is all about helping the Bharat achieve their financial goals and manage their funds in a better way than savings at a low of cost of Rs 100, for which the company had acquired ClearFunds and launched KwikSave.

But what about that B2B business Magic? No idea.

This Nobelesse Oblige agenda has somehow stabilized the overall revenue growth rate of the company to 2X year-on-year taking the Rs 86.5 crore figure in FY18 to Rs 186.4 crore mark in FY19.

At the same time, claims illustarte that the company’s Contribution margin – Revenue apart from banking cost and marketing services – has gone up. And “in the right way” by increasing revenue.

But there is still no light being thrown on expenses, that could go on to postulate the true nature of this growth achieved by MobiKwik.

All there is, is the hype around MobiKwik being the second most preferred application for merchant payments and wallet to bank fund transfers (Umm? Hello Paytm, PhonePe, Google Pay), the 4th largest bill payments platform and some numbers key figures.

The monthly active user (MAU) count has reportedly increased by 90% with 40 million users in a year, 11% of overall UPI handles in India being issued under MobiKwik, and $3 billion in total payment volume under payment gateway (by how many of those 40 million people?).

It looks like a great picture on surface, but there are still a lot of grey areas to be explored most important one being how much of this penetration has actually been into the target market – Bharat?

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As E Wallet plays a mighty role in today’s business world, Roamsoft developed a digital wallet solution, RPay with mobile friendly features, well documented API s, plug-ins that suits all major Ecommerce platforms.

Source: https://entrackr.com/2019/05/mobikwik-fy19/

Here’s a closer look at Paytm’s first ever credit card

Indian digital payments major, Paytm, on Tuesday announced its foray into the credit card business with the launch of its Paytm First credit card, co-branded and issued by Citibank India.

According to the company, the contactless-enabled card issued by Citi will provide one percent cashback on all transactions made by the user, without any restrictions. The cashback will be auto-credited to the card every month.

In addition to this, the company said the card will be accepted in India and internationally, and comes with an annual fee of Rs 500, which will be waived off on spends exceeding Rs 50,000 per year.

Users can also avail exclusive offers on dining, shopping, and travel amongst others on the globally-acclaimed Citi Privileges platform. Further, the card EMI paid by a consumer will be subjective.

 

In a statement, Paytm said that customers can apply for a credit card on their Paytm app, where they will also be able to conveniently track offers through the Paytm First Card passbook.

Paytm First Card customers will also be awarded Paytm promo-codes worth Rs 10,000 on spending a minimum of Rs 10,000 on the credit card within the first four months of issuance, said the company. The Paytm First Card passbook not only allows customers to track their credit card transactions, but also highlights exclusive offers, both from Patym and Citi on a real-time basis.

Speaking on the launch, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Chairman and CEO – One97 Communications, the parent of Paytm, said,

“We are delighted to partner with Citi to launch the Paytm First Card. Our new offering is designed to bring utmost flexibility to our customers in their digital payment options and will help spur large-ticket cashless payments. We are confident of getting a very good response from our customers.”

Paytm will identify the potential base using a selection tool, jointly developed by Citi and Paytm, to assess credit worthiness. This provides an innovative alternative to underwrite customers, who otherwise may or may not have a credit history.

Paytm also added that the Paytm First card will be offered based on an individual digital behaviour, and has nothing to do with ‘Paytm First’, the company’s premium subscription-based rewards and loyalty programme, launched in March, this year.

Stephen Bird, CEO, Global Consumer Banking, Citi, added,

“Paytm First Card gives us the opportunity to extend our expertise in credit card services to a new all-digital consumer base. What began as an institutional relationship for Citi has grown into a stronger and deeper partnership across the Citi franchise. Today’s announcement affirms how Citi is establishing itself globally as the partner of choice to accelerate growth for our partners, customers, and business.”

However, One97 Communications and Citi’s collaboration goes a long way.

One97 Communications started as a Citi Commercial Banking client in 2009. To support the firm’s growing ambitions, Citi was an advisor on the initial investment by Ant Financial in February 2015 and the subsequent strategic investment by Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Services Group in 2016.

In November 2016, Paytm wallet was integrated with Citibank online and mobile app to make it convenient for Citi’s customers to top up their Paytm wallets online. Citi and Paytm have subsequently, and periodically, built exclusive offerings for Citi debit and credit card customers, such as cashback on movie tickets booked on the Paytm app.

Shinjini Kumar, Country Business Manager, Global Consumer Bank, Citibank India, added,

“The introduction of Paytm First Card is reflective of Citi’s commitment to partner with leading brands and to expand India’s digital ecosystem. Integrating the Citi service experience within a Paytm proposition will build engagement, thereby driving usage.”

Last week, YourStory reported that Paytm’s banking arm, Paytm Payments Bank, was also in talks with Visa to issue contactless debit cards. In addition to this, the payments major was also working with Visa to launch contactless point-of-sale terminals for its merchants who are new to card acceptance.

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As E Wallet plays a mighty role in today’s business world, Roamsoft developed a digital wallet solution, RPay with mobile friendly features, well documented API s, plug-ins that suits all major Ecommerce platforms.

Source : https://yourstory.com/2019/05/paytm-first-credit-card-citibank-vijay-shekhar-sharma?utm_source=Firebase&utm_medium=browserpush

Google Pay most downloaded fintech app in 2018 globally, recorded 6X more install than PhonePe

Google Pay is the most popular digital payment app in the country. The Google-owned app was most overall downloaded fintech app last year as per Sensor Tower data. It was downloaded over 327 million times, with over 6X lead from second most downloaded fintech app.

PhonePe, at the second spot, got about 49 million installs. It’s worth noting that Paytm has been the most popular payments app. However, owing to Paytm Mall, Sensor Tower and Similarweb consider it in the shopping category, not in payments.

Both the apps (Google Pay and PhonePe) were also top most downloaded fintech apps on Google Play Store worldwide. They were followed by Alipay, Paypal, and Cash Back. The National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) developed BHIM was at the eighth position on overall download and fifth on Google Play.

Google Pay sensor Tower

Google Pay has in last one year witnessed a phenomenal growth in terms of a number of active users. From 25 million monthly active users (MAU) in September last year to 45 million MAU by March 2019, it has added the most number of users in the period.

In terms of UPI transactions, Google Pay has left behind its close competitors such as Phone Pe and Paytm.

In March, out of total UPI recorded transactions 800 million worth Rs 1,33,460,72 crore, Google Pay recorded UPI transactions worth Rs 43,000-Rs 45,000 crore. Whereas its rivals did transactions worth below Rs 32,000 crore.

Google Pay’s average transaction value (ATV) is higher by 50 % compared to PhonePe and Paytm.

Google-owned firm has become a preferred app for merchants. As per a report by Razorpay, Google Pay accounted for 54% of merchant transactions, which is 8 percent lesser than last year figure, on its platform.

Meanwhile, Similar Web Data also had almost similar ranking for fintech apps downloaded on Google Play Store. Google Pay and Phone Pe were top fintech apps. BHIM was at ninth place.

The rapid growth of private players has made a huge dent on government-regulated BHIM. In the last two years, the BHIM app has lost its market share. It processed about 1.9% of all UPI transactions and accounted for 4.6% of the amount transacted in April. The number of transactions on the BHIM UPI app was 15.2 million for the month of April.

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As mobile wallet plays a vital role, Roamsoft introduces a digital wallet platform “RPay” with customer app, merchant app, end- to- end admin panel. If you want to possess your own digital wallet solution then RPay is the right choice.

Source : https://entrackr.com/2019/05/google-pay-most-downloaded-fintech-app/

Driving The B2B Payments Growth In India In 2019

Payment organisations need to offer customisable solutions as per business needs

Commercial cards have been gradually gaining traction in B2B payments

Blockchain technology will be leveraged to facilitate fast, secure, low-cost international payment processing services

Ola and Flipkart may launch co-branded credit cards soon

Betting big on the next frontier of digital payment, ride-hailing app Ola and e-commerce marketplace Flipkart are set to launch credit cards in association with large banks.

The move will not only give these companies insight into the spending pattern of their card users but at the same time help them enter an under-penetrated credit market, says a reportappearing in ET.

It is likely that Ola shall partner with State Bank of India (SBI) to come up with the credit card. The pilot for the same is expected to begin next week and the company reportedly plans to issue 1 million cards in the first year, leveraging its 150 million customer base.

Entrackr in May last year had exclusively reported that Ola had put in place an internal team to look into the launch of the credit card. The enthusiasm with which the Millennials had taken to Ola Credit had pushed the company to think of having full-fledged credit cards for its customers.

Typically in a partnership such as this, a bank handles risk analysis, card issuance, payment processing, credit line management and statement processing, while the merchant partner controls marketing, promotions and discounts. This will help the merchant company to structure the rewards in such way that it gets a peep into spending pattern of the customers.

It may safely be presumed that the rewards offered would then be alluring enough for customers to go for the credit cards.

Credit card collaboration shall help the internet companies map the transaction history of the customer, scan their offline spends, push increase spending on their stores by bundling it with rewards and over time have a better assessment of their paying capacity.

Similarly, Flipkart too is evaluating data points to gauge a customer’s ability and intent to repay loans. A top executive of Flipkart is reported to have said the company is likely to launch this card in collaboration with Axis Bank or HDFC Bank later this quarter.

The development, however, has not been confirmed by either of these companies.

However, both Ola and Flipkart would be following the trend set by Amazon which had tied up with ICICI Bank to launch a co-branded credit card, which offers customers added rewards and benefits on the Amazon India ecosystem.

Credit card partnerships are equally beneficial for banks as they get access to a large number of new customers at a relatively low cost. The merchants get know the offline spend of the customers. A combined database will unleash immense possibilities for both. Hence the ecosystem in the present environment is only expected to grow and flourish.

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Source : https://entrackr.com/2019/04/ola-flipkart-credit-cards/

What makes merchants adopt digital payments?

Digital Payments structure the bedrock of more profound monetary incorporation for smaller scale ventures, which establishes 99% of India’s roughly 60 million-in number miniaturized scale, little and medium undertakings (MSMEs). More extensive money related administrations, for example, credit, protection and riches the executives, can be logically and cost-successfully gave in digitized and customized arranges over computerized exchange impressions. Such access to moderate account can mean monetary strength and development for entrepreneurs that are generally defenseless against income instability and experience the ill effects of obliged access to funding to develop. Also, this can profoundly affect work creation, monetary development and personal satisfaction for many millions.

Electronic Payments

There are eminent supply-side activities to promote electronic payments, for example, the setting up of open foundation stages like the India Stack. We currently have interoperable and effective payment frameworks, for example, Bhim-UPI (brought together payment interface), which are winding up progressively dependable as they develop. It is trusted that such exchanges will just end up more secure with the eagerly awaited client agree based components to administer business utilization of information.

In spite of these ambitious activities, be that as it may, last-mile hindrances are as yet writ extensive. Conduct factors, feeble financial matters and low item importance limit utilization on the ground. For business people and retailers who have imaginatively adapted to money for quite a long time, advanced cash represents a financial danger to their casual organizations and, eventually maybe, to their very survival. What’s more, advanced suggestions that give prompt, substantial esteem and satisfactory dimensions of trust to private ventures are basically tricky.

The fundamental divide lies between merchants with investments in fixed establishments versus the longer tail of home-based businesses, street and roving vendors, and individual service providers. The former tend to be formally registered, higher educated and operate at a larger scale. They are early adopters of digital payment solutions, with 42% having tried and 35% using popular solutions like wallets and internet banking. In contrast, the latter categories of merchants are largely informal, illiterate, and operate on a smaller scale, showing 2-7% adoption rates. They also have much lower access to banking, smart phones and the internet, and have little awareness and understanding of digital payment solutions, as well as lower overall business confidence. Interestingly though, these businesses have significant cash footprint and demonstrate pain points around customer collections, need for working capital and the inability to save in large amounts, all of which can be addressed through appropriate digital financial solutions.

Indeed, even inside these general classifications, there is variety in business and social setting. Organizations with higher exchange size and turnover show more noteworthy propensity to receive. A few organizations—for instance, discount, comfort or claim to fame retail shops—additionally will in general have diverse exchange settings and client profiles. Illustratively, in our example, just 13% of the dairy corner traders had received digital payments versus 53% of the attire and footwear vendors.

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Role of RPay platform in developing Pop pay

Overview of Pop pay

Pop Pay is structured and developed to bring Caribbean Island closer to being a cashless society.

Pop Pay is a secure and smart way to carry electronic money in smart phone, giving the convenience of paying for anything, anywhere on-the-go.

Pop Pay brings easy to use options that are designed to be accessible, convenient and simple backed by reputed partners to provide security and a credible and reliable customer experience.

Pop Pay provides a convenient way for a user to make in – store payments and can be used at merchants listed with the Pop Pay service provider

RPay- Overview

RPay is a customizable Digital payment script system with wallet & QR code features. It is feature-packed wallet Script software seamlessly manages business with payments, promotions. Our script is packed with different UI designs, user-friendly interface, eye-catching color combinations etc.

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Why digital payments?

In excess of 2 billion individuals on the planet are as yet unfit to take an interest in the formal money related framework. The larger parts are women. This makes it incredibly troublesome for needy individuals to put something aside for the future, accommodate their family’s wellbeing and kids’ training, or put resources into a business. The cruel the truth is that the best way to make or get payments for some needy individuals over the world is by utilizing paper cash in the casual part – which is a hindrance to the utilization of formal money related services. Money based exchanges are likewise normally dangerous, costly, awkward, wasteful, and need straightforwardness for governments, organizations, and natives alike.

At the point when digital payments—regardless of whether on cell phones, cards, or on the web — wind up accessible to everybody, everybody in the economy can profit by the results! These include:

Precision and Security

Straightforwardness and responsibility are more earnestly to accomplish with money payments since they are unknown and hard to follow. Digital Payments increment responsibility and following, diminishing the danger of debasement and robbery.

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Xiaomi launches UPI-powered Mi Pay in beta

Unified Payment Interface

Unified Payment Interface (UPI) has turned out to be a battleground for global and local heavyweights. Besides Paytm, Google, PhonePe, TrueCaller and MobiKwik, likes of WhatsApp, Jio, Amazon among several others want a slice of fledgling digital payments market that set to grow to $1 trillion by 2023.

Xiaomi (Mi)

Xiaomi is no exception. Joining the league of aforementioned firms, smartphone brand Xiaomi is also tapping into consumer payment space in India with UPI. The company is getting closer to launch Mi Pay for masses as it received approval from NPCI.

Currently, Xiaomi is testing Mi Pay in beta (link) with ICICI and PayU. “NPCI has cleared Mi Pay for large group usage, due to which its beta testing is going live, and soon it will be available for all MIUI users,” mentioned a community post in Mi forum.

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)

Unlike WhatsApp (restricted to one million users), NPCI has given nod to Xiaomi for large group usage. Mi Pay will let users transfer fund, execute payments for several use cases including bill/recharge, water, and electricity bill using UPI framework.

It’s worth noting that Xiaomi is also planning to launch NBFC ‘Xiaomi Financial Services India’ and seeking RBI licence for it. The company also leveraged its investee KrazyBee to launch micro-lending platform – CreditBee.

UPI has been growing at a fast pace ever since its launch in November 2016. Last month, NPCI-owned digital payments railroad had crossed 500 million transactionmark.

At present, Paytm dominates the UPI ecosystem followed by PhonePe and Google Pay. In October, the SoftBank-backed firm had claimed 37 per cent of overall UPI transaction.

Meanwhile, Jio is also awaiting approval from NPCI for UPI service. Its entry along with WhatsApp will heat up competition in the segment.

With several behemoths have been competing in UPI ecosystem while some are awaiting regulator clearance, the road for Mi Pay won’t be smooth. Going forward, it would be interesting to watch how stalwarts fight for supremacy in the digital payments landscape.

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Source : https://entrackr.com/2018/12/xiaomi-upi-mi-pay/