Google Pay accounts for 54% of merchant transactions on Razorpay

Google Pay seems to have emerged as the most popular digital payments platform in India. Along with witnessing a constant rise in its user base, Google Pay has also become merchant favourite across platforms.

On converged payments solution firm Razorpay, Google Pay accounted for 54 per cent of merchant transactions. Razorpay in its report ‘Era of Rising Fintech’ said Paytm and PhonePe were way behind with 9.7 per cent and 11.9 per cent respectively merchant transactions on the platform. BHIM merely managed 4 per cent of those transactions, ETquoted the report.

In the past six months, Google UPI app has grabbed more market share than any of its competitors in the country. In this period, it saw its monthly active users reaching 45 million alongside Paytm and PhonePe.

In February, PhonePe and Google Pay were reportedly doing around 220 million transactions each while Paytm was leading the pack with 225 million transactions.

Last month, UPI recorded around 800 million transactions worth Rs 1,33,460.72 crore. Out of this, Google Pay recorded UPI transactions worth Rs 43,000-Rs 45,000 crore in March.

Whereas its rivals PhonePe and Paytm did 10K-15K crore less transaction in compare to Google pay.

Annually, Google claimed to hit $81 billion (or Rs 5.7 lakh crore) transaction run-rate in March. The tech behemoth is reportedly spending over $10-$15 million every month to draw more users on its platform.

Last month, Google Pay also partnered with Pine Labs to accelerate its offline transactions. The collaboration will give Google Pay access to over 3,30,000 point-of-sale terminals in over 3000 towns in India.

Meanwhile, the report hailed cards payment as a most preferred mode of transactions with 57 per cent of digital transactions. UPI accounted for 17 per cent while mobile wallets were at less than 2 per cent.

Among the multiple sectors where Razorpay is used, 42 per cent alone belonged to travel. Within three years of its operations, Razorpay claimed to have hit a run rate of $1 billion worth of transactions.

The report further outlined merchant demand for digital payments has seen a 70 per cent Year-on-Year (YoY) growth. Non-cash transactions are likely to overtake cash transactions in the country by 2023, it added.

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Source : https://entrackr.com/2019/04/google-pay-transactions-razorpay/

Tencent is launching UPI-powered payments app WeChat Pay in India

Ever since its launch in April 2016, Unified Payment Interface (UPI) has been growing quickly and reached a milestone of Rs 1 trillion worth monthly transactions in December 2018. Sensing the opportunity in digital payments space, several global behemoths including Google, Amazon, WhatsApp and Xiaomi jumped to UPI bandwagon.

Following the footprints of above four global behemoths, Tencent-owned WeChat is also launching a UPI-enabled separate app for payments.

“Senior officials of Tencent comprising of Chinese as well as Indians met National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) executives three weeks ago for obtaining a licence for full-fledged payments app,” said two sources inside NPCI on condition of anonymity.

Like Google Pay, it would operate only under UPI ecosystem. Sources emphasised that the app is likely to be named as it’s in China – WeChat Pay. “Tencent already had partnered with three banks – Axis Bank, HDFC and ICICI. It wants to have its own UPI handle (@wechat),” outlined sources.

The app would be launched by the end of May-June. “The company is registering an Indian entity for WeChat Pay,” outlined one of the internal sources at Tencent India.

In China, Tencent’s WeChat Pay is the second most popular payments app after Alipay. Last year it crossed more active users than Alipay’s 520 million in early 2018. While popularity of Ten Pay is largely driven by WeChat’s 1 billion plus DAUs, it’s not the case in India. Despite trying hard and spending hundreds of millions, Tencent failed to gain significant traction for WeChat.

Tencent’s plan to launch an UPI-powered payments app in India has come at a time when its game PUBG has been gaining quick popularity in the country. Since PUBG offers several in-app items for purchases, it could use WeChat Pay as by default payments option locally.

With the entry of Amazon and Xiaomi, the UPI ecosystem has become overcrowded and also turned hyper-competitive for incumbents like Paytm, PhonePe and Google Pay. Given that RIL-owned Jio and WeChat are also joining the UPI ecosystem, the battle for digital payments would be more fierce as well as expensive.

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PhonePe is the first UPI app that can be used at Walmart India’s B2B stores

Walmart India and Flipkart-owned PhonePe on Monday said they had entered into a partnership to launch PhonePe as a payment option at Walmart India’s 23 Best Price Modern Wholesale ‘B2B Cash & Carry’ stores.

Phonepe to walmart

Walmart’s `Best Price’ stores cater to the needs of different business customers by providing relevant products and solutions to individual segments. These stores target resellers, including kiranas and electronic outlets along with offices, institutions, hotels, restaurants, and caterers.   

The new partnership will allow registered members of Walmart India’s ‘Best Price’ stores to leverage different payment options on the PhonePe app, including Unified Payments Interface (UPI), PhonePe wallet, third-party wallet, credit and debit card.

This partnership makes UPI payments available for the first time at Best Price Cash & Carry stores.   Further, the collaboration will not be limited to Walmart India’s stores, but also extend to the retailer’s Best Price online platform and assisted-ordering solutions.

According to PhonePe, this collaboration with Walmart India is expected to accelerate the payment platform’s adoption by kiranas and other small businesses.The company has been aggressively pushing for offline adoption of its platform, since mid-last year.

Announcing the launch, Krish Iyer, President and CEO, Walmart India, said,

“This initiative reiterates our commitment to help kiranas and other small businesses to prosper. The PhonePe payment system will further help our members streamline their business processes. By using PhonePe in our B2B cash-and-carry stores, our members are contributing to India’s growth as an efficient digital economy.”

Commenting on the partnership, Sameer Nigam, CEO and Founder, PhonePe, said,

“We have been working closely with the Walmart India team to deepen our ties, and the launch of PhonePe’s payment solutions in Best Price Stores and on www.bestprice.in, the B2B ecommerce platform, is a step in that direction. With this partnership, we will be able to help these businesses digitise all their payment transactions – from taking payments from consumers to paying at Best Price Stores for their own purchases.”

In October last year, Walmart India said the company would invest close to $500 million to open another 47 stores by 2022, taking the total number of outlets to 70.

A move long due?

PhonePe is a subsidiary of Indian ecommerce behemoth Flipkart, which was acquired by Walmart Inc in May last year. The payments platform first dropped hints of the partnership after the Flipkart acquisition.

“…I would be excited to see whether there are opportunities in the offline space where we can accelerate our offline vision. Walmart has a strong focus to bring digitisation for kirana and offline stores, which are a part of its cash-and-carry network. In that, I would be excited to see if there are synergies being explored with PhonePe for digital payments and solutions in the digital space.”

PhonePe was the first financial platform to be acquired by Walmart Inc., which already has a digital payment arm, Walmart Pay.

This means that the retail giant is still learning about digital payments in the country. In an earlier interview, Rahul also added,

“Well, Walmart is learning a lot about payments through PhonePe, and they are excited about the approach and growth we have shown. We are talking, and they have been open to learning more and more about payments.”

Over the last two quarters, PhonePe has been aggressively working to launch newer offerings on its platform. In November last year, the company launched its wealth management platform, PhonePe Wealth Services Pvt. Ltd.

The company is looking to release tailored products around mutual funds and insurance on its platform, in the next six months.  It is also building its CRM solution, the PhonePe for Business app, which will allow offline merchants to get a digital view of their earnings and, in the future, even allow them to avail of other services, like credit and insurance.

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Source : https://yourstory.com/2019/02/phonepe-first-upi-app-walmart-india-9ogdoin8h8?__sta=jo.mdhqvshbxb.nqsbsocsf%7CBYJ&__stm_medium=email&__stm_source=smartech

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/