Mobile wallet transaction volumes 12% rise in March

After five months of an interval, mobile wallet-based transactions have witnessed a slight rise in March this year.

About 384.89 million transactions worth Rs 15,999 crore were recorded in March, which is an increase of 19% in transactions volume from last September and 11.55% from the preceding month, as per RBI data.

Around 324.16 million transactions amounting to Rs 15,102 crore took place in September. In February, close to 345 million transactions worth Rs 14,279 crore took place.

The rise is attributed to the year-end occurrence when the volume of transactions rises. India has seen a spurt in digital transactions since November 2016, when the government announced demonetisation of all Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes.

In 2018-19, as per RBI, there has been 30% Year-on-Year jump in value and 37% growth in the volume of transactions in compared to 2017-18.

In September last year, mobile wallets witnessed most of the decline after the SC ruling on Aadhaar. The apex court barred private entities to use Aadhaar for electronic know your customer (e-KYC) to sign up a new customer.

This led to about 6-time rise in customer verification cost for mobile wallets.  This raised big concern over their completion of customer verification.

In October, despite the SC ruling, mobile wallets recorded around 368.45 Mn transactions amounting to Rs 18,786 Cr.

Transactions through mobile wallets fell in November as mobile wallet companies had to stop using Aadhaar for electronic know your customer (e-KYC) to enrol new customers.

Meanwhile, RBI had asked mobile wallets to complete the process by end of February 2019.

However, during the same period, UPI, which was launched in August 2016, witnessed sustain increase in transactions.

It hit a record high of 799.54 million transactions, 93K more transactions than when it was launched, worth Rs 1.33 trillion in March.

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Source : https://entrackr.com/2019/05/mobile-wallet-transactions-rise-in-march/

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/

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.

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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

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