The epoch of growing Fintech – How Makes & Accepts Payments?

Have you as of late halted and paused for a minute to acknowledge how you’re ready to pay for the chai you drink by basically examining a QR code? Have you pondered that it is so easy to make a payment at your local market utilizing Google Pay? No? Perhaps you should.

For quite a while, Indian residents have stayed doubtful about advancing alongside the pace that innovation has set. Is it true that it was the dread of investigating what’s going on? The dread of escaping the safe place;

Perhaps; Be that as it may, as of late, the nation has grasped change, and it has brought such a great amount of progression as far as how payments are disentangled. Gone are those days where you generally need to convey money in your wallet. Gone are those days where you have to squabble with sellers for not rendering change to you.

India has seen a gigantic ascent in fintech reception over the most recent couple of years with a developing interest for non-money exchanges. Remembering the interest, NASSCOM predicts the Indian fintech programming market alone to twofold itself and reach USD 2.4 billion by 2020.

Requirement is the mother of discovery

India being a developing country, encourages innovation. The country sees growing customer demand for digital payments, but regulatory and operational complexities persist. Digital transactions are expected to surpass cash transactions by 2023. This demand has created the need for a new ecosystem for digital payments, banks, and fintech firms to join forces and innovate.

India being a creating nation empowers advancement. The nation sees developing client interest for digital payments, yet administrative and operational complexities endure. Digital transactions are required to outperform money exchanges by 2023. This interest has made the requirement for another environment for advanced payments, banks, and fintech firms to unite and improve.

UPI transactions

We as a whole use Google Pay, PhonePe, BHIM, and different applications consistently. Be that as it may, do we truly know what an effect these applications have made on the Indian payments scene?

In every one of these years, if we somehow happened to pick one fintech advancement that has totally changed how payments work, it must be UPI – a moment, ongoing paylment framework created by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) that encourages between bank exchanges.

Everyone heartily invited UPI on the grounds that it gave a look at how simple and momentary payments can be. It saw a 7x development in 2018, while Google Pay turned into the ruler of UPI applications and ruled, deposing all other UPI applications.

From being a wallet executioner, UPI has likewise advanced toward take the piece of the pie from net banking. It has changed into a shipper first payment (P2M) stage, from being a P2Ppayment mode in 2017.

What India can expect further?

With 2019 effectively proceeding, we can predict advanced transactions in India quickening at 70% CAGR through to 2020, adding to the GDP by 15%. Usage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Indian computerized exchange scene will result in more comfort and security, guaranteeing continuous misrepresentation anticipation.

With increasingly more fintech firms breaking new ground through their ground-breaking, front line innovation, India has problematic potential in the fund area, bringing about a record-breaking number of digital transactions as vendors and purchasers both grasp the simplicity of digital payments.

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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.

PIL filed against Paytm Payments Bank for alleged illegal operations of Post Paid Wallet

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed against the Paytm Payments Bank for operating a post paid credit facility allegedly in contravention of law which regulates such facility.

In response to the PIL, the bench, headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi, has issued a notice to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Paytm Payments Banks Limited (PPBL) asking them to clear their stand on the matter. The next date of hearing is on  September 3, as per an agency report.

The petition has been filed by financial economist Abhijit Mishra. He has alleged that Paytm Payments Bank Limited is operating post paid wallets in defiance of Operating Guidelines for Payments and Guidelines for Licensing of Payments Banks as issued by the Reserve Bank of India.

The guidelines do not permit lending facilities to customers by such entities without prior approval of the Central bank, he contended.

Paytm ‘Post Paid’ is a credit facility being offered by the company to its customers. As part of this service, customers can recharge mobiles, book movie and travel tickets and also shop on Paytm and pay the following month at zero cost or interest.  The facility is being offered to customers subject to verification of their creditworthiness as per the company’s assessment. It is therefore open only for “eligible” customers.

The PIL further seeks punitive action by the RBI against the directors, management and officers of the PPB for malpractice and violation of relevant banking acts.

It also claimed that Paytm Bank by the means of its post paid service has provided un-monitored and unauthorized access to the personal information such as Aadhaar, PAN, transactions etc. of its customers to unauthorized third party, thereby clearly violating Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and other relevant banking acts.

wallet

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.

Paytm Payments Bank turns profitable in second year of operation

Paytm Payments Bank Limited (PPB)  has posted profit to the tune of Rs 19 crore within second year of its operation in fiscal 2019. The bank had reported  loss of Rs 20.7 crore for the fiscal ended March, 2018,

PPB, which was incorporated in August 2016, formally began its operations in 2017.

Satish Kumar Gupta, MD and CEO of Paytm Payments Bank, said the bank performed “exceptionally well” in the last year. He claimed that PPB was the first payments bank in the country to announce profit, that too within two years of its operations.

As of April 2019, the bank has more than Rs 500 crore deposits in its savings account.

PPB claims to lead mobile banking transactions with over 19 per cent market share as of March 2019. Nearly a third of the total mobile banking transactions in India are powered by PPB and it processes over Rs 3 lakh crore worth of digital transactions on an annualised basis, the company said in a statement.

The majority of PPB earnings accrues from investing in government treasuries and FDs, besides commissions on facilitating payments across its saving bank accounts and its e-wallet holders. The e-wallet, which had a deposit of Rs 1700 crore, was able to generate 6-6.5 per cent interest for the company.

Gupta said that the deposits are expected to rise three-fold by the next financial year end.

Earlier, RBI data on payment banks revealed that Paytm Payments Bank and Airtel Payments Bank together command over 88% of the deposits in payment banks in India in 2018.

In December last year, Paytm witnessed over 240% rise in deposit to Rs 371.4 crore (48% of total deposit) from Rs 107.3 crore in March, added the report. In total, payments banks hold around Rs 780 crore in deposits, including savings and current accounts till the end of last year.

PPB now aims to introduce more products and features on its platform to increase the monthly processing of savings account payments from Rs 24,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore in FY’20.

Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma holds 51 per cent share in Paytm Payments Bank, while the rest is held by One97 Communications.

Besides Paytm, Airtel, Fino and India Posts are the other fully operational payment banks. There has been doubts about the earnings of the payment banks as they cannot generate revenues by lending. Besides the transaction size is always going to be small.

They are hoping to bring more people from the unbanked segment, which stands at 233 million, within their fold to achieve the scale.

wallet

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/paytm-payments-bank-turns-profitable/

BharatPe sets sails for providing credits with cheaper interest rate to merchants

To head towards that one goal of business – profits, every startup has to think up ways to monetize efficiently. For digital payments startups, especially for the ones keenly focussing on the merchant side of the business, credit as a monetization avenue really becomes the need of the hour.

One such startup – BharatPe – that is a digital payments platform and has a separate app for merchants, has also started providing credits to these merchants digitally.

It counts on interdependent cyclical relationship of credit and application usage to increase the revenue on its platform. How? More usage of digital payments meaning more scope for lending, and higher the need for credit more the usage of this applications.

This has been done keeping in mind that these unorganised small merchants find it difficult to procure loans from regular institutions, be it NBFCs  or banks or others in the game.

The company that has onboarded with 7 lakh offline merchants on its platform till now has now partnered with NBFCs like Apollo Finvest to offer loans with ticket sizes between the range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh at a minimum interest rate of 1.67%, lower than most in the industry.

The target is that at least 20-25% merchants on the platform use the credit services, making for a healthy, efficient, and successful revenue model.

Apart from monetization, this will also help the company in scaling up from the current figures of 10 million transactions worth $400 million altogether to the total payments on the platform reaching around a billion dollars, as co-founder of BharatPe Ashneer Grover told ET.

Given the importance of credit to merchants, BharatPe isn’t the only fish in the pond doing the business of lending to the merchants. Several others like Cars24, Flipkart, Ola and other pure-play fintech platforms are doing the same.

Two differentiators BharatPe is counting on to scale the business and credit facility in this highly competitive market is the separate focus on merchants via the BharatPe Merchant UPI platform powered by QR codes and the low-interest rate.

wallet

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.

Digital transactions will increase four times to 8707 Cr by end of 2021: RBI

With a promise to offer people of India e-payment experience that will be exceptionally safe, secure and truly world-class, the Reserve Bank of India has come out with vision document for the next three years.

In the vision road map, the central bank outlined 12 expected outcomes, including reduction in volume of cheque-based payments, growth of UPI, a four-fold increase in digital payments, increase in e-payment GDP, reduction in paper-based transactions, improved pricing, better customer grievance redressal mechanisms and establishment of new payment system operators (PSO), out of 36 specific action points over the 36-month timeframe.

RBI, in the vision document, said to witness accelerated growth in individual retail electronic payment systems, both in terms of a number of transactions and increased availability.

The number of digital transactions is expected to increase more than four times from 2069 crore in December 2018 to 8707 crore in December 2021, said ‘Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019 – 2021’ document released by RBI.

In the same period, RBI is expected to see an increase in the share of digital payments to 14.8% of gross domestic product (GDP) by December 2021 as against 8.4% in 2018.  It also indicated that debit cards will play an important role in driving digital payments.

Usage of debit cards at PoS transactions is expected to be at least 44% of total debit card transactions, the vision document added. In value terms, it is expected to be 22% by the end of 2021.

RBI further plans to reduce the demand of the cash through enhancing the availability of card acceptance device infrastructure. It is expected to have 5 mn active PoS.

It also talked about creating an ecosystem for healthy competition in payment space.

The payment systems landscape will continue to change with further innovation and entry of more players which is expected to ensure the optimal cost to the customers and freer access to multiple payment system options, said RBI.

In January this year, expressing concerns of concentration in the retail payments space, the RBI had invited public views on opening up the payment space to encourage innovation and competition.

The current Vision document outlines the road map for the three-year period spanning from 2019 to 2021.

wallet script - rpay

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/rbi-digital-payment-vision-document-2021/

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.

wallet script - rpay

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

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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