NPCI to credit online payment to e-comm firms only after product delivery

Payment transactions through Unified Payments Interface (UPI) have witnessed decline for the last two months. After hitting a record high to 799 million transactions in March, UPI witnessed 781 million and 733 million transactions in April and May respectively.

The recent downfall has worried the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which developed an instant real-time payment system three years ago.

NPCI, to drive its growth, is planning to bring non-adapting online users on UPI platform by creating an escrow-like mechanism with e-tailers and marketplaces.

It is reportedly working with Amazon and Flipkart. Under the mechanism, e-tailers will receive payment only after delivery is confirmed by the buyers. The payment at first will be kept in the escrow-like account by UPI. Once the delivery is confirmed it will be credited in e-tailers accounts.

NPCI is planning to launch this mechanism within one and a half months, as per a TOI report.

However, despite a slowdown in volume, the UPI value of transactions has not been affected. In April, as per NPCI data transactions worth Rs 1.53 lakh crore were made, up 7.3% from April.

The move is largely aimed at roping in new online buyers.

As per industry observers, NPCI-move will help drive more adoption of UPI payment. Besides, NPCI is also planning to push for retail investment in IPOs via UPI

At present, about 143 banks are live on UPI.

Among non-banking players like Google Pay, Paytm and PhonePe are top three firms, who have continuously been witnessing reshuffle in terms of the transaction volume as well as value.

Though, in the last three months, the Google-owned payment firm outran its rivals

As per latest figure, Google-owned payments app Google Pay emerged as the largest contributor of NPCI-owned UPI payment, recording 240 million transactions amounting to Rs 55,000 crore in May whereas PhonePe and Paytm registered 230 and 200 million transactions worth Rs 44,000 crore and Rs 38,200 crore respectively.

Google Pay contributed over 32% in overall 733 million UPI transactions that took place last month

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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/2019/06/npci-e-tailers-after-product-delivery/

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.

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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/paytm-payments-bank-turns-profitable/

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/

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.

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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/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.

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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

The following year in payments: patterns to expect in 2019

2018 was another huge year for the payments business, with mechanical advancement, moves in shopper desire, and new control all adding to its development.

The pace of progress throughout the following a year looks set to be the same; here is rundown of improvements to give careful consideration to in 2018.

Blockchain driving digital identity

Discussions encompassing the utilization cases for blockchain will keep on being predominant as the innovation keeps on developing, however one territory we may see a noteworthy increment in reception in 2019 is digital identity, a critical area for payments. Data breaches and privacy and fraud concerns, as well as online verification that provides an outdated user experience, are opening the door for a blockchain based alternative.

Security is presently everything

The expanded prioritization of security for organizations while choosing an online payment service provider (PSP) is a pattern that we have watched develop for various years, yet we have achieved the tipping point by which the capacity to keep up a safe payments framework is currently the most critical factor while joining forces with a PSP.

Increment in computerization

The drive to computerization is obvious all over the place, yet straightforward unlimited mechanization will result in clients losing power over any procedure. Hence, a trade off should be found by which the advantages of mechanization are acknowledged, yet without the administrator giving up the majority of its capacity to regulate the procedure through balanced governance.

One solution that will turn out to be progressively common in 2019 is a blockchain ‘keen contract’; bringing about the fast information preparing advantages of mechanization however with in-constructed balanced governance to spot abnormalities and keep up power over the procedure.

Normalizing cryptographic forms of money: the job of stablecoins

Despite the fact that the estimations of digital forms of money, for example, Bitcoin have fallen in the course of recent months, publicity encompassing cryptographic forms of money and their job as a factor in the payments biological system past being a store of riches will keep on being a key point of discussion in 2019. In any case, one of the key obstacles to defeat with the goal for digital forms of money to advance is dealing with their present dimensions of instability.

In the course of recent months, stablecoins have developed as a potential arrangement. Upheld by resources, for example, gold, conventional money, or even a mix of a few unique resources for enhancement, they seemingly offer the better of the two universes. They have the advantages of the blockchain biological system at the same time, since they’re upheld by customary resources, they’re less inclined to wild vacillations.

Mobile ordering

As shoppers turn out to be progressively acquainted with in-application payments, we ought to hope to see this type of payment grow past single administration applications such Uber. The making of restricted curated commercial centers, conformed to an area, for example, a college grounds, air terminal, or lodging, will empower clients to buy an assortment of items from nearby merchants and have them conveyed straightforwardly to them; an inconceivably increasingly helpful update on the present neighborhood shopping background.

Mass personalization

Artificial intelligence (AI) assume a critical job in retail procedure in 2019. This is on the grounds that though global retailers have scaled to a place of market strength, clients have needed to forfeit the personalization with neighborhood retailers that could give them an individual affair. Artificial intelligence can possibly address this; retailers can offer an individual client experience including redid offers, however on a mass scale through AI innovation.

The development of elective credit

We’re as of now observing the appropriation of elective credit offices to charge cards, for example, payments by portion and conceded payment by receipt, at the online checkout. Customer inclination is progressively towards ‘purchase currently, pay later’, as opposed to spare before making a buy, and online traders are glad to encourage that pattern.

Trader selection of elective credit will keep on expanding in 2019, in-store just as on the web. As Open Banking finds an a dependable balance in the UK, this may create open doors for banks and elective loan specialists to contend at the purpose of offer for offer of the purchaser’s money related information and wallet.

The proceeded with reevaluation of money

While the appropriation of new innovation, for example, contactless cards and mobile wallets will keep on lessening the volume of money shoppers convey (and its use in-store), the inverse is the situation with regards to eCommerce.

The development of money payment alternatives at online checkouts has kept on creating as a pattern in the course of recent years; in 2019 we will see considerably assist appropriation, especially in less created markets of these items.

Monetary administrations for the unbanked

An unmistakable concentration for governments, banks, organizations, and innovation organizations is handling the issue of monetary consideration by means of equivalent money related incorporation to the unbanked and underbanked. Let’s see the development of further innovation activities to help these instruments in 2019.

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

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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As E Wallet plays a mighty role in today’s business world, Roamsoftdeveloped 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/mobile-wallet-transactions-rise-in-march/

The inspiring journey of Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma

“To the winners, who won because they didn’t give up.”- Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of Paytm.

The man, who always wears a welcoming smile, stands true to every word he wrote during the most difficult times of his life. Vijay Shekhar Sharma owns a company whose current value is a little over $3 billion in the market in 2016, a dream dreamt when he was struggling to make ends meet with Rs 10 in pocket. But he tasted victory the hard way. Nothing came easy for him. The tears he hides behind the chirpy self that he puts up in front of the world could not be hidden for long while recollecting his journey. Interestingly, it was not talking about his failures that brought tears in his eyes; it was his hard earned victory.

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