VAULT | April 21, 2022
VAULT today releases CONNECT, the most advanced mobile enclosure to date, making a massive leap forward for enterprise point-of-sale technology. The addition of the next generation CONNECT integrates power, payment, and protection into antimicrobial enclosure architecture, making CONNECT the most future-proof mobile device enclosure of its kind.
The new CONNECT is iOS and Android compatible, and features built-in battery tech bringing broad power range to CONNECT enabled mobile devices. Ideal for restaurants and retail with large fleets of legacy mobile devices in play, CONNECT provides users with enterprise-grade power-to-go and a device agnostic magnetic charging port system. Additionally, an all-new removable payment device sled, a new feature that easily enables the ability to swap out all major payment readers.
“Our groundbreaking unified enclosure technology is transformative for in-person service experiences, and we’re incredibly excited to bring it to the next generation of CONNECT. With CONNECT’s unified power, payment, and protection combined with the advanced features of both iOS and Android compatibility and support of all major card readers there’s nothing else like the new CONNECT.”
Tracey Lande, VAULT’s Vice President of Business Development
Today, internet-first retailers like Glossier are using CONNECT to power in-store transactions across their growing brick-and-mortar footprint. Using CONNECT, lifestyle hospitality brands like Under Canvas provide their teams in locations across the U.S. with the capability to accept in-person payments.
VAULT designs and manufactures leading edge, efficient, and dependable enterprise hardware to enable mobile experiences at scale for the world’s leading brands, with the industry’s most experienced mobile hardware technology experts.
Finastra | July 01, 2022
Finastra today unveiled its embedded consumer lending solution, enabling access to traditional regulated lending options for consumers at point-of-sale (POS). Financial institutions, distributors and merchants will benefit from a platform that makes it easy for their customers to access lending options.
For end consumers, Finastra Embedded Consumer Lending aims to make the buying process as frictionless as possible, providing more options to consumers and an alternative to the Buy Now Pay Later approach, which is often not applicable to high value purchases. For merchants, the BaaS platform provides access to numerous lenders and their specific products. And for financial institutions, Finastra Embedded Consumer Lending provides access to a marketplace of distributors and merchants to distribute their banking products.
Jeannette Kescenovitz, Senior Director, Solution Management, Banking as a Service and Orchestration at Finastra said, "Finastra's Embedded Consumer Lending solution offers financial institutions a direct route to growth by offering loans via a merchant's digital point-of-sale. The solution builds connectivity and relationships between financial institutions and the distributor organizations that embed lending solutions at merchants' point-of-sale."
"Banking as a Service (BaaS) is a vital component of our growth strategy and embedding loans at the consumer point-of-sale opens a new channel to provide financing to customers we couldn't have reached before. This cost-effective solution delivers consumers a safer, regulated alternative when it comes to POS financing. As our trusted partner of many years, Finastra is the ideal orchestrator as we connect and scale on our embedded finance offering."
-Josh Williams, EVP, Chief Banking Officer at Seattle Ban.
Finastra's Embedded Consumer Lending exposes APIs on Finastra's FusionFabric.cloud open platform with which third-party distributors, like Loanstar Technologies, may integrate. Loanstar Technologies offers state of the art technology to connect lenders to borrowers, creating POS consumer loans through their merchant network in numerous verticals. Andrew Turner, CEO at Loanstar Technologies said, Working with Finastra will enable us to scale up significantly, providing access to hundreds of financial institutions, like Seattle Bank, across the US. As a trusted provider of mission-critical financial services software, Finastra will help us connect with the right bank providers to bring billions of dollars of new liquidity to fund POS loans with our merchant customers.
Integrated with Finastra's lending and origination core systems and hosted on Microsoft Azure, the solution enables financial institutions to process POS loan applications, including performing identity verification, decisioning, facilitating e-sign, as well as account creation and funding (through the bank's core banking system). Using APIs and event notification systems, third-party distributors can provide real-time feedback to merchants and consumers on loan status.
Finastra is a global provider of financial software applications and marketplaces, and launched the leading open platform for innovation, FusionFabric.cloud, in 2017. It serves institutions of all sizes, providing award-winning solutions and services across Lending, Payments, Treasury & Capital Markets and Retail & Digital Banking for banks to support direct banking relationships and grow through indirect channels, such as embedded finance and Banking as a Service. Its pioneering approach and commitment to open finance and collaboration is why it is trusted by ~8,600 institutions, including 90 of the world's top 100 banks.
GlobalData | June 23, 2022
The mobile payments market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 21% during the forecast period. Mobile payments encompass several types of payments, including mobile proximity payment, m-commerce, mobile P2P, and mobile POS. The most successful mobile payment systems in the future will be those that utilize the versatility of a mobile P2P or m-commerce system to achieve omnichannel reach, as services in Asia have already done such as the Indian services Paytm and PhonePe that utilize the national real-time payment system, as well as WeChat Pay and Alipay in China.
The Mobile Payments – Thematic Research report offered by GlobalData Plc helps us understand the impact of mobile payments on the broader payments sector and gain insight into coming regulatory changes that will affect mobile payments. It also sheds light on what the leaders and disruptors in the mobile payments segment are doing in their areas of expertise.
Biometric technologies represent a set of solutions that can help improve mobile payment security while reducing friction layers during the payment process. Biometric identifiers such as fingerprints, facial recognition, and voice recognition are difficult to replicate by criminals, which should help reduce the amount of fraud in the case of device theft compared with password-based security.
The current landscape of online cross-border payments is still dominated by MoneyGram and Western Union. But new challengers such as WorldRemit and Wise are challenging the long-established players. Both Wise and WorldRemit can offer international cross-border transactions at a lower rate than MoneyGram and Western Union. And to increase their customer reach, both of these challengers are establishing regional partnerships.
The payments industry in general has historically pushed for cashless societies in the interest of maximizing the proportion of transactions that generate revenue. Regulatory efforts to reduce cash use, such as those seen in Italy and India (usually with the aims of reducing the size of the black economy and bolstering tax revenues from easily tracked electronic payments), tend to have the full support of the payments industry. COVID-19 has accelerated this push, with mobile payment services launching.
Due to the proliferation of mobile devices, such as smartphones and wearables, consumers have become accustomed to doing almost everything on these devices, whether it is connecting with people, looking for restaurants or shops, checking subway and bus timetables, or listening to music and taking photos.
Mercaux | March 17, 2022
Mercaux, The Next Generation In-Store Experience Platform, today announces an extension of its in-store suite to include Next Generation POS. The arrival introduces decomposed basket and checkout layers, resulting in a fluid, flexible and fast checkout process, irrespective of where the omnichannel journey started or finished, or method of payment the customer wishes to use. Where legacy monolithic POS has remained stagnant for many years, delivering little in the way of value to retailers, Mercaux's fully composable, cloud-based and API-first solution derives true business value, and provides a frictionless authentication, cross-channel basket transfer and checkout experience for customers.
Next Generation POS from Mercaux consists of a decomposed basket and checkout layer, meaning that a customer can start a journey in one channel (in-store, online or remotely), pick it up in another, and complete the checkout wherever, and however they want. This is enabled via Mercaux's "Universal Basket" that follows the customer wherever they go and supports the rise in popularity of customers who ROPO, or those who would like to use modern payment methods including BNPL, anywhere. Furthermore, by deploying a composable vs monolithic platform, retailers now have the freedom to control how they transform their business, the flexibility to work with other Next Generation solutions of their choice, and the agility to deploy and add new functionality quickly.
"Retail is behind other industries, such as banking or e-commerce, when it comes to composability. By extending our in-store experience platform though to basket and checkout, we are helping retail to take advantage of the agility and speed in which the industry can evolve to meet the heightened demands of the customer."
Mercaux co-founder and ceo, Olga Kotsur
Kotsur concluded, "This is an incredibly exciting development, finally allowing retailers to offer an entirely frictionless cross-channel experience and checkout process for their customers. With the pain of legacy removed, retailers can facilitate new omnichannel service models, understand true customer journeys and leverage online and payment innovations in-store - all leading to tangible top-line benefits."
Mercaux's Composable Platform future-proofs stores. The 3-layers comprise of In-Store Experience, Universal Basket and Next Generation Checkout. The Experience layer redefines how customers interact with the physical store, through assisted selling and self-service solutions. Universal Baskets are created from these solutions that follow the customer wherever they continue their omnichannel experience. Next-Gen Checkout allows customers to complete the transaction anywhere, using any payment.