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Scotiabank’s digital distribution designs

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 4 Apr 2017

Scotiabank is rolling out a digitally-enabled customer-centric branch design across its Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) operations. Robin Arnfield talks to Katherine Hayward, vice president, customer experience, retail banking at Scotiabank International. read more

How banks can compete in digital payments environment

  • Author: EPI editorial
  • Published: 27 Feb 2017

The past two years have seen an unprecedented rise in fintechs offering fast and cost-effective payment solutions, and the pool of players continues to grow. Senthil Kumar, group vice president of Oracle’s financial services business unit, looks at what banks can do to succeed in the new digital environment. read more

From the overbanked to the underbanked: There is an e-wallet for everyone

  • Author: Ann Lim
  • Published: 30 Jan 2017

As technology opens new doors to more sophisticated services and offerings in the payments space, it is important to remain inclusive – especially in Asia, where there is a sizeable untapped market of consumers who do not have access to traditional financial services. Xiou Ann Lim takes a look at two e-wallets. read more

Canadian firm sees opportunities for blockchain payments and settlement

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 9 Dec 2016

Fintech startup BTL Group sees major opportunities for the blockchain in removing inefficiencies in inter-bank payments and settlement, effectively bypassing the notoriously slow, laborious and costly process of using intermediaries. Robin Arnfield takes a closer look at the business and its key concepts. read more

Could Soho’s fashionistas be shaping the future of monetary value and exchange?

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 25 Nov 2016

From startup challenger bank to blockchain innovation and an offline payments and ‘economics of value’ that could pave the way for a future model of consumer data ownership. Anna Milne meets Chris Gledhill of Secco Aura. read more

Who needs cash? Not Scandinavia

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 4 Aug 2016

While a ‘cashless society’ is often brought up in thinkpieces and discussions worldwide, there is only one region taking the initiative with this movement. Scandinavia is closest to truly being cashless, but how is the market shaping up? Patrick Brusnahan writes on this region with help from Timetric’s research. read more

Painless payments with Paym

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 16 Jun 2016

Launched in April 2014, Paym is a UK-based payment solution that enables fund transfers between bank customers using mobile phones. However, has this taken the British market by storm? Is the UK populace ready for this?. read more

Sofort, so good?

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 13 Jun 2016

A leader in online payments in Germany and Austria, Sofort’s web and mobile solutions enable shoppers to pay for internet purchases directly from their bank accounts. The company processes over three million transactions a month through its network of over 35,000 online merchants. Patrick Bruscnahan writes. read more

Blockchain- the state of play in 2016

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 8 Jun 2016

If 2015 was the year of blockchain hype, 2016 should be the year of solid progress. At the Retail Banker International Annual Conference and Awards in London on 19 May, presentations provided some solid use cases of the much-discussed, much-misunderstood technology. Anna Milne reports. read more

Klarna’s Karma: a story of positive disruption

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 3 May 2016

Since its establishment in 2005, Klarna has had a meteoric rise. Constantly expanding its market presence across the globe, it now has 45 million customers and works with 65,000 merchants in 18 markets in Europe and the US. Patrick Brusnahan takes a closer look at the third-party payment service provider. read more

Is the younger generation preventing a digital payment revolution?

  • Published: 19 Apr 2016

Contrary to popular belief, could it actually be the millenial contingent pushing back the shift towards electronic payments, preferring to use cash? And if so, why? And what should be done? First Capital Cashflow conducted a survey which suggests this might well be the case and comments on the findings. read more

What’s the deal with PayPal?

  • Published: 21 Mar 2016

If you regularly purchase items online, then you are most likely familiar with PayPal. The alternative payments service provider has moved forward leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings in 1998. Patrick Brusnahan, with the help of Timetric’s research, takes a closer look at this financial behemoth. read more

Wearing payments well

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 15 Feb 2016

As technology moves forward, it becomes easier for consumers to make payments. When cards moved payments into your wallet, smartphones arrived and moved them to your mobile. Now, with the emergence of wearable technology, you don’t even need to reach into your pocket. Patrick Brusnahan investigates. read more

Disillusionment threatens to sour blockchain hype for corporates

  • Author: Jane Cooper
  • Published: 15 Dec 2015

Claims that blockchain will revolutionise financial services have seen a rush by banks and venture capitalists to invest in the technology. The excitement, however, is expected to wane as the industry realises that “opportunity up close looks like hard work”. Jane Cooper reports. read more

The 'Pay' model is strong, but banks are still in play

  • Author: EPI editorial
  • Published: 1 Oct 2015

The advertising war has started between Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay. But the game is not over for banks, yet. In North America and Europe, banks are developing furiously in their payments offerings and are not to be dismissed as old hat. Sirpa Nordlund, executive director of Mobey Forum, recounts soundbites and sentiments from the international association's HCE Workgroup. read more

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