More mobile, more digital: an outline of the future of payments

The pandemic has demonstrated the value of mobile payment solutions in helping mitigate the risk of virus transmission at points of sale. For Mélina Le Sauze, Director at Redbridge, the challenge for every retailer is no longer whether or not to accept mobile payment solutions, but to determine without delay which ones are best suited to their business and the needs of their customers.

“We are ready to implement the 3DS V2 standard in early 2021,” Olivier Brou, SMCP

At the end of 2015, the SMCP group – Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot and De Fursac – decided to migrate its e-commerce platforms to a full-service PSP solution. Olivier Brou, SMCP’s Global Head of Treasury Financing and Digital Payments, outlines the foundations of the group’s unified digital payment strategy and the challenges it’s likely to face in the future.

Commodity Trade Finance between fraud, pandemic and digitization

The recent much publicised cases of fraud and losses in various trading companies in Asia and MENA (e.g. Hin Leong, Agritrade, Phoenix, Hontop Energy and Zenrock) have left a deep mark on the industry. The “usual suspect” group of financing banks (e.g. HSBC, ABN AMRO, Société Générale, Natixis, CACIB, BNP Paribas, ING, MUFG etc.) was seriously impacted with potential losses in some banks going well over USD 100 million. As a direct consequence some leading banks have decided to completely discontinue the coverage of this sector, others have discontinued their activities in certain geographical regions and let their respective teams go. Furthermore, new business has been frozen and thorough reviews are currently being prepared by other leading sector lenders.

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