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Trend of increased global use of digital payment technology to be accelerated

Tuesday 30 June 2020 10:36 CET | News

The Covid-19 pandemic will accelerate a worldwide trend towards contactless payments, according to a new report from the Emerging Payments Association EU (EPA EU), which was commissioned by Luxembourg for Finance (LFF).

While the shift to digital payments is not a new trend – over recent years investment in payments related fintech has been double that of other technology investments across financial services – the pandemic will accelerate the pace of change in the structure of the industry. It is pushing what were once powerful disruptors, such as credit and debit cards, to become the disrupted, as digital wallets gain favour, particularly with younger age groups. 

This sped-up evolutionary process is not without its challenges. EPA EU and LFF’s report argues that global providers must keep customers’ personal data safe while still ensuring cross-border interoperability. 

Some of the report’s key takeaways from a review of different global markets include:

  • The European picture is fragmented. Debit cards remain the continent’s preferred way to pay across all age groups. EPA argues for the continent to shine in a digital world, local networks and solutions need to be interoperable and frictionless across the EU. 
  • In the US, more traditional credit and debit providers are under attack from big technology and nimble digital players. Apple Pay is now accepted in 60% of US retail locations, and one estimate suggests that Trustly, a digital account-to-account payment scheme, saw a US growth rate of approximately 600% in 2019.
  • In Asia, UnionPay has enjoyed a virtual monopoly in the electronic payment systems landscape, with more than six billion cards in issue as of June 2019. The company is now looking further afield to Europe, but local giants Alipay and WeChat are also expanding abroad.

The full report is available here.


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Keywords: Digital payments, Emerging Payments Association EU, Luxembourg for Finance, fintech, payments, data, Covid-19
Categories: Banking & Fintech | Payments General
Countries: World
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