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FinTegration: Citi and Qantas brought the future of banking to SXSW

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By co-creating with open APIs, Tully and Duncombe have accumulated valuable data and insights that will fuel the next generation of products.

“Customers opting in to the card and platform are enabling Qantas to truly understand them and create amazing experiences for them,” said Tully.

Duncombe thinks we’ll see a lot more “FinTegration” between banks and other lifestyle brands in the future, “Partnerships like this will overcome the obstacle of [companies operating] in vacuums.” 

In addition to building better customer-centric products, combining data pools also gives companies a competitive advantage. It’s a new paradigm for getting to know customers even better.

The co-creation between Citi and Qantas is designed to evolve with the needs of its user base. Using data insights mined from both companies, new products are already in the works to tackle common customer pain-points. To see how Citi and Qantas are enabling seamless customer experiences, visit the Citi Developer Hub and Qantas Money.

Moving forward, FinTech will fuel increasingly connected ecosystems. Citi’s Open Banking relationships are all about collaborating on the fly—bringing services to customers long after they’ve left the bank, airport, or even the country.

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The Spanish fintech Pecunpay strengthens its position as a leader in the issuance of corporate programs

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The Spanish fintech Pecunpay strengthens its position as a leader in the issuance of corporate programs

The entity, regulated by the Bank of Spain (BdE), adds 7 payment method programs aimed at social benefits and managing corporate expenses.

After the end of the confinement, the consumption of payment methods, through physical cards and virtual cards of corporate programs issued by Pecunpay reached 8 million Euro per month.

The company will end 2021 with more than one and a half million cards issued, of which 300,000 belong to corporate programs.

Pecunpay issues cards under the VISA and Mastercard brands.

 

 The Spanish fintech Pecunpay, the trade name for the electronic money institution Pecunia Cards EDE, specialised in groundbreaking electronic money processing and payment solutions, consolidates its position as a leader in the issuance of payment method programs based on social benefits and corporate expense management.

Seven clients have put their trust in Pecunpay to issue their corporate programs through both physical and virtual debit cards. The latest program that has been launched is Coverflex, for the Portuguese market, which joins the rest of the programs, such as Cobee, Tickelia and Fuell.

Jaime Rentero, the Chief Commercial Officer of Pecunpay, explains the main reasons why clients of corporate programs decide to issue their corporate programs with Pecunpay. ‘We bring years of experience with this type of program, and we consider that our value offer is focused on the flexibility of our Banking Core, which we have been adapting to offer different rules, restrictions, parameterisations, etc.”

Some of the rules that Pecunpay’s platform allows to adjust in real time maximum daily or weekly amounts, limit payments by type of businesses, block payment methods on weekends or outside business hours, block the use of the card outside of identified geographical areas, etc.

In 2020, Pecunpay reached one million cards issued. In 2021, it will issue one and a half million, which places the company as the leading Spanish electronic money institution. 300,000 of these cards belong to corporate programs.

After the situation we have been through due to the COVID-19 confinement, where all these programs suffered a regression in consumption, the situation is returning to the path experienced before the pandemic, and 8 million Euro of monthly consumption have been reached.

The fintech has been very active during last year, where they have communicated their direct processing connection agreement with VISA, the launch of Xpays (Mobile Payment) for their payment method programs and the launch of the first virtual card issuance platform for marketing, loyalty and promotion agencies, inter alia.

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Source: https://www.fintechnews.org/the-spanish-fintech-pecunpay-strengthens-its-position-as-a-leader-in-the-issuance-of-corporate-programs/

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Crypto.com Now Enabling Cosmos’ Inter-Blockchain Communication Functionality for Cross-Chain Transfers

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Hong Kong-based Crypto.com announced on Thursday it is now enabling Cosmos’ Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) functionality for cross-chain transfers. According to Crypto.com, According to the duo, this integration creates new capabilities for future cross-chain implementations of the Crypto.org Chain and other IBC-enabled chains. 

The integration allows for the transferring and receiving of assets (tokens) and data using the ICS20 standard on the Crypto.org Chain Mainnet.  IBC assets will be available in the Bank module of the Crypto.org Chain, and CRO on other IBC-enabled chains.”

Cosmos and Crypto.com further revealed as part of its development on IBC, the project will create a bridge between Crypto.org Chain to Ethereum protocols, bringing on board Ethereum developers as innovative projects to the Crypto.org Chain ecosystem. Sharing more details about the integration, Eric Anziani, COO of Crypto.com, stated:

“The Inter-Blockchain Communication Protocol (IBC) enables self-sovereign networks to connect, which will lead to building a strong ecosystem of networks thanks to the flexibility and open nature of IBC. The IBC launch marks the end of “network tribalism”. It also aligns with one of Crypto.org Chain’s goals of building  an open ecosystem — one that is welcoming to and supported by innovative projects, including Payments, DeFi and NFT initiatives.”

Founded in 2016, Crypto.com serves over 10 million customers today with its crypto app, along with the Crypto.com Visa Card, the Crypto.com Exchange, and Crypto.com DeFi Wallet.

“Crypto.com is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have ISO/IEC 27701:2019, CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance, and independently assessed at Tier 4, the highest level for both NIST Cybersecurity and Privacy Frameworks.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/05/175098-crypto-com-now-enabling-cosmos-inter-blockchain-communication-functionality-for-cross-chain-transfers/

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Community bank taps Neocova to ramp up data-driven insights

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The Bank of St. Elizabeth, has tapped technology provider Neocova to help it derive business insights from its data in a partnership announced Thursday that will help the $180 million community bank unify its data on a single platform to run atop the bank’s core technology. Like other community banks and credit unions, the St. […]

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Source: https://bankautomationnews.com/allposts/retail/community-bank-taps-neocova-to-ramp-up-data-driven-insights/

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5 Questions with Citizen Bank VP of Innovation RJ Sherman

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RJ Sherman, the chief innovation vice president at Citizens Bank, isn’t a believer in using technology for technology’s sake. Sometimes, he noted, older technology can be a better solution than trendy technology. Sherman spoke with Bank Automation News about the role automation plays at the Providence, R.I.-based bank, the emerging technology he’s most excited about, […]

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Source: https://bankautomationnews.com/allposts/cust-xper/5-questions-with-citizen-bank-vp-of-innovation-rj-sherman/

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