Klarna brings Buy Now, Pay Later to Etsy
Leading Swedish fintech Klarna will launch its Buy Now, Pay Later solution on creative marketplace Etsy.
The feature will go live in the US, before rolling out to other global markets throughout 2021.
Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski says the partnership will make it “even easier for [Etsy’s] vibrant buyer community to get the items they love”.
Enabled by Adyen’s global payments platform, Etsy customers will be able to delay the payment of purchases valued between $50 and $10,000.
Klarna offers shoppers three distinct ways to pay:
- Purchase now and pay within 30 days
- Purchase now and spread the cost over three payments: one at point of sale, and two scheduled automatically every 30 days
- Purchase now and finance the transaction to be paid within six and 36 months
Etsy is an online marketplace for more than 3m creatives to market and sell their goods, including everything from t-shirts featuring original prints, to one-off jewellery items and, in the time of COVID-19, custom face masks. It serves more than 47m active buyers and reached annual gross merchandise sales of $5b in 2019.
The timely launch precedes what is known as the golden quarter in retail, the three months leading up to and surrounding the Christmas and holiday shopping season. Kruti Patel Goyal, Etsy's Chief Product Officer, says integrating Klarna will provide customers a “flexible solution” to shop for friends and family over the period, particularly as consumers continue to tighten their belts over COVID-19 uncertainty.
"Klarna will enable shoppers to buy on Etsy with greater financial control and convenience, without additional fees for sellers,” Goyal adds.
Investment in retail
Klarna's partnership with Etsy follows the closure of a $650m funding round in September, led by Silver Lake, which will be used to further invest in the fintech’s retail offering - particularly in the US, where it says it now reaches more than 9m consumers. Klarna says it added more than 35,000 new retailers to its platform during the first half of 2020.
The injection takes Klarna’s valuation to $10.65b, making it the most valuable private fintech in Europe and among the top five globally.
Tink partners with Novalnet AG for open banking payments
The Munich-based fintech Novalnet AG, which was founded in 2007 and is one of Europe’s leadingfintech companies, has announced a new partnership with Tink, the Swedish open banking platform currently connected to more than 3,400 European banks.
Novalnet AG delivers payment solutions and fully automated services, from checkout to debt collection. Its solutions are also available worldwide.
According to reports, the fintech company plans to launch a real-time payments feature for merchants across Europe, to expand its current services and enhance the transaction experience it operates through its platform.
The new feature, says Novalnet, will revolutionise payments for ecommerce with transactions being credited to merchant’s accounts almost instantly.
Novalnet partnership with Tink
By partnering with Tink for payment initiation services (PIS) technology, Novalnet will take previous region-specific payment methods and offer a new unified digital payments service to its merchants across Europe.
The fintech’s real-time merchant payments feature, which will be launched initially in Germany and the United Kingdom, will then be integrated across other European markets during 2021.
Speaking about the new collaboration, Emmanuel Kirse, COO of Novalnet, explained, "We expect great things from our strategic partnership with Tink, which is a significant development for both parties.
“With Tink, Novalnet can offer a new set of open banking-related solutions in Europe. The new opportunities offered by this partnership will help both Tink and Novalnet grow together, along with our merchants."
Cyrosch Kalateh, Regional Director for the DACH region at Tink said, “Our partnership with Novalnet is a big step for Tink in the German market, and we are excited to work together to bring new, innovative payments services to merchants across Europe.”
He added, “At the end of 2020 Tink committed to expanding its payment initiation services from five to 10 markets, fuelled by an €85mn investment round. We are proud to add Germany to this list by announcing we have now fully launched Tink’s PIS services in this market.”
Image credit: Novalnet AG