Payments are going global: Visa and Goldman Sachs partner
With these services available for both its B2B and B2C customers, the investment bank envisions a future where businesses can maintain real-time visibility of their payments' progress, can easily obtain vital compliance-related data, and improve cash flow.
The latter will be particularly important to smaller companies, of which some are struggling to tread water in the post-COVID economy.
Visa’s solutions are distinctly adaptable and system agnostic; users can implement them using APIs, files, or online platforms.
- Visa B2B Connect: A cross-border payment network currently available in 97 global markets, this enables payments to bypass intermediaries and immediately transfer from the payer’s bank to the beneficiary directly. By doing so, Visa will also enable Goldman to reliably track transactions.
- Visa Direct Payouts: Visa’s idea was to bring easier functionality to B2C and B2SB clients, and it succeeded. Consolidating “billions of endpoints” in 90 markets through a single connection, Direct Payouts streamlines the complex networks often required for global payments.
Goldman’s adoption of Visa’s tech illustrates the extent to which digital transformation has captured finance; the sector is now truly global, and neglecting the technology that can fulfill this new paradigm would be short-sighted.
“Visa’s partnership with Goldman Sachs Transaction Banking is an important milestone in our efforts to break down traditional processes and silos and help spur innovation in this critical industry segment for the decades to come,” said Alan Koenigsberg, Global Head of New Payment Flows, Visa Business Solutions.
Banking goes global
Following on from HSBC’s announcement in May 2021 that it was introducing a ‘Global Wallet’ to streamline international business banking, it seems clear that banking is more preoccupied with global connectivity than ever before.
Goldman summarised the customer benefits of its partnership with Visa as:
- Simplified workflows
- Instant usage of Visa’s services via easy integration (no need to reconstruct core systems)
- Enhanced payment options
- Cost optimisation
- Transparent data sharing
“We believe paying someone halfway around the world should be just as easy as paying someone around the corner,” commented Eduardo Vergara, Global Head of Transaction Banking Product and Sales at Goldman Sachs. “We are proud to partner with Visa to introduce fast and easy ways our clients can make payments across the globe.
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.”
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