Fintech Zilch redefines BNPL with ‘tap and pay-over-time’
By using the company’s app, consumers only pay 25% of an item’s purchase price upfront. After two weeks they must have paid 50%, by four weeks 75%, and then 100% by six weeks.
Zilch offers these payment terms on a “zero interest” basis; there are no hidden consumer fees and the company receives a separate charge from the store at which the item was purchased. Any refunds can be conducted in the conventional manner.
Digital payments: Freedom of choice
Founded in 2018, Zilch has already amassed a customer base of 200,000, with approximately 80,000 signing up within one month.
Its philosophy is one based on convenience tempered by responsibility: users have access to a limited balance to prevent overspending, and Zilch claims that savings of up to £350 per year can be achieved through the mitigation of fees and interest.
“[R]esponsibility must be at the heart of lending, with no exceptions,” said the company in a . Indeed, customers can actually unlock more features on the Zilch app as they use it responsibly. With payments services provided by Mastercard, the same amount of general protection usually afforded to its cards will also apply.
Simplifying and improving payments
According to Philip Belamant, Founder and CEO, the company has carefully selected its partners to facilitate an easy and seamless customer experience.
“Integrating with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay falls in line with our mission to become the best way to pay over time, anywhere – we are excited to be partnering with these leaders of convenience and when it comes to making a payment.
“Gen Z and millennials make up a large part of our customer base and are key to driving change when it comes to convenience and transparency – in a good way. The inspiration to keep innovating and bettering our product comes largely from them, and there will be more to come – watch this space.”
“Tap and pay-over-time will expand consumer choice in a payments landscape that we know increasingly demands it,” added Scott Lucas, CCO at Monavate.
“Zilch’s ability to innovate alongside changing customer demand is reflected by significant growth to date and ambitious targets going forward, something we’re proud to help make a reality.”
Image source: Zilch
The FinTech Show: Alternative payments and Open Finance
In episode four of the FinTech Show (originally broadcast live on 7 May at 1pm BST), Scott Birch and Will Girling discuss:
Alternative payments (read the original web story here) - 2:39 to 6:57
The May 2021 edition of FinTech Magazine - 7:00 to 13:26 (featuring Smita Gupta at Finastra)
Unbanked communities - 19:16 to 21:16 (featuring Bogdan Dinu at Thunes)
Open Finance - 22:55 to 25:31
We also poll our LinkedIn community on the question 'Have you used an alternative payment method since the pandemic?’ and conclude with our infamous gameshow section (this week: FinTech Fortunes). A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
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