Payments Perspective

- June 2024

Welcome to the first edition of Polar Moment’s Payments Perspective. Each month our trusted consultancy experts will share some of the key events and trends shaping the payments landscape. Read on for our highlights from June 2024.

The theme of this year’s Money 20/20 Europe conference in Amsterdam was “Human X Machine”. It emphasised the growing interdependence between human expertise and machine intelligence in financial services. The keynote address by former French President François Hollande underscored the geopolitical dimensions of fintech innovation. As we see it, the emphasis on AI and machine learning at this event aligns perfectly with the industry’s push towards more efficient, personalised, and secure financial services​.

Apple has recently decided to discontinue its Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service, which launched in 2023. This move, made barely a year after its initial launch underscores the competitive nature of the financial services industry. Apple will now integrate instalment loan options from established providers like Affirm and Klarna directly into the Apple Wallet. Businesses should prepare for these changes by ensuring their payment systems are compatible with a variety of BNPL providers​.

The card scheme’s decision to end manual card data entry in the EU by 2030 marks a significant step towards a fully digital payments ecosystem. This transition is indicative of the broader move towards automation and increased security in payment processing. Companies must prepare for this shift by investing in robust digital infrastructure and enhancing cybersecurity.

We hope you enjoyed this June update and look forward to more updates on the world of payments in our next edition.

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