Payment predictions for 2022: Part 1

January 5, 2022

While the world may be opening up a little bit more after the pandemic, businesses have seen a shift in their payment methods; digitalization is growing and it is not likely to stop anytime soon. This is a continuation of Payment Predictions for 2022.

Alternative Payments

Account-to-account payment software is a blend of payments and data, and it is quickly becoming the favorite payment method; so much so that Amazon UK recently decided to stop Visa cards payments due to high fees. This is a direct result of the cost effectiveness of the new payment methods out in the market today.

2022 is also looking like a good year for Quick Response (QR) codes.

QR codes are not new; however, the usefulness for these codes has been discovered more and more as the world needs contactless payment methods due to hygiene necessities. 

China is currently the leader in using QR codes to make purchases, with 70% of its population regularly using them, and in Europe, the interest in these codes is increasing.

A 2021 Ivanti survey shows that 69% of Brits are open to using this payment method in the future, and the new year is likely to see more companies accepting payment via QR code.

Currently the use of QR codes are not as mainstream due to banks wanting to keep as much customer data as possible in order not to become obsolete in the future, however, the European Central Bank (ECB) and other central banks are adding pressure in order to open-up the payments gateway. This also holds true in Saudi Arabia as open banking regulations will come into effect this year.

Buy Now, Pay Later

Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL)  is an up and coming payment method that has continued to gain traction, especially amongst the youngest consumers. In the US 6% of Gen Z consumers made use of this payment method in 2019, a number that jumped to 36% in 2021. However, internationally there have been some concerns with this payment method, as 21% of consumers admitted to having missed a payment within the last 12 months. In the past we have talked about BNPL and the dangers of missing payments, as fines are punishing upon the consumers.

This is an ongoing international concern, and regulators are starting to pay more attention. In the UK, the Labour MP Stella Creasy has called for urgent regulation to stop young consumers from taking on an insurmountable mountain of debt. As more people get into debt, regulators around the world are likely to start cracking down, especially alongside the rise in inflation.

BNPL is a largely unregulated industry in countries like Australia and the UK, but the government already announced it will make efforts to increase supervision and gain control.

Next week we will discuss more alternative payment methods; keep tuned so that you can be ahead of the curb with AltoGlobal.

Want to learn more? Check out The Fintech Time’s full write-up here.

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