Peer-to-Peer Payment Revolution

By Preston Packer |

Jun

09

In 2008, we saw the rise of the Gig Economy, an army of freelance workers trying to find whatever work they could during a recession when unemployment soared. It was expected to redefine the workforce and shake the foundations of traditional careers. Ultimately, the movement didn't hold out as expected, and the freelance work shifted more towards services work, like driving and delivery. In addition, the technology just wasn't there to drive mainstream adoption outside of major cities. But in 2020, the global pandemic, skyrocketing unemployment, and looming recession may have created the catalyst for an even broader gig economy to finally hit its stride. Simultaneously, the "socially distant" environment has shown options are needed to reduce contact while staying connected and working. This perfect storm of forced adoption, increased demand for gig work, and the need for contactless transactions - with seamless user experience - necessitates a responding change in the way we pay each other. Financial institutions (FI) need to get on board quick or they'll be left in the dust of their competitors. Enabling mobile payments, person-to-person (P2P), securely and simply is key.

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Is Digital Banking the Death of Cash?

By Preston Packer |

Jun

03

Money makes the world go round, but where we once exchanged gold and silver for goods and services, we're now clicking and tapping our phones. Are we witnessing the death of cash? It is estimated that by the year 2024, non-cash transactions will nearly double from 2019. In addition, the number of people who made sure they always had cash on hand fell from 60% in 2015 to 53% in 2018. These trends lead to the same conclusion: we need to invest in smarter ways to exchange funds that meet the demands of the modern consumer, and digital banking is likely the answer.

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Venmo Wants to offer Your Members a Debit Card

By Preston Packer |

May

29

Non-bank competition is increasing with the rising popularity of mobile payment apps such as Venmo, Zelle and Square, just to name a few. Millennials and younger credit union members, in particular, have discovered the convenience of these apps and the ease with which funds can be exchanged and transferred. Using P2P (peer-to-peer) mobile payment systems, restaurant bills and bar tabs can be paid, pizza money contributed and concert tickets repaid with just a few clicks, all while never leaving the couch. However, with all this virtual money exchanging hands, should there be concerns these transactions are being adequately protected and secured?

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Will Zelle Win the Hearts of Credit Unions?

By Preston Packer |

Dec

20

For the past several years, the financial industry has claimed the P2P market was finally going to take off. While P2P payments have certainly continued to grow in popularity, they have not reached the heights that FIs anticipated. However, in the past year, P2P platforms have experienced immense growth, especially among big banks. Zelle launched back in September of 2017 and in 2018 they have made tremendous strides with larger FIs. Zelle is already working with 51 big banks and 200 more are under contract to launch in the coming months. However, with larger FIs under their belt, Zelle is also looking to win the hearts small and mid-sized credit unions.

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