COVID-19 Toolkit

COVID-19: How PPS overcame the challenges of a pandemic through a seamless HR strategy  

Over the course of the pandemic, PPS’ HR Director, Corinne Williams, has worked tirelessly to deploy a pioneering strategy to ensure the safety of the company’s 250 strong workforce over the last year, with various processes in place to roll out homeworking through tailored kits and a top-class well-being programme. All of this to ultimately continue to maintain its high level of operations for some of today’s leading brands that are changing the face of financial services as we know it.

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What Makes Successful Businesses Thrive in the E-commerce Space, Too?

The recipe for success in the e-commerce business is much the same as any other entrepreneurial endeavor except it comes with many opportunities for growth and leverage that physical businesses don’t have.

Online business may be the future of many markets, and for good reason. From scalability of immediately needed resources to cost-effective innovation and optimization, we have identified five key elements of success for e-commerce business in the modern age:

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How to Secure Your E-commerce Business Against Cybercrime and Cyber Threats?

E-commerce businesses can’t put enough of a premium on online cybersecurity and protection against threats. Not only can malicious actors steal data and commit fraud, but they can also completely undermine a customer’s confidence in your business.

To avoid costly fraud and cyber threats, we’ve found five primary areas of focus that e-commerce businesses need to keep in mind as they move forward in the online market:

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Strong Customer Authentication or SCA: is Europe 3D secure (2.0)-Ready?

As part of a European Union mandate called the Revised Directive on Payment Services, or (PSD2), merchants operating in the EU economic zone must use payment service providers within the European Economic Area that offer what is known as strong customer authentication.

This is also sometimes referred to as the SCA requirement or the PSD2 compliance. In essence, this directive ensures that transactions occurring within the EU’s economic territories make use of multi-factor authentication in order to verify a buyer’s identity.

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Challenges and Opportunities Borne by the European Single Digital Market

The promises of the European Union single market, while not full borne out in the reality of the business world, where the same are actually still far from the dream promised when it comes to the virtual single market. What does this mean?

In other words, the European Union might act as a single market when it comes to monetary issues and beyond, but the EU single digital market is hampered and its growth restricted by a myriad of factors including various compliance regimes and the logistical mastery needed to make it all work.

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2021 Malware Trends

– Introduction
– Evolution of Ransomware
– Beyond Windows
– Financial and Banking Sector
– Vulnerabilities and Malware
– Conclusions

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Remote Dial as a Fallback for PSD2 SCA

If your goal is to service the largest percentage of market users, respect must be given across all accessibility levels. But what is a reliable solution for non-smartphone users? In this post, we review our remote dial option as a reliable PSD2 SCA fallback.

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SCA Deadlines Across Europe

We have spoken a lot about strong customer authentication (SCA) over the past year. However, the regulation has technically been in effect since mid-September of 2019. Now well into 2021, it is time for all European countries to fully enforce the updated SCA regulations. Let’s take a look at some of the deadlines.

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The Future is Frictionless: Customers Care About Shopping, Not Payments

Okay wants to make the payment process as smooth as possible, specifically when it comes to customer authentication. While this is just one part of the payment process that can introduce friction, it is often where checkout abandonment occurs. In this post, we’ll try to describe some of the options that we’ve seen in the market regarding frictionless payments, including their strengths and weaknesses.

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B2B Cross-Border Payments and Virtual IBANs: What’s the Common Benefit for Businesses?

One of the great innovations of the modern age is the ability of eCommerce to connect businesses, merchants, and consumers all across the world. Not only has this opened up new opportunities for businesses and consumers alike, but also it has expanded the realm of what is possible for small and medium enterprises on the global stage. And here we start with the interesting part of the current topic.

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What 2021 Will Bring to the Global Payments Industry

The global economy is expected to begin the process of recovery from the 2020 pandemic throughout 2021 and an integral part of that will be the payments industry as well as virtual IBANs and digital banking.

Analysts see five major trends on the horizon for 2021 in how things will change for the payments industry and digital banking services including enhanced automation to more robust identity verification as well as an authentication technology.

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What’s New in the EU Single Digital Market Arena?

Now, in 2021, and with the Brexit negotiations in their rearview mirror, the EU market is looking to digital banking solutions to help address problems of inequality, sustainability, and supporting a circular economy.

Indeed, the future of the market in Europe is not only digital but digital banking, in particular, will play a huge role in bringing about the social transformations and member-state cohesion needed to build economic resilience and growth for the future.

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Corporate Banking Digitalization in Process: Trends and Driving Forces

What are some of the major forces driving the corporate banking digitization process? What are the factors and trends behind some of the most seismic moves in recent years in this otherwise quite conservative industry? What are the main key-topics we should have on our radar in order to stay ahead of our business competitors and be the first to learn what would be the next
“big thing”?

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Digital Payments: What’s the Next Big Thing?

Not only is the extension of digital banking services and digital payments solutions integral to the growth of mobile and online marketplaces, but also it is central to the monetary revolution taking place right now with cryptocurrencies and the rise of a cashless economy. We have identified three major movements in digital banking that could shape how the next several years play out, from enhanced payments processing to the integration of new consumer blocks into the financial system.

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Which is More Secure: Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android?

Will our smart devices be able to implement the necessary security measures to keep up with an ever-increasing digital marketplace? If so, which ones will reign supreme? In this article, we reflect on an age-old question of iPhone vs Android device, well worth considering by all financial industry players, big or small.

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Beam partners with Nuapay to enable Open Banking ecommerce payments for WooCommerce merchants

Beam launches new service, to bring instant and secure payments to WooCommerce merchants via Open Banking. Leveraging Nuapay’s payments platform, Beam is aiming to help UK businesses save £100k over the next year.

The partnership enables Beam to provide Open Banking payments to its clients on WooCommerce – the open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress – bringing online and omnichannel retailers the benefits of faster, more secure and cost-efficient payments.

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It’s Groundhog Day for Payments! A New US Administration, a New UK Brexit: The Continuing Cycle of Change Keeps Banks and Fintechs on their Toes!

Join us for a cross pond webinar focusing on the enormous changes that are expected to impact payments in the US and UK featuring:

•In London, new K&L Gates Special Payments Counsel, Kai Zhang, and Partner, Philip Morgan.
•In New York, Partner and Global Fintech Co-Chair, Judie Rinearson.
•In Washington DC, Partner and Technology Law Specialist, Linda Odom, and Associate, Daniel Cohen.
•In San Francisco, Partner, Cryptocurrency and Fintech Lawyer, Jeremy McLaughlin.

Topics to be covered include:
•Expected changes to be implemented by the new US Democratic administration
•New leadership in the CFPB, SEC, OCC, and CFTC and what it means for banks and Fintechs
•UK and the implementation of Brexit with respect to payments and banking
•Anticipated changes in providing payment services to the UK and Europe
•The outlook for Fintech investment, Mergers and Acquisitions in the next 12 months on both sides of the pond
•What products and services are the winners and losers from these sweeping changes? Mobile apps? Traditional banking? Digital assets, stable coins and cryptocurrencies?

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Six FinTech providers that could boost your business in 2021

Every business from sole traders to large corporations are always on the lookout for ways to save time and money.

With the big banks’ monopoly on providing financial services now broken by FinTechs and new players in the Open Banking space, the choice of alternatives has never been more exciting – and maybe a little confusing for newcomers.

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Contis partners with Pin4 cardless cash solution in UK and Europe

Leading European Banking-as-a Service and payments provider, Contis, is delighted to announce its partnership with Pin4, an international fintech pioneering access to cash. This collaboration will enable account holders to access cash via their mobile phones which they can instantly collect at any enabled ATM, including any of 12,000 Cardtronics ATMs across the UK, without the need for a card or pre-registration.  

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Open Banking to improve payment experience – Press Release

New data from Open Banking pioneer Nuapay, powered by Sentenial, has revealed that consumers are frustrated with the user experience when making card payments online. This follows recent findings that highlighted a raft of payment card security failings. The news comes as retailers ready themselves for the busy festive shopping season – an event that is even more important this year as businesses seek to plug pandemic losses.

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QR codes could become a mainstream payment method in 2021

2020 saw significant growth in digital payments with the pandemic as one of the key factors. Covid 19 and shifting consumer behaviours steered the move toward contactless options and Open Banking for a safe, efficient, and contactless alternative to traditional payment methods.

Discover how Account to Account payment providers like Nuapay have worked to enable seamless recurring payments for businesses to deliver a faster and more frictionless experience for their customers.

Explore key trends including subscription models powered by recurring payments and QR codes which are fast becoming a mainstream payment method.

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Virtual Accounts Making Massive Impact

Digital banking is not only the future of banking but also it is allowing for new business segments to emerge and for smaller companies to compete on a more level playing field with major competitors. We’ll explain what they are and how they are making such a massive impact on the financial landscape of today.

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COVID-Driven Innovations: Digital Banking is the New Status Quo

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way businesses conduct themselves online as well as customer expectations about what they can do. In other words, shopping has moved from the retail space to anywhere a consumer has a smartphone and digital banking is among the greatest business innovations that have enabled this brave new world.

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Banking As a Service: Disruptive But Great

Disruption is a buzzword that is often bandied about in the media for one reason or another but rarely do we take time to consider what it actually means in the marketplace.

To watch that in action, we need only look as far as banking and how banking as a service, or BaaS, is changing the landscape of the once-staid financial industry forever.

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Online fraud lessons learnt in 2020

– There has been an increase in fraud seeking to circumvent payments security
– Behavioral biometrics took steps towards becoming a foundational cybersecurity technology
– Fraud prevention in 2021 will become as much about response as detection

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Chargebacks911 and Fi911 drives APAC expansion with the appointment of regional Director of Business Development

Merchant dispute technology specialist, Chargebacks911, is driving its ambitious growth plans in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region with the appointment of its new Director of Business Development, APAC – Jia Min Tan.

Being based in Singapore, Jia Min will help facilitate the growth of Chargebacks911 and Fi911 (its new brand for financial institutions) in APAC, while bridging any language barriers that may be encountered in the region.

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A Cash-Free World through Biometric identification: Why and How?

The future of global commerce could be a cashless society, many experts predict, and that puts the burden on financial institutions to make sure their customers’ data is secure and protected.

As digital banking rises to replace the more traditional industry, one phenomenon has arisen hand-in-hand with it and that is the use of biometric technologies.

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