UK-based fintech Rapyd announced on Monday it has formed a partnership with OCBC Bank to enable real-time bank payments for Singapore consumers and online retailers through peer-to-peer funds transfer service PayNow. According to Rapyd, PayNow will enable OCBC Bank customers to make digital payments using the OCBC Pay Anyone app powered by Rapyd’s recently launched Checkout payments solution for e-commerce.
“The partnership with Rapyd Checkout will provide OCBC Bank customers with more payment options at online retailers’ checkouts, enabling them to directly access their bank account funds by simply choosing ‘Pay with OCBC Pay Anyone’ within a retailer’s app. Payment details such as the retailer name and amount to be paid will then automatically populate in OCBC Pay Anyone, which the customer simply needs to review and confirm before authenticating the transaction biometrically. Customers will not need to input any additional information to make an online payment, and do not need to navigate out of the retailer’s app, making the payment process completely seamless and convenient.”
While sharing more details about the partnership, Joel Yarbrough, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Rapyd, stated:
“We are excited to work with OCBC to make instant payments through OCBC Pay Anyone available to our network for online and mobile merchants. We are also thrilled to be leveraging the significant investments Singapore has made in the open loop PayNow real-time payments infrastructure, to make safer bank transfers available for Singaporeans as they shop globally.”
Pranav Seth, Head of E-Business, Business Transformation and Fintech and Innovation Group, OCBC Bank, added:
“Singapore’s eCommerce market is estimated to hit $5 billion this year. The partnership with Rapyd will benefit Singapore consumers and online retailers by expanding payment options for consumers while simultaneously increasing revenue opportunities for businesses. This partnership extends the ability of customers to directly access their bank account funds to pay more than 3,000 retailers via QR codes and PayNow at physical stores, to also access their bank account funds directly to pay online retailers on mobile apps seamlessly. This is a key milestone on our journey to drive digital payments adoption across Singapore.”
Founded in 2016, Rapyd describes itself as a mobile-first financial network that makes the world’s “favorite ways” to pay and be paid instantly available through a single API and SDK.
“Through our scalable platform and API we are bringing together local financial specialists from every corner of the world to make the 100s of ways people pay available around the world, so that eCommerce merchants, gig platforms, challenger wallets, remittance platforms, online lenders, and even traditional banks can break free of their old infrastructure and limitations and create new mobile-friendly solutions to make payments faster, smarter, accessible and convenient to all.”