BNPL: Visa Installments Expands Services to Australia, Providing a New Way to Buy Now, Pay Later

Visa (NYSE: V), the leader in virtual payments, recently announced the expansion of Visa Installments in Australia in partnership with ANZ (ASX: ANZ), which is one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, and merchant payment provider Quest.

As mentioned in a release, the Visa solution lets Australian shoppers “access popular Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) financing via their existing ANZ credit cards, during checkout and without any extra steps.”

Visa’s Fintech programs have been “helping to enable the growth of installments globally since as early as 2017,” the announcement noted.

As stated in the release:

“With the Visa Installments Solution, Visa is now bringing the flexibility of BNPL financing that Australians love to the cards already in eligible consumers’ wallets and phones – for use during in-store and online checkout.”

The update further noted that Visa Installments Solution offers the underlying tech for issuers and acquirers in the Visa network to provide BNPL functionality to their clients. This means financial institutions are able to add BNPL “as a feature for credit cardholders, on their already approved credit lines, in whatever terms are right for their customers.”

And likewise, acquirers on the network are able to “activate the ability to accept installments for any of their retailers that accept Visa.” Initially introduced as a pilot back in 2019, the solution has now expanded to the U.S., Canada, Malaysia, Russia—and now, Australia.

As noted in the release:

“When qualified shoppers use their ANZ Visa credit cards at the in-store terminal or while shopping online at participating merchants, they’ll be able to select a repayment term displayed on the screen during the purchase process.”

Quest, an established provider of merchant payment tech, is working closely with Visa to “enable businesses to accept Visa Installments quickly and seamlessly – merchants with Quest-integrated point-of-sale (POS) software will not need to make any software changes to enable the solution.”

The update also mentioned:

“With the Visa Installments Solution, participating lenders can offer a more flexible range of repayment plans – from three months to 24 months, with no interest in some cases– and customers can view their installment purchases, balances and repayment information directly in their existing banking apps.”

This solution should be welcomed by Australian consumers, “with a recent Visa survey finding that 90% of participants showed a high likelihood of using an installments option from their issuing bank, and 85% saying installments would improve their relationship with their card provider.”

“There is overwhelming demand in Australia for BNPL financing through consumers’ existing, trusted financial institution,” stated Julian Potter, Visa’s Group Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific.

Julian added:

“We’re proud to work with our long-standing partner, ANZ, on the first roll-out of Visa Installments that has been built from the ground up – at the network level – to be deployed in-store and across ecommerce channels without the need for consumers or businesses to do anything new. Now Australians’ credit cards can buy now, pay later, too.”

“We are always on the lookout for products and services that add genuine value to our customers and the ability to make installment payments is a key feature that many of them want,” ANZ Head of Cards and Personal Lending Mike Shurlin noted.

Mike added:

“Visa Installments ticks all the boxes in terms of its flexibility, security and ease-of-use, allowing us to add more optionality and create better experiences for our credit card customers.”

Shurlin remarked:

“We have worked with Visa on a number of customer solutions in the past, including a wide range of mobile payments and loyalty solutions, and we share the same focus: making payments simple, flexible and secure for our customers. We look forward to working with Visa to bring this exciting new payment option to our customers.”

Luke Fuller, Head of SME and Alternative Payments at Quest, said:

“Quest is delighted to be working closely with Visa to offer installment payments through our family of trusted payment terminals, already used by many of Australia’s best known retail brands. In making this available through our omnichannel payment gateway solutions, retailers will be able to offer installment payment options to their customers both online and in-store.” 

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