Fintech Marqeta and Rain to Deliver Earned Wage Access via Embedded Finance

Marqeta (NASDAQ: MQ), the global modern card issuing platform enabling some of the world’s most innovative embedded finance solutions, announced its new partner Rain, a financial wellness benefits provider that helps companies give employees greater control over their finances.

Marqeta will power the Rain Card, a branded debit card “that will enable employers to disburse earned wages onto the cards seamlessly.”

Through its strategic partnership with Rain, Marqeta can “scale its early wage access offerings to more employers across diverse sectors of the economy such as healthcare, education and hospitality.”

Over 60% of Americans are “living paycheck-to-paycheck and seeking ways to take control of their finances. Offering employees quicker access to their hard-earned wages enables employees to reduce their reliance on credit, pay their bills on time, and better manage their finances, helping to foster a more engaged and dedicated workforce.”

Marqeta has witnessed significant growth in its early wage access offerings, now “constituting 3% of its total processing volume as of Q4 2023 and empowering gig and shift workers with on-demand access to paychecks.”

With Marqeta’s modern platform and embedded finance capabilities, Rain can integrate the Rain Card into its customer experience, “allowing employers to distribute Marqeta-powered debit cards that provide workers early access to their earned wages.”

Marqeta’s comprehensive card issuing platform allows Rain to “expand its offerings into secured and unsecured credit card solutions and more diverse employee rewards.”

Alex Bradford, Chief Executive Officer of Rain said:

“We are thrilled to partner with Marqeta and its world-class team and modern tech stack. Rain’s mission is to empower millions of workers to reach financial freedom. Marqeta will be a critical partner as we launch new products that enable our users to access their wages faster and more economically and that help them grow their cash flow and savings.”

Rain’s customers include global brands “such as Hilton, McDonald’s, Arby’s and Subway and span various industries beyond restaurants and hospitality, including healthcare, retail, school systems and non-profits.”

As paycheck flexibility becomes an increasingly popular expectation “from employees, companies that are more turnover prone will benefit from solutions that expedite employee payments. Faster wage solutions provide the flexibility workers crave, leading to a more engaged and loyal workforce and helping to reduce overhead recruitment and training costs for businesses.”

Todd Pollak, Chief Revenue Officer of Marqeta said:

“Whether for 1099 employees, staffing agencies or labor marketplaces, there is a massive opportunity for employers to offer accelerated access to wages. We’re excited to collaborate with Rain, a leading proponent of employee benefits, and the transformative potential they offer for reshaping the employee experience. This partnership enables us to expand our reach and empower more employers and workers with the advantages of faster wage distribution.”


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