Short blog today on an example BNPL opportunity and the differences between a consumer BNPL solution like Apple Pay Later and Merchant integrated solutions from providers such as Affirm (or SQ/Afterpay see Three Flavors of BNPL). Today Air Travel and Vacation packages are the focus.
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Apple Finance – ?Tipping Point?
Bloomberg beat me to the punch with their great article last night on Apple Pay Later and Apple Finance LLC (must read). Well, I was certainly wrong about one big thing in my Project Breakout blog “Apple doesn’t want to be a bank”. Quite frankly I believe even Goldman Sachs was surprised by the scale of what Apple is building. Last night I outlined the key points:
Apple Pay Later – What is it?
Apple announced a new service at WWDC 2022 yesterday (Youtube – ~21:00 in). What is it and how does it relate to their recent acquisition of Credit Kudos?
Apple – Project Breakout
Last week Bloomberg reported on Project Breakout: Apple’s effort to bring financial services in house. So what is it? Here is my 60% confidence bet.
Interchange is going toward 0.. So what?
There are only 3 major markets where credit card interchange is not regulated: US, Japan and Russia. In these markets, Issuers use interchange (US 130bps-270bps) to power consumer reward programs (see Tilting Networks Toward Merchants – 2015) and card marketing. The ROW has credit interchange regulated to ~30bps and debit 20-30bps, and the reward programs are much different (Barclays UK below). But regulating payment interchange HAS NOT resulted in volume loss for V/MA, to the GREAT frustration regulators.. this is a key point (more later).
How will BNPL Evolve?
Short Blog – BNPL Recap
101 Blog… probably not for the BNPL experts. Recap at bottom.
While CDBC may impact debit networks in a 5 yr view, I thought I would write a short blog on BNPL’s impact to credit networks in near term (See Insider’s BNPL market Analysis and MRC’s overview of solution providers)