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New Survey States the Urgent Need of Scaling up Digitalisation by the APAC Banks

APAC banks see payments (32 per cent) and personal loans (24 per cent) as areas that present the greatest opportunities for the future of digital banking

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About 60 percent of Asia Pacific (APAC) banks either have no digital onboarding process for new customers, or only a part of it has gone online, according to a new survey on Thursday.

The region’s changing regulations (28 per cent) and the need to create digital know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) (21 per cent) solutions were cited as the two key challenges for APAC banks looking to acquire new customers online, said the study by analytics software firm FICO.

Garg, who is an Alternate Governor on the ADB Board, the ADB "strategy should focus more on West Asia and South Asia as interventions in East Asia are already done fairly well," the statement said.
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However, 79 per cent of the banks have launched or are currently considering a separate digital banking offering to leapfrog challenges in acquiring new customers, the research showed.

APAC banks see payments (32 per cent) and personal loans (24 per cent) as areas that present the greatest opportunities for the future of digital banking.

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“In Asia, the identification processes used for services such as e-government, banking or telecommunications evolved independently of each other, leading to a fragmented approach with inconsistent levels of security,” Dan McConaghy, President of FICO in Asia Pacific, said in a statement. (IANS)

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Reliance to Digitise 5 mn Indian Kirana Stores by 2023: Report

Reliance, with a deep footprint in over 10,000 Reliance Retail outlets pan-India, is working on to create the world's largest online-to-offline new ecommerce platform

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As more and more neighbourhood kirana stores aim to modernise their tech infrastructure, the entry of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) would help expand the current 15,000 digitized store base to over five million stores by 2023, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch research said on Tuesday.

One of the most interesting trends in retail sector in India is that kirana stores are keen to upgrade their merchant point-of-sale (MPoS) technology, which is driving a wave of modernisation (90 per cent of the $700 billion retail market is still unorganized).

“The current one-time price point of Rs 50,000 limits the market to Class A/B stores (turnover of Rs 900K+/month).

“We believe that with the RIL’s entry, we could see an increase in merchant adoptability, as the price points will likely come down (RIL’s current one-time deposit is Rs 3,000) and reach should expand,” the research noted.

As a big player, RIL is entering an otherwise scattered market. Some of the key players in the fragmented merchant point-of-sale (MPoS) today are SnapBizz, Nukkad Shops and GoFrugal.

“Overall, we expect RIL to help expand the current 15,000 digitized store base to over 5 million stores by 2023,” said Sachin Salgaonkar and Sukriti Bansal, Research Analysts at DSP Merrill Lynch (India).

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For the research, the team met with the SnapBizz management which has over 4,500 devices installed in more than seven cities in India (or over 30 per cent of the digitized store base).

For a one-time payment of Rs 50,000, the merchant gets a PoS device with Snapbizz software, a screen space to display ads and a personal app to interact with users.

On back of these products, the retailers’ revenue is estimated to increase by Rs 8,250 month each, thus recovering the investment in six months.

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“Kirana stores liked the ease of billing/generating GST complaint bills the best. The PoS system provides an option of adding in-built discounts and also push offers to entire customer database via SMS,” the research noted.

Reliance, with a deep footprint in over 10,000 Reliance Retail outlets pan-India, is working on to create the world’s largest online-to-offline new ecommerce platform. (IANS)