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Buy Now, Pay Later - New Products, New Challenges

Published: | IDC | 6 Pages | Delivery time: 1-2 business days


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Buy Now, Pay Later - New Products, New Challenges
Published: September 29, 2021
Content info: 6 Pages
Delivery time: 1-2 business days
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This IDC Perspective discusses BNPL programs and their growth in the retail and payments world. Over the past few months, there has been a wave of news about "buy now, pay later" (BNPL) companies and programs. BNPL programs have grown considerably in the past several years, with explosive growth in the past 18 months. While certainly not new, the recent growth of a new wave of innovative BNPL programs is impacting the payments and lending in new ways.According to Aaron Press, research director, Worldwide Payment Strategies at IDC, "'Buy-now-pay-later programs' are bringing together innovations in business models, financial models, and technology for consumer lending. Banks have a range of opportunities to take advantage of the trend, but they need to be sure they understand the risks, rewards, and options before jumping in."

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Product Code: US48249421

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Situation Overview

  • A New(ish) Twist on an Old Idea
    • Similar Concepts
      • Layaway
      • Private Label Credit Cards
      • Point-of-Sale Financing
  • The Current Generation of BNPL Solutions
    • Transactional Credit
    • Established Credit Billing
  • What Distinguishes Newer Programs from Their Predecessors
    • Lower Transaction Values
    • Shorter Time Frames
    • Streamlined Underwriting
    • Integration-Focused Technology
    • Merchant-Driven Revenue
  • The Square-Afterpay Deal
  • A Look at the PayPal-Paidy Deal
  • Industry Response to BNPL
  • Other Considerations
    • Risk of Regulation
    • Wild Card: Potential Impact to Interchange Regulation

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