MasterCard and Facebook Messenger have teamed up to bring Nigerian small businesses digital payments and banking; 98 percent of Nigerians use cash when transacting with businesses; businesses message a Masterpass QR bot on Facebook Messenger to help enable QR code payments; the partnership is then supported by Nigeria’s Ecobank and Zenith Bank by setting up those businesses with accounts at the banks; the biggest hurdle in a partnership like this is the consumers or small businesses cannot transact with one another and so adoption is slow, though the partnership hope to solve that issue. Source.
Mastercard is the latest company to be added to OnStar Go, a cognitive mobility platform where drivers can browse stores and restaurants and purchase directly on their dashboard; get gas and pay for it without getting out of the car; after its launch in July, Masterpass is currently available in 33 markets, with plans to expand into 36 by the end of this year; the new dashboard will be deployed across two GM vehicles in the US by 2017; "The global momentum we're achieving with banks, merchants and consumers is proof-positive of our efforts to create simple and secure digital payment experiences anywhere consumers want to shop," said James Anderson, Executive Vice President of Digital Payment Products at Mastercard. Source
Citi customers will now have a simple and fast option for online, in-app and in-store payment needs with the new digital wallet Citi Pay; this will be viewed as a digital expansion of their current bank and credit card accounts; Citi is also partnering with Mastercard to leverage their digital payment service, Masterpass, which will give Citi customers access to hundreds of thousands of merchants in 33 countries. Source
Fraud protection is a leading factor for consumers and MasterCard has recognized this demand; it has recently introduced a Decision Intelligence security platform that utilizes artificial intelligence technology; the technology uses a scoring system that seeks to reduce fraudulent charges and falsely declined transactions; the Decision Intelligence platform is one of many services the firm is using to help increase card usage and retain large client relationships. Source