The year 2016 is but a memory, fleeting, and for some, dimly lit, as the payments world experienced change and upheaval. As digital payments gained ground, banks and FinTechs collaborated and online lenders rode the rocky shoals of investor sentiment … it may have seemed like there would be little left for 2017 than for the industry to catch its collective breath.
But what looms ahead in a year that has barely dawned? To be sure, 2017 has had its share of surprises, opportunities and challenges across payments and commerce — landscapes marked by everything from the Internet of Things, to hacking, swiping and tapping taking top of mind. PYMNTS approached a number of executives from far-flung industries to get a sense of what new trends and solutions may gather momentum and exposure in the months ahead.