Five At Five: Amazon Makes A Big Grocery Move

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Welcome to Five at Five, your late look at the day’s payments and commerce news. Today’s coverage includes the latest about eCommerce and payments in India, where big players are increasingly competing for revenue and the loyalty of the middle class. Tesco tries a new concept to boost sales, more anti-money laundering is coming to cryptocurrency and a new product targets online bill pay fraud.

Amazon Acquires Indian Grocery Chain For $580M

The move comes as Amazon has been expanding its grocery offerings in India, and as the company anticipates that the market will account for over half of its business in India in the next five years. Amit Agarwal, the head of Amazon India, said in an interview that groceries and items such as creams, soaps and cleaning products were already the largest product category on the site in terms of number of units sold in India.

Flipkart Launches Cashless Credit, Eyes Non-Banking License

Customers can receive an instant credit line, then have the option to pay for products they buy on the eCommerce site later in month, or through easy monthly installments.

Tesco Launches Jack’s Discount Grocery Concept

Tesco has been working on new initiatives to boost sales. Last year, the retailer launched both a one-hour and two-hour delivery option in London via its Tesco Now app on both Android and iOS. Customers are limited to 20 items or fewer for delivery by moped.

Global Standard For Crypto AML In The Works

The leader of the global anti-money laundering (AML) task force said he was “optimistic” that it is closer to establishing worldwide standards that apply to virtual currencies.

ProfitStars Targets Online Bill Pay Fraud For Banks

The solution provides banks and FIs with enhanced fraud analytics capabilities, automatically flagging items in their bill pay functions that may signal fraudulent transactions.


New PYMNTS Report: The CFO’s Guide To Digitizing B2B Payments – August 2020 

The CFO’s Guide To Digitizing B2B Payments, a PYMNTS and Comdata collaboration, examines how companies are updating their AP approaches to protect their cash flows, support their vendors and enable their financial departments to operate remotely.