In today’s top payments news around the world, the United Kingdom may clamp down on late payments to suppliers, while South Korean FinTech Kakao Pay is reportedly gearing up for an initial public offering (IPO). Plus, SWIFT rolled out a services for low-value international payments.
Big British firms could encounter penalties or fines if they don’t provide payment to smaller vendors on schedule with new regulations under consideration by the government. As part of a revision of the small business commissioner’s powers, officials will examine if the commission should have the power to levy fees and fines or force a firm to make a payment. The U.K.’s Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research indicates that approximately 50,000 small business close per year due to late payments.
SWIFT unveiled a new offering on Thursday (Oct. 1) that promises to bolster the experience for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and individuals who transmit low-value payments internationally. The cooperative said the effort will let clients make quicker, simpler, predictable and competitive-priced payments throughout the globe. It is working with over 20 financial institutions to create the service.
Kakao Pay is reportedly set to be the first South Korean financial technology firm working with mobile payments to undertake an IPO. The firm is likely to have a valuation of $8.5 billion and reportedly intends to use the IPO to go into new business areas. It reportedly selected KB Securities Co. as the top IPO advisor. Kakao Pay is the FinTech division for Kakao Corp.
Merchants throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa will have the capacity to post ads at no cost on Google’s shopping tab beginning in the middle of October. The tech and search engine company said it was expanding its complimentary ad effort to other places around the globe following a successful introduction in the U.S. earlier in 2020.