Today In Payments: Railsbank Closes $37M Funding Deal; Google Critics Demand Prompt Antitrust Enforcement

In today’s top news, Railsbank closed a $37 million funding deal, and companies in the U.S. and U.K. urged antitrust regulators to act fast in enforcement toward Google. Plus, Afterpay launched a cross-border payment option for merchants.

UK BaaS Railsbank Closes $37M Funding Deal To Support Growth

U.K. banking-as-a-service (BaaS) Startup Railsbank closed a $37 million funding deal co-led by MiddleGame Ventures and Ventura Capital. The funding is being earmarked to launch credit cards-as-a-service in the U.S. and elsewhere as the BaaS platform grows its global footprint.

Google Critics From US, UK Demand Prompt Antitrust Enforcement

A group of 165 companies and industry associations — from the U.S. and U.K as well as 21 European Union (EU) countries — sent a letter to antitrust regulators asking that they throw the book at Google as fast as possible.

Afterpay Rolls Out BNPL Cross-Border Pay For Merchants

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) firm Afterpay has introduced new cross-border options for merchants to sell their products to consumers in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Canada. The company also plans to allow global merchants to sell to U.S. shoppers with installment payments next year.

Paytronix Launches Subscription Tool For Restaurants, C-Stores

Paytronix has launched Paytronix Subscriptions, a subscription-building product that will allow any restaurant or convenience store to set up and manage a subscription program for its customers.

PayPal, BigCommerce and AdoreMe On Adapting To The Unknowns In A Digital-First Economy

Executives from Adore Me, PayPal and BigCommerce join Karen Webster for an On The Agenda conversation in which they stress the importance of brand resilience in a world where scores of unknowns remain about what comes next. The consensus: the brands ready to flex with the ebbs and flows of changing consumer preferences are the ones that will survive.

Report: Strategic Payment Investments Give FIs, FinTechs Innovative Payment Options

Touchless and contactless methods are making waves as consumers’ shopping and payment habits shift to digital-first, but financial services providers must approach investments in these technologies strategically. In Beyond The Card: Toward The Cardless And Contactless Future, PYMNTS examines how FinTechs and banks can better invest to develop innovative payment options and avoid rolling out solutions that fall flat.

MercadoLibre Banking License Hints At New Arrow In Quiver Vs. Amazon

eCommerce player MercadoLibre obtained a license to operate as a financial institution in Brazil this week, giving it greater autonomy in the direct creation and operation of financial services in Brazil. But Amazon may also be moving into financial services.



About: Accelerating The Real-Time Payments Demand Curve:What Banks Need To Know About What Consumers Want And Need, PYMNTS  examines consumers’ understanding of real-time payments and the methods they use for different types of payments. The report explores consumers’ interest in real-time payments and their willingness to switch to financial institutions that offer such capabilities.