Welcome to The Axis, your late look at payments news from around the world. Coverage includes Australia’s ANZ Google Pay wallet. In addition, the National Bank of Oman (NBO) is teaming up with Oman National Engineering & Investment Company (ONEIC) for real-time payments, while Klarna and OXID eSales are working together to bring expanded payment methods to more than 12,000 merchants in Europe.
Australia’s ANZ is rolling out Google Pay for its personal Visa credit and debit card customers, the company said in an announcement. Through the system, customers can make payments online, in stores and within mobile apps by using their Android smartphones. ANZ Head of Digital and Transformation Liz Maguire said in the announcement, “Google Pay is a great addition to our mobile payment options. ANZ customers can pay with Google Pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted, both in New Zealand and around the world.” The offering takes the place of ANZ’s goMoney Wallet, which is the company’s current Android mobile wallet that launched in 2015.
In other news, the National Bank of Oman (NBO) and the Oman National Engineering & Investment Company (ONEIC) are teaming up to speed up Public Authority for Social Insurance (PASI) payments, according to reports. The report also noted that real-time payments can be made by corporate customers for the utility firms of Nama Holding and the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW). In addition, payments can also be made for Indian School, Darsait.
In Europe, Klarna and OXID eSales are teaming up to bring Klarna’s suite of payment methods to over 12,000 merchants, the companies said in an announcement. Klarna is included in the “core integration” of OXID eShop software. As a result, merchants in the U.K., Germany, the Nordics, Austria and the Netherlands can integrate Klarna’s payment methods into their online shops. In the announcement, Klarna Vice President of Global Partnerships Rogier Schoute said the tie-up enables “merchants to compete more effectively in key European markets.”