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  • The collaboration enables’s customers to access the Mastercard Wholesale Program, unlocking reduced costs and higher conversion rates
  • The partnership supports Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and other travel sector businesses that use cards to make B2B payments, as the market is forecast to reach $1.5 trillion in revenues by 2027[1]
  • The partnership follows’s launch last year of Issuing in the UK and Europe, enabling brands to issue, process, and manage card programs, and combine with acquiring to fund cards efficiently

LONDON, May 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ —, a leading global digital payments provider, today announces a partnership with Mastercard to bring virtual cards to Online Travel Agents.

As part of the Mastercard Wholesale Program, which reduces costs for travel businesses through virtual card technology and an innovative pricing model, customers of will be able to pay their suppliers more easily and benefit from higher conversion rates by issuing virtual cards.

“Mastercard remains committed to powering the travel economy with digital payment solutions that provide greater flexibility, visibility, and protection. Over 400,000 travel providers worldwide already rely on us to enable payments through the Mastercard Wholesale Program, and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with to support their customers to embrace the next generation of payment solutions for B2B travel”  said George Simon, EVP, Market Development, Mastercard Europe. 

“We’re delighted to partner with Mastercard to complement our virtual card issuing solution, enabling Online Travel Agents to unlock new revenue streams and deliver a connected customer experience. Together we’ll offer higher payment performance to travel merchants by combining the Mastercard Wholesale Program with our single integration connecting acquired sales to issued cards, which unifies acquiring and issuing, for better cash flow management”, said Meron Colbeci, Chief Product Officer at 

By combining acquiring and issuing, helps Online Travel Agents move seamlessly from receiving customer payments to paying suppliers. Traditionally, Online Travel Agents had to manage these two sides of their business separately, which can lead to inefficiencies and increased potential for error.’s integrated solution ensures a seamless flow from customer payment acquisition to supplier payouts, turning what used to be a cumbersome process into a cohesive, streamlined operation. In turn, this deepens trust and relationships within the ecosystem.

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For more information on Mastercard’s Embracing a virtual future for B2B travel payments report, SEPTEMBER 2023;

About offers a high-performance, cloud-based payments platform that transforms payments into a significant revenue source for enterprises and scaling businesses. Its technology is built for flexibility, scalability, and efficiency, enabling seamless processing of payments, payouts, and card program management. is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong, and other locations across six continents. Customers include global OTAs such as Reward Gateway, Hopper, Grab, Flyin and Dott. Where the world checks out.

[1] Phocuswright, U.S. Online Travel Agency Market Report 2021–2025, March 2022.

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Digital Remittance Market Rising at 13.5% CAGR to Hit $83.2 Billion by 2034 | Fact.MR Analysis



Outward Digital Remittance Services to Drive Major Revenue Generation for Companies

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — According to a recently updated industry report published by Fact.MR, the global Digital Remittance Market will hit $23.4 billion in 2024 and surpass $83.2 billion by 2034, growing at a CAGR of 13.5% from 2024 to 2034.

The ever-increasing use of smartphones and other electronic devices for international payments and remittance services will boost the global market growth over the next 10 years. Quick, easy, and safe transfer of funds is increasing the popularity of digital remittance services.

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The advanced remittance platforms are offering their users a secure and fast transaction experience.  The conventional way of transferring funds is time-consuming and expensive, while digital remittance platforms are comparatively inexpensive, faster, and offer value-added services. The growing increasing competition among market players is leading to low costs associated with money transfer.

International remittances are aiding in revenue generation at a maximum level. The immigration of individuals in search of jobs, the surge in international business activities, and the trend of getting an education from overseas are contributing to the growing adoption of digital remittance solutions for fund transfer. The immigrant people make use of outward digital remittance services to transfer money to their families. The rising number of customers of international banks and financial institutions is further increasing the use of outward digital remittance services.

Key Takeaways from the Market Study:

  • Global demand for digital remittance services is forecasted to reach a market value of US$ 83.2 billion by 2034.
  • The United States market is set to register a CAGR of 13.3% through 2034.
  • Japan is expected to capture 28.9% of the East Asia market share in 2024.
  • Revenue from outward digital remittance services has been evaluated at US$ 12.9 billion in 2024.

“Integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning will enhance the capabilities and increase the adoption of digital remittance solutions in the years ahead”, says a Fact.MR analyst.

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The global digital remittance market is offering lucrative opportunities for both prominent service providers and new companies. The established players are adopting strategies such as collaborations, mergers, partnerships, and acquisitions to increase their product offerings and market reach. New companies are investing in the production of digital remittance solutions integrated with the latest technologies. This move is aiding start-ups to earn high profits and attract early adopters.

  • The UAE-based fintech start-up Go F5 offers a mobile application to perform financial transactions. The company uses blockchain technology for secure and quick fund transfers. The app F5 offers services for both individuals and businesses.

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U.S. and South Korea: Key Players and Growing Markets in Digital Remittance Services

The United States hosts prominent financial service and communication companies such as Continental Exchange Solutions, Inc., Western Union Holdings, Inc., and MoneyGram. Many individuals migrate to the U.S. for better education, job opportunities, and business prospects.

The increasing number of immigrants in the country is expected to create significant growth opportunities for digital remittance service providers. Additionally, the trend toward faster money transfers is driving high demand for advanced payment applications.

South Korea: Rapidly Growing Digital Remittance Market in East Asia

South Korea is emerging as the fastest-growing market in the East Asia region. Many South Koreans use digital remittance platforms to transfer funds annually to colleagues, business partners, and family members abroad. The increasing adoption of online banking and financial services in South Korea is expected to propel the demand for digital remittance services. The growing focus on mobile banking, cashless payments, and mobile-based payment solutions is also contributing to the growth of the digital remittance market in South Korea.

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The study divulges essential insights on the market based on type (inward, outward), channel (banks, money transfer operators, online platforms), and end use (migrant labor workforce, personal, small businesses, others), across seven major regions of the world (North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, East Asia, South Asia & Pacific, and MEA).

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Fintech startup Copper forced to discontinue banking services amid Synapse fiasco




A segment of customers holding deposits with fintech startup Copper find themselves unable to access their accounts, a consequence of disruptions involving the embattled banking-as-a-service platform Synapse.

Copper joins several companies impacted by an ongoing crisis at Synapse, which declared bankruptcy last month. Acting as a “middleware provider” connecting fintech startups with banks, Synapse was poised for acquisition by TabaPay; however, TechCrunch reported the deal fell through earlier this month.

Forbes also noted customers of Yotta Technologies and Juno Finance experiencing similar issues accessing their deposit accounts.

Founded four years ago, Copper initially introduced a banking platform aimed at teens and families. In 2022, the company secured $29 million in funding, boasting over 800,000 users and earning a finalist spot for Startup of the Year at the GeekWire Awards.

Copper CEO Eddie Behringer informed GeekWire on Tuesday of the company’s plans to transition away from banking services, focusing instead on its newer “Earn” product, which assists users in earning money through surveys and games.

However, this plan accelerated earlier this month. In a message to customers on May 12, Behringer announced the discontinuation of debit card and deposit account offerings within 24 hours.

Behringer cited the recent discovery that the banking middleware provider Copper utilizes is sunsetting their service imminently, which necessitated the premature closure of banking accounts despite prior planning.

Over the past weekend, Copper notified some customers of delays in fund delivery via email.

Behringer assured that the disruption impacted only a small number of individuals.

Despite transitioning away from banking services, Behringer emphasized Copper’s commitment to its original mission of providing financial wellness and education.

“Moving forward, we’re going to continue to focus on providing not just teens and families, but all Americans the ability to earn money through Copper,” he stated.

Copper’s revenue has surged by 160% year-over-year, largely driven by the success of its “Earn” product.

The company intends to establish white-label partnerships with banks to generate software-as-a-service revenue.

Behringer and Copper co-founder Stefan Berglund previously co-founded Snap Raise, an online fundraising platform for youth groups based in Seattle.

With 30 employees and ongoing hiring efforts, Copper has secured a total funding of $42 million to date. Investors include Fiat Ventures, Panoramic Ventures, Insight Partners, Invesco Private Capital, PSL Ventures, Mana Ventures, Western Technology Investment, Clocktower Ventures, Index Ventures, Scout Fund, Launchpad Capital, Financial Venture Studio, Maven Ventures, Samsung Next, and Arnold Ventures.


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FWD Group pens five-year agreement with AWS to drive innovation




FWD Group, a prominent insurance provider, has unveiled a five-year agreement for technology services with Amazon Web Services (AWS) as part of its cloud-first strategy.

This collaboration aims to bolster FWD Group’s digital infrastructure and capabilities by harnessing AWS’ expertise in cloud and AI technologies to drive innovation and customer-centricity.

AWS will continue to host core business applications for FWD Group, offering enhanced agility, scalability, and resilience as FWD transitions away from operating its own onsite data centers.

Committed to delivering innovative insurance solutions, FWD Group has embraced a digital-first mindset, prioritizing cloud computing as a comprehensive business strategy, seamlessly integrating cloud-based infrastructure and capabilities across its business functions.

With its array of cloud services, encompassing computing power, storage, and AI technologies, AWS underscores its dedication to supporting companies in the financial and insurance sectors to drive digital transformation and elevate customer experiences.

Sandeep Pandey, Group Chief Technology & Operations Officer of FWD Group, affirmed, “At FWD, cloud computing is not just a priority for the technology function but a holistic business strategy. This digital-first mindset has enabled us to establish operational infrastructure and capabilities that are secure, cloud-based, and fully integrated across business functions and with valued partners like AWS. With these foundations in place, we can further scale our generative artificial intelligence (AI) deployment efficiently, effectively, and responsibly, aligning with our vision of transforming perceptions about insurance.”

The adoption of cloud technology has yielded significant benefits to FWD’s software development and deployment processes, resulting in accelerated time-to-market and enhanced customer experiences.

By the conclusion of 2023, an impressive 97% of FWD Group’s applications had completed migration to the cloud, marking a substantial increase from the 27% recorded as of December 31, 2020.

Additionally, 93% of the applications earmarked for retirement have been successfully decommissioned, underscoring the company’s commitment to modernizing its technology infrastructure and optimizing operational efficiency.

Francessca Vasquez, Vice President of Professional Services and Generative Artificial Intelligence Innovation Center at AWS, commented, “AWS has been supporting companies in the financial and insurance sectors worldwide for over a decade, enabling them to better serve their customers with cloud and AI technologies. FWD Group’s ambition to leverage the power of cloud and generative AI underscores their dedication to digital transformation and customer-centricity. We are thrilled to continue supporting FWD Group with AWS’s proven reliability and capabilities, facilitating innovation acceleration, cost savings, efficiency enhancement, and business expansion.”



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