Splitit announced the launch of FI-PayLater

PRNewswireApril 25, 20247 min

Splitit, the world’s largest card-linked installment platform, powering thousands of merchants and millions of shoppers, announces the launch of FI-PayLater. Splitit will unlock its extensive merchant network to banks and card issuers (FIs) that wish to offer installment plans to existing customers, directly at the merchant checkout. Splitit’s groundbreaking solution, FI-PayLater, enables FIs to connect directly into Splitit, or connect via their existing card network, to drive incremental lending and fee income from BNPL use cases.

Traditionally, financial institutions (FIs) have struggled to unlock flexible payment options to their customers during the purchase journey. Instead, their offerings typically focus on “post-purchase” installment plans, which allow cardholders to split the cost of large purchases after they receive their statements. This approach has prevented FIs from tapping into the impulsive “during purchase” BNPL opportunity, successfully dominated by Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) fintech companies. By offering on demand flexible payment solutions at the point-of-sale, BNPL fintech providers are increasingly disrupting the traditional relationship between FIs and their customers.

“By enabling FIs to present compelling installment offers to their customers at the merchant checkout, we enable FIs to become relevant within the ‘during purchase’ installment market. Additionally, giving issuers the ability to pre-fund the merchants and charge the shopper driving new fee income in the environment of regulated interchange,” saidĀ Nandan Sheth, CEO, Splitit. “We’re allowing FIs to capitalize on their inherent advantages of scale, trust, and available credit within the installment economy.”

FI-PayLater changes the game by leveling the playing field. It empowers FIs to become key players in the “during purchase” BNPL market by allowing them to offer their existing customers installment plans directly at checkout, thereby enhancing their brand presence and providing customers with more choices from their trusted bank. Additionally, merchants experience increased sales driven by seamless, flexible payment options. This approach not only strengthens customer loyalty but also positions FIs as pivotal players in the evolving landscape of consumer finance.

The challenges facing issuers in today’s market are significant. With over 4,000 banks and credit unions inĀ the United StatesĀ alone, the adoption of diverse single-bank BNPL offerings poses a dilemma for merchants desiring integration and operating simplicity. FI-PayLater by Splitit addresses this issue head-on, offering a unified, easy to integrate solution that unlocks multiple FIs, thereby streamlining the process for adoption and ensuring a seamless experience for shoppers.

FI-PayLater offers turnkey capabilities that enable FIs to generate incremental fee income from existing relationships. FI-PayLater also offers multiple integration options, including direct connections, connections through payment networks, or integration via issuer processors.

Key Features:

  • Unified merchant facing API standard; eCommerceĀ plugins, POS SDK’s and single entry point for multiple FI installment programs
  • End-to-end and modern experience emphasizing theĀ FIs brand, within a streamlined checkout experience, designed to optimize sales conversion
  • One-click installment selection at checkout with customizable preferences for such things as plan duration
  • AI-powered waterfall, with dynamic shopper fees, on-demand card art, and risk parameters unique to eachĀ FI
  • Embedded network installment programs including Visa’s (VIS) and MasterCard Installments
  • Optionality for FIs or Splitit to pre-fund the merchant, and collect the installments from the shopper
  • Merchant portal including reporting, exception management, and parameter setting across all participating issuers
  • Issuer portal including reporting, transaction research and plan configuration options

Banks hold a natural advantage in the buy now, pay later (BNPL) market due to two key factors; (a) Lower Cost of Capital and (b) Existing Credit Relationships. FIs already have millions of pre-approved customers in the US (over 200 million). This reduces the burden to underwrite these consumers for new loans, reducing the risk of write-offs and promoting responsible spending.

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