It is an interesting time for the cards industry and for issuers there is a similar narrative to that of legacy banks and digital transformation. There have been several drivers of innovation in recent years, very much accelerated by the current pandemic and the various demands and transitions that have been wrought on the entire industry in different ways, as well as on the consumer and client base.
What are the key factors for survival as competition increases and regulatory compliance bears down on security measures around customer data and fraud as well as on a looser and more empowered user experience?
Utilising new data that can be more easily captured and carried with transactions can inform and shape new services, and better overall understanding of customer behaviour, leading to increased personalisation and an array of added features. As integration into retail commerce platforms and an increased demand for frictionless and invisible payments takes hold, is the physical card becoming obsolete or can issuers create new propositions to retain their position?
Competition in the cards industry has evolved from terms such as interest rates and fees, to balance transfer products, to loyalty and rewards and more recently has been diversified by new fintech providers.
This research paper by Finextra, produced in association with FIS, is based on several interviews with cards industry experts, to formulate a view on how issuers can compete in the digital world as payments continue to proliferate and fintechs disrupt the status quo.
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