Banking on under-served SMEs with EFA Group

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More than half a decade into the global financial crisis, access to financial support for under-served traders and entrepreneurs remains a major concern globally. There is increasing realisation that SMEs and entrepreneurs are being disproportionately affected by unmitigated financial reforms and the sheer pace of their implementation. As they are more financially dependent on bank finance than large firms, SMEs are less able …

Transforming the future of banking with Mondo

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2015 was the year that fintech hit the mainstream press, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down as 2016 gets underway. One of the most exciting developments in this space, particularly in the UK, has been the rise of the challenger bank. These fully regulated organisations are taking on the traditional banks at their own game, except they …


10 minutes with Bitspark’s George Harap

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We caught up with George Harap, CEO at Bitspark Limited and our speaker for the Financial Inclusion Summit for a quick chat about his interests and aspirations around the future of Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Based in Hong Kong, George is a Fintech addicted Bitcoin evangelist focused on financial inclusion utilising innovative new systems for the next billion people to join …


Aidil Zulkifli and the Indonesian Fintech Revolution

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One of the most exciting features of the upcoming Cards & Payments Asia conference is the opportunity that we have to feature innovative fintech startups from across Asia. We caught up Aidil Zulkifli, the founder of Indonesian startup UangTeman, to discuss how fintech, short term loans, and the his industry heroes. How will fintech evolve in Indonesia over the coming …

Emma Heap on technology, systems and delivering hot food fast

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There are few e-commerce markets that are as dynamic and as competitive as food delivery. With the core requirements of speed, choice and quality at the top of consumers list, it is a constant challenge for the market leaders to keep up with and overcome their customer’s sky high expectations. At foodpanda, Managing Director Emma Heap has taken a technology …

John Berns on big data driven customer experience at Lazada

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At the E-Commerce Show Asia (20th-21st April, Singapore) we’re excited to be welcoming John Berns, the head of data science at Lazada, who will be speaking on how next generation big data technologies are allowing almost infinite insights into customer behaviour. Ahead of the show we caught up with John to talk big data, analytics-driven business planning, and his industry …

High Fashion

Selling high fashion online: a chat with Raffaele Giovine

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Whilst the online fashion retail space is continuing to grow apace, it is equally notable that buying the highest of high fashion is still very much a brick-and-mortar experience. This is entirely understandable given the inherent value of touching and feeling the quality before purchase, as well as the ability to provide luxury experiences in-store. Nevertheless, with the rise of …

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The new reality of home delivery

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The Asia Pacific e-commerce and retail market has seen to an unprecedented boom in recent years, buoyed by the rise of Asian middle class spending, deeper internet penetration, an ever growing supply of new e-commerce players and logistics providers within the ecosystem. Total revenue from B2C e-commerce in the six largest Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) reached …

Financial Inclusion

Financial inclusion: yesterday’s poor, tomorrow’s customers

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Asia has borne witness to a technological renaissance during the last decade with the exponential growth e-payments, commerce and banking solutions. As of 2015, we have crossed the threshold for usage and growth.  The Asia Pacific region now boosts the world’s fastest growing non-cash transactions market, enjoying approximately 9.5 per cent compound annual growth, with emerging Asian markets such as Indonesia …


Speaker update: David Moskowitz on Bitcoin

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With fintech all the rage and the international R3 consortium up and running, there are few topics more interesting and more controversial in the financial services world than blockchain, cryptocurrency and, specifically, bitcoin. A big feature our upcoming Cards & Payments Asia conference, we caught up with speaker David Moskowitz, Founder at Coin Republic to set the scene for bitcoin …