American multinational tech company, Amazon has reached a global agreement with Visa to settle a dispute over credit card fees.
With this dispute settlement, Amazon customers in the U.K. can now continue using Visa credit cards.
This affected millions of people who use a Visa credit card to buy products on Amazon’s UK website and/or pay for their Amazon Prime membership.
According to Amazon, this decision is “due to the high fees Visa charges for processing credit card transactions”.
However, following an agreement between the two parties, Amazon will drop a 0.5% surcharge on Visa credit card transactions in Singapore and Australia, which it introduced last year.
“We’ve recently reached a global agreement with Visa that allows all customers to continue using their Visa credit cards in our stores.
“Amazon remains committed to offering customers a payment experience that is convenient and offers choice”, an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC via email on Thursday.
Visa also told CNBC that its agreement with Amazon would also see the two companies collaborate on “new product and technology initiatives to ensure innovative payment experiences for our customers in the future.”
According to Forbes, companies such as Visa and Mastercard provide the technology to facilitate payments between merchants and financial institutions. They make money by charging card issuers and merchants a fee on every transaction.
Investors King gathered that last October, Visa began charging 1.5% of transaction value for credit card payments made online or over the phone between the UK and EU, and 1.15% for debit card transactions, up from 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively.
Analysts revealed that average credit card processing fees across the industry range between 1.5% and 3.5%.
Meanwhile, Visa has made many changes to its business to accommodate the changes in the global financial ecosystem.
Tekedia reports that this includes onboarding crypto currency as means of payment through partnership with blockchain-powered cross-border payment facilitating companies.
Leatherback Set for International Growth as EFCC Drops all Fraud and Misconduct Allegations
Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dropped all allegations of fraud and misconduct against Leatherback, a leading financial services technology company, and the company’s CEO, Toyeeb Ibrahim Ibitade.
In November 2023, EFCC announced that it had been made aware of the possibility of fraudulent activities on the Leatherback platform, leading to an investigation into the company’s operations to establish the facts. Cooperating fully with EFCC and working transparently with the organisation’s officials to provide a forensic view of its operations, Leatherback was able to unequivocally prove its innocence, leading the EFCC to drop all allegations and take down all previous communications on its website and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) around the matter.
Leatherback supported the EFCC investigation by making over 5,000 printed documents available to officials to enable as much clarity as possible. Leatherback also filed Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) in the UK and Nigeria.
Headquartered in London, Leatherback is regulated in the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Canada, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, enabling the platform to serve customers across a wide range of markets effectively. Tens of thousands of individuals and businesses already use the platform to support business and lifestyle opportunities every day. Leatherback is also FCA Authorised, PCI DSS Compliant, and ISO Certified.
Leatherback offers financial services to businesses and individuals in multiple countries with no restrictions. Users can access up to 15 currencies from 21 countries, including NGN, GBP, INR, EUR, USD, and many other currencies. Users can also send and collect money locally and internationally, with invoicing, analytics, and permissions features available for businesses.
For more information, please visit: http://www.leatherback.co
Carbon Acquires Vella Finance to Enhance SME Offerings
Digital financial services provider Carbon has completed the acquisition of Vella Finance, a Nigerian fintech company specializing in serving small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The acquisition, announced through an official statement on Wednesday, signifies Carbon’s strategic move to bolster its SME offerings.
Although the financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, Carbon’s acquisition of Vella Finance, founded two years ago under its parent company, One Credit Limited, underscores its commitment to expanding its footprint in the fintech space.
Vella Finance’s expertise in AI-powered SME banking solutions particularly caught the attention of Carbon.
Through this acquisition, Carbon aims to leverage Vella Finance’s innovative technology to provide actionable insights from financial transactions to its SME customers.
Tolu Adedayo, co-founder and COO of Vella Finance, expressed enthusiasm about the integration, noting that several team members from Vella Finance have joined Carbon following the acquisition.
Adedayo further revealed that Vella Finance’s 8,000 SME customers would be transitioned to Carbon Business in the near future.
Chijioke Dozie, co-founder of Carbon, emphasized the alignment of values and vision between Carbon and Vella Finance, highlighting the potential for synergies and growth in the SME banking segment.
The acquisition marks a significant milestone for both companies as they aim to revolutionize financial services for SMEs in Nigeria.
Flutterwave Set to Recover ₦19 Billion Illegally Transferred by POS Merchants
Flutterwave, one of Africa’s leading fintech companies, is poised to undertake a substantial recovery effort following a High Court ruling granting it the authority to recover ₦19 billion illegally transferred by Point of Sale (POS) merchants.
The company plans to contact over 6,000 account holders across 35 banks and financial institutions to reclaim the funds.
The dispute arose in 2023 when Flutterwave discovered unauthorized transactions conducted by certain POS device merchants, prompting the temporary suspension of implicated accounts to prevent further irregularities.
While the incident didn’t result in the loss of customer funds, it exposed the vulnerability of the system to abuse.
A recent court ruling, known as a Mareva injunction, empowers Flutterwave to initiate the recovery process, targeting account holders who may have received funds from the unauthorized transactions.
This move is critical as the recipients may have already utilized the funds received.
In response to the court order, Flutterwave intends to engage with the relevant authorities to address the situation comprehensively.
It plans to communicate with the affected account holders through email, SMS, and WhatsApp messages, leveraging their respective contact information provided by the financial institutions involved.
The recovery effort underscores Flutterwave’s commitment to upholding financial integrity and protecting the interests of its customers.
The company’s proactive stance reflects the evolving challenges faced by fintech firms in ensuring secure and transparent transactions amidst the dynamic landscape of digital finance in Africa.
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