PaymentFacilitator’s News Roundup is a curated mix of the past week’s news and articles from around the web, including company announcements, global payments news, and other coverage and analysis of topics relevant to payment facilitators.

A Team Effort

Lack of affordable credit stunts growth for MSMEs. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) provide a strong foundation for emerging economies yet their growth rates are compromised due to lack of adequate financing. Mastercard and Unilever CEOs say they are teaming up to solve this problem.  From Fortune.

Shopify and Google Nest team up on behalf of retail storefronts. The two global brands are joining forces to offer networking and security hardware for retail merchants. The goal? Protect the storefront while simultaneously ensuring easy online access. From Shopify.

From Startup to Success

Disrupt Berlin welcomes Adyen CEO Pieter van der Does in November. The annual technology conference hosted by TechCrunch welcomed 2,600 attendees last year and looks forward to hosting the Adyen CEO and co-founder on their panel. The European startup company launched in 2006 and has since expanded into a global operation, targeting a $1billion IPO just last month. From TechCrunch.

Klarna launches proprietary payment card and technology to ‘visualize your economy.’ Currently in the testing phase, a payment card is the next step for the Swedish company that now trails closely behind Adyen as Europe’s biggest startup. The proprietary card will come with many features that include a bank statement that actually shows you what you purchased, while enabling you to track, return and chat from one app interface. From Financial Times.

 

Industry News:

Wirecard Expands E-commerce Portfolio with Rapid Custom Design Tool for Online Merchants

Blackbaud Strengthens Relationship with NetHope as Founding Partner of The Center for the Digital Nonprofit

ParkMobile Now Available in City of Ames

Uber and Venmo Partner to Deliver a New Payment Experience

ARC Brings Alipay Payment Option to Travel Agency Channel

Truecommerce Announces Integration with Shopify Ecommerce Platform

Worldpay and Mastercard to Enter New Global Partnership Focused on Innovating Payments