August 7, 2018

AmBank and Digi Partner to Lower Barriers for SMEs to Adopt e-payment

AmBank and Digi Partner to Lower Barriers for SMEs to Adopt e-payment

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AmBank (M) Berhad (AmBank) continues to step up its digital strategy by opening up its wide merchant network to accept Digi’s vcash QR code as an additional payment service. This ‘e-payment partnership’ with Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) takes on a two-pronged approach. Firstly, AmBank’s merchant point-of-sale (POS) terminals will be enabled to accept vcash QR code transactions. What this means is that vcash users can pay for their transactions via Digi’s vcash mobile app. The vcash users only need to scan the QR code to pay.
AmBank and Digi Partner to Lower Barriers for SMEs to Adopt e-payment
L-R Praveen Rajan, Chief Digital Officer, Digi; Goh Mei Lee, Group Chief Transformation Officer, AmBank Group; Eugene Teh, Chief Business Officer, Digi; Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, Group CEO, AmBank Group (centre); Albern Murty, CEO, Digi; Datuk Iswaraan Suppiah, Group Chief Operations Officer, AmBank Group; and Lenon Cheong, Head, Cards and Merchant Services, AmBank (M) Berhad.
Secondly, Digi will be signing up small and mid-sized enterprise (SME) merchants under the Master Merchant programme with AmBank. This will translate to more merchants accepting vcash payments, while growing AmBank’s merchant base.

“This strategic tie-up with Digi complements our efforts in broadening our product offerings to existing merchants as well as new merchants, while staying relevant and competitive in the digital landscape. It is also part of our ongoing efforts to support Bank Negara Malaysia’s agenda to accelerate the country's migration to electronic payments (e-payments) as we move towards becoming a cashless society,” said Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, Group Chief Executive Officer, AmBank Group.
“In advancing eWallet payment technology, we are working on more strategic partnerships to offer wider acceptance to our customers. We embrace and appreciate these technology companies by complementing their product with our service,” added Dato’ Sulaiman.
“Meanwhile, we will soon be introducing eRemittance promotions for our customers to remit money to their children studying abroad at affordable fees. As part of AmBank’s digital transformation journey, we are designing and implementing numerous new solutions with our customers in mind – to make their online banking experience with us much more convenient, value-added and seamless,” he said.
AmBank and Digi Partner to Lower Barriers for SMEs to Adopt e-payment
 Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, Group CEO, AmBank Group (left) and Albern Murty, CEO, Digi (right) formalising the partnership that aims to lower barriers for SMEs to adopt e-payments.
Digi’s Chief Executive Officer Albern Murty said, “Partnering AmBank to roll out seamless payment experiences on a smartphone via vcash and POS terminals will benefit end users with the convenience of paying with their smartphones, and offer more merchants the security of accepting e-payments. Our aim is to continue playing a key role in advocating and educating Malaysians on the ease and safety of going cashless by providing a simple, convenient solution – vcash – that works for everyone.”

The objective of this partnership is to drive growth for SMEs across different industry verticals, that’s how easy and adaptable this vcash solution really is - it works for any type of business regardless of its size. The partnership aims to enable 10,000 terminals in the next 12 months to accept Digi’s e-payment solution. By doing so, Digi and AmBank are able to leverage on their respective fields of expertise and iterate upon existing offerings to provide an innovation that makes sense for SMEs from both a cost and growth perspective. Secondly, SMEs adopting these next generation payment terminals are able to future proof their business now, at no additional cost.