Insights

A collection of our recent articles, white papers, webinars, reports and videos.

Filters
News
card & digital payments

What is embedded finance?

As part of the fintech market expansion over the last years, fintechs came up with new offerings to attract new segments in the market. Embedded finance enriches a non-financial consumer experience with a financial product. Financial products were traditionally offered by financial institutions but now they become part of a digital customer experience. It is integrated with one single platform to reduce barriers and simplify the life of users.

A company that provides non-financial services, such as an online shopping site, can offer a spot-on solution to accelerate the purchases of customers and improve the overall customer experience. Currently, retailers and gig economy companies are leading the way to embedded finance, however fitness clubs, gaming, non-profits and healthcare are expanding the use cases.

As reported in the recent study of Bain & Company in the US, transactions through embedded financial services amounted to $2.6 trillion in 2021 and will reach $7 trillion by 2026. Those numbers are an indicator of how customers are shifting their interactions with their finances, along with their customer experience.

Types of embedded finance

Most of the development in embedded finance takes place in products like deposits, payments, issuing, lending and insurance. These offerings form an easy integration with a consumer experience, it is straight forwarded to develop new use cases and it enables different opportunities for money movement.

Embedded banking

With embedded banking, also called Banking-as-a-Service, non-financial companies offer their users a virtual or IBAN account to hold funds and make payments. Embedded banking typically makes the most sense for sellers or service providers using a company's platform to conduct business. It is often also the basis to offer additional embedded finance products like payments, cards and lending.

For example, an acquirer can provide merchant settlements on their own IBAN accounts that can be used by the merchant to pay for supplies.

Embedded Payments

Taking out a debit or credit card, entering the PIN or tapping the card is a friction point that can cause consumers to abandon a digital purchase should their card not be handy. It is a total frictionless process in embedded payments as no plastic card is required.

The best example is the Uber taxi paying experience where the app stores the card data and payments are frictionlessly done when ordering a taxi.

Embedded payments are not only restricted to cards, but they can also give consumers the possibility to pay directly from their bank accounts.

An interesting global survey conducted by IDC revealed that within 2030, 74% of digital consumer payments will be made with platforms offered by non-financial institutions.

Embedded Card Issuing

Branded debit and credit cards exist for quite some time. As part of embedded finance, the use cases for using cards outside traditional retail payments are unlimited. For example, in the B2B space today expense management applications are able to issue one-time virtual T&E cards and are able to perform better spending controls in order to avoid that staff members use plastic corporate cards for private use.

Embedded Lending

In the past lending money for large purchases was done via credit cards or a traditional loan with a financial institution. The rise of new players and specialists in the fintech industry has led to significant growth in the lending area. Over the past few years, several BNPL platforms such as Klarna and Afterpay proliferated and gave consumers new opportunities to access funds easily when purchasing goods and services. The report concluded by Bain & Company estimated that by 2026, the market size brought by BNPL platforms will reach $265 billion. Their research showed also how customers are inclined to spend slightly more when using BNPL platforms, increasing conversion rates and revenues. Thanks to new accessible and frictionless technologies, embedded finance in lending is now becoming a significant part of the way consumers and businesses access funding.

Embedded Insurance

The continuous increase of data collected in all fields is not sparing the insurance market which collects information to be used for tailor-made and competitive policies. Embedded insurance programs differ from traditional insurance because they eliminate the insurance agent or broker for example when purchasing a new car or when using traditional payment methods. These new digital platforms enable traditional insurance companies to manage time-consuming and laborious activities such as claim registrations by offering a better customer experience, and technological platforms. We are also seeing new players outside of insurance using embedded finance to deepen customer relationships and drive loyalty. A great example is offered by Tesla, which offers competitive insurance policies when purchasing a new car, instead of being a separate part of the process.

How should an embedded finance platform look

Embedded finance platforms improve customer experience, journey and design to non-financial platforms. This is made possible thanks to an ecosystem made of partnerships between banks, technology providers, and distributors of financial products. Customers and businesses that use these modern interfaces can easily integrate their software thanks to open APIs and benefit from high levels of flexibility and configurability. Plus, a platform's embedded finance offering comes also with scalable and reliable micro-services, flexible workflow configurations and a centralized customized dashboard that permits companies higher dynamicity and a shorter time to market.

TAS Global Payment Platform (GPP): how should an embedded finance platform look

Hundreds of financial institutions choose the TAS Global Payment Platform (GPP) to provide a better payment experience and enable faster time to market. The GPP platform is suited to any ecosystem operator between banks, technology providers, and distributors of financial products to guarantee a great and seamless customer experience. We work with businesses in digital banking, BNPL, insurance, travel and payments thanks to a highly configurable platform with open APIs.

Our embedded finance offering comes with scalable and reliable micro-services, flexible workflow configurations and a centralized custom overview that permits companies higher dynamicity.

News
card & digital payments

Cascade visited TAS Headquarters

We were very pleased to welcome Cascade’s CEO Spencer Schmerling and VP of Compliance Sarah Zeal to our Italian offices in Bologna, Rome and Milan.

As a US-based Banking-as-a-Service provider, Cascade provides Mobile Banking Services, Card Issuance, and Enrolment for card programs as well as a web-based banking portal, mobile app, and contactless payment capabilities.

Cascade was TAS's first US customer, and has launched a number of card programs with Mastercard and Visa using TAS's Card Issuing and Processing software. The project, which involved the integration into the American interbank clearing house (ACH), was completed in Q4 2020, and the first card programs launched in Q1-Q2 2021.

At the end of November, Spencer and Sarah came to visit TAS to get an update on the company and its offering and learn of the product and service roadmap.

“We are very happy with this visit and very impressed with the members of the senior leadership team who we met. We are very confident with TAS's deep knowledge of the payments sector and its ability to provide innovative solutions to the market”, Cascade's CEO Spencer Schmerling said.

“We appreciate the trust Cascade put in TAS and in our ability to create and deliver solutions and services around the world”, TAS CEO Valentino Bravi added.

“We enthusiastically welcomed Spencer and Sarah to Italy. We have built a strong partnership with Cascade that we are sure will lead to new interesting projects in the future” Peter Caiazzi, SVP Product Development, TAS International commented.  

News
Press Release

TAS strengthens its e-money offering with the acquisition of Nemos Srl

Milan - November 14, 2022 - TAS S.p.A., a leading company in Italy in the supply of software and services for banking and financial applications, and the head of a group of companies of the same name (the "TAS Group") also present in Europe and America, today announces the acquisition by its subsidiary Global Payments S.p.A. of the entire share capital of Nemos Srl (hereinafter "Nemos"), a company that provides software solutions and consulting services for the e-money sector.

Nemos is a point of reference in the Italian panorama for the development of "on demand" solutions, born with the mission of facilitating the management of payment instruments by favoring ease of use, flexibility, high degree of customization, connectivity and containment of final costs.

For TAS, this is the third acquisition since July 2021, after ASTRO IT and Krisopea.

Fabio Bravi, Head of M&A, Special Projects and Corporate Developments of TAS comments: “One of the main pillars on which we want to base our growth is certainly e-money and this acquisition goes in that direction. Nemos is a player recognized by the market and we share our mission and values with them. Also, at the heart of TAS action is the desire to offer our customers increasingly customizable, flexible and technologically advanced solutions. For this reason, we were immediately in tune with Nemos and we are sure that this acquisition will enhance our ability to create customer-tailored services ".

TAS is a reality that we know well and that qualifies as one of the main players in the payments sector in Italy, and beyond. We are convinced that this acquisition will allow us to further develop our skills on a larger scale by joining a group that is investing in innovation and growth both nationally and internationally ", say Claudio Vecchia and Gianluca Sisti, Directors of Nemos.

TAS was assisted in the transaction by KPMG as financial advisor and by Lexia Avvocati for the legal aspects, while Nemos was assisted by the financial advisor Andrea Lavorenti and the legal advisor Andrea Zoppolato, partner of Buonocore Galletti Zoppolato Avvocati.

Resources
card & digital payments
digital treasury
TAS

Fintech Finance interviews Mario Mendia

At Sibos 2022, we sat down with Mario Mendia, the Senior Vice President of International Markets at TAS Group, to discuss the emergence of payments-as-a-service and its potential in making banking more accessible to all possible demographics.

Looking at the trends at this year’s Sibos, Mendia is most excited about the digital developments in cross-border payments and CBDC, and the growing presence of cloud technology in major financial institutions.

Resources
card & digital payments
TAS

TAS Group’s roadmap to innovation in global payments

TAS Group’s Mario Mendia, Senior Vice President - International Markets, and Andrew Quartermaine, TAS International Managing Director, join FinextraTV at Sibos 2022 to discuss TAS’s recent rebranding, their focus on innovation in their product strategy and their views regarding cooperation and competition in the crowded global payments landscape.

Events
card & digital payments

TAS @ UNITI Mobility Payment Forum 2022

5-6 October, Hamburg

Infraxis together with its Partner CCC welcome you to the UNITI Mobility Payment Forum 2022.

We’d be delighted to meet you and discuss your future needs in the areas of fleet card management, fuel payment processing and loyalty, which you can now select to be delivered as fully outsourced processing, SaaS or self-managed solutions.

Infraxis brings the “Build Your Own Card” paradigm to the area of fleet cards, allowing the full card lifecycle to be managed through secure APIs. Fleet card issuers can now focus on customer growth, retention and profitablity, using cards, apps and loyalty programs that seamlessly integrate to form a bespoke customer experience.

Visit Infraxis - CCC booth to discover PayStorm Fuel

News
Press Release
TAS

TAS transforms its brand to reflect the new vision of the Group

Milan, 22 September 2022 - The rebranding unveils a new logo and a completely revised website for a tailored customer experience

The new governance and the delisting from the stock exchange, completed in the first half of 2022, has opened a new chapter for TAS, a leading Software Provider specialized in financial services and platform solutions, with offices in 9 countries spanning Europe and the Americas.

This new chapter has triggered a corporate rebranding that reflects the company's recent transformation, but above all its ambition to accelerate growth internationally.

Founded in 1982 and then a pioneer in the digitization of payment and finance processes for the Italian banking sector, TAS has over a 40 years period evolved to become a key solution provider, supporting the evolution of financial transactions, while extending its operations and capabilities internationally.

In today's increasingly open and competitive market landscape, TAS stands out as an enabler of new customer journeys for established players as well as new market entrants. As a reliable partner, TAS is able to propose innovative technological solutions that allow clients to increase and strengthen their market positioning.

The new group logo is inspired by TAS' ability to evolve, while ensuring consistency and stability in its services and platform solutions.

 “The graphics accompanying our new logo express these concepts through the color gradient that changes within a coherent shape, always maintaining the harmony of the final solution” explainsMarina Jacobone, Marketing Director of TAS. “The components of the symbol adapt to be able to live independently but also united, to work together and at the same time to be able to easily integrate the new, represented by the orange shape. For TAS, modularity is key. "

TAS's mission revolves around the keyword "simplify":

  • simplify technological complexity so that customers can focus on their business;
  • simplify the adoption of new applications thanks to the modularity of the solutions and their cloud capabilities;
  • simplify compliance with standards and regulations by providing solutions that can be easily integrated with the client’s existing solutions;
  • simplify project management by entrusting them to the experience of TAS.

A constant commitment to conceive and provide future-proof solutions that facilitate the evolution of financial services at a domestic and cross-border level, favouring the harmonious development of the entire ecosystem for the benefit of banks, investors, businesses, citizens and the general public.

" 2022 was a significant year for us given the investment by Rivean Capital Fund. Rivean gave us new resources to dedicate to the many projects we are investing in, but also helped accelerate the effective roll -out of our unique Global Payment Platform, which is already seeing significant interest across multiple verticals in non-banking industries, such as Insurance, Retailers, On-line Merchants, Utilities and more. "comments CEO Valentino Bravi -" Via this new brand, we wanted to communicate the step change of pace by TAS, while referring to the spirit of our teams, founded on deep expertise and driven by enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity. "

The new website is now live at www.tasgroup.eu

Events
card & digital payments
digital treasury
open banking
payment networks
PSD2

TAS @ Sibos 2022

10 - 13 October | RAI, Amsterdam

Sibos is back in-person and TAS is again among the official exhibitors. We can’t wait to meet you in Amsterdam  where SWIFT will host a full conference programme and exhibition, along with a wide range of networking events. The agenda will feature business leaders and topic experts from across the financial community and beyond, discussing the most impactful trends in technology, regulation, risks and sustainability. If you can’t make it in person, join Sibos virtually by connecting to the digital conference experience that will extend Sibos to delegates around the world.

Stop by our booth D76 to share insights on the latest trends on digital payments, liquidity management, payment schemes connectivity, open banking and much more.

News
Press Release
TAS

TAS Group earns again its place in the 2022 IDC FinTech Rankings

Milan, September 13, 2022 – TAS Group, a global provider of innovative solutions in card management, digital payments, financial messaging and capital markets, has announced that it has been ranked among the Top 100 in the 2022 IDC FinTech Rankings for the 14th consecutive year. The IDC FinTech Rankings evaluates and categorizes the top IT vendors based on 2021 calendar year revenues and the percentage of revenues exclusively attributed to financial institutions, including banks, capital markets firms, and insurers or directly to fintech solution providers for hardware, software, and/or services.

“IDC is honored to recognize the technology providers that appear on the 19 th annual IDC FinTech Rankings,” said Marc DeCastro, Research Director at IDC Financial Insights. “These are the companies that have shown commitment to the financial services industry and their appearance on the list is a testament to that dedication.

Valentino Bravi, Chairman and CEO at TAS Group, remarked, " We really appreciate our inclusion in this renowned and independent Ranking, year after year. In 2021 TAS’s resilience and continuous improvements were also recognised by the VC world, with the acquisition of majority control of the company by Rivean Capital private equity. Excelling in Financial Technology to support the Banking Industry and new challenger enterprises navigate disrupted market forces is our first commitment; one that we pursue with passion and tireless teamwork."

Andrew Quartermaine, COO International Markets, added, " There is a clear need for SW Solution providers who understand the Open Finance market, a landscape being significantly reshaped by the regulatory environment in Europe and beyond. Given TAS’ size and experienced track record, we can show outstanding flexibility, ensuring effective partnerships and growth together with our customers.

The impact of technology on business and human life is becoming more and more strategic in the last decade. Collaboration and innovation are key recipes for leading technology suppliers, such as TAS, who has been strongly leveraging cloud and open API technology to build SaaS enabled platforms for banks, improving their time to market and ability to adapt rapidly to changing regulatory demands.

TAS Global Payment Platform (GPP) has its roots in synergistic integration of software components in the fields of transaction banking, financial value chain services, cards and account-based payments. Conceived “as a service” to both incumbent and challenger players of the Payments Ecosystem, its rich set of APIs allows seamlessly integration with existing architectures, and with modern, white-labelled BaaS solutions.

At Eurosystem level TAS continues to support Europe’s financial community in meeting T2/T2S Consolidation deadlines, ECMS and SWIFT FIN’s migration towards ISO20022.

In the Issuing and Acquiring domain TAS continues to attract a growing FinTech customer base throughout Europe and the Americas based on the extreme flexibility and embedded compliance of its solutions.

Contact us

Get in touch to discover how we can help in achieving your business goals

Talk with Lia
Type your message here...