Prepaid products company InComm is helping to break down geographical barriers. The company’s Japanese arm landed a major partnership today with China-based Tencent Financial Technology, the parent company of WeChat Pay services.
Through the new partnership, WeChat Pay’s 849 million monthly active users will benefit from InComm’s POSA technology that allows Chinese visitors in Japan to use their smartphones to pay for products and services. This will grow the 500 million transactions that WeChat Pay’s customers make on a daily basis.
InComm’s POSA technology leverages WeChat Pay-issued barcodes to enable users to make payments at the point of sale at more than 50,000 retail locations in Japan. In the press release, Junichi Kito, Director of Business Development at InComm Japan said, “In looking forward to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, it is critical for Japanese retailers to prepare for global payment methods, which are convenient for travelers, and it is our mission to support that. We believe this will bring a great additional value for retailers and prepaid issuers in the global market.”
InComm, which was recently named by 7-Eleven as Vendor of the Year, launched Vanilla Direct in late 2016. The new brand is the consolidation of Cashtie and Vanilla Reload products and helps consumers use GPR cards to make everyday payments and pay bills online. Atlanta-based InComm debuted CorFire Mobile Commerce at FinovateFall 2011. More recently, the company’s SVP Thomas Cornelius showed off the Cashtie API at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2014.