Mert Tangonan is the chief of party of USAID’s E-PESO activity in the Philippines. E-PESO seeks to accelerate the shift toward digital payments for broad-based economic growth and financial inclusion in the Philippines.
For most practitioners, interoperability brings to mind images of switches, network connections, aggregators and interfaces — in short, the technical tools that allow modern payment systems to work together. However, CGAP’s new global scan on digital financial services interoperability makes it clear that exchanging payments is about much more than technical connections.
I, Shopper, take thee, Online Retailer, to be my faithful partner in commerce. To have and to hold from this day forward — for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health — to love and to cherish, till death us do part.
With the world’s third largest population and a comparatively low, but growing, Internet connectivity, Southeast Asia is an upcoming market of interest for e-commerce. Still in its infancy, the ASEAN e-commerce market presents many growth opportunities for businesses ready to face its challenges.
The intimacy of the personal smart device, and prevalent social media snacking behavior, has generated a new form of shopping: Mobile Snack Shopping.