Paris/Lausanne, 13 September 2022 – Budget Insight, a leading European player in Open Banking and Open Finance, is now collaborating with CashSentinel, a fintech company specialized in payment systems. In its on-going search to continually optimize the user journey, CashSentinel has been using Budget Insight’s Open Banking technology since June 2022 to offer a new payment method for the automobile industry: payment initiation.
The MyPortal Auto platform, one of CashSentinel’s leading solutions, enables individuals and auto trade professionals to sell and buy automobiles easily and in total transparency, through 100% controlled and secured transactions. This portal now features Pay, the payment initiation solution from Budget Insight.
Up to now, bank cards and transfers were the only means of payment offered by the platform. While adopting MyPortal Auto has been a huge success (+10% average growth in sales month over month for the last 18 months and now some 1,000 automobiles sold every month), there was still room to improve the customer experience.
At the payment stage, users were frequently faced with the problem of their credit card payment ceilings. If they opted for a traditional bank transfer, they had to add a beneficiary to the bank account using the beneficiary’s IBAN, in order to make the payment. They could do this themselves online or go through an advisor with validation periods sometimes being required.
With payment initiation, this administrative lost time is reduced or even eliminated depending on the banks, by direct validation of the transfer by the payer through the Budget Insight API. The method also has major advantages for users and for CashSentinel:
- The payment is made directly on the platform, without changing interface, thus guaranteeing a greater fluidity and conversion;
- The customer no longer has to add a new third party recipient or copy transfer information, or go to their bank branch;
- The transfer is irrevocable, which considerably reduces the risk of fraud;
- The cost of processing the payment is low.
Sylvain Bertolus, Founder & CEO of CashSentinel, testifies: “With Pay from Budget Insight, we now propose a future-facing solution, with simpler and faster payments. Production startup was smooth and we saw that this technical solution was a success right from the first week. We really appreciate the technical support provided by the Budget Insight team and the monitoring since the go-live.”
Bertrand Jeannet, CEO of Budget Insight, added: “DSP2 payment initiation enables the simplicity of a payment by bank card to be combined with the flexibility of conventional transfers. Through much higher amount ceilings, and a smooth journey integrated into the e-commerce site, Pay enables CashSentinel to pass another milestone on the way to generalizing automobile transactions online. We are especially proud of this fine collaboration.”
This payment method now promoted on the platform is already used by close to 10% of customers, and CashSentinel’s goal is to have 30% to 40% of users using this means by the end of 2022.
About Budget Insight
Budget Insight is an Open Finance platform. It enables over 230 financial services operators to access enhanced data and instant payments, with wide European coverage in over 30 countries. Its unified API goes well beyond current account data and DSP2 compliant transactions, offering access to loan and savings account data, investment and crypto-currency data, but also automated collection of invoices and supporting documents. Budget Insight’s products thus help create better embedded finance experiences and more efficient apps.
CashSentinel is a Fintech company whose mission is to enable platforms and marketplaces to manage the value chain of their businesses. CashSentinel proposes MyPortal for this purpose, a platform to manage digital contracts, payments, consigning and sharing of funds in an easy-to-use environment available on an own-brand basis. MyPortal is being adopted by an increasing number of players in Europe and Switzerland, who use it to handle several hundreds of millions of euros in transactions every year.