Cellulant introduces digital payments platform Tingg in Zambia

ZAMBIA – In a bid to foster growth for both the formal and informal sector in Zambia, Pan-African payments business Cellulant has rolled out Tingg, a digital payments platform enabling businesses and their consumers to accept and make payments seamlessly.

Payment technology over the years has completely transformed how retailers operate as approximately thirty years ago, most retailers across Africa did not accept credit cards, and mobile money was still an idea but over the past decade and a half, mobile money has transformed how African consumers access and use their money to pay for goods and services.

The most significant shift in the use of digital payments has happened in the last year, where the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digitization for the retail sector.

Unfortunately, retail businesses in major urban areas that were not equipped to handle card or mobile payments found it challenging to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Zambia, where multiple mobile money players are fighting for market share, merchants and retailers have set up fragmented payment processes, contracts, and accounts to accept all forms of payments and in turn, this means that the retailer is managing varying user payment experiences to collect from multiple mobile money networks and processes for settlement and reversals daily.

“Today, roughly 50% of retail customers request to pay for their purchases using digital payment options. Therefore, for all businesses – small, medium, large- digitizing their payments has moved from a good to have to a game-changer in what has become the new norm. However, this demand presents several challenges for most merchants who might not always support the customer’s preferred payment method, resulting in merchants having to enable multiple solutions to support multiple wallets.” said Gilbert Lungu, Country Manager for Cellulant Zambia.

“In rolling out this digital payments platform, we are slowly removing the dependency on cash and POS terminals. Retailers can accept as many payment methods as possible whilst simplifying the collections and settlement processes”

Gilbert Lungu – Country Manager, Cellulant Zambia

Lungu went on to say that: “We want to partner with these businesses and makes it easy for them to conveniently and affordably accept payments with fewer hoops. In rolling out this digital payments platform, we are slowly removing the dependency on cash and POS terminals. Retailers can accept as many payment methods as possible whilst simplifying the collections and settlement processes. For retail customers, the solution provides a standard and unified payment experience regardless of the payment method.”

A single integrated solution, Tingg offers simplified payment tools and processes for a merchant to manage their payments and as a result, businesses can allow their customers to make payments for goods and services using locally relevant payment options.

More than 70% of businesses in Africa are small or medium businesses and remain a backbone for economic growth for many other countries in Africa, yet 90% of these businesses collect payments in cash and lack digital payments options that cater to their customers.

Cellulant aims to leverage its digital payments platform to boost growth for the retail sector by making it easy for businesses to accept payments and address the complex needs of managing payments conveniently and affordably.

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