Trendspotting: Persistently hot inflation and a tougher climate for companies looking to access short-term loans is providing buy now, pay later (BNPL) firms with opportunities to expand into business payments, according to Bloomberg.
The opportunity: Already established as a service for shoppers looking for staggered interest-free payments, BNPL companies can also provide short-term financing to businesses, an industry estimated to be worth $700 billion, per Bloomberg.
Why it could work:
What’s holding it back?
The big takeaway: A recessionary environment could create opportunities for BNPL to target cash-hungry SMBs with short-term funding needs.
But fintechs that already operate in the B2B BNPL space—like Resolve, Behalf, and Vartana—have a head start to capitalize on growing demand. And expanding away from retail and into business finance will be risky, bringing its own set of challenges.
Keep reading: Check out our Era of Uncertainty: Merchant Services Providers and Small-Business Payment Disruptors reports for more on how payment firms can give small businesses a recession lifeline.
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