Key Participants in a Payment Transaction 2024

How Acquirers, Networks, and Issuers Are Impacting the Payments Ecosystem

Acquirers, networks, and issuers play critical roles in bringing a payment from the point of sale to settlement. Diving into those roles, the revenues they generate as well as the challenges and opportunities they face reveal where the US payments industry is headed.

Key Question: What factors are impacting key payments industry stakeholders in a payment transaction?

Key Stat: Global payments industry revenues will grow 6.2% annually between 2022 and 2027, hitting $2.2 trillion, per Boston Consulting Group. Acquirers, networks, and issuers will lead growth as they innovate to meet shifting demands and compete for emerging opportunities.

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Payment transaction participants must keep up with the relentless pace of change
  3. Merchant acquiring is undergoing a software revolution
  1. Payment networks are seeking speed and confronting payment method choice
  2. Issuers face threats amid a cloud-based opportunity
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First Published on Feb 23, 2024


David Morris


Grace Broadbent
Suzy Davidkhanian
Principal Analyst, Retail & Ecommerce
Tyler Van Dyke
Account Manager

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