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Financial Solutions
  • 19 Jan 2017

    2017: strap yourself in for a bumpy ride

    UPDATE: The bumpy year started off with yet another surprise, when Klarna successfully concluded its acquisition of German payments provider BillPay. After originally withdrawing its offer, as I wrote below, Klarna returned to the table and was able to close the deal. Interesting. - Jan Altersten   2017 is shaping up to be a dramatic year in many ways: the continuing story of Brexit, important elections in Europe, and Donald Trump in...
  • 22 Dec 2016

    Summing up 2016 – what a year!

    What a year for payment services and debt collection. If one word summed up 2016 for us and our clients it was growth, proving once again that nothing breeds success like success. In Norway, we announced several new partnerships with, among others, parking operator Europark, data communication service provider Broadnet, mobile payment provider Strex, online grocer Kolonial.no and hardware chain Jernia. In Sweden, Skin City and...
  • 14 Dec 2016

    AfterPay Fast Track shows it’s no one-hit wonder

    If you needed further proof that AfterPay Fast Track is on a roll, it came with last weekend’s HOP! Artisan Brewery Weekend in Helsinki.   Showcasing craft breweries from Finland, Estonia and Italy, the festival attracted 1,000 beer lovers to Nosturi, a concert venue in the Punavuori district, for some serious beer tasting, food and music. And their enjoyment was only heightened by the speed and convenience of AfterPay Fast...
  • 12 Dec 2016

    Ready to cast your net wider?

    This year Black Friday, America’s busiest shopping day, fell on November 25. Not that I need to tell you that. There’s no avoiding it in Sweden or the rest of Scandinavia either. My inbox was flooded with offers, as was everyone else’s by the sound of it. Some thought it a bit much and wondered why everybody was jumping on the same bandwagon at the risk of being drowned out. However, as I sifted through my inbox, I noted with interest...