Let’s talk about money -- literally and virtually. Transactions boomed with the rise of credit cards, but with the convenience of emerging “digital wallet” programs like Apple Pay, PayPal, Venmo, Google Wallet, and Facebook, we're heading into next-level consumerism.
Money has always been exchanged with cash, checks or cards, but this year we’ll see the rise of the digital transaction. According to Juniper Research, in 2019 an estimated 2.1 billion consumers will make payments or wire money via digital wallets, a growth of almost 30% over 1.6 billion users last year.
The biggest difference between your credit/debit card and the digital wallet is really in the ease of transaction. If a friend or merchant has an account with your digital wallet provider, such as PayPal, then you can easily wire them money using their name or email. No need for the merchant to run your credit card number through a machine. And no need to give your friend cash to split half the dinner bill. Or write your nanny a check for her services. The digital wallet system cuts out a step and can be done from anywhere at any time for your convenience.
The most recognizable service is PayPal. But the major banks are in the game now, forming an alliance and launching a similar service called Zelle. Missing out on an opportunity from PayPal, Apple Pay, and Google Wallet, these banks (Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo are the owner of the service company) are also making your 2019 transactions quick, easy and secure!