Consumers demand convenience and security for e-commerce purchases, and digital wallets may help to lower cart abandonment by decreasing friction at checkout.
Several technology companies have already delivered their own take on the digital wallet to the market.
In 2024, Early Warning®, the owner and operator of the Zelle Network®, is adding a new wallet to the mix: Paze. What makes Paze different from other digital wallets is that it is a bank wallet offered by financial institutions.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to break the news that we’re launching a new digital wallet with the support of seven of the largest banks in the nation.1
As the countdown to the bank wallet launch begins, merchants, financial institutions and other e-commerce experts are paying close attention.
Here’s what you need to know to stay ahead of the curve.
What is a bank wallet?
A bank wallet is a new type of digital wallet that’s offered by a consumer's trusted financial institution, rather than provided by third-party technology companies.
- A fast, simple payment experience: With our bank wallet, Paze, there’s no third-party app to sign up for, download or manage. Instead, consumers manage their wallet cards directly through their bank’s mobile app or website.
- Nothing new to set up: Paze also saves consumers the trouble of creating—and remembering—new usernames and passwords. Consumers begin accessing their Paze wallet with something they already know: their email address.2
- No manual entry of full card information: Some digital wallet set-up processes require consumers to manually enter or scan in their card information (full payment card number, security code, and zip code). With Paze, consumers do not have to manually enter their full card details—either during wallet set-up or at checkout. This is because Paze consolidates eligible consumer cards from participating banks into a single wallet.
Consumer trust must be earned
While digital wallets have made e-commerce checkout faster and more convenient, many consumers still choose to manually type in their credit card numbers instead.
Bank wallet vs. digital wallet apps
The imminent launch of Paze is raising plenty of questions.
- What is the difference between a bank wallet and other digital wallets in terms of benefits to consumers?
- Will those benefits be enough to drive consumer demand?
- Does the bank wallet propel e-commerce forward—or is it just a play for market share?
Paze addresses consumers’ top concerns about online payments by providing:
- Peace of mind: A 2022 study by McKinsey found that consumers prefer their financial institutions more than other wallet providers to offer a digital payment solution.3 Paze is offered by seven of the nation’s largest banks, giving the peace of mind consumers count on from their trusted financial institutions.
- A simplified checkout experience: Integrating Paze into merchants’ online checkout process means their customers no longer need to worry about the cumbersome manual entry of 16-digit card numbers, removing a substantial obstacle to conversion—including mistyped payment credentials. Paze simplifies checkout and there’s no third-party app to download.
- 150 million credit and debit cards: The pilot phase of Paze began in the summer of 2023. Upon general availability in 2024, our participating banks will make more than 150 million credit and debit cards available for consumers to activate in Paze and use at checkout. As additional financial institutions join Paze, more cards will be eligible for use—increasing the number of consumers who can use Paze to check out at e-commerce websites. Paze allows consumers to have easy access to shop with the cards they frequently use.
Paze offers the peace of mind consumers count on from their trusted financial institutions while enabling easy online payments.
Bank wallet customer experience:
- During checkout on a participating merchant’s site, the customer enters their email address—no new username or password required.
- If the consumer is eligible to use Paze, a Paze wallet will be offered as a streamlined payment option—no need to register for a third-party app.
- When the customer opts to use Paze, they authenticate and select their preferred payment card—and complete their purchase.
What is the opportunity for merchants that participate in Paze?
One simple integration allows merchants to select how customers experience Paze based on their existing checkout flow. When Paze reaches general availability, participating banks will make approximately 150 million eligible credit and debit cards available for consumers to activate. These numbers will grow as new financial institutions join in.
Paze simplifies checkout to just a few clicks. Customers won’t need to manually enter their full card information, making it easier to complete purchases. In addition, Paze can drive higher transaction approval rates4 by leveraging tokenized card information.
Get to know Paze
Paze is a new wallet that financial institutions offer to consumers and merchants for online purchases. Solving long-standing challenges in e-commerce, Paze provides an easy experience consumers and merchants can trust. More than 150 million Visa® and Mastercard® debit and credit cards will be eligible by 2024, with more card networks expected to be added moving forward. Paze is operated by Early Warning Services, LLC, an innovator in payment and risk management solutions.