Starling Bank, the first mobile-only bank to launch a current account in the UK market, has gone live with their Marketplace, a new ecosystem of financial products accessible through Starling’s app.
The Starling Marketplace is a brand new concept in banking whereby products from other fintech providers – and in the future lifestyle products – can sit within an easily browsed ecosystem all from within the app. These partners integrate with Starling Bank using their Open Banking and PSD2 compliant APIs.
Going live is particularly significant for the banking industry given that PSD2 (Payments Services Directive 2) comes into effect in 2018, requiring all banks open their data and infrastructure to fulfil regulatory requirements. Launching well ahead of this deadline, Starling is the first bank to have fully open, PSD2 ready APIs that allow collaboration between fintech companies.
Starling also welcome Flux, a rewards and receipt platform, as the first integrated partner to sit within the Marketplace. Flux is available now for all Starling Bank customers and takes less than 30 seconds to activate.
Flux sends real-time receipts to the Starling app when a customer pays with their Starling card at any of Flux’s retail partners, which so far includes all 111 EAT stores in the UK and Bel-Air. In the future, Flux will also allow Starling customers to get automated loyalty points with cashback for any loyalty freebies that have been collected. The customer can activate Flux from the marketplace section in their Starling app and instantly link their card.
At the moment, Starling customers can see the retailer’s name, amount spent, date and location (complete with a map). Flux completes the picture by showing each item bought, VAT and any available loyalty stamps. This is then displayed directly in the customer’s Starling app. For Starling customers, this completely removes the need to hold onto paper loyalty cards or receipts for the retailers using Flux.
The Starling and Flux integrated partnership is the first to go live in the Starling Marketplace, ahead of PSD2 regulations officially rolling out in early 2018. Being an integrated partner means on-boarding to Flux happens entirely within the Starling app. Starling have also partnered with Moneybox, Tail, and Transferwise.
Starling and Flux share a joint vision for a digital only future. On one hand Starling is committed to a digital only banking experience whilst Flux is on a mission to digitise the world’s receipt and loyalty data.