Pine Labs has entered into a strategic partnership with ZestMoney to offer in-store digital Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI) options to the customers via Pine Labs’ Plutus and Plutus Smart point of sale (PoS) devices. This offering is aimed at the new-to-credit customers. ZestMoney EMI on Pine Labs devices will be accessible across 20,000 outlets in 100 cities in the next 12 months.
Venkat Paruchuri, Chief Product Officer, Pine Labs said, “Our initial focus will be on mobile, consumer durables and IT categories. We hope to extend instant credit facility to additional categories such as apparels and fashion, education, wellness and healthcare, and travel and tourism over time.”
“At Pine Labs, we have built an ecosystem of affordability solutions for customers. We have partnerships with 21 issuers that offer EMI on debit and credit cards across a network of 93,000 merchants and already serve millions of customers every quarter. Our partnership with ZestMoney will help Pine Labs reach out to a whole new group of customers,” he added.
Lizzie Chapman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, ZestMoney said, “We are excited about offering EMI on POS machines, Pine Labs’ continued offline presence and experience in exceeding merchant and consumer expectations for over 20 years translates to intimate knowledge on how to manoeuvre in this space. This makes them the perfect partner with whom ZestMoney can further expand offline as there is perfect alignment in both companies’ respective objectives for their users.”
ZestMoney is also providing an inaugural time-bound offer. The offer will provide 0% interest EMIs on the purchase of any product for three-month tenure. Apart from the inaugural offer, Pine Labs and ZestMoney are also working with manufacturers across mobile, consumer durables and laptop categories to bring EMIs with 3, 6, 9, and 12 months tenure.
This joint-venture will also permit the first-time credit seekers who do not have a credit or debit card to make purchases at offline stores and avail of EMI. Pine Labs’ cloud-based software platform can facilitate instant credit disbursal using ZestMoney’s credit risk and disbursement criteria.