Walmart’s recent announcement of its store-to-store money transfer service is a good example of a disruptive business model—especially if you’re Western Union. The retail giant announced in April that it will let consumers send money to and from any of its stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico for a fraction of what its competitors are charging.
If, as Walmart claims, 95% of Americans live within 15 miles of one of its stores, its new money-transfer service could have big implications for person-to-person or “social” payments.
Walmart’s pricing model is a disruptor. Transfers up to $50 within the U.S. will cost $4.50 and transfers up to $900—the maximum amount customers can send in a day—will cost $9.50 at Walmart. By comparison, a $900 transfer at Western Union would cost $76, according to a fee estimator on its website. In a statement, Western Union said domestic money transfers accounted for only about 8% of its revenues in 2013.
“The strategy is capturing people’s wallets as soon as they’re filled,” says Ben Jackson, senior analyst at Mercator Advisory Group, a payments consulting firm. “If a customer’s wallet is filled at a Walmart store, then it’s likely that customers will shop there too.”
The Department of Labor will publish its final rule Wednesday regarding employees’ eligibility for overtime pay--a rule which CUNA believes will have unintended negative consequences for credit unions, particularly smaller credit unions and those in non-metropolitan areas.
Further CUNA analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule found minor relief, but CUNA remains concerned about the increased burden on credit unions. Several CUNA-suggested changes were included in the final rule.
Six federal agencies published guidance last week designed to ensure all depository institutions are aware of expectations when it comes to deposit reconciliation. CUNA’s compliance explains what it means for credit unions in a recent CompBlog post.