Arab Financial Services launches digital solution to support growth of MSMEs

With AFS Go! smaller retailers have the tools to support their online and in-store business and payroll needs

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Person hands with credit card and mobile phone at desk, Online shopping concept.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Person hands with credit card and mobile phone at desk, Online shopping concept.

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MANAMA: Arab Financial Services (AFS) has launched a new digital solution bundle that supports the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Bahrain.

Called AFS Go!, the solution offers businesses digital tools to simplify operations, reach more customers, increase sales, and reduce costs.

This streamlined payment platform offers businesses a comprehensive set of payment solutions spanning eShop (attract sales through a dedicated web presence), in-store payments (accept a range of digital payments) and digital payroll (banking unbanked workers).

Merchants can pick any or all services from within the bundle.

AFS chairman Sael Al Waary said: “The pandemic has taught us to become proactive, agile and to respond quickly to our customers’ needs. The road to recovery post Covid-19 is through digitisation, which is also aligned with the kingdom’s aspiration for building a fully digital Bahrain economy. AFS has always had a strong understanding of the next generation of payments to support our business community. AFS Go! introduces, among other tools, a new e-commerce platform bringing businesses fast and efficiently into the digital payments space – where their customers are. I’m pleased to see AFS at the forefront of this initiative, providing the latest payment tools to those that need them the most.”

AFS chief executive Samer Soliman said: “We are proud to support merchants of all sizes by providing them the right tools to transform their businesses. In today’s retail revolution, businesses must go digital to keep up with the pace of customer expectations. AFS understands the needs of our business community and the challenges they face. With AFS Go! we are enabling our merchants to take their business online by offering a blend of products and services that benefit merchants as well as their consumers and employees.”

Within eShop, AFS Go! delivers a state-of-the-art, cloud-based eShop to access more customers and drive sales.

AFS Go! equips merchants with their choice of a range of tools to support their online business, helping them sell online by launching a tailored eCommerce website, pre-integrated with AFS payment gateway – all within 48 hours.

It also offers eInvoicing functionality, reporting dashboards, recurring billing facility for subscription-based services, and acceptance of a wide range of online payments.

Within In-Store Payments, AFS Go! offers payments acceptance of tokenized cards, static and dynamic QR codes, digital wallets, NFC devices and contactless cards alongside a variety of schemes and payment methods.

It also offers dynamic currency conversion and merchant cash register integration with AFS state-of-the-art PoS terminals.

Additionally, supporting businesses with unbanked employees, and building on the company’s ground-breaking WPS solution (Al Rateb), AFS Go! offers a Digital Payroll solution for unbanked employees giving them access to tailored banking services, at an affordable rate.

With AFS Go! smaller retailers have the tools to support their online and in-store business and payroll needs.

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