With the well-known Danish window manufacturer, VELUX, among the first customers to take advantage of the new arrangement, Computop and RBI are enabling merchants and service providers to expand their businesses into Eastern European countries. They are being supported with a versatile payment platform and central credit card acceptance through RBI’s regional network. This applies to both traditional retailers and e-commerce merchants and to any company that sells goods using an omnichannel strategy.
With the support and billing of credit cards being handled by RBI’s headquarters in Vienna, merchants can now take advantage of opportunities to sell to customers in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
"The partnership with Raiffeisen Bank International occupies a special position in our portfolio of over 60 acquirer connections", explains Computop CEO Stephan Kück. "It enables us to facilitate local acquiring in a region which offers great potential. The position of trust of a major Austrian bank, many years of experience and good knowledge of local markets are three essential assets for our customers to become more involved in Eastern Europe".
Andrii Stepanenko, RBI board member for retail banking, emphasises: "For us the partnership with Computop is an ideal combination which strengthens our core competence in the Eastern European market with customers of the leading payment service provider in German e-commerce. Together we can promote the networking of channels towards genuine omnichannel business in this region too".
About Raiffeisen Bank International
RBI considers Austria, where it is a leading corporate and investment bank, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. 13 markets in the region are covered by subsidiary banks.
In addition, the RBI Group comprises numerous other financial service providers, including in leasing, asset management and M&A. To support its business activities, RBI maintains representative offices and service branches at selected locations in Asia and Western Europe.
In the acquiring business, Raiffeisen Bank International handles more than 1 billion transactions annually, serving more than 60,000 merchants, and an additional 6,500+ specialising in e-commerce. It holds licences for both Mastercard and VISA payments.