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RCBC, GrowSari join forces to digitalize sari-sari stores, mSMEs

RCBC, GrowSari join forces to digitalize sari-sari stores, mSMEs

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) partnered with store digital solution platform GrowSari in enabling micro and small enterprises to facilitate digital transactions with their customers. The partnership forged through a memorandum of agreement is a valuable addition to RCBC’s growing list of trailblazing initiatives for digital transformation and financial inclusion.

Customers can now pay Growsari sari sari store merchants with their RCBC Digital and other QRPh Payment-to-Merchant (P2M)-registered online banking or e-wallet apps. GrowSari’s sub-merchants can accept digital payments with the help of QRPh codes.

Payments will register real-time to the Growsari merchant’s closed-loop e-wallet facility. The sellers can also document transactions with the help of digital receipts and records. All digital payments received through the QR code are credited on their Growsari merchant wallet that can be used seamlessly for all other Growsari transactions such as ordering FMCG and E-service products like load, bills or wallet top-ups without the restrictive limits of personal wallets.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched the QRPh codes to enable BSP-regulated banks to generate codes that people can use for digital payments. The code allows consumers to make transactions across banks and service-providers. The BSP highlights the initiative as a crucial step towards accelerating interoperability of payment solutions in the country.

RCBC’s participation is vital to GrowsSari’s growth as a digital solutions provider which allowed the onboarding of over 20,000 QRph-enabled sari sari store merchants. It aims to expand its number to at least 200,000 starting next year

“We are pleased to show support for BSP’s initiative for a cash-lite society through QRPH to our market. This also strengthens Growsari’s commitment to assist mSMEs to adapt to the age of digitalization and to modernize their store operations,” GrowSari’s Head of Financial Services, Sandeep Bhalla, said.

Bhalla adds, “The partnership shows that Growsari and RCBC continue to strengthen our commitment to uplift and digitize the MSMEs. We see this as a huge opportunity where Growsari’s wide network to sari-sari stores and RCBC’s expertise and Instapay membership can come in.”

“Micro and small enterprises are pillars of the Philippine economy. Our partnership with GrowSari signals that their contributions to our growing economy are vital in society. Seamless payment transactions through the digital platform like RCBC DiskarTech, RCBC ATM Go, and RCBC Digital app improve livelihoods and accelerate digital financial inclusion in the country,” says Lito Villanueva, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer of RCBC.

Villanueva adds, “this partnership represents the core purpose of RCBC – pursuing innovations that convey empathy. Afterall, the end goal of every collaboration is to positively transform lives and fully realize the Filipino aspirations. It’s all about collaboration with impact.”

RCBC is internationally renowned for its award-winning digital solutions – RCBC DiskarTech and RCBC ATM Go, which became critical building blocks of the government’s financial inclusion initiatives. RCBC bagged Asiamoney’s the Philippines Best Digital Bank’ for the third consecutive year.

In the first nine months of 2022, RCBC surpassed PHP10.1 billion in revenue. The bank registered a revenue that is 88% higher from the same period of the previous year.

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