Seattle-area startup Switch announced today that it is providing “early access” to its free payment management service. By enabling cardholders to manage all of their accounts from one dashboard, the company says its technology is making e-commerce “faster, safer, and easier.”
Switch enables shoppers to easily match payment options with specific online merchants, subscriptions, and payments, as well as automating both the checkout and card updating processes. CEO Chris Hopen called the technology “the first ever consumer payment solution that automates both the challenge of secure account access and the ‘card on file’ problems users face every day.” In a statement, the company cited the average 3.7 credit cards carried by the average American (according to a study by CreditCards.com) and the growing number of payment options from ApplePay and Visa Checkout as reasons why technologies like Switch are a valuable for consumers.
Another value comes when cards have to be replaced due to loss, data breach, or other issue. “How many people have ever had to replace a credit card?” Hopen asked from the Finovate stage during his company’s live demo last spring. “Was it fun?” He added, “(Switch) is about reducing the negative impact of card replacement on end users, and getting cards into circulation as quickly as possible to end users.” For card issuers, the platform includes a set of analytic reports that leverages data on card usage from throughout the entire Switch user base.
Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Switch demonstrated its technology at FinovateSpring 2016. The company has raised more than $1 million in funding and has more than 10 employees. Find out more about the app, including how to be among the first to try Switch.