GrabPay services in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines will soon incorporate more payment options and security.

Grab, the service provider well known in the region for ride hailing, food delivery and epayment services, is entering into a payments partnership with digital financial tech company Wirecard to process transactions made via the GrabPay e-wallet, starting with the Malaysian, the Philippines and the Singapore markets.

Consumers can soon use their GrabPay e-wallet to pay for transactions online and offline, for example for ride-hailing or food delivery, and also to pay for purchases on e-commerce sites or at physical stores.

Through this partnership, Wirecard will process card transactions for GrabPay via its digital financial commerce platform. It will extend GrabPay to more merchants to expand the acceptance of the mobile payment method.

Reuben Lai, Senior Managing Director of Grab Financial Group, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Wirecard as we progress on our journey of building a cashless economy for millions of businesses across Southeast Asia. Wirecard’s innovative mobile payments solutions will not only complement our GrabPay e-wallet platform, but also offer businesses and consumers the opportunity to transact with greater security, convenience and flexibility.”

According to a recent global Wirecard consumer survey, over 90% of consumers in Southeast Asia have used digital payments both in-store and online. Mobile wallets are almost twice as popular in the region as they are worldwide, with 44% regularly choosing them as a payment method compared to the global average of 25%.

Said Georg von Waldenfels, Executive Vice President, Group Business Development at Wirecard: “We are proud to partner with Grab, a Southeast Asian icon. Together, we aim to continue disrupting the payment, tech and mobility industries with innovative solutions that can improve the lives of millions.”

The GrabPay e-wallet is one of the most popular e-wallets in Southeast Asia accepted by over 600,000 merchants and small businesses.