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MPE 2024: Are machine-Initiated transactions the next big leap for payments?

PaymentGenes is thrilled to have once again joined forces with the Merchant Payments Ecosystem (MPE) conference held in Berlin last March. It was an enriching experience for our team, with insightful discussions, engaging sessions, and valuable networking opportunities. Let's delve into the highlights of the event and share our thoughts on the future of payments and loyalty.

Partnering with MPE has always been a source of pride for PaymentGenes. This year, our Consultancy team members Kirsten Hoornstra and Bas van Donselaar took the stage to share their expertise on topics ranging from IoT and payments to Embedded Loyalty solutions. With over 1,400 global merchants and senior payment professionals in attendance, the 17th MPE conference provided a platform to explore the latest trends shaping the industry.

IoT Facilitating Automated Payments

Bas van Donselaar, Head of PaymentGenes Consultancy and practice lead of Strategy Consulting, led a session on the intersection of IoT and automated payments. Alongside industry specialists, Bas discussed the potential of machine-initiated transactions and their role in shaping the smart cities of the future. From charging electric vehicles to managing congestion through road pricing, He highlighted the transformative power of IoT in payments. However, he also emphasized the need for robust frameworks to address security and data privacy concerns in this evolving landscape.

Bas van Bonselaar during IoT session at MPE, 2024.

The Dawn of Embedded Loyalty

Kirsten Hoornstra, our practice lead for Merchant Services, hosted a workshop on the concept of "Embedded Loyalty." In an era of hypercompetitive markets, loyalty programs have become essential for fostering customer relationships. Kirsten stressed the importance of seamless integration and frictionless experiences in loyalty programs to drive customer engagement. Her session underscored the need for organizations to adopt a holistic approach towards loyalty, leveraging technology and cross-disciplinary teams to deliver value to customers.

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Team’s Reflections

Our colleague Bram Vreugdenhill shared his reflections on the event, highlighting the impact of external factors like the strike on attendance levels. Despite the challenges, Bram enjoyed reconnecting with industry peers and participating in thought-provoking discussions. He also appreciated the emphasis on sustainability, such as the organized run and the promotion of eco-friendly travel options.

Ward Hagenaar, who has been attending for the 7th time, expressed the continuous growth in the quality of the event. The team behind MPE clearly keeps focussing on improvements and innovation, reflected in a high-end yet informal industry event. The strong participation from merchants from all verticals expressed that more are striving towards enabling payments as a strategic capability. That's exactly where PaymentGenes fits in with Consultancy and Talent Acquisition and it's the reason for our active contribution and support to this event.

Bram Vreugdenhil during the team race in Berlin, 2024.


Overall, MPE 2024 was a resounding success for PaymentGenes. The conference provided valuable insights into the future of payments, from IoT-enabled transactions to innovative loyalty solutions. We're excited to continue driving innovation in the payments industry and look forward to future collaborations with MPE and other industry partners.

See you next year!

PaymentGenes' Team in Berlin, 2024. From left to right: Bas van Donselaar, Ward Hagenaar, Kirsten Hoornstra, Jonathan Pothuis and Bram Vreugdenhil.

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