Using location intelligence to enable a new digital banking models across Latin America

About Rappi

Founded in Colombia in 2015, Rappi provides 8 countries in LATAM (Mx, Co, Br, Ar, Cl, Cr, Ec, & Pe) with what is considered to be the best Super App in the region. The mobile app lets users order groceries, medications, and more, withdraw money from an ATM and transport personal belongings.

Location: Columbia

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About Servinformacion

Servinformacion, helps companies understand and maximize the value of Google Maps Platform and Google Cloud services to further digital transformation efforts.

Rappi uses Google Maps Platform to enable location intelligence in their core banking, creating a banking model where customers can start using financial services as fast as ordering a hamburger.

Results:

  • Lowers costs of unrecognized charges by 30 percent through fewer call center interactions, emails, and chats
  • Improves cost efficiency by 70 percent compared to traditional banks
  • Enables rapid rollout of new financial services to people in underbanked regions
  • Increases confidence among users through greater financial transaction transparency
  • Reduces DevOps time and resources on maintenance and management through pre-built APIs

Accelerates credit card approvals for new customers

As more communities use digital services to buy items online and access everyday services expectations for highly reliable, simple, and secure experiences are on the rise. Within financial services, the pressure on companies is even greater given the need to balance high-quality, interactive experiences while protecting their customer’s sensitive information as part of more complex transactions.

Rappi, which launched in 2015 as a delivery service for electronics, food, groceries, home goods, and more, recognized the lack of digital payment options in the countries that it serves, including Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. In 2019, it decided to enter the financial services industry by rolling out its own credit card to help unbanked and underbanked individuals living in the countries it serves.

“If you look at financial services in many Latin American countries, it often relies on technologies from the 1970s and 1980s,” says Juan Pablo Ortega, Co-Founder of Rappi. “We wanted to especially give unbanked and underbanked people access to streamlined digital services such as instant bank transfers. With that in mind, we set out to establish a payment-enabling infrastructure using microservices.”

As Latin America has some of the world’s lowest approval ratings for credit and debit cards, Rappi knew that it had an opportunity to better serve people in the region by making its credit card applications easier to complete and submit as well.

Maximizing transaction transparency through geolocation

Rappi sought to create the most seamless customer experiences possible by putting more data into customers’ hands—something it believed was severely lacking in traditional banking services.

“In Colombia, for example, you have banks that don’t show you when or where a transaction took place even a few days after it was made,” says Juan. “That was our first target, and we used Google Maps Platform APIs like Places, Geocoding, and Static Maps to be able to include information such as the address and show someone on a map where the transaction occurred.”

We would have needed a lot more costly development time and resources if we had tried to reverse geohash and manually get latitudes and longitudes into our service. With Google Maps Platform, we only needed about five minutes to get everything working.

Warren Gutensohn , Head of Product, Rappi

Rappi uses internally developed machine learning solutions in the background to code the information in a way that is easy to read and understand. This relatively small improvement to transparency not only gives Rappi credit card customers more confidence in their digital transactions, but also reduces costs thanks to fewer support ticket requests due to confusion or unnecessary disputes.

Rappi user interface

Google Maps Platform proved to be the right choice given its availability in Latin America and the ease of inputting addresses and other data to properly geocode. The out-of-the-box APIs offered through Google Maps Platform accelerated time to market on the financial services side of the business.

“We save a lot of time with Google Maps Platform,” says Warren Gutensohn, Head of Product at Rappi. “We would have needed a lot more costly development time and resources if we had tried to reverse geohash and manually get latitudes and longitudes into our service. With Google Maps Platform, we only needed about five minutes to get everything working.”

Betting on transparency also proved to be the right choice. Rappi customers repeatedly say that the map feature is their favorite component of Rappi’s new digital credit card and financial services.

Passing savings and innovation to Latin American consumers

Rappi relied upon partner Servinformacion to bridge the gap between its own goals and the solutions available in Google Maps Platform.

“Servinformacion helped us to choose the right APIs from the beginning, while continuing to help us optimize our spend to ensure we stay on budget,” says Juan.

Rappi uses the cost savings from using Google Maps Platform to give customers a better experience at a lower cost. For example, not having to focus resources and employee attention on infrastructure management has enabled Rappi to test, deploy, and optimize its credit card features for customers far more quickly and efficiently.

Google Maps Platform, along with Servinformacion’s expertise, enable us to turn ideas into reality much faster. This means we can quickly bring services to market and develop even stronger relationships with our customers.

Juan Pablo Ortega , Co-Founder and Head of RappiBank, Rappi

In only four months, the company received one million applications for its credit card and approved 300,000 for people in Mexico. Given this instant and immense demand along with plans to expand into several other countries, Rappi recognized the importance of a scalable business model.

“Our customers are always asking for new features, and we expect to have millions of credit card customers as we roll this business out to new countries,” says Juan. “Google Maps Platform, along with Servinformacion’s expertise, enable us to turn ideas into reality much faster. This means we can quickly bring services to market and develop even stronger relationships with our customers.”

Google helps us strengthen trust with everyone relying on our services, which is essential for any company serving the financial services market.

Juan Pablo Ortega , Co-Founder and Head of RappiBank, Rappi

Rappi intends to further improve the digital services it offers customers as it becomes a bigger player in the Latin American market through innovations that make payments as seamless as possible. The efforts will also be supported by Google Maps Platform, as well as Google Cloud solutions such as Firebase that power the backend microservices on which Rappi built its databases and website.

“Google helps us strengthen trust with everyone relying on our services, which is essential for any company serving the financial services market,” says Juan. “We are now very good at scaling out offerings to new regions and continue to look for ways to use Google Maps Platform to improve our financial services and enhance customer experiences.”

Tell us your challenge. We're here to help.

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About Rappi

Founded in Colombia in 2015, Rappi provides 8 countries in LATAM (Mx, Co, Br, Ar, Cl, Cr, Ec, & Pe) with what is considered to be the best Super App in the region. The mobile app lets users order groceries, medications, and more, withdraw money from an ATM and transport personal belongings.

Location: Columbia

About Servinformacion

Servinformacion, helps companies understand and maximize the value of Google Maps Platform and Google Cloud services to further digital transformation efforts.