Capgemini reports on the major 2017 trends in the payments industry which revolve around three core areas of payment instruments, regulatory and industry initiatives, and key stakeholder strategies. Currently, the global payments industry is undergoing a paradigm shift with an influx of technology, demographic, and regulatory dynamics. While the customer facing part of the value chain continues to witness high levels of innovation, service providers are still grappling with back-end infrastructure enhancements. Trends such as new opportunities in the payments industry in terms of adoption of Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), growth in digital payments, innovation in cross-border payments, and challenges from the entry of alternative service providers are impacting the industry in terms of fostering competition, nurturing innovation, and enhancing process and system-related efficiencies.