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US-based investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co has launched a new real-time payments service on Wednesday.

The new payment service, called a request for pay, lets corporate clients send payment requests to the bank's roughly 57 million retail clients who use its app or website, said Cyrus Bhathawalla, the bank's global head of real-time payments.

"Our job is to give multiple different payment types so corporates and merchants can provide the right options to their customers," Bhathawalla said.

The service went live last month and began a pilot phase with its first corporate client, a fintech company, last week. Executives declined to name the company.

JPMorgan envisions clients like a gas-distributing company using the service to get paid faster for filling up a gas station's supply tanks, Bhathawalla said.

Currently, that kind of company may have to wait a week to get paid. A digital payment could happen in less than 30 seconds, he said.

One of the first banks to participate in The Clearing House real-time payments network in 2017, JPMorgan processes about 12 million transactions a month. The business is part of the wholesale payments division, which contributes roughly 10% of JPMorgan's revenue.

(With Reuters inputs)

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