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67.5 billion USD (2015)
80.1 million (2020) (#19)
SOFORT, ELV, SEPA Credit Transfers, Giropay, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Klarna, Ratepay, Paydirekt
Trustly is a convenient alternative to cards, which allows consumers to make or receive payment by signing into online banking without leaving the merchant's website or mobile app.
Sofort, also known as Pay now with Klarna, is a popular online banking method in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and Belgium. Sofort is also available in Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Amazon Pay is an online payment service owned by Amazon that lets shoppers use their amazon.com account to make online purchases. With Amazon Pay, shoppers can make purchases using credit or debit cards stored in their digital wallet. The acceptance of Amazon Pay can lead to an improved payment acceptance rate, lower cart abandonment, and increased conversions as Amazon Pay shoppers can pay for products and services without creating new accounts or leaving a merchant’s site.
Ratepay is a popular 'shop now, pay later' payment method in Germany and Switzerland. Shoppers can choose between full payment of installments to settle the invoice amount. Merchants are pre-funded (and can directly ship their goods). Ratepay absorbs the merchant's risk of non-payment.
paydirekt was founded in June 2014 as a joint online payment method for German banks and savings banks. Around 1,400 banks and savings banks have been offering paydirekt as a new payment standard since April 2016. This means over 50 million German banking accounts can use paydirekt for online payment.
Visa is one of world's best known online payment methods and largest credit card brand. Visa truly is a global payment brand with acceptance at point-of-sale and online in over 170 countries.
American Express is a credit or charge card that can be used for online payments. American Express is amongst the major credit card brands in the world.
The Apple Pay payment service allows consumers to pay contactless, in-app and on desktop through the newest Apple Macbook and iMac's. Consumers are able to securely store credit and debit card details into their Apple Pay wallet and confirm payment by simply scanning their fingerprint with Apple's Touch ID or by using Face ID.
The SEPA Direct Debit enables to make pan-European collections in euro's on a one-off or recurrent basis.
The German payment markets is dominated by bank transfers (credit transfers and direct debit) whether conducted through SOFORT, ELV, Giropay or Paydirekt.