People are different. Countries differ. Also when it comes to online payments.
Some countries prefer card payments, others prefer alternative payment methods.
Some ecommerce markets and regions are booming, others are seeking traction.
This section of About-Payments aims to provide insight in online payment behaviour for specific countries.
It outlines market characteristics like online retail sales, mobile commerce trends and popular payment methods.
To make life easier we have included which payment service providers, payment gateways and acquirers conduct business locally
and support online merchants for the acceptance of online payments.
For online merchants it is important to deeply understand the market(s) they are operating in or want to expand their business to. One of the obvious key factors to take into consideration is market size and growth potential to project chance of success and potential revenue.
For every ecommerce market that is highlighted in this Markets section we provide a high level profile with key statistics on the state of ecommerce, like the total online (retail) sales and internet access rates. A more comprehensive description walks you through the different characteristics of each ecommerce market.
Know your markets. Know the preferred payment methods for the country or markets you are active in, or that are on your list for future expansion.
Do not miss out on selling your goods and attract new customers by not offering the right payment options.
Do they prefer card or alternative payment methods? Do they prefer to use a Pre- or After Delivery Payment Method? See for the listed countries what the popular payment methods are.
The country profiles contain information on the Payment Service Providers, Payment Gateways and Acquirers that are active in that particular market.
PSPs and Gateways provide the ‘technical hub’ for eCommerce merchants to local and international payment methods. They 'sit' between the merchant's checkout page and the financial institution or bank (=Acquirers) that processes the transaction. Acquirers pay out the merchants directly, via the PSP or Payment Gateway.
Depending on the payment provider type they 'route' transactions, collect funds from and negotiate transaction pricing with the Merchant Acquirer. For more information on the different payment provider types visit our Provider section on About-Payments.
By simply clicking on the Payment Provider's 'business card', you can easily access their profile page and see what payment methods and shopping carts they support.
Some countries or regions have ecommerce associations that look after the interests of online merchants and suppliers.
Some of these ecommerce governing associations have instated a branche-wide label that assures consumers they are are dealing with a trustworthy online merchant. Merchants looking for certification need to comply to specific rules & regulations related to the protection of consumer rights.
These associations can guide start-ups and merchants entering from abroad by providing more in-depth market knowledge and provide access to a great network of ecommerce experts and industry related events.
The Indian eCommerce Market with over 1 billion people is estimated around 12.5 billion dollar. Dutch online sales hit the same number with 16 million people.
Enter the market profiles to see how they are performing, what the popular checkout methods are, who can help with accepting card and alternative payments and who is looking after online merchants.
Expect more country profiles to come in the upcoming months.
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The Dutch online sales reached $13,2 billion in 2012 (+9%) | 10.6 million people shop online | iDeal the online preferred payment method | MasterCard, VISA, PayPal, Acceptgiro, Klarna and AfterPay other popular online payment methods | Dutch mobile commerce sales reached $750 million in 2012 | Expected online commerce sales growth 2013 around +8% to $14.2 billion.
Germany’s Online Retail eCommerce Sales reached 50 billion euro ($68 billion) in 2012 | Germany has 37 million online shoppers | Preferred Payment Methods: Payment after Delivery (Invoice), ELV, MasterCard and VISA | Online retail goods represented 6.4% of the German retail market. Most popular goods sold are clothing, electronics and books
Online Retail Sales exceeded 50 billion euro in 2013 with a total number of transactions processed of more than 600 million | Preferred Payment Method: Carte Bleue (co-branded with VISA), MasterCard, American Express, PayPal and Cheques | Mobile Commerce on the rise and already surpassing 1 billion euro in annual sales.