Home Market Stripe opens way to Chinese consumers through Alipay, Wechat Pay

Online payments provider Stripe has opened its platform to allow Australian businesses, and businesses worldwide, to accept payments from Chinese consumers who use mobile payment platforms Alipay and WeChat Pay.

For the first time, eligible businesses on Stripe can activate both Alipay and Wechat Pay from their Stripe dashboards.

According to information provided by Stripe, previously the majority of businesses outside of China have been cut off from the world’s largest consumer market simply because they can’t accept the payment methods preferred by Chinese consumers.

Stripe provides information showing that credit cards account for only a small fraction of online consumer spending in China, so the majority of businesses outside of China have been cut off from the world’s largest consumer market simply because they can’t easily accept the payment methods preferred by Chinese consumers.

Stripe also notes that as Australian business look to tap into the Chinese market – being able to integrate Alipay and WeChat Pay into their service is absolutely essential for success and, if they can get this right, the opportunities are limitless.

And according to Stripe, Australian online exports to China have been one of the first markets to explode since a free trade agreement between the two countries took effect in December 2015, and China has become an economic powerhouse for Australian online businesses.

Stripe says mobile commerce already accounts for 71% of Chinese e-commerce, which saw sales of US$750 billion in 2016 alone, with Alipay and Wechat pay  dominating the mobile wallet ecosystem in China with 92% market share and a billion+ users collectively.

“By deepening our existing partnership with Alipay, and launching a new partnership with WeChat Pay, we’re enabling businesses to easily access the once-impenetrable Chinese market, and in the manner Chinese consumers prefer,” John Collison, president and co-founder of Stripe, says.

“Whether in the Eastern or Western hemisphere, we’re focused on arming more businesses with the tools and infrastructure they need to thrive in the modern economy.”

According to information provided by Stripe, fuelled by growing consumer demand for overseas products and services, a quarter of China’s population, amounting to more than half of all digital buyers, will be shopping either directly on foreign-based sites or through third parties by 2020.

Announcements of the partnerships with Alipay and WeChat coincides with Stripe’s official launch in Hong Kong on Monday, with businesses located in Hong Kong now having access to the full Stripe stack.

Souheil Badran, President of Alipay for North America said: “In our aim to get to a global cashless society, Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet into a global lifestyle enabler for Chinese consumers and travellers far beyond Chinese borders.

“We’re excited to strengthen our partnership with Stripe to connect globally-minded Chinese consumers with hundreds of thousands of Stripe-powered businesses around the world.”

 

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

 

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