Research and Markets: Asia-Pacific Online Payment Methods 2012

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A new report available at Research and Markets analyzes recent developments in E-Commerce payment methods in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on seven key countries. Additionally, the report features the most important trends and the latest news for nine payment companies in the key markets.

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Credit cards are the number one online payment method in Asia-Pacific Region

According to the "Asia-Pacific Online Payment Methods 2012" report, with the exception of China and Thailand, in 2012, credit cards were the most popular payment method in the Asia-Pacific region. Nonetheless, many consumers in this region do not place their confidence in online payment methods due to safety concerns and mistrust of online retailers.

In Japan, every resident had on average more than six credit cards in 2011, which was the most popular online payment option there. Japan is the largest online shopping market in the Asia-Pacific region, which could have been one of the reasons for PayPal to enter the market via a joint venture with Japanese Softbank in May 2012. So-called third-party payments, where a third party acts as a middleman, are especially popular in China, with Alipay accounting for the biggest market share in this sector.

In 2011, credit cards were the most frequently used E-Commerce payment method in South Korea, followed by bank transfers. In India, neither E-Commerce nor online payment methods are widespread, while many banks in Vietnam have been partnering with online payment providers in 2012. Since July 2012, PayPal has also been active in Malaysia, where the company began offering mobile payment options in cooperation with Malaysia Airlines for flight bookings. In Australia, PayPal was the most popular online payment method in 2011, ahead of credit card payments.

The development of online payment markets in the Asia-Pacific region varies widely. Whereas credit cards and third-party payments are very popular in many countries, in other countries, such as India, online payment methods do not yet play a significant role.

Leading players featured in the report include Alipay, BPC Banking Technologies, China UnionPay, Computop, DataCash, Malaysia Airlines, OceanBank, OnePay, PayPal, and Won Corporation.

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