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Alipay now available

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What they are doing now more are paying by debit card and the new alternative methods. Of the alternative methods, the fastest growing is Alipay. Although I have no current figures, about a year ago in 2018 10,000 merchants around Australia were offering Alipay as a payment method. 

What has been happening is that consumers in Australia have been rapidly changing from cash to other forms of payments. 

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Look at the alternative payment figures, Alipay it is the fastest growing segment in this category. What Alipay is, is the largest online payment platform in China. It has been snowballing in China for years and now is the preferred payment method for Chinese students and tourist in Australia.

Itwire studies have shown that  99% of Chinese tourists in Australia have Alipay.  In 2018, Alipay transaction volume in Australia increased by 110% and using Alipay the amount spent per person was up by 40% and its a wide range of products that they buy here.

The Alipay fees are comparable to many VISA and Mastercard transactions now, and there is no cost to switch on so for our clients, I cannot see it as anything else but a no-brainer to try it out.

So we are pleased that we are offering a direct integration of Alipay. It will work through Tyro EFTPOS which as Tyro has no fees or contracts, so it is easy for any of our clients to add this payment type if they want it. If you are interested, let me know.

 

 

 

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Alipay

Alipay is the preferred payment method for Chinese people visiting Australia. About 1.2 million Chinese tourists come to Australia each year and they spend an average of $8,000 per visit making them in dollar terms our number one tourist trade. Also, there are many Chinese nationals and students living in Australia that would like to use it,  so giving many of our clients' a good reason to offer this preferred Chinese method of payment. 

So we are pleased that sometime about February be offering a direct integration of Alipay. It will work through Tyro EFTPOS which as Tyro has no fees or contracts so it is easy for any of our clients to add this payment type if they want it. If you are interested let me know.

 

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Disadvantages of direct bank deposit

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Direct bank deposit

In an effort to reduce banking costs, some people have asked us instead of Zippay can they offer a direct bank account system as cash is slowly declining.

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The short answer is *YES*, maybe and no.

The first point is you do not want to create what we call any type of friction if someone wants to pay with a particular payment method then I suggest you give them that option, particularly as it is an easy and cheap option plus it does offer what every business needs to provide a fee-free way to pay.

The problem is that today people want an immediate solution, that is the problem with laybys nowdays too which is on a steep decline. 

A direct bank deposit takes time, while the other methods like PayPal, Credit cards, Afterpay or ZipPay are instant.

 

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The growing "Buy now, pay later" market

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A year ago here I spoke of the growing market of the "Buy now, pay later" market of which the two big players are Afterpay and Zip.  Well a year later, it is clear that the growth of these payment methods has increased.

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Afterpay has replaced in google trend Paypal.

Afterpay tripled last year, while zip doubled which is pretty impressive. Now about 10% of Australia has used their services. Part of the appeal is that many that cannot get a credit card can get these cards.

 

Those of my clients that are using it report that a zip customer is a good customer, on an average they spend about $150 a transaction.


If you want to know more let me know.

 

 

 


 

 

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Zip Intergration with PosBrowser

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PosBrowser has launched a new facility for you and your clients. We now offer a Zip Pay payment type directly built into the PosBrowser register.  This week we were joined by Andreas Collier from Zip pay to discuss and demonstrate how easy it is to setup and use as well as answering a bunch of question you may be interested in hearing. 
Watch the video and see what you think. 
Also as a special offer to PosBrowser user, Andreas will personally handle the process of getting your ZIP PAY account activated and the details you will need for integrating ZIP with PosBrowser.   Just contact him via email [email protected] 

If you find this video helpful or you have any question please reply in the comments. Also check out our blog often to see what the next webinar is going to cover in our weekly sessions or make a suggestion for a topic you'd like to hear more about. 

 

 

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EFTPOS A TIP

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A lot of my clients do a lot of business taking EFTPOS payments over the phone (MOTO). It is a business risk, that most retailers know as the problem here is that in the event of a dispute it is the retailers that has to prove the cardholder approved the transaction.

The problem can be that if the shop is registered to do such MOTO payments, now let us say a customer comes in and buys some goods. They are given the terminal as above to process the EFTPOS and most salespeople purposely do not look at the processing of the transaction to reassure the customer that they are not looking at their security codes. What a fraudster can do then is cancel the transaction and while no-one is looking activate on some terminals the MOTO function. Then process the transaction. This will allow stolen EFTPOS cards to be used over the security limit. A short time later the retailer gets a query from the bank and almost certainly a reversal of the payment.

What I recommend is that you have cameras recording all EFTPOS transactions and if possible on the terminal that customers have access, disconnect the MOTO function.

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