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October 15, 2014

Apple Pay to Open New Era for Digital Payments in the UAE

Kinda ChebibAnalyst Insight by Kinda Chebib - Senior Research Analyst

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While American consumers will get their first taste of Apple's new e-wallet service in October 2014, SMEs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be keeping a close watch as Apple Pay heads towards the US market. Leading Middle East and North Africa in e-commerce, the UAE Government is implementing Smart Initiatives and reorganising its banking and mobile sectors’ strategies in order to maximise opportunities offered by contactless technology. More recently, the eBay-PayPal split is expected to benefit further Apple’s new digital wallet as eBay is likely to start accepting Apple Pay as a possible replacement for PayPal.

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October 14, 2014

Join Euromonitor for a Mobile Payments Twitter Chat

Mobile-Payments-BannerPlease join Euromonitor and Michelle Evans for a Twitter Chat from 10 to 11 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Oct. 28, as we discuss the five trends outlined in Michelle's article on Mobile Payments Today. You also can follow the conversation via the #EMIMobilePay hashtag.

Trends discussed include:

  • Financial Mobility
  • Invisible Payments
  • Couch Commerce
  • Mobile Payments in the UK
  • In-Store Mobile

Participating Twitter Handles: @euromonitor, @mevans14, @MobilePayToday, @W_Hernandez16

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September 11, 2014

The Impact of the Indian Budget on Consumer Goods and Services

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The Union Budget of India for 2014-2015, presented on July 10 has an impact on almost every area of consumer goods and services in the country. Research analysts from Euromonitor International’s office in Bangalore, India respond to the budget in this podcast series.

 

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 Featuring:  Shabori Das - Research Analyst, Ina Dawer, - Senior Research Analyst, Manjunath Reddy - Research Analyst and Priyanshu Rana - Reseach Analyst

Introduction to the Big Indian Budget (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on the Tobacco Market (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Internet Retailing (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Consumer Electronics (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Consumer Finance (mp3

The Indian Budget's Impact on Food and Beverages (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Travel and Tourism (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Apparel and Footwear (mp3)

September 9, 2014

With Apple Pay, Mobile Payments Have Arrived in the US

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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The vision that Apple’s founder Steve Jobs once had of a new type of mobile phone that could become so instrumental and integrated into people’s lives that consumers would rather leave their wallet at home than their iPhone is starting to take shape.

After years of speculation and numerous rumors, Apple officially made its entry into the US mobile payments’ ecosystem as it unveiled Apple Pay at its recent product launch event. Mobile payments, which has long been promised for its potential to revolutionize the entire consumer shopping experience has so far struggled to gain much traction from retailers and consumers. Now a brand with a proven track record of changing consumer behavior has joined the movement.

“As it turns out, most people who have worked on this have started by focusing on creating a business model that was centered around their self-interest rather than focusing on the user experience,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the Apple Pay announcement. “We love this kind of problem. This is exactly what Apple does best.”

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August 31, 2014

Alibaba: Ready to Conquer the Far West?

Filippo BattainiAnalyst Insight by Filippo Battaini - Retailing Analyst

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Alibaba has been featuring quite frequently in business news of late as the company piques investors’ interest with the issuing of its prospects for the planned IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Notably with the opening of 11Mail.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant made clear that its presence in the US market will not only be limited to Wall Street or to Silicon Valley with investments in tech start-ups and that, with this move, Alibaba will attempt to compete against its fiercest global rivals, Amazon and eBay, in their domestic territory.

Global E-Commerce Competitive Environment

At present, and despite being mainly a regional player, Alibaba is the world’s second largest e-commerce company, with total B2C value sales of US$44.3 billion in 2013, according to Euromonitor International. However, when considering other indicators, in 2013 Alibaba was already the biggest online retailer in the world. For example, in terms of Gross Merchandise Volume, the Chinese company is bigger than Amazon and eBay combined, and also appears ahead of its two main competitions in terms of profits. So how do Alibaba’s operations compare with those of its main competitors?

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August 30, 2014

The Prevalence of Electronic Payments in the UAE

Dependence on cash is shrinking in the United Arab Emirates faster than many other markets around the world due to the prevalence of electronic payment methods. Improved infrastructure and a rise in point-of-service terminals and ATMs in the country are making it easy for consumers to pay for goods and services with electronic payments. Euromonitor forecasts that card payment transactions in the UAE will grow by 10.4 percent until 2018.

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August 27, 2014

Lessons Learned from the Mobile Innovation Summit

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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The CONNECT: Mobile Innovation Summit took place in mid-August in Chicago. The emergence of the connected mobile consumer was the conference’s overall theme. Throughout the event, speakers talked about the impact of mobility on various aspects of the commerce experience, including payments, marketing, loyalty, security and privacy. The conference explored many of the opportunities that retailers and restaurants have for leveraging mobile and digital channels to build their brands, increase sales and improve customer engagement.

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August 24, 2014

FMCG and Retailing in Russia: Uncovering Business Opportunities

The 7th annual Euromonitor International seminar FMCG and Retailing in RussiaUncovering Business Opportunities is organised for top-level management from leading companies operating in consumer markets, as well as government, trade and banking institutions. 

Hear more about each session from our expert panel of analysts by watching the video.

Register Now >>

 

August 21, 2014

The Four Aspects of PayPal’s Current Growth Strategy

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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When PayPal launched in 1999, online card payments were still a challenge for many merchants. PayPal’s great breakthrough was determining how individuals and businesses could more easily accept money over the web. PayPal’s founders figured out early on that it could make a decent profit in this low-margin business of processing transactions if it could encourage enough users to fund PayPal payments via bank accounts rather than financial cards.

In time, it was speed, convenience and security that made PayPal’s online platform popular, especially among eBay’s small-time sellers. PayPal went public in 2002, and immediately its market value skyrocketed. Within a year, eBay, which once dominated the e-commerce market, bought the start-up for US$1.5 billion, as it realised PayPal was squeezing out its own in-house payment option.

The core component of PayPal’s strategy today still hinges on this online platform that dates back to its roots. Today, the online platform enables its 150 million registered users to send money in 26 different currencies to over 200 countries and territories. Over time, PayPal has also moved into other aspects of financial services, including consumer credit, mobile card acceptance and even card issuance.

Even so, PayPal, which dominated the e-commerce storyline a decade ago, now finds itself fighting to stay relevant as consumers shift their focus to the emerging mobile channel. PayPal today is in the more established role as payment incumbent, facing increased competition from younger start-ups. The entire payments landscape today is filled with innovative start-ups all are aiming to solve problems while siphoning a portion of the payment transaction fees from more established players like PayPal.

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August 2, 2014

Arrival of Financial Cards to Latin America Led to Credit Binge

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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The introduction of financial cards to many emerging markets not only gave many consumers a new way to pay, but it also gave them easy access to credit. Consumers could fund more purchases than ever before. Of course, this newfound access to credit also came with its own set of challenges as many consumers can attest. While card lending helped some markets to rebound more quickly from the global recession or expand the economy in general, this emerging category of lending also left numerous consumers deep in debt.

The debt troubles associated with this lending type for consumers were especially pronounced across Latin America more so than any other region. Three Latin American countries (Colombia, Argentina and Chile) ranked in the top 10 for the fastest growth in card lending debt since 2008. In addition, out of the top 15 markets with the greatest reliance on card lending as of 2013, four are located in Latin America (Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil). In fact, Latin America is the most reliant on card lending only after Asia Pacific, which was heavily influenced by China. 

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Apple Pay to Open New Era for Digital Payments in the UAE

Join Euromonitor for a Mobile Payments Twitter Chat

The Impact of the Indian Budget on Consumer Goods and Services

With Apple Pay, Mobile Payments Have Arrived in the US

Alibaba: Ready to Conquer the Far West?

The Prevalence of Electronic Payments in the UAE

Lessons Learned from the Mobile Innovation Summit

FMCG and Retailing in Russia: Uncovering Business Opportunities

The Four Aspects of PayPal’s Current Growth Strategy

Arrival of Financial Cards to Latin America Led to Credit Binge