No doubt many of you were thinking of going cross-border this summer – and not just on holiday.
Hundreds of you have signed up for our free guide to cross-border e-commerce, with almost 500 downloads already. But if you spent most of your time on the beach, it’s not too late to check out the Arvato Payments Review for essential insights into payment methods, consumer behaviour, and risk and...
I can’t remember the last time I paid for something with cash. And I hardly use cards either – well, not in the traditional sense. Increasingly my phone is my wallet. Like millions of other Swedes, I prefer to “Swish” rather than swipe, using the real-time mobile payment platform of the same name.
Swish originally started out as a way for people to transfer money to each other, but it...
There’s a lot going on in payments just now, with a lot of talk around Apple Pay and Samsung Pay sewing up the market for mobile wallets. We even have AliPay, the mobile-payment heavyweight run by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, moving into Europe and the US to corner the market for Chinese tourists (and possibly the rest of us).
As our Payments Review shows, you need to know the lay of the...
This year Black Friday, America’s busiest shopping day, fell on November 25. Not that I need to tell you that. There’s no avoiding it in Sweden or the rest of Scandinavia either. My inbox was flooded with offers, as was everyone else’s by the sound of it. Some thought it a bit much and wondered why everybody was jumping on the same bandwagon at the risk of being drowned out.
However, as I...
Small payments (often called micropayments) are everywhere these days, often connected with mobility or mobile devices. Buses, fast food, cinemas, digital purchases … you name it. Several years have gone by since I first started discussing this phenomenon with companies trying to find a way to offer cost-effective micropayments to their customers.
In the earliest years of this millennium, I...
The internet has changed the way we all buy products and services, both online and offline.
You might now visit a shop, discover an item of interest, and then go online to evaluate all the options around that product. Another trend is to surf the internet for products, then visit a physical store to see the item before going back online to order it.
Traditionally, physical stores and web...