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JCB launches new whitepaper providing insights for European merchants to capitalise on the rise of e-commerce spend by Asian online shoppers

TOKYO & LONDON, Aug 24, 2023 - (JCN Newswire) - JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., has launched a new whitepaper aimed at supporting European merchants to address a common challenge in the e-commerce space: cart abandonment. Merchants who proactively tackle this issue - where online customers do not complete a purchase - will be able to capitalise on the ongoing growth of online shopping and to discover new opportunities in the global digital market.

The global e-commerce market is expected to continue its upward trajectory, reaching $6.3 trillion in 2023[2]. The Asian market, in particular, has seen remarkable growth, with Southeast Asia alone accounting for five of the world's ten fastest-growing e-commerce markets[3]. This presents a significant opportunity for merchants in Europe as there is an increasing willingness among Asian shoppers to purchase online from businesses worldwide, and let us not forget JCB's over 154 million cardmembers, who present valuable spending from many different countries around the globe.

However, there is potential for even greater growth by tackling the perennial challenge of cart abandonment in the e-commerce space. Doing so presents various benefits for merchants, such as increasing sales turnover, higher conversion rates, improved customer experience, and customer loyalty. These, in turn, will give businesses a significant advantage as global e-commerce competition intensifies.

One way to reduce cart abandonment rates is to cater for the needs of international customers, by providing a seamless online experience and local payment options. Accounting for 55% of the global consumer class (2.2 billion people), Asia has considerable spending power[4]. However, despite a predicted online retail market of over $2.8 trillion by 2025[5], Asia Pacific has the highest cart abandonment rate in the world at over 84% in March 2023[6]. Understanding the Asian customer can help merchants to capitalise on revenue potential and establish themselves as a cross-border purchasing option, with the scope of reducing cart abandonment levels.

The primary causes of cart abandonment have been identified in JCB's latest whitepaper, 'Click into Place | Unpacking Cart Abandonment,' which shares exclusive insights, advice, and expert analysis for European merchants to tackle cart abandonment. This includes easy-to-implement solutions such as providing payment choice, showcasing clearly defined options, logos, local currency requirements, pricing, and implementing device-specific payment journeys. With a particular focus on online spend from Asia, the whitepaper aims to help European merchants boost e-commerce sales and stand out from the crowd by providing best practice solutions to help encourage customers through checkout.

Ray Shinzawa, Managing Director, JCB International (Europe) Ltd., commented: "E-commerce sales are showing no signs of slowing down and catering for the needs of an international audience will become a priority. With Asian countries and regions becoming the world's fastest-growing e-commerce market, understanding and exceeding the expectations of Asian customers represents the first step in tackling cart abandonment. As one of the global payments brands originating from Japan, JCB has unique insights into the region's e-commerce market and spending habits, proving a valuable partner for European merchants looking to step up in the e-commerce space."

Nick Fisher, General Manager, Sales & Marketing, JCB International (Europe) Ltd., said: "Cart abandonment is a pressing challenge that online merchants face as more players emerge. Adopting a proactive approach and leveraging expertise from the right partners can help merchants shift the narrative and transform a challenge into an opportunity. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, understanding the purchasing behaviours of your customers and ensuring the availability of their preferred payment option will put you in a far better position to reduce the number of abandoned carts and increase sales turnover."

Download and read the whitepaper here. https://www.thepaymentshub.net/click-into-place-unpacking-cart-abandonment/

For further insights on this topic, please check our latest 'Gateway to Growth' podcast episode here. https://omny.fm/shows/gateway-to-growth/click-into-place-cart-abandonment-in-ecommerce#description

About JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading credit card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. Its acceptance network includes about 43 million merchants around the world. JCB issues cards across various countries and regions internationally with more than 154 million cardmembers. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase its merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to providing responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.global.jcb/en/

MEDIA CONTACTS:
JCB International (Europe) Ltd.
Diana Lee: dlee@jcbeurope.eu

JCB (Head Office in Japan)
Ayaka Nakajima: jcb-pr@info.jcb.co.jp

[1] JCB Proprietary Data - as of June 2023
[2] 38 E-Commerce Statistics of 2023 | Forbes (Forbes.com) - as of May 2023 https://www.forbes.com/advisor/business/ecommerce-statistics/
[3] Southeast Asia sees the fastest digital sales growth in the world | Insider Intelligence (insideintelligence.com) - as of May 2023 https://www.insiderintelligence.com/content/southeast-asia-sees-fastest-digital-sales-growth-world
[4] Asia's consumer class is growing. This chart shows how | World Economic Forum (weforum.org) - as of May 2023 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/10/growth-consumers-asia-indonesia-bangladesh-pakistan-philippines
[5] Online Retail in Asia Pacific Will Add US$1 Trillion By 2025 | Forrester (forrester.com) - as of May 2023 https://www.forrester.com/press-newsroom/online-retail-in-asia-pacific-will-add-us1-trillion-by-2025/
[6] eCommerce Benchmarks | Dynamic Yield (marketing.dynamicyield.com) - as of May 2023 https://marketing.dynamicyield.com/benchmarks/cart-abandonment-rate/

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