Digital Payments in China 2016

Predictions are that digital payments will account for 20% of all Chinese retail purchases by 2020, a staggering amount and one that is challenging not only the banks, but China UnionPay and regulators themselves. The China Digital Payments 2016 report looks at how new business models, market entrants and regulations are rapidly transforming China’s gigantic payment industry.

Published: May 2016

Report Description

There are many familiar changes are afoot, such as significant improvements in the speed and convenience of payments as well as greater point-of-sale acceptance of both card and digital payments. These developments, however, highlight important considerations about how the payments business model is evolving.

Payment Service Providers (PSPs) used to make money by directly charging fees to their customers. But will that be enough for the future? Or should PSPs actually offer these basic payment services for free while recouping their costs in other ways, such as through gathering consumer data and using it to offer other related services?

The report also examines how Apple Pay’s market entry will affect the business of the more traditional market participants, such as the banks and China UnionPay (CUP), and explore why other device manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi are also joining the payments race. Finally, the report will discuss the latest developments in the general regulatory environment, specifically with respect to consolidation among license holders and new, more stringent payments laws.

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Digital Payments in China 2016 Report Details

  • Number of Pages: 19 (excluding cover/back pages)
  • Number of Tables & Charts: 6

Table of Contents

  • Executive summary
  • Foreword
  • Digital payments: A changing business model?
  • How Apple and NFC could make banks relevant again?
  • Regulatory environment overview
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Technology