The UK has been at the forefront of e-Commerce since it’s inception. As an early adopter, the UK’s e-Commerce market is now in maturity – and growth is predicted to be steady rather than dramatic. The market is still expected to grow by 23% between 2016 and 2020, to reach US$213 billion.
Most of this growth is predicted to come from mobile – as e-Commerce turnover here is forecast to increase by almost 50%, to US$52 billion by 2020.
Obviously, the UK is entering a period of uncertainty – however the opportunities for e-Commerce are still strong, especially with the growth of flexible delivery options in this market.
UK Payment trends
Debit and Credit cards dominate the UK payment landscape – constituting 57% of all e-Commerce payments. When it comes to Card Schemes Visa have a huge market share (80%), with MasterCard and American Express owning 18% and 2% market share respectively.
However, the share of card payments is expected to decline over the next few years, as they come under attack from e-Wallets. Currently, in the UK, 22% of e-Commerce payments are made via e-Wallets. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay are just some of the recent entrants into the e-Wallet space. And as the spending power of Millennials increases, e-Wallets are likely to grow in popularity.
Cash on Delivery is also fairly popular in the UK – with almost 1 in every 10 e-Commerce payments being made using this method.
If your online business is targeting British consumers, then its key you consider accepting a range of e-Wallet options alongside credit and debit cards.
Motie Bring, General Manager, UK Global eCom, Worldpay
“eCommerce is one part of the UK economy that continues to grow. Our team of experts can help you keep on top of changing consumer payment preferences, both at home and abroad, ensuring you maximise on the exciting opportunities ahead.”
Our Expertise in UK e-Commerce
The Worldpay Global eCom Team have been operating in the UK for almost 25 years, Led by Motie Bring, our team of over 100, have nearly 1,000 years of payments experience between them. With our regional headquarters in Central London, we are ideally suited to assist pure-play e-Commerce businesses navigate the complexities of global payment markets.
Whether you’re looking to expand your existing UK e-Commerce operations, grow your UK business internationally, or enter the market for the first time – understanding local payment preferences is key to success. Our team are here to help.
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