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Merchants entering holiday rush can benefit from faster and more flexible payments

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Holiday sales are expected increase to $1.092 trillion from $1.064 billion in 2020.
Faster checkout helps merchants avoid friction-induced cart abandonment—leading to higher conversion and higher sales volume.
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The data: Twenty percent of US consumers plan to shop more during the 2021 holiday season than they did last year, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday retail survey.

Total holiday retail and ecommerce sales are projected to hit $1.092 billion this year, up from $1.064 billion in 2020, per eMarketer forecasts from .And 35% and 30% of consumers plan to stretch their holiday spending budget using credit cards and buy now, pay later (BNPL) offerings, respectively, per Deloitte.

Why it matters: Sixty-eight percent of global merchants said holiday shopping is critical for their annual revenues, per a Paysafe-commissioned survey of 900 businesses in the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Austria, and Bulgaria.

What this means: The importance of holiday revenues signals why merchants should implement faster checkout solutions. Faster checkout helps merchants avoid friction-induced cart abandonment—leading to higher conversion and higher sales volume.

One-click checkout lets customers skip entering payment information at checkout. This is time-consuming and easy to make mistakes. More sophisticated offerings like open banking can achieve the same thing in markets where it is available by redirecting customers to their banking page at checkout, where they can easily authenticate and complete the transaction.

Merchants will also benefit from providers who offer alternative payment options such as BNPL to capture sales.

With the number of US BNPL users expected to hit 45.1 million this year, per our forecasts, offering merchants BNPL solutions gives customers more payment flexibility. This can extend purchasing power to customers who may be strapped for cash or may want to avoid using a credit card.A bevy of issuers already announced BNPL solutions earlier this year, including Synchrony and US Bank, to keep up with competing fintechs like Afterpay and Klarna, which could further extend use and entice merchants to enable acceptance quickly.

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