eCommerce Transactions Remain High During Pandemic
Global eCommerce transactions increased by 19 percent in July 2020 compared to July 2019, according to analysis by ACI Worldwide of hundreds of millions of eCommerce transactions from global merchants. The data also showed that sales of outdoor items saw the highest year-over-year (YoY) increase from nine percent in 2019 to 12 percent in 2020.
Fraud continues to increase as criminals take advantage of card-not-present methods of payment, including buy-online-pick-up-in-store or click-and-collect methods. While fraudulent transactions by volume were slightly lower in 2020 (2.3%) compared to 2019 (2.6%), the data showed that fraud transactions by value were higher in 2020 (4.4%) compared to 2019 (3.7%).
“Fraudsters are targeting higher value items like electronics and luxury brand names, especially within newer channels such as curbside pick-up and in-parking lot pick-up,” said Debbie Guerra, executive vice president, ACI Worldwide.
Overall eCommerce sales continued to increase YoY in the U.S. (13%), U.K. (17%) and APAC (43%). This was driven by sub-sectors such as DIY, apparel, alcohol, digital downloads and gaming.
“We continue to see a huge increase above industry averages in eCommerce sales year-over-year,” Guerra continued. “As more brick-and-mortar stores reopen with COVID restrictions, we are seeing card-present transactions slightly increase; however, we expect the eCommerce trend to continue post-COVID as consumers experience the convenience and speed of digital payments.”