Payment fintech Stripe is expanding its reach to the Chinese e-commerce market. As the following article describes, Stripe’s global online sellers can now make Alipay and WeChatPay available as payment options for shoppers.Silicon Valley startup Stripe has partnered with digital payment providers Alipay and WeChat Pay to enable merchants using its platform globally to accept payments from hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers.
Starting Sunday, the partnerships will allow online merchants using Stripe to integrate the ability for Chinese users to pay with Alipay and WeChat Pay on their websites, the company said. Stripe hopes the integration will help boost its revenues by allowing clients to tap China's vast consumer market, where credit cards account for only a fraction of online spending, the company said.
Alipay is the flagship payment service of Ant Financial, the financial affiliate of major Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba Group Holdings and has over 520 million users. WeChat Pay has more than 600 million users and is the payment app of entertainment and social network firm Tencent Holdings.
Founded by brothers John and Patrick Collison in 2010, Stripe provides technology that enables merchants in 25 countries to accept payments online. It charges a fee on each payments transactions processed through its platform. "If we can help a business double their sales, then it doubles our revenue from that business," Collison said.
The partnership coincides with the company's launch in Hong Kong. One of the most valuable venture-backed financial technology companies globally, Stripe has risen in popularity among software developers and online merchants because of its ease of use.
It is among the cohort of young fintech companies seeking to reinvent the payments landscape by taking better advantage of digital technologies to offer more user-friendly financial services and products. As Stripe grows, its global online merchants require more payment options especially in the world’s largest e-commerce market, China. As with other partnerships in the payments industry, Stripe currently has a deal for its U.S. merchants to accept Alipay. But Stripe needed this arrangement to give its global online merchants the ability to accept China’s major digital payments services.
Overview by Raymond Pucci
, Associate Director, Research Services at Mercator Advisory Group
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