Globalcollect Australia Country Factsheet

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Online commerce is about to grow 12% during 2012
More Australians visited Retail sites compared to last year,outpacing increase in the global average. Amazon, Apple and AVG are the top retails sites and local online retailers also figure prominently among the list of top sites in Australia.

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- Online commerce is about to grow 12.2% throughout 2012 with a reach of about 30 AUD billion by the end of 2011
- PayPal mobile is on a steep trajectory of 430% year on year
- 62% of Australian consumers intend to maintain, grow or start using mobile commerce in the next 12 month
- 89% of Australians have internet access and Australia is in the top five most penetrated PC market in the world
- Australians spend 1 of every 5 minutes online on social networking

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Globalcollect Australia Country Factsheet

  1. 1. AustraliaOnline commerce is about to grow 12% during 2012 General statistics 2011More Australians visited Retail sites compared to last year, Population 22,591,000outpacing increase in the global average. Amazon, Apple and Currency Australian DollarAVG are the top retails sites and local online retailers also figure Major language Englishprominently among the list of top sites in Australia. Av. expenditures 1,555 AUD Capital CanberraFast Facts: GDP per capita US$:40,000 Online commerce is about to grow 12.2% throughout 2012 with a reach of about 30 AUD billion by the end of 2011 PayPal mobile is on a steep trajectory of 430% year on year Internet usage 2011 62% of Australian consumers intend to maintain, grow or start using mobile commerce in the next 12 month Internet access (total) 20,000,000 89% of Australians have internet access and Australia is in the top Users broadband 17,400,000 five most penetrated PC market in the world Penetration 87% Australians spend 1 of every 5 minutes online on social networkingAnticipating on consumer needs prevents shoppersto drop-out and increases sales conversion ratesGoods and Services purchased online Australian consumers shop overseas
  2. 2. Australian government takes measures to increase proportion of ecommerce transactionsAustralian government takes measures to ensure citizen and consumer confidence online increase. The strategic forecastis to increase the proportion of businesses that receives orders online from 24% today to 40% in 2014; with a commitment tocontinued increases up to 2020.Australian import regulations and strong AUD are an opportunity for overseas online retailersWhen an Australian consumer purchases goods online from an overseas Merchant, Goods and Services Tax (GST) is notpayable on the acquisition if the value of the good is less than 1000 AUD. This is due to the fact that goods sent fromoverseas with a value below 1000 AUD are specifically excluded by legislation from being subject to import GST. Thiscreates a competitive advantage for overseas e-retailers. VAT and GST regimes around the globe have similarmechanisms but for example the low value importation thresholds of UK and European Union are respectively 18 GBP and22 EUR. Together with the import regulation the strong Australian Dollar this makes Australian consumers to considerpurchasing goods online at overseas Merchants.Solid growth of mobile payment methods changes online payments landscapeMobile payments show a rise of 430% year-on-year. No less than 65% of the total handset market in Australia is internetenabled. Smartphones are disrupting both the traditional and the online retail environment.Australian online shoppers demand alternative payment methods next to credit cardsAlthough 97% of Australian internet users have sourced the web, found great deals and checked-out on their shoppingcars, many of them feel that their choice in method of payment is not in their hands, and is limited to the choices made byretailers. About 29% of Australians identified PayPal as their prefered payment method for online shopping, ahead of Visaat 25% and MasterCard at 14%.Industry high lights – Social NetworkingA substantial shift has occurred in the way Australians allocate their time online. Time spent on social networking hasincreased substantially with a 26% growth figure in the last 12 months. As in many countries around the world, Facebook isthe clear social networking leader in Australia, both in terms of reach and usage.Industry high lights – RetailMore Australians visited retail sites compared to the year before. Amazon, Apple and AVG are the top retails sites andlocal online retailers also figure prominently among the list of top sites in Australia. Retail in Australia showed a 12% growthcompared to a 5% figure ROW.
  3. 3. Industry high lights – Travel, Hotels and AirlinesAustralians are keen travelers and make use of the web for travel information and travel. This travel industry grew by 6% in12 months on pace with the global average. Hotels and Airlines grew respectively 13% (global average 6%) and 19%(global average -2%) hence these sites outpaced the worldwide averages.Payment product spotlight GlobalCollect’s Portfolio in Australia International cards GlobalCollect supports MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, JCB Bank transfer GlobalCollect supports Local bank transfers eWallet GlobalCollect supports PayPal Online Banking GlobalCollect supports online banking Mobile The support for mobile is on the future’s list of GlobalCollect Bpay is the most popular bill payment and presentment method in Australia. High security, convenience and being in control of when they pay are among the main reasons why Australians use BPAY as their preferred payment method. Once Consumers have decided to pay by BPAY, they are presented in real-time with a unique reference number and bill code. To complete the payment, Consumers must use their internet banking service and enter the unique reference number and bill code at the time they decide. Bpay is free of charge for the consumer. PayPal acts like a digital wallet where consumers can securely store all their payment options, such as bank accounts and credit cards. When a consumers makes a payment he or she does not have to pull out the credit card or type the billing info every time. They simply click on the PayPal checkout button, log in to their PayPal account, and select the preferred payment method. POLi is a real-time bank transfer where the consumer is redirected to his online banking environment, where after log in they authorize the payment. POLi is supports 15 major Australian banks. POLi is free of charge for the consumer. Compared to PayPal and Bpay POLi is less popular.SourcesComscore Report “State of the Internet – Australia” |February 2011Online Business Index “Survey of Australian eCommerce Business” | March 2011Deloit Report “Australian e-commerce and GST” |2011AIIA Media Release “Government sets ecommerce benchmark for Australia” | 2011www.internetworldstats.comwww.IMRG.org (Interactive Media in Retail Group)

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