Global B2C Ecommerce is Expected to Grow to $1 Trillion by 2020

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Is your business ready to tap into the international ecommerce market? If not, you could be losing out on access to millions of potential consumers and their online purchases.

The global business-to-consumer ecommerce market was valued at $230 billion in 2014, but is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020, according to  a report from global consulting firm Accenture and AliResearch, the research arm of Alibaba Group. This marks a pivotal opportunity for small- and mid-sized firms and global entrepreneurs who are interested in tapping into emerging markets.

Cross-border ecommerce is a segment of the global B2C market where consumers make online purchases from businesses physically located in other countries. One of the easiest and most secure ways to facilitate global ecommerce is through an international payment processing system.

Experts estimate that by 2020, international ecommerce will account for almost 30% of global B2C purchases. According to the report, more than 900 million people around the world are expected to participate in online international shopping.

If you see potential to grow your online retail operations, you can’t afford to miss out on this trend. An international payment processing system can help smooth the transition into global markets by helping you navigate foreign rules and compliance issues and streamline payment processing. Look to work with a company that offers an international payment processing system and that can also help you connect with international contacts and experts in new markets such as Brazil, Canada, and Europe.

Global analysts and investors are also carefully following China’s growing economy. Global ecommerce grew by more than 70% in 2015 in China alone, driven partly by China’s growing middle class, higher standards of living, and increased exposure to foreign markets.

An estimated one-quarter of China’s population will soon be shopping either directly on a foreign company’s website or shopping through third parties like Alibaba, JD Worldwide, or Amazon. This equates to over 200 million ecommerce shoppers in China over the next five years, totaling over $245 billion in ecommerce transactions.

In addition, international ecommerce is expected to see compound annual growth of over 27% in the next five years. This is double the current rate of B2C shopping worldwide.

Even if you don’t anticipate venturing into international markets, which might be the case for local businesses like a regional healthcare provider or a utility company, you still need a payment processing system that is efficient and secure.

A healthcare payment processing system should integrate with other software applications, customer accounts, and financial institutions to facilitate fast and secure payments. Reliable, integrated banking solutions are a central component to electronic payments.

Also look for payment processing systems that support frictionless payments. This emerging concept integrates a customer’s banking information with point of sale transaction through an app or mobile device, allowing customers to pay a bill or make a purchase from their phone instead of physically swiping a debit or credit card.

Whether operating domestically, internationally, or moving between global and local markets, your payment processing provider should ensure excellent customer service, mobile capabilities, personalized solutions, and API connection for real-time data transfer.