20 May 2013

New Zealanders enthusiastic online shoppers - survey

1:59 pm on 20 May 2013

New Zealanders are among the most prolific online shoppers in the Asia-Pacific region and security of transaction is a key consideration, according to a survey.

Mastercard's annual survey of online shopping shows nearly 90% of those questioned cited security as their main concern.

Mastercard New Zealand country manager Albert Naffah said shoppers expressed confidence in the levels of security they experience at the moment, and think it's important this is maintained.

Mr Naffah said the survey found people in this country are second only to China in their propensity to spend online.

The 25-country survey covered 500 people in New Zealand aged 18 to 64. It was carried out in December and January.

Meanwhile the country's largest EFTPOS provider, Smartpay, is urging retailers to adopt the Chinese card payment system called UnionPay.

Smartpay operates the UnionPay Direct software, the system which carries out the transactions.

It says the system would expose retailers to hundreds of thousands of potential customers given the number of Chinese tourists is expected to double to 400,000 a year in the next four years.