Kuwait City, Kuwait, 17 August 2021: Almost seven in 10 (67%) of consumers in Kuwait would rather switch retailers or shop in-store than wait if there were delays in completing their online purchase, according to the 2021 Stay Secure survey released by world leader in digital payments, Visa, and the Kuwait Banking Association (KBA) as part of their annual Stay Secure consumer education campaign.
The survey indicates that consumers have become increasingly savvy about paying digitally, and their expectations for both in-store and eCommerce payment experiences has skyrocketed. Half of consumers (50%) said they would not complete a purchase at a store that did not offer contactless payment options. When shopping online, close to a third (31%) of consumers surveyed will abandon their shopping cart if they experience a delay or authentication error. eCommerce sites that offer personalized shopping experience through artificial intelligence (AI) (44%), provide a variety of payment options (42%), mention logos of payment providers (41%), offer payment options in local currency (41%), and seamless refunds (41%) performed better in building high levels of consumer trust.
As consumers are now more aware of the underlying security technology that protects their digital payments, half (50%) of consumers are also more open to storing their card information on merchant sites if this helps to improve or speed up their shopping experience. The survey also showed that nearly half of consumers surveyed (41%) continue to shop online with no signs of slowing down, while 38% said they are shopping less in stores despite the easing of restrictions.
Ankush Devadason, Visa's Country Manager, Kuwait, commented, "Consumers in Kuwait are very savvy and will not settle for a shopping experience that does not match their expectations. Merchants need to recognize this and our survey provides them actionable insights that can help them combat fraud and ensure consumers feel safe when transacting with them. The 2021 Stay Secure survey also outlines steps merchants can take to improve the shopping experience both online and in-store. We are pleased to be able to share the results of this survey as part of our ongoing education efforts with KBA and to help support local merchants’ recovery needs and their digital transformation.”
Consumers surveyed said they feel safe shopping on merchant sites that provide customer reviews, a seamless refund experience and offer a variety of payment options. Logos of payment providers and visible security features like ‘lock’ icon and SSL certificate also helped consumers know a merchant site was secure.
Merchants looking to provide an enhanced online experience for their customers can leverage solutions like Visa Secure to make online payments more secure and seamless, and to speed up authentication. Visa Secure uses the latest EMV 3-D Secure (3DS) specifications, which uses fraud detection intelligence working behind the scenes to verify cardholder identity and block unauthorized transactions.
The survey corresponds with the launch of Visa's fourth annual "Stay Secure" social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram (@VisaMiddleEast, @KBAOnline), this year in partnership with the Kuwait Banking Association. The campaign reinforces safe digital payment practices and reminds consumers on how they can protect personal data even as they enjoy the benefits and convenience of eCommerce and contactless payments. The Kuwait Stay Secure webpage also includes fraud prevention tips for consumers and information on security features of digital payments.