2019 J.P. Morgan Global Payment Trends

E-commerce Payments Trends: Mexico

Mexico e-commerce insights


Offering a wide range of payment methods is key to success in Mexico’s e-commerce market. Social media offers a chance to capture the attention of these online shoppers, who are spending increasing amounts of time on their smartphones. With high levels of cross-border spending, Mexico’s e-commerce market is associated with a confident double-digit growth prediction to 2021. 

To help our clients locate, attract and keep their customers, we have tracked and assessed e-commerce developments in 34 mature and emerging markets around the globe.

Investment in internet infrastructure helping e-commerce market in Mexico to grow

 

While investors were concerned that the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. would damage relations with Mexico’s most important economic partner, confidence was restored to some degree following the completion of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.1

Although growth is limited, the financial conditions in Mexico are expected to benefit from strong economic activity in the U.S. However, despite low unemployment, reducing poverty remains the key priority for the Mexican government.2

Retail sales were modest in 2018 but that has not stopped the e-commerce market posting strong sales, driven by government investment in internet infrastructure.3

 

 

Mexico’s e-commerce market trends: Double-digit growth with huge potential

 

Enjoying a rapid annual growth rate of 28.3 percent, the Mexican business to consumer e-commerce market is worth $22.6 billion.14 That said, e-commerce has a long way to go before it unseats bricks-and-mortar sales as the dominant commerce channel in the country – online shopping accounts for just 1.7 percent of the country’s overall retail market.15

From this low baseline, however, double-digit growth is expected to continue. The Mexican e-commerce market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 12.6 percent to 2021.16

Consumer electronics and travel are the most popular online shopping categories, taking a 31.6 percent and 30.2 percent share of the domestic e-commerce market, respectively.17

The leading shopping sites are MercadoLibre, Latin America's most visited e-commerce platform, Amazon and Mexico’s own Coppel.18 MercadoLibre’s reach is set to grow after it announced plans to open two new distribution centers in Mexico last year in a bid to speed up delivery times.19 Amazon, too, has said it will invest in increased infrastructure in the Mexico.20

Private investment is being complemented by the efforts of the Mexican government. Internet penetration has risen by 47 percent since 2013 after reforms to telecommunications regulation made domestic internet packages cheaper and more readily available.21

Since 2015, the Mexican federal government has also run the Mexico Conectado program, which provides free internet in each state in public areas and is designed to be used for research and online shopping.22

 

Straightforward customs procedure key to Mexico’s e-commerce growth

 

Cross-border shopping is a significant part of the Mexican e-commerce market, taking a quarter of total sales.23 Some 67 percent of Mexican e-consumers have shopped from an international site,24 suggesting international merchants hoping to break in to this market have a good chance of finding receptive customers.

The neighboring U.S. is the most popular international shopping destination, followed by China and then Japan.25 Mexico has a streamlined imports and customs clearing procedure for items valued under US$50, which may also account for the popularity of cross-border shopping.26

 

Mexico’s online shoppers quick to adopt mobile e-commerce

 

Mexico represents an exciting opportunity for mobile commerce providers. While smartphone penetration stands at 39.5 percent,27 one of the lower rates of the countries included in our report series,* this represents the highest rate in Latin America.

Within Mexico, mobile commerce already takes a significant share of the overall e-commerce market, accounting for 34 percent of all transactions,28 or $7.7 billion in sales.29

Mexico’s mobile e-commerce market  is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 23.2 percent to 2021, driven by falling smartphone prices and the increasing adoption of mobile commerce by Mexico’s large unbanked population.30 At present, just 37 percent of the population has a bank account. Smartphones and apps with digital wallet options allow unbanked citizens to access and purchase products without a bank account.31

 

Social media popularity in Mexico presents e-commerce growth opportunity

 

Strong social media uptake could also help bolster mobile commerce sales, as shoppers increasingly click through to shopping sites via social platforms. At present, Mexican citizens spend three hours and 46 minutes on social media every day.32 Facebook is the most-used site, followed by Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.33

However, converting mobile browsing to sales could pose a challenge. At the moment, transactions are typically completed on a desktop device.34 Merchants must develop easy-to-use shopping apps that streamline the mobile shopping process in order to grow mobile commerce.

Developing app-only offers tied in to discounting events could also increase mobile commerce uptake. Merchants should target ‘Hot Sale’, an annual week-long e-commerce promotion that takes place in late May, 35and ‘El Buen Fin’, Mexico’s own ‘Black Friday’. Another important commercial date in Mexico is ‘Children’s Day’ when kids will often be given presents by their families.36

 

Mexico’s e-commerce payments trend: Debit card payments rule

 

Card is the dominant payment method in Mexico, used in 45 percent of all transactions and worth $10.2 billion in sales.37 Debit card penetration is high, at 1.12 cards per capita, compared with 0.25 for credit cards,38 bucking a trend seen elsewhere in Latin America. The use of cards will increase in the period to 2021, by which point they are expected to be used for half of all online transactions (50.9 percent).39

Cash and digital wallets tie as the second-most used payment method, each taking a 17 percent share of the overall e-commerce payments market.40 The high use of cash, which is often used to settle payment on delivery, can be attributed to Mexico’s large (63 percent) unbanked population.41 There is also a culture of ordering items via mobile and then paying for them in cash at convenience stores, with Oxxo standing as the retail chain that is leading this method.42 However, the use of cash is expected to drop dramatically over the next two years, falling to just 2.6 percent by 2021.43

 

Digital wallets an increasingly popular payment method in Mexico

 

In contrast, digital wallets are expected to rise sharply in use, in line with growing smartphone penetration. By 2021, digital wallets will occupy a 27.7 percent share of the business to consumer e-commerce payments market.44 Popular options include market leader PayPal®, and domestic player Mercado Pago.45 Visa® Checkout and Masterpass are also recognized digital wallet options in the country.46

Paying for bigger-ticket items, such as consumer electronics, in installments is another growing trend in Mexico.47 The associated short-term debt is usually provided via banks in partnership with merchants.48

Bank transfers are used for 16 percent of all online payments,49 and are projected to rise in use only slightly to 2021, to take an 18.6 percent share of the market.50 Banco de México developed and operates the country’s primary faster payments system, called SPEI. The scheme settles funds in near real time.51 Participating banks must send customers payment orders to recipient banks within 30 seconds of the order being made.52

 

Reports of e-commerce fraud on the rise in Mexico

 

According to Mexican financial consumer watchdog Condusef, reported incidences of suspected e-commerce fraud across different payment methods increased 74 percent year-on-year in 2018, representing a value of $64 million.53

It appears fraudsters are turning their attentions to Mexico’s burgeoning online shopping market, as incidences of fraudulent physical transactions fell.54

 

Key takeaways

 

  • Just over two-thirds of Mexico’s online shoppers have shopped at an international site. This overseas e-commerce has been aided by a simplified customs clearance regime for low-value express commercial shipments
  • International brands should be aware that new regulations proposed by the Mexican tax authority could result in additional requirements that would make express delivery shipments to Mexico more difficult and costly
  • Although cards are the dominant payment method in Mexico, used in 45 percent of all transactions, 55 cash remains relevant due to a low rate of financial inclusion
  • Many online shops in Mexico offer payment alternatives such as cash payments at convenience stores

 

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1 OECD: Mexico - Economic forecast summary (November 2018). Accessed March 2019.

2 IMF: IMF Country Focus – Mexico. Accessed March 2019.

3 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexico B2C E-commerce Report, 2017.

4 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via World Bank, 2017.

5 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via World Bank, 2017.

6 World Bank Open Data. ‘Mexico.’ Accessed December 2018.

7 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexican Internet Association E-commerce Study, OECD, 2017.

8 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Statista, 2017.

9 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexican Internet Association E-commerce Study, 2017.

10 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via World Bank, 2017.

11 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Statista, 2017, World Bank, 2017.

12 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via World Bank, 2017.

13 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Trends in Payment Instruments, World Bank, 2016, 2017.

14 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexican Internet Association E-commerce Study, OECD, 2017.

15 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Statista, 2017.

16 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Statista, 2017.

17 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Ecommerce Study Mexico, 2017.

18 Similarweb.com, February 2019. ‘Top sites ranking for Shopping in Mexico.’ Accessed February 2019.

19 Reuters.com, February 2018. ‘E-commerce firm Mercado Libre to open distribution centers in Mexico.’ Accessed February 2019.

20 Reuters.com, February 2018. ‘E-commerce firm Mercado Libre to open distribution centers in Mexico.’ Accessed February 2019.

21 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexico B2C E-commerce Report, 2017.

22 Itu.int, 2019. ‘Punto México Conectado Program.’Accessed February 2019.

23 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexican Internet Association E-commerce Study, 2017.

24 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexican Internet Association E-commerce Study, 2017.

25 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexico B2C Ecommerce Market, 2017.

26 Export.gov, November 2018. ‘Mexico – eCommerce.’ Accessed February 2019.

27 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Statista, 2017, World Bank, 2017.

28 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexican Internet Association E-commerce Study, 2017.

29 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Statista, 2017.

30 Eshopworld.com, 2019. ‘Fashion, Facebook & Mobile are the Future of the Mexican eCommerce Market.’ Accessed February 2019.

31 elEconomista.com.mx, June 2018.‘¿Está el m-commerce hecho para México?’ Accessed February 2019.

32 Eshopworld.com, 2019. ‘Fashion, Facebook & Mobile are the Future of the Mexican eCommerce Market.’ Accessed February 2019.

33 Eshopworld.com, 2019. ‘Fashion, Facebook & Mobile are the Future of the Mexican eCommerce Market.’ Accessed February 2019.

34 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Mexican Internet Association E-commerce Study, 2017.

35 Vallartadaily.com, May 2018. ‘‘Hot Sale’ Aims to Increase Online Sales in Mexico.’ Accessed February 2019.

36 Entrepreneur Europe:  Mark Your Calendars: The Key to Latin American Ecommerce Is Knowing the Right Dates, August 2018.

37 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

38 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via Trends in Payment Instruments, World Bank, 2016, 2017.

39 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

40 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

41 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company via World Bank, 2017.

42 Onlinepaymentacceptance.worldline.com, 2019. ‘What you should know about ecommerce in Latin America.’ Accessed February 2019.

43 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

44 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

45 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

46 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

47 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

48 Onlinepaymentacceptance.worldline.com, 2019. ‘What you should know about ecommerce in Latin America.’ Accessed February 2019.

49 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

50 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

51 Anterior.Banxico.org.mx, 2019. ‘Interbanking Electronic Payment System.’ Accessed February 2019.

52 Anterior.Banxico.org.mx, 2019. ‘Interbanking Electronic Payment System.’ Accessed February 2019.

53 BNAmericas.com, July 2018. ‘Fraud-related complaints soar in Mexico e-commerce.’ Accessed February 2019.

54 BNAmericas.com, July 2018. ‘Fraud-related complaints soar in Mexico e-commerce.’ Accessed February 2019.

55 J.P. Morgan 2019 Payments Trends – Global Insights Report: Data has been provided to J.P. Morgan Merchant Services by Edgar, Dunn and Company, 2018.

 

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ii The Nilson Report, #1132 May 2018.

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