Alipay+ partnership connects European retailers with Asian mobile wallets

Ant Group-owned Alipay+ is partnering with global cross-border payments business Thunes to connect Asia’s most popular mobile wallets with European merchants.

Merchants that work with Thunes will be able to serve online consumers from Asian markets and accept mobile wallet payments during checkout.

The partnership will mean that merchants in Europe can accept: China’s Alipay; Malaysia’s Touch n’ Go and Boost; Philippines’ GCash; South Korea’s KakaoPay; and Thailand’s Rabbit LINE Pay and TrueMoney.

Consumers will also be able to use their mobile wallets to pay in-store purchases in Europe, using a dedicated Point-of-Sale mobile application that support QR-code payments.

“Thunes’ partnership with Alipay+ creates a truly global shopping experience for buyers and represents another major step in our mission to make payments borderless and inclusive,” said Christophe Bourbier, managing director at Thunes Collections. “Mobile wallets are becoming the primary payment method across Asian consumers, and with international tourism demonstrating steady recovery, we expect to see significant demand for this solution from our 100,000 merchants”.

Kevin Liu, country manager for France at Ant Group said: “Thunes is a strong partner for Alipay+ -- the innovative solutions that enable merchants to reach users of major digital payment methods. This partnership will allow merchants to engage with shoppers through their favourite digital payment tools both online and in-store, and help speed up the digitalisation and globalisation of their business operation."

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