Alipay and WeChat Pay, by the numbers

April 21, 2017

Leveraging their e-commerce and social network platforms, Alibaba and Tencent – through their Alipay and WeChat Pay apps – are dominating China’s payments industry.


Just how much are they crushing it, though? Here are a few numbers from the UN’s Better Than Cash Alliance report (PDF) to help put things in perspective.


60%: The percentage of non-cash retail transactions in China in 2015.


17%: Of all retail transactions in 2015 were made through digital payments.


$11.6 billion: The ballpark value of WeChat payments in 2012.


85: The multiple by which they increased over the past four years (it surged to $1.2 trillion last year).


$70 billion: The approximate value of Alipay payments in 2012.


$1.7 trillion: The estimated value of Alipay payments in 2016.


$300 billion: The rough value of payments made through Alipay and WeChat’s competitors.


$2.9 trillion: The value of Alipay and WeChat’s payments in 2016, combined.


Photo: Andy Maguire


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