New research from Experian has found that one in six (60%) of consumers are e continuing to embrace digital transactions by using universal mobile wallets.

The research has found that more people become accustomed to the security and convenience of the digital channel, digital transactions including mobile wallet payments are continuing to increase. 

The Global Insights Report found that 38 percent of consumers expect to increase their online activity in the next 12 months and 60 percent of consumers are using a universal mobile wallet to make digital payments. Currently, the two top activities among consumers online are personal banking (58 percent) and ordering groceries and takeout food (56 percent). 

Steve Wagner, Global Managing Director of Decision Analytics for Experian said “Both consumers and businesses have embraced the digital channel. What started as a necessity has turned into a preference and a digital channel strategy simply isn’t enough. There needs to be a re-imagined customer journey that puts the consumer at the center.”

The study also found that businesses are investing more resources around the digital experience. In fact, 9 in 10 businesses have a strategy in place related to the digital customer journey. 47 percent have put this strategy into place since Covid-19. In addition, more than a third of businesses are increasing staff or support for digital operations and experience, which is important because the research also found there is still a need to improve customer service online. 

To develop the study, Experian interviewed 3,000 consumers and 900 businesses across 10 countries around the world including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and United States on insights related to consumer and business economic outlooks, financial well-being, online behavior and more. This report is the final in a longitudinal study exploring the major shifts in consumer behavior and business strategy throughout Covid-19.  

Additional findings from the report include: 

  • 90% of businesses have a strategy in place related to the digital customer journey. 47% of businesses put this strategy into place since Covid-19. 
  • As stimulus and payment deferment terms expire, businesses are expecting an increase in personal and small business loan applications, HELOC and credit cards.
  • 41% of businesses intend to use AI to acquire and onboard new customers.
  • 55% of consumers say security is the most important factor in their digital experience – this is highest in the UK (73%), followed by Japan (71%). 
  • Fraud is the biggest challenge among businesses. 55% of business plan to increase fraud management budgets.