Surge in Poles' payments by BLIK to continue – payment system operator
Payments by BLIK, a mobile system which allows users to shop without using a card, surged in some sectors by over 200 percent, and the upward trend will likely continue, reported the Polish Payment Standard (PSP) in a press statement on Friday.
The rise in BLIK payments was the effect of people staying at home, said PSP, the operator of the BLIK system.
According to PSP, in March, the activity of BLIK users increased most in stores selling consumer electronics and household appliances, that is, by 270 percent compared to February. Taking second place were stores which sold household cleaning products, with a rise in BLIK payments of 216 percent month on month. In third place were online bookstores, with a month-on-month increase of 85 percent.
"What is happening now may, in the long run, have an impact on an acceleration of changes in consumer purchasing behavior," said Magdalena Kubisa, a PSP official. She added that the somewhat forced transition to online shopping today will accelerate the growth of e-commerce shopping at the expense of traditional shopping.
PSP also said that, in March, the greatest declines, by as much as 53 percent, were in the number of transactions carried out on websites offering transport services, as well as on portals selling tickets for concerts and cultural events.