Every business needs to accept payments from their customers, but over the years, the form of those payments have changed. Credit cards have replaced a substantial percentage of cash transactions, and smartphone-enabled digital wallets are slowly replacing credit cards even for in-store purchases.
This infographic reviews the evolution of the customer checkout experience through the years with an eye toward where it is headed.
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The Evolution of the Customer Checkout Experience
All businesses need to accept payments from their customers; however, the form of those payments has changed over the years. Credit cards have replaced a substantial percentage of cash transactions, and smartphone-enabled digital wallets are slowly replacing credit cards, even for in-store purchases. We review the evolution of the customer checkout experience below with an eye toward where it’s headed.
The Pre-Electronic Era
In 1995, 60% of shoppers used cash exclusivelyfor purchases.
In 1998, 87% of all U.S. households had checkingaccounts.By 2002, there were 42.5 billion checktransactions for every 15 billion credit andcharge card transactions.
The Rise of Swiping & Digital Payments
Only 2% and 8% of shoppers used debit and credit cards, respectively, in 1995. By 2003, 31% of shoppers used debit cards, and another 21% used credit cards.
Accepting Gift Cards & Loyalty Programs
In 2006, shoppers purchased $80 billion worth of gift cards, and 2/3 of consumers planned to give one to someone.
Now, retailers can embed promo codes into their NFC processors that are redeemed automatically when shoppers check-out using their NFC enabled devices, including:
- Gift Certificates
- Free Delivery
Advertising these promotions throughout the store will encourage shoppers to buy with their mobile devices. NFC-enabled, in-store mobile payments are expected to rise to $180 billion by 2017. The number of phones with NFC capabilities will rise to 45% by 2016.
Every employee is a potential cashier. Apple is the biggest and most prominent retailer currently utilizing the technology. More than 6,000 Nordstrom salespeople use mobile phones to make customer transactions.
In a growing number of stores, consumers can now make purchases on their own anywhere in the store as soon as they are ready to pay, reducing line congestion and eliminating sales friction. USA Today reported JC Penney hopes to eliminate cash registers entirely by 2014.
The customer checkout experience has continuously evolved to provide greater convenience less friction, and a more enjoyable time in the store. Mobile point-of-sale and self-checkout capabilities are poised to lead the shopping revolution in a store near you!