Italy Payments Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact and Forecasts (2022-2027)

Italy Payments Market is Payments Market is Segmented by Mode of Payment (Point of Sale (Card Payments, Digital Wallet, Cash), Online Sale (Card Payments, Digital Wallet)), and by End-user Industries (Retail, Entertainment, Healthcare, Hospitality).

Market Snapshot

Italy Payment Market
Study Period: 2022-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 11.04 %

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Market Overview

The Italian payments market is expected to register a CAGR of 11.04 % from 2022 to 2027. The Italian government and central bank-sponsored electronic payments. In October 2019, the government announced the Progetto Italia Cashless plan, which aims to promote digital payments and eliminate the use of cash.

  • Visa, American Express, and Discover are key competitors in the Italian payment market. American Express and Discover provide credit cards to consumers directly instead of Mastercard and Visa, which offer through banks and third-party providers. Mastercard and Visa have a near-duopoly on the payment processing market with this offering.
  • Nexi (the country's leading acquirer) partnered with its financial institutions to launch the Micropayments refund initiative in August 2020 to increase card acceptance among small merchants in the Italy market. Small merchants are eligible for a refund on merchant fees of up to EUR 10 (USD 11.23) through this initiative until December 2021. This applies to payments made using Visa, Mastercard, and Bancomat payment cards at physical and virtual POS terminals.
  • Mobile payments are used for various operations, such as ordering takeout food, purchasing movie tickets, and upgrading smartphone games, which is expected to drive the growth of the Italian market. In addition, the use of debit or credit cards to make these payments is increasing in both developed and developing countries. This factor is expected to boost the market's growth even further. This is due to the fact that card information can be saved on mobile phones, and payments can be quickly processed.
  • E-commerce improvements made to meet COVID-19 requirements would most likely be carried over into Italian e-commerce in the future. For example, in Italy, online service providers such as Uber upgraded their infrastructure to allow merchants to receive payments daily rather than weekly, and they expanded the number of devices merchants can use to process orders.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic had little impact on the Italian economy. According to the Bank of Italy, overall consumption was estimated to decline by 11.7 % in 2020, with goods falling 6.4% and services falling 16.4%. During this year, the use of online payments fell gradually, with the value of goods and services settled with payment cards, the vast majority of Italian e-payments – falling negligibly.

Scope of the Report

Payments are increasingly becoming cashless, and the industry's role in fostering inclusion has become a top priority. Payments contribute to developing digital economies and drive innovation, all while serving as a stable backbone worldwide.

The Italy payments market is divided into two segments: by mode of payment (point of sale (card payments, digital wallet, cash), online sale (card payments, digital wallet)), and by end-user industries (retail, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality).

By Mode of Payment
Point of Sale
Card Payments (includes Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Bank Financing Prepaid Cards)
Digital Wallet (includes Mobile Wallets)
Cash
Others
Online Sale
Card Payments (includes Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Bank Financing Prepaid Cards)
Digital Wallet (includes Mobile Wallets)
Others (includes Cash on Delivery, Bank Transfer, and Buy Now, Pay Later)
By End-user Industry
Retail
Entertainment
Healthcare
Hospitality
Other End-user Industries

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Use of Digital Payments for Online Sale

  • Italy's payments market is evolving in response to consumer behavior. Cashless economies, mobile banking, instant payments, digital commerce, and the growing influence of regulatory agencies are a few trends affecting the payments market.
  • Italy's payment preferences are shifting away from cash and credit cards toward digital wallets and buy now, pay later transactions (BNPL). The rise of alternative payment methods and volume moving to credit- and debit-linked digital wallets are all factors contributing to credit cards' declining share.
  • Several e-commerce purchases in Italy are made with a digital wallet, frequently funded via a bank account. This is the case with Satispay, an Italian mobile wallet that is spreading to Belgium, France, Germany, and Luxembourg. It enables over 1.5 million loyal customers in Italy to pay for purchases online and in-store, as well as exchange money with friends.
  • Cards are one of the most popular online payment methods in the country, and their market share is expected to remain stable until 2023. Visa, Mastercard, and the domestic brand CartaSi are the most popular card brands. PagoBancomat, a local card scheme, is also popular and has invested millions in its digital wallet capabilities.
Italy Payments Market

Number of internet users in Italy

  • Every online banking transaction takes place over the internet. On the other hand, mobile banking refers to banking operations carried out using a tablet or a smartphone. As a result, mobile banking includes accessing a bank's mobile website, texting with the bank, or using its mobile app. Mobile banking is prevalent among Italian customers because it uses advanced features such as face recognition for faster log-ins and can be used anywhere.
  • The Italian online shopping market offers numerous opportunities. A willingness to make cross-border purchases will benefit international e-commerce merchants. With domestic e-commerce still in its early stages, several Italian e-shoppers have made an overseas purchases in the last year.
  • Payment instruments enable money to be transferred between parties. The most common distinction is between cash and alternative mechanisms such as cheques, wire transfers, direct debits, debit cards, credit cards, and electronic money. The advancement of information technologies tends to increase the use of the internet and mobile phones for payment (so-called e-payments and m-payments).
  • Italians are adopting the internet, with the country's digitalization levels steadily increasing in recent years. The country had witnessed intense internet penetration, with 70% of its population already using it in 2020 as per WorldBank. However, the data also indicates the large number of users that are yet to explore it, which has created a massive opportunity for the market's growth. As more individuals start accessing the internet, the payments market of the country is expected to gain more traction with more users of online sales channels.
Italy Payments Market

Competitive Landscape

Bancomat Pay is a high-potential domestic Italian mobile payment method. Bancomat Pay is available to over 37 million Italians with a PagoBancomat debit card for P2P, in-store, and online transactions. Online shoppers in Italy prefer to use their VISA or MasterCard credit, debit, or prepaid card. Most of these cards are distributed under the CartaSi or PostePay brand names. As a result, these two bank brands have been designated as 'payment methods.' Furthermore, credit cards, PayPal, and online bank transfers are popular methods of online payment in Italy payment market.

  • May 2022 - In Time for Summer Vacations, a Global PayByPhone App Launches in Italy and Germany. In many cities, PayByPhone's app allows drivers to pay for parking and extend parking sessions remotely, as well as provides smart alerts to help drivers avoid costly parking fines.
  • December 2021 - Mastercard announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Zucchetti, a provider of business software solutions. The partnership is aimed at bringing Expense Management Solution (EMS) to the offering of banks that issue Mastercard cards. The digital solution is expected to enable Italian SMEs with operational flexibility.

Recent Developments

  • January 2022 - Worldline, a key European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, announced its acquisition of Axepta Italy. The partnership can be seen as a strategic approach by Worldline to enhance its scale, reach and direct presence in Italy.
  • November 2021 - Spanish financial services firm BBVA has partnered with Italian banking group Banca Sella to provide payment services via open banking firm Fabrick. The partnership allows BBVA to offer its international and Italian customers wanting to do business in Italy a series of local payment services such as F24, postal bills, CBILL, and pagoPA.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definitions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Stakeholder Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness-Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Evolution of the payments landscape in the country

    5. 4.5 Key market trends pertaining to the growth of cashless transaction in the country

    6. 4.6 Impact of COVID-19 on the payments market in the country

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Emerging payment methods are widely accepted

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing outward-looking consumer base willing to spend overseas

      3. 5.1.3 E-commerce is spreading rapidly, with cross-border e-commerce becoming aided by rising purchasing power.

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Market is influenced by high unemployment rates among young people and women.

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

      1. 5.3.1 Rising Adoption of Digital Payment Methods Among the Young Generation

    4. 5.4 Key Regulations and Standards in the Digital Payments Industry

    5. 5.5 Analysis of major case studies and use-cases

    6. 5.6 Analysis of key demographic trends and patterns related to payments industry in the Italy (Coverage to include Population, Internet Penetration, Banking Penetration/Unbanking Population, Age & Income etc.)

    7. 5.7 Analysis of the increasing emphasis on customer satisfaction and convergence of global trends in the Italy

    8. 5.8 Analysis of cash displacement and rise of contactless payment modes in the Italy

  6. 6. Market Segmentation

    1. 6.1 By Mode of Payment

      1. 6.1.1 Point of Sale

        1. 6.1.1.1 Card Payments (includes Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Bank Financing Prepaid Cards)

        2. 6.1.1.2 Digital Wallet (includes Mobile Wallets)

        3. 6.1.1.3 Cash

        4. 6.1.1.4 Others

      2. 6.1.2 Online Sale

        1. 6.1.2.1 Card Payments (includes Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Bank Financing Prepaid Cards)

        2. 6.1.2.2 Digital Wallet (includes Mobile Wallets)

        3. 6.1.2.3 Others (includes Cash on Delivery, Bank Transfer, and Buy Now, Pay Later)

    2. 6.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 6.2.1 Retail

      2. 6.2.2 Entertainment

      3. 6.2.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.2.4 Hospitality

      5. 6.2.5 Other End-user Industries

  7. 7. Competitive Landscape

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Bancomat Pay

      2. 7.1.2 Amazon Pay

      3. 7.1.3 Visa

      4. 7.1.4 MasterCard

      5. 7.1.5 PayPal

      6. 7.1.6 American Express

      7. 7.1.7 CartaSi

      8. 7.1.8 Apple Pay

      9. 7.1.9 MyBank

      10. 7.1.10 Postepay

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. Investment Analysis

  9. 9. Future Outlook of the Market

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Italy Payments Market market is studied from 2022 - 2027.

The Italy Payments Market is growing at a CAGR of 11.04% over the next 5 years.

Bancomat Pay, Master card, PayPal Holdings, Inc., Amazon Pay, Visa Inc. are the major companies operating in Italy Payments Market.

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