Recently, Australia fintech company AirPay Financial Technologies announced its regional collaboration with China leading mobile payment technology company SwiftPass to form a new lifestyle brand “AirPass”. Connecting Australian merchants directly with Chinese consumers, AirPass lets local retailers accept WeChat Pay and Alipay both online and offline, as well as reach overseas markets to make the most of the global Chinese spending boom.
AirPass is a lifestyle brand backed by Australian fintech startup AirPay Financial Technologies, in partnership with leading Chinese mobile payment provider SwiftPass. The new brand brings China’s most popular ePayment, eStore, eCard, eMarketing and eWallet services to Australia, allowing Chinese tourists, students and migrants to make over the counter purchases by simply scanning a QR code on their smartphone.
The payment platform can also be integrated into Australian e-commerce websites and mobile apps, taking advantage of AsiaPay’s PayDollar payment gateway. Supporting multiple shopping cart plugins, PayDollar provides a one-stop online payment solution allowing local merchants to accept Alipay, WeChat Pay, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal and ZipPay
“AirPass is providing a user-friendly platform for Australian retailers to build their own eStore to facilitate marketing and payment – which is the key to entering the Chinese consumer market,” says SwiftPass Technologies VP Tong Liu.
Meanwhile, the AirPass app for iOS and Android lets Australian retailers connect directly with Chinese shoppers. AirPass assists Australian retailers and brands with setting up their own WeChat eStore to tap into Chinese social marketing channels. This allows local retailers to sell products via the WeChat ecosystem, reaching new customers in China along with Chinese communities around the globe.
AirPass’ arrival in Australia comes as Boxing Day saw record high sales to Chinese shoppers across major retailers and shopping centre groups such as Westfield, Chadstone, QVB and Pacific Fair.
“We are thrilled to announce our regional partnership with SwiftPass and recently launch WeChat Pay and Alipay to Australia’s largest and oldest pearling company Paspaley,” says AirPay Financial Technologies chief executive Jimmy Zhu. “There is huge demand from the market pushing us to deliver more advanced payment and marketing products.”
Another Australian family-owned luxury retailer, Harrolds recently launched a WeChat Official Account and will soon accept WeChat Pay and Alipay in-store.
Other luxury brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Valentino, Mulberry, Givenchy, Off-White, Marais, Furla, Folli Follie and Sneakerboy are also adopting the AirPass platform in order to better reach Chinese shoppers.