The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) recently sealed a pioneering partnership with Alipay+ to enable digital banking customers to shop global. Leveraging on Alipay+, a suite of global cross-border mobile payments and marketing solutions operated by Ant Group, BPI is now available as a payment option at regional and global online merchants supported by Alipay+.
“The pandemic has rapidly accelerated the shift of payment behavior and preference of Filipinos from cash to digital. We aim to better serve and engage the now digitally savvy customers, by continuously innovating and expanding our digital ecosystem of partners and merchants, for an enhanced digital experience that goes beyond banking,” said Noel Santiago, Chief Digital Officer at BPI.
“Amidst our consistent push to adopt new technologies, 91% of our transactions are now digital, up from 85% prior to the pandemic. Our digital customer base has also grown to 4.9 million in 2021 with a 20% increase in active users compared to the previous year. With the use of BPI Online credentials, the partnership with Alipay+ will bring a convenient and seamless payment experience to BPI customers and connect them to regional and global brands.”
Since its launch in 2020, Alipay+ has seen strong adoptions among regional and global online merchants across e-commerce, digital entertainment and O2O, including leading brands such as Agoda, Apple, Foodpanda, Google, and SHEIN. More than 1 million offline merchants in major European and Asian markets have also partnered with Alipay+ since.
“The future of payments is mobile. Alipay+ works closely with digital payment providers such as BPI to alleviate cross-border payments pain points for users,” said CHENG Guoming, General Manager of Alipay+ Global Payment Partnership, Ant Group, “BPI is one of the largest and most trusted banks in the Philippines with a loyal customer base. We are excited to partner with BPI to make regional and global brands more accessible to local consumers and to enhance their lifestyle.”