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May 3, 2022

Revealed: The cards & payments companies leading the way in ecommerce

We aggregated thousands of records from GlobalData's proprietary themes, jobs, deals and patents databases to identify the most active e-commerce companies in cards and payments

By Data Journalism Team

PayPal and Amazon are among the companies best positioned to take advantage of future ecommerce disruption in the cards & payments industry, our analysis shows.

The assessment comes from GlobalData’s Thematic Research ecosystem, which ranks companies on a scale of one to five based on their likelihood to tackle challenges like ecommerce and emerge as long-term winners of the cards & payments sector.

According to our analysis, PayPal, Amazon, Tencent, Visa, Klarna , Block and Revolut are the companies best positioned to benefit from investments in ecommerce, all of them recording scores of five out of five in GlobalData’s Payments Thematic Scorecard.

The table below shows how GlobalData analysts scored the biggest companies in the cards & payments industry on their ecommerce performance, as well as the number of new ecommerce jobs, deals and patents from the companies since April 2021.

The final column in the table represents the overall score given to that company when it comes to their current ecommerce position relative to their peers. A score of five indicates that a company is a dominant player in this space, while companies that score less than three are vulnerable to being left behind. These can be read fairly straightforwardly.

The other data points in the table are more nuanced, showcasing recent ecommerce investment across a range of areas over the past year. These metrics, where available, give an indication of whether ecommerce is at the top of executives’ minds now, but high numbers in these fields are just as likely to represent desperate attempts to catch-up as they are genuine strength in ecommerce.

For example, a high number of deals could either indicate that a company is dominating the market, or that it is using mergers and acquisitions to fill in gaps in its offering.

This article is based on GlobalData research figures as of 29 April 2022. For more up-to-date figures, check the GlobalData website.

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