Posted on 3 March 2014
PayU appoints new CEO for Middle East and Africa
PayU, a global mobile and online payment service provider, announced the appointment of Mustapha Zaouini as CEO of PayU Middle East and Africa (MEA). Zaouini is a respected business technology entrepreneur and executive in the telecoms, system integration consultancies and mobile money industries.
Posted on 17 February 2014
3D Secure Implementation Deadline – Helpful Information for SA Online Stores
With online fraud being top of the agenda for the Payment Association of South Africa (PASA), the body has taken the decision to make it compulsory for all South African e-commerce merchants to be enrolled in the 3D Secure program by the 28th of February 2014.
Posted on 31 January 2014
PayU Doubles Merchants in 2013 – Success proves increase in consumers online shopping confidence
PayU, South Africa’s leading online payment solutions provider, doubled its merchant count during 2013. The significant increase is made up of merchants from various industries, with a notable increase in general retail.
Posted on 13 November 2013
Heritage Day Campaign: Support SA Online Shops
Upcoming public holidays in South Africa will be the turning point for local online retail, according to Mark Chirnside, CEO of PayU, SA’s largest online and mobile payment service provider.
Posted in November 2013
How to: take your (small) business online
The World Wide Web, together with other ICT enabling technologies, has made it increasingly easy for companies to conduct business online. However, the expansion of the online environment has also brought with it an additional development: the potential for any individual to have a commercial presence.
Posted in November 2013
Three design fundamentals of an e-commerce website
The rapid growth in internet users in South Africa is offering entrepreneurs a valuable opportunity to create their own successful e-commerce website. At present, internet penetration has grown from 15% of the population in 2008 to 34% this year, and according to the recent MasterCard online shopping survey, the revenue from online retail has grown from R2.6 billion in 2011 to R3.3 billion in 2012, and looks set to exceed R4.2 billion at the end of 2013.
Posted on 16 October 2013
PayU assists budding entrepreneurs to become their own boss this Bosses Day
“Entrepreneurship is a viable career choice for young South Africans” says PayU CEO, Mark Chirnside “It is with this in mind that PayU is encouraging potential entrepreneurs of all ages to pursue their start-up career paths, but more specifically to investigate their own online business.”
Posted in September 2013
PayU now enables customers to purchase airtime and electricity online
In their bid to making online payments in South Africa easier and more convenient, PayU, SA’s largest online and mobile service provider has just incorporated online airtime and electricity purchasing into their offering.
Posted in August 2013
How do I get online and start a successful e-commerce business?
A great place to start would be the free workshop which PayU and MWEB are co-hosting for the benefit of all local entrepreneurs who are looking to establish their own successful e-commerce business.
Posted on 12 June 2013
Payment gateway PayU celebrates results in latest MasterCard Online
PayU, the payment gateway which processes the online payments for SA’s favourite online shop – Kalahari.com – takes note of the fact that South Africans rate secure payment facilities as one of the most important considerations when shopping online.
Posted on 06 June 2013
Online shopping rapidly increasing in South Africa
Emerging markets research firm, Jana, has recently released insights on the e-commerce preferences of African consumers in Nigeria, Kenya & South Africa. Over 600 consumers were surveyed in each country, measuring the retail preferences of online shoppers.
Posted on 06 May 2013
No more tough choices: full-time mothers go online
According to recent research from Direct Line for Business (“DL4B”) in the UK, one in six Britons are operating as an ‘online business from home’ – making their own products to sell for profit, or purchasing goods to resell. DL4B has termed these companies ‘home webtailers’ – a development stay-at-home parents are finding especially beneficial.
Posted on 28 January 2013
PayU partners with Discovery to offer Discovery Miles as an online payment method
PayU, an online payment service provider that processes over 65% of the e-commerce transaction value in South Africa, today announced a partnership with Discovery that enables the company to offer Discovery Miles as a secure payment method to Discovery approved online stores. Discovery Miles is one of the most popular loyalty currency programs in South Africa.
Posted on 09 November 2012
PayU’s PCI Compliant status ensures ongoing security of customer cardholder data
The Payments Association of SA (Pasa) announced that private credit card and banking details have been leaked during a breach at a company which processes online transactions for a number of large online merchants. PayU, Naspers-owned mobile and online payment service provider has confirmed that they are not the online payment service provider in question as they are PCI DSS compliant offering the protection and security of their merchants and customers card data.
Posted on 22 October 2012
Online shopping highlights interesting social trends during peak periods
The Blue Bulls could be more popular than the Stormers, more South Africans would rather read Victor Matfields’ biography than Steve Jobs’ and Valentine’s Day does mark an increase in online sales, but not necessarily for Valentine’s Day related products. This is just to mention a few of the online buying trends released by PayU merchants Kalahari.com and Look & Listen.
The annual Kalahari.com mobile survey tracks spikes in seasonal shopping trends while observations by Look & Listen provide insight into the decision-making processes which inform online shopping. As its transactional gateway, payment solutions company PayU ensures that online buying power during peak events and seasons is not undermined by security issues.
Posted on 16 October 2012
PayU South Africa appoints RED to help protect merchants against online fraud
ReD, a leading global provider of fraud prevention and payment services, has announced the launch of its ReD Shield® online fraud prevention service for PayU South Africa, a prominent online and mobile payments provider in the region.
Headquartered in Cape Town, PayU processes approximately 65% of the e-commerce transaction value in South Africa. Under a three year deal, PayU will be rolling out ReD Shield® to help its e-commerce customers across South Africa in the battle against online fraud.
Posted on 01 October 2012
PCI Certification reinforces PayU’s status as one of the leading payment gateways in SA
PayU, a Naspers-owned mobile and online payment service provider, has been awarded PCI DSS Level 1 certification – demonstrating the company’s commitment to protecting the security of online shoppers’ card data.
The PCI DSS is a set of comprehensive safety requirements that payment gateways need to comply with to ensure that all cardholder data is always stored, processed and transmitted securely.
Posted on 04 September 2012
PayU launches EasyMerchant, the simplified solution to sell online
South Africa’s leading online and mobile payment service provider, PayU, is inviting small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) into the e-commerce fold.
This comes at the hand of the launch of an innovative product that enables SMEs to accept credit card payments by using PayU’s merchant account and processing network. This product, known as EasyMerchant, is specifically targeted at SMEs and aims to take the hassle out of the complexities businesses might associate with online payments.
Posted on 17 July 2012
One of Africa’s largest and most successful retailers, Pick n Pay, has launched its new online store. The online store offers customers a chance to purchase groceries, fresh produce and selected general merchandise from the comfort of their home. Enhancing the convenience for Pick n Pay’s online shoppers is the country’s leading online payment service provider, PayU.
Posted on 4 July 2012
According to a recent security company online activity report, hackers have targeted South Africans with around three million attacks in the first three months of 2012.
How often have you ordered and paid for music, books or a pair of shoes online? And was the euphoria of finding exactly what you were looking for online marred by the slight worry that you might have opened yourself to internet fraud?
Posted on 04 June 2012
Consumers no longer need a credit card in order to buy online. Major retail sites are increasingly making it easier for consumers to conduct shopping in a digital environment – but it has been a luxury not available to those who only have access to payment by debit card, which has traditionally not been accepted in most e-commerce environments.
Striving for convenience for consumers and merchants alike, payment solutions company PayU has recently joined forces with Oltio, a joint venture company between Standard Bank and MTN – a move which now enables consumers to make debit card payments through the mobile payment solution, payD.
Posted on 30 April 2012
Online payment solutions company PayU heralds a new era with a revamped logo. The new visualisation now contains a simplified company name without any additional graphical elements.
The major change to the logo entails the removal of the ‘click arrow’ which was an integral part of the sign, making for a cleaner, distinct logo.
Cutting the superfluities, the new look aims to mirror PayU’s focused approach in broadening their segment in the e-commerce environment. For the redesign PayU relied on research which showed a clear correlation between clear, stand-alone logo formats and memory bank impact. This research further found that people are prone to connect with ‘simple’ logos: if deciphering takes more than 5 seconds chances are you have lost a potential client.
Posted on 18 April 2012
The phrase has become terribly passé, but the online environment, and how we conduct ourselves in it, is changing. Consumers are steadily becoming savvy, globally focussed and knowledgeable. The online renaissance is happening now – not somewhere in the future anymore. This is according to Mark Chirnside, CEO of online and mobile payment service provider PayU.
His statement comes on the back of the latest annual MasterCard Online Shopping Survey released by this banking powerhouse on Wednesday. According to Chirnside, emerging markets have graduated from the fringes of the online environment to the centre.
Posted on 01 March 2012
E-commerce or electronic commerce, is used to describe business conducted over the Internet. South African business owners need to get to grips with the future of business in a digital age or risk missing the great opportunities that the e-commerce industry has to offer.
Mark Chirnside, CEO of PayU MEA, an online and mobile payment service provider says, “Online retail has seen tremendous growth over the last few years. In a recent PayU survey, a number of South Africans said that they felt that more education around e-commerce would lead to an increase in online activity, so we can expect this growth to continue.”
Posted on 30 January 2012
PayU payment gateway now accepts cash-based online payment method, Ukash.
Cape Town, January 2012: PayU Payment Solutions (Pty) Ltd., the leading South African online payment service provider, today announced a partnership that enables online businesses to accept Ukash as an additional online payment method.
“Customers who do not have credit cards want to enjoy the cost saving and convenience of shopping online. Our partnership with Ukash enables online businesses to service cash customers who previously could not be reached, as well as open up a whole new market for these businesses”, says Mark Chirnside, CEO PayU MEA.
Posted on 24 January 2012
PayU survey reveals that 75% of respondents believe online shopping is the way of the future
There is no doubt that online shopping is booming in South Africa. Results of a recent News24 online survey conducted by PayU, a South African online and mobile payment service provider, support findings from a World Wide Worx research report claiming a 30% increase in online spending in 2010* relative to the previous year.
The survey, conducted in November 2011, revealed that 75% of the respondents actively participate in and recognise the important role that e-commerce will play in shaping South Africa’s future economy. In the three months leading up to the festive season, 85% of the respondents also claimed to have shopped online.
Posted on 25 October 2011
Online shopping is now easier and safer thanks to a decision by leading South African payment gateway, PayU, to accept payments from customers making use of PayPal.
PayPal is the safer, easier way to pay without exposing your credit card number.
“Ecommerce in South Africa and across the African continent is growing exponentially,” explains Chris Savides, General Manager at FNB Complementary Online Services which facilitates PayPal in South Africa.