Posts Tagged ‘Paypal’

Survey shows majority of Australian businesses suffer from digital illiteracy

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Photo credit; Justin Marty on Flickr

Photo credit; Justin Marty on Flickr

A survey commissioned by PayPal Australia has found that 57 percent of local businesses identify as having such low levels of digital literacy that it is preventing the business from operating more efficiently.

The survey also found:

  • only 51 percent of respondents said they have tried to improve their digital skills.
  • only 26 percent of respondants were selling online
  • just over a third were listing the business contact details online,
  • 65 percent said that conducting business online is the key to growing.

The survey was conducted by Lonergan Research, which sampled 507 Australian businesses with less than 20 employees.

“Small businesses are a cornerstone of the Australian economy; it is vitally important that public and private sector unite to empower their ongoing success, ensuring that technology does not serve to disproportionately favour geographies, demographics, or industry sectors,” said Jeff Clementz, managing director of PayPal Australia.

To read more on this story, click here.

Biggest ever online shopping spree

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

PayPal has revealed the Christmas period was Australia’s busiest ever for online shopping.

PayPal did not announce much much money was spent, but did say there was double-digit growth in the amount of online transactions over the Christmas period compared to 2011.

PayPal spokesman Adrian Christie said today “It’s been the biggest online Christmas for transaction volume,”

“The week commencing December 5 (2011) was the biggest week we’ve seen at PayPal Australia in regards to processing secure payments.”

Mr Christie said roughly 70% of online purchases were made with Australian stores.

You can read more over at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Anonymous Aussies take responsibility for Paypal shutdown

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Sydney Morning Herald reveals that a Sydney man (name to be kept secret) was responsible for the denial of service attacks of Paypal, Mastercard and Visa websites, in support of Julian Assange.

Dubbed “Anonymous“, the group claiming responsibility has taken Operation Payback to target companies which are not co-operating with Wikileaks or ‘doing them damage’ says, the Sydney man. “Anybody who’s accusing WikiLeaks of doing anything illegal – it’s just rubbish, because if that were true every journalist in Australia would be going to jail every time they got a leak”.

At face value, Visa and Mastercard appear to have cut off WikiLeaks based on increased pressure from the US government, although they are now feeling the heat themselves for their actions.

Mobile shopping – get set to splurge

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Paypal, the lucrative branch of Ebay which allows individuals and businesses to pay online using different methods of payment, is looking to the Asia-Pacific region to grow e-commerce.

The latest figures from Informa Research show that in this region, buying products online with a handheld device is to go up to $139,000 billion USD in 2012, with the key markets being Japan and Korea. The rapidly expanding use of smartphones is credited for this growth in use.

To cope with the higher workload, Paypal has plans to double employees in the offices of Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore by the end of the year.

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