Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad top cities driving BNPL demand

Smartphones, Electronics, Fashion, Travel drive BNPL demand in 2021

Fashion, lifestyle & travel BNPL transactions grew by 2.3X

Millennials and GenZ customer base up by 2X and 3X respectively

ZestMoney sees 300% increase in BNPL transactions in 2021

Bengaluru, January 20, 2022: ZestMoney, India’s largest and fastest-growing Buy Now, Pay Later platform, has released its annual Buy Now, Pay Later report, which decodes the top consumer preferences, categories driving demand, adoption of BNPL by merchants and highlights triggers for  shift in consumer behaviour.

Besides revealing consumer preferences and how Indian states took to BNPL in a big way, ‘The India Buy Now, Pay Later Report 2021’ also gives an overview of the Indian BNPL ecosystem, global best practices, and the way forward for the industry in India.

ANNUAL BNPL REPORT-What did men and women shop for

The report offers interesting insights into customer behaviour and highlights the diverse trends of 2021 from across the country. While most of the customers (median) were in the 23-26 years group, BNPL emerged as the preferred option for people across age groups with the youngest customer being 18 years old and the oldest at 66. The number of millennial and GenZ customer base increased by 2X and 3X respectively, indicating that the BNPL segment has been driven by young cohorts in India in line with the global trend.

The overall BNPL transactions on ZestMoney saw a massive 300% increase in 2021 compared to 2020.

The report also revealed insights on what men and women shopped for across the country. While men from Tier 1 and 2 cities spent heavily on fashion and lifestyle, women from Tier 1 and 2 cities spent on upgrading their electronics and EdTech courses for upskilling respectively.

Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Thane, Kolkata, and Jaipur emerged as the top cities witnessing demand for BNPL in 2021, while Lucknow, Kanchipuram, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Surat, Indore, Bhopal, Tiruvallur, and Coimbatore were the other top tier-II and tier-III cities on the platform.

Commenting on the report, Lizzie Chapman, CEO & Co-founder of ZestMoney said, ‘2021 was an intense year, with the volatility of the pandemic coupled with its impact on the consumer we serve – from pain to recovery and then rapid demand acceleration over the last two quarters. Customers continued to lap up Pay Later because it gives them the perfect flexibility to spread out costs and plan their finances better. We’ve doubled our user base in the last 12 months taking our total registered user base to 15 MN – almost 2X growth. It’s been a well-rounded growth across categories from smartphones, electronics, fashion, and home decor emerging as the top categories on the platform.”

“We not only added the highest number of new customers and merchants but also gained market share in an ever-growing market.   We saw a 300% YoY growth in BNPL transactions as people took to convenience and affordability in a big way. Owing to the solid consumer demand we saw last year, we now have a 50% market share in the Indian BNPL market and over 70% market share in the online ‘Pay in 3’ no-cost interest-free offering. On the back of the strong demand and our expansion plans, we are confident of hitting a $10 BN GMV run rate in the next 3 years and cementing our position as the market leader in the country.” added Lizzie Chapman. 

ANNUAL BNPL REPORT-Women and Men in Tier 2 and 3 cities shop for

Direct to consumer (DTC) brands took to enabling BNPL at checkout as they saw an increase in sales and average order value. ZestMoney saw a 10X YoY growth in the number D2C merchants on its platform indicating the popularity of the BNPL option among them. While DTC brands in Fashion, Beauty, and Skincare topped the demand for BNPL, Electronics, Home & Decor, and Travel were the other major categories.

During the festive season, customer applications for BNPL went up by 10X with top categories being Smartphones, electronics, large appliances, fashion, furniture, and home decor. ZestMoney witnessed a 200% growth in transactions on Amazon, Flipkart, and Myntra compared to last year. While physical stores observed growth of 100% during the festive season compared to 2020.

The report also highlights the importance of collaboration between banks and fintechs to scale the adoption of BNPL and drive financial inclusion in the country. ZestMoney said it partners with 25 leading banks and NBFCs to service demand from customers.

ZestMoney is the largest omnichannel Buy Now, Pay Later platform with 15 Mn registered users across the country. It has the largest network of merchants with 10,000+ online partners including the biggest e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, MakeMyTrip, Nykaa among others. It is also present at 75,000+ store partners including brands like Reliance Digital, Sangeetha Mobiles, Pai International, Pai Mobiles, and Poorvika Mobiles across the country.