Fintech service provider ViaBill, which partners with thousands of merchants to offer no-interest buy now pay later shopping experiences for consumers, has witnessed an uptick in a number of major retail categories this spring. While tens of millions of American citizens are forced to shelter in place, ViaBill's data shows that many are making more purchases in certain retail categories. Looking at the most recent data through Q1 2020 reveals the following:
- A 106% increase in fashion sales
- A 50% increase in computer and accessories
- A 34% increase in health and wellness
- And a 16% increase in home and garden
"This data is interesting because it tracks consumer spending habits leading up to and at the beginning of the major COVID-19 sheltering that occurred here in the United States," said ViaBill North American President Kristian Niedoborski Thøgersen. "The tens of thousands of transactions we track through our payment solution illustrate a need for consumers to maintain a sense of normalcy in their transactions — they are buying goods for home, they are purchasing health and wellness items and they are buying the kinds of fashion and beauty items they would get whether or not they're sheltering in place."
ViaBill is in a unique position to track consumer spending and sentiments. The global scaleup — which handles half of all buy now pay later transactions in Denmark and is fast expanding in Spain, along with the thousands of U.S. retailers it's already partnering with — creates a simple, transparent and hassle-free payment method for online shopping, giving the opportunity to buy now and pay later by splitting payments into four equal installments with zero interest.