Because of its large user base across social groups, Alipay is often considered the key to localizing e-commerce businesses for China.
The new partnership allows Alipay integration on Shopify sites within the Shopify Dashboard.
While the integration is available for US and Canada merchants as of now, Shopify has plans to extend the feature to more regions including Hong Kong, Australia and more in the near future.
Read-up on Alipay x Shopify's official press release here and upcoming locations
This is the stage where you prepare business documents for Alipay (full requirements below):
Company information: company name, business registration number, registered address
Contact person: Name, job position, e-mail, and contact number
Settlement information: Name of bank, bank country, address, account holder, account number, SWIFT code, and currency
Business registration certificate
Note: You're required to create a new Alipay account for Shopify even if you have an existing account.
No - while it is helpful to localize your payment method to acquire users in China, most Shopify sites still face a critical issue:
Over 93% of Shopify sites take 30+ seconds to load in China, are missing 20% of resources, and index less than 2% of their pages on Chinese Search Engines.
We've summarised more on this article 'Does Shopify work in China?'
Want to find out if your Shopify site works in China, by not physically in China?
Test if your Shopify site in China by using our Visual Speed Test, which allows you to compare a real-time preview of your site from Beijing, Shanghai, and or Guangzhou vs. your site as it loads from 15 other locations internationally.
Not happy with your Shopify site in China?
Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quick chat :)