Shop without having to transmit sensitive credit card numbers
In Russia, cash is still king-even online. Qiwi lets security conscious Russians shop and pay bills electronically without having to transmit sensitive bank account or credit card numbers over the Internet.
Qiwi customers deposit cash in the company’s ATM style machines and use that money to quickly and conveniently make payments online for utilities, mobile phone bills, internet, online shopping purchases, bank loans and much more-or leave it in PayPal- like online accounts for later. Only 20 to 25 percent of
Russian adults have bank accounts. Just 15 percent had credit cards, and 90 percent of those cards are used only for withdrawing cash. In Russian shops, customers pay for 90 percent of their purchases in cash. For big purchases, bringing along a suitcase of rubies is still the norm - although private buyers prefer dollars.
Russians have also traditionally paid bills and made payments of all kinds at banks and supermarkets. But with the rise of a consumer economy, there aren’t enough banks and supermarkets to handle this demand - and Russians hate standing in line, a reminder of Soviet era shortages. That puts Qiwi in the center of the Russian payments world. Qiwi kiosks turn cash into digital transaction that business systems can accept.
Qiwi has roughly 170,000 kiosks in Russia, more than 40,000 vendors that accept cash payments through the kiosks, and 65 million customers who pay more than 39 billion rubles (about $1.3 billion) each month.
How QIWI Works
Once a payment is initiated, an invoice will be created in the consumer’s Qiwi Wallet account. They can then choose to pay the invoice 'now' by using their existing QIWI Wallet balance or the card they registered to your QIWI Wallet account, or 'later' in cash at any payment interface supported by QIWI Wallet.