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All posts with the tag eCommerce Fraud

By now, we’re all familiar with the promise of eCommerce and mCommerce. Today’s busy, multi-tasking, on-the-go consumer can make all kinds of purchases while walking the dog, sitting in a boring meeting, or (gasp!) driving a car. But, despite that promise, global shopping patterns haven’t quite caught up. In fact, the digital retail economy is still very much in its early adoption phase.

According to a recent Javelin study, only 11% of retail purchases in the US were made online last year. Elsewhere, eCommerce sales rates in major economies around the globe range from significantly higher (China, 23%) to much lower (India, 2.2%), with none of them pointing to the overwhelming digital adoption we might expect.

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In their attempts to compete with online-only merchants, many brick-and-mortar merchants focus on building their digital operations and offerings. They see it as the key to omnichannel success. While a robust online footprint is critical for competitiveness, it’s not a panacea. By concentrating solely on what they lack, these brick-and-mortar merchants are losing sight of one of the few real advantages they have over online-only competitors: their physical locations.

As a response to these customer demands, many merchants now offer buy online, pickup in store (BOPIS) offerings, also known as click-and-collect, or in-store pickup (ISPU). Merchants can catch two birds with BOPIS: improve their staff and inventory efficiencies while simultaneously generating additional in-store revenue, as customers make unplanned purchases during in-store pickup.

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Any good captain will tell you it’s impossible to acquire customers in a turbulent industry like travel without a good flight plan. For airlines and online travel agencies (OTAs), that’s where loyalty and frequent flyer programs, alliances and partnerships, fare sales and social outreach all come into play.

But Facebook posts, low fares, and pretzel-filled lounges can only do so much to make thin margins work against sky-high acquisition costs. To be a truly efficient travel business, the hard work isn’t just about identifying, attracting and converting the right shoppers into paying customers. It’s also about having a reliable, scalable way to quickly tell the difference between a valid shopper and a bad actor. After all, what good is a forecast of clear skies if the right people can’t come along for the ride?

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With the eCommerce landscape becoming more and more competitive, merchants are being forced to constantly think of new ways to generate growth. One of the most accessible, yet underutilized, channels is cross-border online sales. Consumers are expected to spend $627 billion on goods from overseas merchants by 2022, with the highest growth rates projected in regions outside of North America and Western Europe.

Yet moving into new international markets is no simple endeavor and can be challenging to navigate. This could be why nearly 60% of surveyed US merchants reported that their eCommerce website did not accommodate global business.

Riskified created a comprehensive report that shares insights to assist retailers considering expansion into new geographical regions. In this blog post, I’ll share a taste of the findings in our full report.

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The holidays are only a few weeks away, and fraud teams are gearing up for yet another record-breaking season; sales forecasts call for a 10% to 16.6% volume increase over last year. To help fraud teams prepare for the order surge, we took a close look at last year’s holiday shopping and fraud patterns. Here’s what we found.

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Most of you have heard of Tinder: the highly addictive (or so I’ve been told) dating application. Since launching in 2012, the original swiping app has generated over 20 billion matches which, yes, is far more than the number of humans on the planet. 

A lot of Tinder’s success can be attributed to very advanced algorithms which ensure that people with high probabilities of mutual interest are shown to each other. That’s right: the profiles displayed to Tinder users are not shown in random order, they are placed very deliberately. 

The specifics of the algorithms are kept secret to prevent users from gaming the system and competitors from stealing it. But we do know a big part of their technology is built on a platform called elastic – and Tinder generates 280 million queries on this system every day.

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Managing eCommerce fraud operations is no easy task; whether hiring, training, and managing a manual review team, monitoring approval rates, and optimizing internal rules, a fraud manager’s attention is often drawn to many places at once. With so much on their plate at any given time, it’s easy to understand why merchants are drawn to “silver bullet” solutions to manage and prevent chargebacks.

One “solution” to chargebacks often utilized by merchants is fraud prevention blacklists. When hit with a chargeback, all the transaction details are simply added to a blacklist, so that the next time an order is placed from the same email or IP address, the transaction is automatically declined. While they may seem like a great way to streamline internal operations and to prevent future fraud, blacklists are in fact a misguided way to address chargebacks.

Blacklists block not only fraudsters but also many good customers. Moreover, there are basic methods fraudsters can use to “fool” your blacklists. In this post, I will explain why you should stop relying on blacklists for fraud prevention.

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India’s eCommerce market is widely considered the most rapidly expanding in the world. Annual growth is currently 51%, and market value is expected to hit $120 billion by 2020. Bearing in mind India’s huge (and increasingly tech-savvy) population, plus the fact that over 80% of online transactions come from major international e-tailers (compared to the global average of 50%), it’s clear that there’s plenty of room for new parties to get in on this “entrepreneurial gold mine”.

Earlier this month the Rakhi Festival kicked off the major Indian buying holidays. The high online shopping volume is expected to continue through to December, when Indian consumers take advantage of the North American sales season. Unfortunately, online retailers are failing to make the most of this thriving market due to a lack of familiarity – including fear of CNP fraud. In some cases this has prevented them from entering the market. In others, they may have already opened their virtual doors to cross-border sales from the region, but are losing revenue to false declines.

In this blog, I share some insights to help retailers across the globe get acquainted with the shopping patterns of this consumer segment, and give tips to help prevent fraud, minimize the rejection of legitimate customers, and boost profits.

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When it comes to protecting their revenue from fraud, airlines and online travel agencies (OTAs) find themselves in a catch-22. Strict rules and fraud filters reduce chargebacks, but given that clear-cut fraud only occurs in approximately 2% of card-not-present flight orders, these measures also inevitably lead to costly false declines and disgruntled [ex]customers.

In this post I discuss how airlines and OTAs can manage this conflict by using data from a range of sources to evaluate orders containing mismatches, rather than relying on discrete data points to identify and block ‘suspicious’ customers. By investigating online shopping behaviour through less formal fraud detection techniques, online sellers can leverage their data to get ahead of the game and boost online revenue.

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With over 1.2 billion international tourist arrivals registered worldwide in 2015, the online travel industry is experiencing an explosion in demand. Online travel merchants can take advantage of the growing number of travelers who use digital channels to book their flights. Digital travel sales in the United States alone were valued at over $200 billion in 2015, and globally, it is projected that online travel revenues will reach $762 billion by 2019.

Riskified’s work with leading travel merchants, as well as Fortune 500 companies across verticals, has given us great insight into helping merchants overcome the CNP fraud challenges they face. We are currently in the process of compiling a report sharing data about fraud patterns in online travel, and best practices for travel merchants looking to safely increase approval rates. Following is a sneak peek at the report, which will be published in the coming weeks.

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