Target is the latest retailer to jump on the “buy now, pay later” bandwagon.
Ahead of the busy holiday season, Target is offering shoppers additional ways to pay for their purchases with new installment plans from Affirm and Sezzle, the retailer told USA TODAY exclusively Wednesday.
Installment plans, which are beginning to replace traditional layaway plans, are increasingly popular with retailers. Amazon and Walmart have adopted them, as have Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond. Newer entrants include Paypal, which bought Paidy, and Square, which bought Afterpay.
Not only can installment plans boost sales, they allow shoppers who don’t have the cash at the time to snag deals and stock up on holiday gifts.
New research from The Strawhecker Group analyzes key trends and consumer attitudes.
Download a free infographic covering several findings from the full report.
Consumers have increasingly adopted Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services for multiple reasons; a desire for financial flexibility, a way to avoid incurring credit card debt, or to purchase items outside of their budgets. However, despite its popularity, consumer debt and missed payments have led to calls for additional research and regulation. Read the press release.
To take a closer look, The Strawhecker Group (TSG) conducted a survey of over 1,500 U.S. consumers in early 2021 with the goal of understanding domestic attitudes and perspectives on the use of BNPL services. The complete findings, a selection of BNPL provider profiles, and market landscape details can be found in the firm’s new report Buy Now, Pay Later: An Analysis of Key Trends and Consumer Attitudes.
Highlights of this extensive 81-page report include:
- Buy Now, Pay Later Background
- Key Players in the Buy Now, Pay Later Space
- Buy Now, Pay Later Consumer Survey
- Concluding Thoughts: The Future of Buy Now, Pay Later