The Incredible Opportunities of Merging Blockchain and Big Data in Emerging Markets

There is shortage of big data experts in emerging markets. However, big data may be a larger disruptor in those markets than anywhere in Europe. Blockchain, cryptocurrency processors and big data are being utilized to build strong ecommerce models in developing nations.

Big Data and Blockchain Are the Key to Ecommerce in Emerging Markets

In 2008,Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym of the anonymous inventor of bitcoin, probably never expected his brainchild to have such a profound impact on the world. Bitcoin itself may not even be his most important contribution. Blockchain, the ledger system that Nakamoto developed to support bitcoin, is poised to have an even larger effect. Its impact on emerging markets such as India and Tanzania may be more impressive than we could have ever imagined.

Mohit Kalra, CEO at Coinsecure told Coin Telegraph that bitcoin has caused ecommerce businesses to boom in Southern Asia.

“When we talk about the size of the market- there are over 1.2 billion individuals living in India right now. India is second in population size to China. Imagine if only 0.5 billion individuals got into the market. Huge potential. For some time now, Indian merchants were able to accept payments in Bitcoin but just not receive a payout in INR. Now, Indian merchants can accept payments in Bitcoin and receive a payout in INR. Bitcoin is no longer just an ‘investment’ in India but an opportunity to buy goods from Bitcoin accepting merchants.”

Blockchain was only intended to be used by cryptocurrency companies, but it has been adapted by numerous other industries as well. New advances in big data are helping blockchain reach its full potential. More powerful cloud servers and Hadoop based tools have opened new doors for brands that depend on blockchain. This will open new doors for ecommerce companies in developing economies that depend on cryptocurrencies, but many other benefits also lie ahead.

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Facilitating Ecommerce in Emerging Markets

Global ecommerce sales reached nearly $2 trillion last year. Growth has been even stronger in developing economies. American and European companies are trying to penetrate markets in Africa, Eastern Asia and the Middle East.

While growing demand in these regions is encouraging, ecommerce brands have faced some unique challenges. The biggest struggle has been finding dependable payment processors. Many banks are reluctant to work with ecommerce companies that do business in these regions, due to lax financial regulations and limited financial and IT infrastructures. This is arguably where blockchain has made the biggest difference.

Since blockchain is a highly decentralized interface, it is more feasible for ecommerce companies to use it to accept cryptocurrency payments than to rely on credit cards or other forms of payment. However, blockchain has only enabled ecommerce companies to authenticate payments. Customers in emerging markets can still make purchases with near anonymity as far as ecommerce providers are concerned. BannerCoin was developed to accept cryptocurrency payments online. It can be used in developing economies to overcome the logistical challenges they otherwise face.

Big data is helping ecommerce providers serve these customers better. Ecommerce companies in India have used big data to gain an edge in the growing market.

In recent years, India has become one of the fastest developing markets in the e-commerce industry. With an online user base of around 100 million in 2016, the e-retail business in India is expected to touch the $100 billion revenue mark by 2020. As per an Assocham survey, consumer demand is witnessing a market growth of as much as 40 percent in the ongoing festival season, as compared to 2015. This exponential growth can largely be attributed to the massive chunks of data available with companies. Availability of data has created the opportunity to utilize past trends and performances for growth, allowing companies to improve customer satisfaction via better products and services.

The Indian ecommerce market is grown largely due to the availability of bitcoin. In 2014, a number of ecommerce companies started accepting it as a form of payment. Some ecommerce companies, such as Hong Kiat, exclusively accept bitcoin for payment.

Rehan is an entrepreneur, business graduate, content strategist and editor overseeing contributed content at BigdataShowcase. He is passionate about writing stuff for startups. His areas of interest include digital business strategy and strategic decision making.