PayPal integration just got easier

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PayPal integration just got easier

If your online store runs on Bigcommerce (or you're thinking of setting up such a store) but you don't accept PayPal payments because it's too difficult technically, that's about to change.

Bigcommerce has just announced that is collaborating with PayPal and subsidiary Braintree to make their payment services and tools easy to incorporate into a Bigcommerce store.

How easy? The companies claim that the integration will allow merchants to open new stores in a matter of minutes.

The service includes payment processing for all major credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal transactions, with flat-rate or volume-based pricing. Braintree's web site also mentions the ability to accept Bitcoin, Apple Pay, "and whatever's next".

Braintree usually deposits funds into merchants' bank accounts on a 'next business day' basis, but warns it can take up to three days.

The arrangement includes access to PayPal's One Touch mobile payments apps. One Touch allows customers to purchase more easily and without having to repeatedly enter their PayPal IDs or passwords, and is now also available for web use.

The companies claim that Bigcommerce stores accepting PayPal average twice the average spend per customer, and process 80 percent more orders each month - but those figures are based on 2013 research. Adding One Touch to the mix is said to "increase conversions by double-digits."

The Bigcommerce/PayPal integration will be available initially in the US, and is expected here later this year. 

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