AliPay extends partnership with First Data
AliPay has extended its partnership with First Data to bring Alipay to select luxury and specialty retailers in North America.
First Data will integrate Alipay at the point-of-sale terminal for its four million US customers. The rollout will begin with businesses that use First Data’s Clover suite of solutions.
The integration will allow users to make online payments, money transfers, book a hotel, buy movie tickets and make doctors’ appointments directly from within the app. North American merchants will also be able to accept payments from overseas customers.
The transactions made by Alipay will be routed through Acculynk, a subsidiary of First Data that provides e-commerce solutions for debit card acceptance.
First Data chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano said: “As Alipay’s popularity continues to spread beyond China, we are thrilled that Alipay chose First Data to support its acceptance for American businesses of all sizes. Through this agreement, we will be able to offer our unparalleled network of business clients a cutting-edge payment solution.”
Alipay president for North America Souheil Badran said: “Our goal is to extend reliable payment services to the over four million Chinese consumers that visit North America every year. Extending our partnership with a premier partner like First Data provides the merchants with a seamless integration and access to consumers who want to continue paying with their lifestyle mobile app.”
Last year, First Data and Alipay successfully piloted the implementation of the Alipay mobile payment solution in select specialty retail locations in California and New York.