Google Merchants Today In Payments: Web Inventor Will Auction Source Code As NFT; Shop Pay Available To Facebook

Today In Payments: Web Inventor Will Auction Source Code As NFT; Shop Pay Available To Facebook, Google Merchants

June 16, 2021 at 06:54PM

In today’s top news, the inventor of the World Wide Web is auctioning off its source code through an NFT, and Shop Pay will be made available to merchants on Facebook and Google. Plus, Uber Eats users can now order Walgreens products for delivery.

Web Inventor Berners-Lee Will Auction Original Source Code as NFT

Sotheby’s and Tim Berners-Lee are auctioning off the source code of the World Wide Web via an NFT. Might the bidding, scheduled for later this month, reignite the frenzy for digital collectibles?

Shop Pay Now Available to Facebook, Google Merchants

Shopify’s Shop Pay “one-click checkout” will be made available to any business selling on Facebook and Google, including those not even on Shopify, later this year. The solution will be available to Facebook ad Instagram merchants this summer and to merchants on Google in late 2021.

Uber Eats’ Walgreens Partnership Signals Ambitions Beyond Eats

Walgreens has added Uber Eats to its roster of delivery partners. Both companies have framed the partnership as a move to make the pharmacy’s wellness-centric offerings more widely accessible.

US IPOs Reach Record $171 Billion Total in Just Over 5 Months

In under six months, U.S. initial public offerings (IPOs) have already raised $171 billion, which is more than IPOs raised all of last year (a record $168 billion). Corporate valuations have hit a new high amid the pandemic, stimulating IPOs in addition to mergers with special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

New Report: Sit-Down Restaurants Miss Chance to Monetize 53 Million Customers

Fifty-three million sit-down restaurant customers say they don’t use loyalty programs due to a lack of access — and those restaurants are leaving money on the table as a result. In the latest edition of Delivering on Restaurant Rewards, PYMNTS examines survey data collected from more than 21,000 consumers to identify how they can take quick-service restaurants’ (QSRs’) lead in closing the loyalty demand and revenue gap.

New Report: Transaction Activity Offers Digital Banks New Channel for Insurance Sales

Digital bank customers tend to be ahead of the technology curve, and this extends to how they want to buy insurance: 70 percent would be very interested in getting insurance offers based on their transaction activity. In the Embedded Insurance Report, PYMNTS surveyed 3,500 U.S. consumers to examine why putting insurance offers in the context of purchase prompts is of interest to digital banking customers.

FedEx/Nuro Tie-Up Shows the Last Mile Belongs to Robots and Autonomous Vehicles

The rise of the robots includes automated, autonomous vehicles as the last mile is being transformed for the digital age. Nuro’s linkup with FedEx and separate long-haul driverless trucking initiatives show the efficiencies that can be wrought from logistics with the aid of advanced tech.

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Google Merchants Shopify Offers Its Shop Pay Checkout System To All Facebook

Shopify Offers Its Shop Pay Checkout System To All Facebook, Google Merchants

June 15, 2021 at 03:38PM

Shopify is ringing up a big expansion that will make its Shop Pay “one-click checkout” available to any business selling on Facebook and Google. The offer includes merchants that are not even on Shopify.

The rollout will start this summer on Facebook and Instagram and move on to Google in late 2021, Shopify said in a press release. The company said that will make Shop Pay available to more than 1 million merchants on those platforms.

The release said that businesses will benefit from “faster, more efficient and secure payments” in addition to “convenient order tracking and management.”

“Having an accelerated checkout like Shop Pay has been invaluable for our brand. As an eCommerce store owner we’re always looking for ways to increase our conversion rate,” said Edward Glassman CEO and Co-Founder Bryan Anthonys. “When it comes to increasing your conversion rate, there’s nothing that can compare to an accelerated checkout such as Shop Pay.”

Shopify calls Shop Pay “the highest-converting checkout on the Internet.” Earlier this year, the company had allowed Shopify merchants to use Shop Pay on Facebook and Instagram.

“People are embracing social platforms not only for connection but for commerce,” Carl Rivera, head of Shop at Shopify, said in a February blog post. “We’ll continue to work with Facebook to bring a number of Shopify services and products to these platforms to make social selling so much better.”

Earlier this month (June 10), Shopify said that its Shop Pay Installments, powered by Affirm, would be available to all eligible U.S. merchants selling on the Shopify platform.

Shop Pay Installments allows merchants to give buyers a flexible way to pay for the goods they want. Unlike typical buy now, pay later (BNPL) plans, Shopify’s setup doesn’t require users to pivot to a different site to complete their purchase. Merchants report 28 percent fewer abandoned carts using Shop Pay Installments after using another BNPL solution, Shopify said.