Amazon Payments now available for osCommerce
Amazon Payments Announces Integrations with Leading Shopping Cart and E-commerce Solution Providers
Starting 30 April 2009, Websites That Begin Accepting Amazon Payments Receive Free Payment Processing Through September 30, 2009
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon Payments, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that leading shopping cart and e-commerce solution providers now offer Amazon Payments as part of their offerings. Shopping cart and e-commerce solution providers provide a host of services such as content management, merchandising management, shopping cart, order management and payments that help websites sell online. More than 25 providers, including CardinalCommerce, Miva Merchant, Magento, ShopVisible, Mercantec, and Zoovy will be supporting Amazon Payments as part of their offerings. These integrations make it even easier for websites to begin offering the ease, convenience, and security of Amazon Payments within the framework of the e-commerce solution already provided to them by these companies. In addition, Convio, a software and services provider to the nonprofit community, is integrating Amazon Payments into its fundraising platform to enable its client base to accept alternate payment methods for online donations. Plug-ins for widely-used open source e-commerce platforms, such as osCommerce and ZenCart, are also now available for quick and easy integration with Amazon Payments. Businesses and non-profit organizations can sign up and start using Amazon Payments today at www.amazonpayments.com/offer or by contacting any one of these providers directly.
“Working with shopping cart and e-commerce solution providers to make sure their solutions seamlessly integrate with Amazon Payments was one of our immediate priorities when we launched Amazon Payments less than a year ago,” said Mark Stabingas, General Manager, Amazon Payments. “Now businesses have an additional option for getting started with Amazon Payments and reaching Amazon’s tens of millions of customers with the easiest way for customers to complete a purchase, while also enjoying the benefits of Amazon’s fraud-detection technologies.”
Amazon Payments solutions are available for merchants, service providers, nonprofits and virtually anyone accepting payments online. Checkout by Amazon is a complete e-commerce checkout solution suited best for websites selling physical goods and includes support for tax, shipping, and promotion functionality along with post order management support. It offers customers access to their Amazon.com address book and payment information to buy quickly and easily, and also transact using Amazon’s 1-Click© ordering. Amazon Simple Pay is the best choice for websites selling digital goods, offering subscriptions or services, or accepting donations. It allows customers to use payment information from their Amazon.com accounts without the need to re-enter the information.
Websites of all sizes, including retailers such as OneCall, Stacks and Stacks, ToolKing, Jockey, and Fat Brain Toys, are already enjoying the benefits of Amazon Payments. Amazon Payments is also accepted by the American Red Cross, Jambool (one of the fastest-growing sites offering virtual currencies for social networking applications), and (RED)WIRE (the digital music magazine supporting medical aid to Africa).
“We added Checkout by Amazon to our website, making it easier for Amazon.com customers to buy. Over 30 percent of customers using this checkout option are brand new customers for us,” says Chris Smith, VP Ecommerce/Catalog, Jockey International.
“Checkout by Amazon is already outperforming other payment brands by bringing in net new customers and higher value orders,” says Howard Wyner, CEO of Scentiments.com, a fragrance retailer named to the Internet Retailer “Hot 100” for 2009. “The implementation through CardinalCommerce was easy, and we consider the launch of Checkout by Amazon to be an immediate success.”
Amazon Payments is also announcing a free payment processing offer through September 30, 2009 to businesses and organizations that begin accepting Amazon Payments using Checkout by Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay on or after April 29, 2009. Additional details and terms of the offer are available at www.amazonpayments.com/offer.
About Amazon Payments
Amazon Payments provides consumers, merchants, and developers the simple and trusted way to pay and get paid online. Amazon Payments enables consumers to send and receive payments for goods or services by using the payment methods already associated with their Amazon.com accounts. Merchants and developers can also take advantage of a portfolio of payment and checkout solutions, such as Checkout by Amazon, Amazon Simply Pay and Amazon Flexible Payments Services, to enable tens of millions of Amazon customers to complete purchases on their websites and applications. Go to http://www.amazonpayments.com for more details.
Or go to http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/6647 for the osCommerce Amazon Payments Add On.
A few customers have asked if they should consider offering this service. Without doubt the no-fee trial period is appealing.
First off Amazon Payment is two separate payment options:
The answer to that depends very much on your business. Some things to consider are:
1. If you don’t currently offer PayPal and would not consider Google Checkout then Checkout by Amazon might not be for you.
2. If Amazon sells into your market then they are your competition.
3. If you process cards offline (and many people who cannot give their customers a final total do) then this kind of service is not for you.
4. If you don’t have an online merchant account and don’t want to get one then a service like this might be a good idea. If you don’t want Checkout by Amazon then Amazon Simple Pay might be an option.
5. Do you already offer several payment options? How many is too many before the customer gets confused and abandons cart?
One fundamental question is “can Amazon Payments bring new business to your site?”. We’ll post more on that later …
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