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May 24, 2021Blog Posts

Square and Plaid partner for ACH payments

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Square and Plaid have partnered to bring a better ACH payments experience to ecommerce businesses in the US, according to the official press release.

For many ecommerce businesses, ACH payments debited directly from bank accounts provide a lower-cost, more accessible alternative to credit cards. And while cards expire and go missing, account and routing numbers used for ACH payments are more permanent, leaving less room for interruption and error. Despite the benefits for merchants, customer preference and convenience have helped cards solidify their position as the recent default in ecommerce payments. 

Plaid allows customers to quickly authorise their bank account to make a payment. To help businesses take advantage of the ACH opportunity, we partnered with Square so merchants in the US can easily process ACH debits without needing to hold sensitive bank information. Now merchants can accept ACH payments through Square Invoices and developers can enable ACH payments through Square Web Payments SDK, without worrying about bank authentication or any managed payment complexities.

Through the partnership, Square uses a tokenized check system that uses Plaid to allow customers to securely connect their bank accounts for bank payments. This verification option allows customers to quickly enter their bank login credentials to connect an account to enable payments. For businesses that collect payments on high-value orders, the power of Square and Plaid means more certain collections. In addition, Square offers fee-free refunds on ACH payments they process to make ACH acceptance even easier. Amid the changing payments landscape, businesses that make the switch to account-based payments could reap big rewards from a customer base that is growing more accustomed to new ways of paying. 

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New research from The Strawhecker Group analyzes key trends and consumer attitudes.

Download a free infographic covering several findings from the full report.

Consumers have increasingly adopted Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services for multiple reasons; a desire for financial flexibility, a way to avoid incurring credit card debt, or to purchase items outside of their budgets. However, despite its popularity, consumer debt and missed payments have led to calls for additional research and regulation. Read the press release.

To take a closer look, The Strawhecker Group (TSG) conducted a survey of over 1,500 U.S. consumers in early 2021 with the goal of understanding domestic attitudes and perspectives on the use of BNPL services. The complete findings, a selection of BNPL provider profiles, and market landscape details can be found in the firm’s new report Buy Now, Pay Later: An Analysis of Key Trends and Consumer Attitudes.

Highlights of this extensive 81-page report include:

  • Buy Now, Pay Later Background
  • Key Players in the Buy Now, Pay Later Space
  • Buy Now, Pay Later Consumer Survey
  • Concluding Thoughts: The Future of Buy Now, Pay Later
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