Braintree vs PayPal
Last updated: June 28, 2018
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PayPal is an international e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to paying with traditional paper methods, such as cheques and money orders. PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account.
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2018 - PayPal Checkout improves personalization
PayPal introduced new checkout technology for e-commerce sites that will dynamically present the most relevant payment method for each customer. That is, instead of retailers having to litter their checkout page with a variety of payment options, PayPal Checkout’s new “smart payment buttons” will update to display the right set of options for each customer in each geography. That means retailers can more easily include alternative payment methods, like local wallets and country-specific options, alongside a PayPal button. Thereby PayPal Checkout gets more personalized if compared vs Visa Checkout
2018 - PayPal integrates with Gmail and other Google services
Google earlier this year rebranded all of its payment services under Google Pay to help it double down on making transactions across its platform more frictionless (and more used). Now comes another development: PayPal and Google are kicking off a deep integration, where users who add their PayPal details to their Google Play accounts will be able to pay bills and for other items, using PayPal, without logging in and without leaving the Google services. The integration, when it goes live later this year, will cover apps like Gmail, YouTube, Google Store and any services using Google Pay — and it will include not just payments but also peer-to-peer transfers.
2018 - PayPal acquired Square of Europe - iZettle
PayPal is taking its biggest bet yet on point-of-sale transactions, small businesses and markets outside of the U.S. as it looks to raise its game against Square, Stripe and others in the world of payments: The company has confirmed that it is buying iZettle — the Stockholm-based payments provider commonly referred to as the “Square of Europe” — for $2.2 billion in an all-cash deal. Like Square, iZettle has made a lot of headway in building out a point of sale business by way of a card-reading dongle that links up with a smartphone or tablet, working with smaller businesses that might have never used a card service in the past because of the prohibitive costs of taking card payments. From that, it has extended into other financial services for those business, from inventory management to loans.
2018 - Braintree launches Stripe competitor - Extend
Braintree, the division of PayPal that provides payment services to e-commerce and other online businesses, is making its latest move to help raise its game against competitors like Stripe. It is launching a new solution called Extend, a set of tools to integrate Braintree payments more closely and easily with other services that online companies are using alongside basic transactions. Extend includes integrating loyalty and reward schemes, adding fraud prevention and ‘contextual commerce’ — or the ability for a merchant to sell an item and take payment on a platform that is not its own. Some of the services, such as the contextual commerce option, were already being offered — this is what is used to power Pinterest’s buyable pins, for example.
2017 - PayPal acquired small business lending service Swift Financial to win over Paytm
Global payments processing company PayPal has agreed to acquire Swift Financial, which provides small business owners with working capital. The acquisition will give PayPal better tools to expand its own product Working Capital. Paypal first launched a Working Capital product for businesses back in 2013, and since then has seen Square, Kabbage and Paytm emerge as offering their own credit lines to small business customers. With that in mind, PayPal has acquired Swift to add to its own underwriting capabilities and expand the amount of data it can use to assess the creditworthiness of its customers. Doing so should expand the amount of capital it makes available.
2017 - PayPal launched small biz toolset Business in a Box to strike back at Stripe
PayPal launched a new service called Business in Box, aimed at bringing more U.S. small business owners to its payments platform. The service, which was developed in partnership with WooCommerce and Xero, offers merchants a suite of tools for running their online businesses, including an online storefront, accounting tools, the ability to apply for working capital from PayPal, and of course, support for taking payments either online or offline, via PayPal. Business in a Box is largely aimed at first-time business owners who already know what they want to sell and have a roadmap in mind, as well as at established offline businesses that want to make the move online.
2017 - PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments
PayPal and Google announced an effort aimed at allowing PayPal to expand its footprint both within mobile applications as well as at brick-and-mortar retailers. The partnership will see PayPal becoming available as a payment method in the Android Pay service, which will allow U.S. users to pay for things like Uber as well as at retailers like Walgreens, and restaurants like Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway. The integration in Android Pay will begin by allowing Android users to select their PayPal balance as a method of payment, but will expand to include the cards users have added to their PayPal account in the months ahead.
2016 - Braintree launches Auth to bring its payments platform to more merchants to take on Payflow
PayPal-owned payments platform Braintree launched of Braintree Auth - the system that lets e-commerce platforms give their merchants easier ways to enable payments on their online storefronts. It also lets service providers access customer and transaction data on merchants’ behalf. The move signals Braintree’s attempt to expand its reach into the SMB market, as competition with startups like Stripe heats up. With Braintree Auth, e-commerce platform owners, as well as shopping cart providers and recurring billing services, can now make it easier for their merchant customers to accept credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal payments on their own storefronts through a single interface for shoppers.
2015 - PayPal acquired international money transfer company Xoom
PayPal has acquired money transfer company Xoom for $890 million, a move that brings millions of international customers to the company. Xoom bills itself as "an international money transfer service" that allows people to send money across borders. Xoom recently expanded into China and Pakistan, and is popular in a variety of developing markets — an advantage that PayPal President Dan Schulman highlighted. The acquisition is PayPal's first major move since its announced split from eBay, a move investors had demanded. PayPal is expected to complete the separation later this year. Xoom will continue to operate as a separate company under PayPal.
2014 - Braintree enables super easy sign-up for merchants (including Europe) to take on Square
PayPal's payment processing service Braintree is launching a new service that will let merchants sign up to the platform with only an email address, URL and short company description. It’s also extending its offer to Europe of offering the first $50,000 of transactions on the platform (in a local currency equivalent) free of any commission fees. The ability to use so little information is a big change from how merchants have set up payments systems in the past, particularly in Europe, where many banks require paper-based documentation to approve accounts. Here, Ready says that Braintree uses a combination of algorithms and a human smarts to research a company based on those three pieces of information to determine whether a company is a legit merchant to add to its platform.