Global News Roundup: DocuSign Launches Payments; Ant Financial Expands to Philippines

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In a roundup of news from this week, DocuSign officially launches payments, Shopify improves its shipping, and Facebook friends can now send money internationally through Messenger, thanks to TransferWise.

DocuSign has made its payments capability available to U.S. customers, following the beta it launched in November. As PaymentFacilitator.com reported at the time, the company is offering the payment capability through a partnership with Stripe.

DocuSign enables businesses to send and sign agreements electronically. With this integration, they also have the option to collect payments at the same time.

Users can pay with major credit cards, Apple Pay and Android Pay. The company said it plans to expand payment options, including recurring payments and partnerships with such companies as PayPal and Authorize.Net, later this year. It plans to offer the capability in Australia, Canada, and the U.K. late next month.

Shopify introduced the ability for its merchants to display calculated shipping rates to their customers, rather than using flat rates. Shopify Shipping enables sellers to use Shopify’s discounted USPS and Canada rates, the company said in a blog post.

London-based money transfer company TransferWise introduced TransferWise Bot for Facebook Messenger. The bot enables users to send money from one currency to another within Messenger. Currently, the bot works to transfer funds from Australia, Canada, Europe, the U.S., and the U.K.

Ant Financial Services Group, the parent company of Alipay, has invested in Mynt, a financial services provider in the Philippines. The company announced that it “will own a substantial minority interest” in the company, its first investment there. Mynt operates GCash, which enables users to load prepaid cards, send money and make purchases both in-store and online, the company said.

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