As most of you no doubt already know PayPal recently announced plans to open up its payment backbone to third party developers. The new platform is called Adaptive Payments and is slated to launch in November at PayPal’s Innovate 2009 Conference. This an exciting move and one that will surely help PayPal continue its rise in the payments industry. […]
What is most interesting about the Adaptive Payments platform is its ability to handle parallel payments and chained payments.
Parallel payments allow a single payment by a sender to be split amongst any number of receivers. This comes in handy when a buyer purchases items from different sellers. With parallel payments the buyer can set up one transaction and the monies will be distributed to all of the sellers that the buyer bought from.
Chained payments allow the sender to send one payment to a specific merchant who can then keep their share and payout the balance to various members of their supply chain. The example Tech Crunch gives for chained payments is that of a travel agent. In this case the buyer would simply send payment to the travel agent and the travel agent could then keep their commission and send the rest of the cash to the hotel, airline and car rental businesses that the customer really bought from.
These types of payment methods aren’t groundbreaking. However, what is groundbreaking is the ability to plug into PayPal’s Adaptive Payments API and add these to any site quickly and easily. Prior to Adaptive Payments parallel and chained payments functionality would have had to be built by hand in house leading to much longer product development cycles.
You can find more on PayPal’s Adaptive Payments platform at Tech Crunch and Payments Views:
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