PayPal talking with Amazon on payments tie-up

An Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Washington. Amazon shoppers have expressed their desire for the firm to accept PayPal.
An Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Washington. Amazon shoppers have expressed their desire for the firm to accept PayPal.FILE PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SEATTLE • Amazon and PayPal have discussed letting shoppers pay for Amazon purchases using their PayPal accounts, highlighting how PayPal can attract new partners since its 2015 split from Amazon rival eBay.

"We have been in conversations with Amazon," PayPal chief executive Dan Schulman said on Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg. "We're closing in on 200 million users on our platform right now. At that scale, it's hard for any retailer to think about not accepting PayPal."

There are no details to announce, but Mr Schulman said the conversations have focused on "how to use one another's assets to the mutual benefit of our customers".

A spokesman for Amazon declined to comment.

PayPal stock pared its decline in extended trading by about 1.7 per cent on the news.

PayPal separated from eBay - Amazon's one-time archrival - to concentrate on expanding its electronic transactions business without being shackled to the slow- growing online marketplace.

Mr Schulman, who became chief executive after the split, has been forging agreements in an effort to increase the number of people using PayPal and the frequency with which they use it.

Amazon has its own payment ambitions and hired Mr Patrick Gauthier from PayPal in 2015 to lead its initiative. Amazon is balancing its desire to control payments with its customer-centric philosophy, given PayPal's reach.

PayPal on Thursday reported 197 million active customer accounts in the fourth quarter, with 31 transactions per account in the trailing 12 months.

Amazon shoppers have asked whether the company would accept PayPal in Amazon customer discussion forums.

Amazon revived its own payments business in 2013 by letting shoppers use Amazon accounts to make purchases with other online merchants.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2017, with the headline 'PayPal talking with Amazon on payments tie-up'. Print Edition | Subscribe