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PrestaShop expands partnership with payment provider Authorize.net

The French ecommerce solution PrestaShop has expanded its ecommerce partnership with payment provider Authorize.Net. Merchants who use software from PrestaShop and have an Authorize.Net account now are able to prcoess payments in multiple currencies.

The partnership between the European open source ecommerce software and the American payment provider was initiated three years ago and enabled merchants using PrestaShop’s software to accept major credit and debit cards to electronic checks and gift cards.

Accepting payments in local currencies
Now online merchants with operations in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada can also accept payments in local currencies. “By providing this service, PrestaShop offers more choices for securely accepting payments in these new markets”, the press release notes.

Of course Christopher Machin, who’s Partner Manager at PrestaShop, is excited. “As pioneers in ecommerce, we strive to provide our merchants with the most powerful and innovative features to enable their success. Our continued partnership with Authorize.Net is part of our ongoing efforts to achieve that.” He thinks that with multiple currency payment processing, the company breaks down the barriers of internationalization. “As ecommerce trends shift towards globalization, this is an important tool for taking that crucial first step.” The Authorize.Net module can be downloaded for free on PrestaShop’s marketplace. It’s compatible with versions 1.3.0.0 and above and also comes fully integrated in these versions.

Authorize.Net was founded in 1996 and got acquired by Visa in 2010. The Utah-based company claims to have a user base of over 400,000 small to medium sized merchants globally, which whould make Authorize.Net the world’s largest payment gateway service provider.

PrestaShop claims to power over 185,000 online merchants and calls themselves “the world’s leading open source ecommerce software”. It also operates PrestaBox, which integrates the ecommerce software into a one-stop hosting operation. PrestaBox users can only install modules and themes that are published on the addons page on PrestaShop.com. In March of this year PrestaShop raised 6.75 million euros of investment capital.

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