Alipay, the world’s major digital payment platform managed by Ant Financial Services Group, and First Data Corp (NYSE:FDC), an international pioneer in commerce-enabling technology, reported an expanded association that adds 35,000 merchants to the expanding roster of enterprises accepting Alipay in store. This expansion enables U.S. merchants the ability to provide Alipay’s 600 million enrolled Chinese users the convenient payment experience they relish at home while traveling in the U.S.

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Souheil Badran, the President at Alipay Americas, expressed that First Data remains to be a leading partner for Alipay. In a matter of few months, the company has considerably grown the number of merchant sites accepting Alipay via seamless integration. Now, Chinese travelers enjoy the familiarity of the Alipay Mobile Wallet at several of their favorite sites across the U.S. They look forward to continuing to associate with First Data as they intend to enable Alipay at numerous additional merchant sites in 2018.

Howard Wu, the CTO of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, expressed that after the remarkable show of Alipay at Millennium Hotels, they are delighted to associate with the digital payment platform again to release the service in New York, Los Angeles and Boston in an attempt to turn the travel experience extremely seamless for guests. As a hospitality brand, they are always seeking for ways to improve the overall guest experience, and anticipate Alipay to be well taken by Chinese travelers visiting major markets in the U.S.

The expanded association follows a May 2017 update introducing First Data’s strategies to integrate Alipay at the PoS across 4 million U.S. merchant sites. The underway rollout comprises merchants utilizing company’s Clover suite of solutions. Nandan Sheth, the GM, Global Debit Solutions at First Data, expressed that they are delighted with the considerable interest they have received from merchants who want to provide Alipay at the point-of-sale.


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