Square launches omnichannel commerce tools

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Square will launch new APIs, according to a company blog, which it says will help developers and partners build e-commerce solutions.

The two APIs are Booking API and Payment API.

The Booking API is already available and will help developers leverage Square Appointments functionality in the app, allowing developers to make and manage bookings, find staff member availability, send automated reminders by SMS and e-mail, etc.

The Payments API is a way to integrate Square through a company-hosted payment page that works through text, website, internal dashboard, in-store, and other elements.

The new version of this API comes with features such as “flexible configuration; supports new payment methods like Afterpay, Cash App Pay and Square Pay; and is available in more countries than before,” noted the blog.

Square also launched Cash App Pay for Developers, allowing developers to use the Square payment flow to support payments with Cash App.

Square also launched new beta features for the Terminal API and will unlock new omnichannel uses. It will come with an order detail for the Terminal device, a delayed capture to authorize an upfront payment, and an application fee to allow developers to monetize.

Says Mark Stinson, CTO at Kura Sushi. “We’ve integrated the Square Terminal API so our staff can accept payments on Square’s beautiful Terminal hardware and all payment data can be synced with our custom internal POS.”

See also: 13,000 Square merchants recorded BNPL sales in the first quarter

Square reportedly did well with buy-it-now, pay-later (BNPL) services, PYMNTS wrote. Jack Dorsey, director of the company, said the latest results indicated that BNPL was helping young customers to use the services.

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