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Shopify and Solana Pay Collaboration – Enabling USDC Payments

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Solana Labs has made a significant announcement regarding its decentralized payment protocol, Solana Pay. The protocol is now integrated with the e-commerce giant Shopify, offering a new payment option for millions of businesses operating on the Shopify platform, including the capability to process USDC payments. This development will enable these businesses to utilize Solana Pay for Shopify USDC payment processing needs.

Initially, the integration will support USDC payments, but the plan is to introduce more cryptocurrencies in the future.

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Solana Pay and Shopify

According to the official statement, Solana Pay aims to eliminate bank fees, chargebacks, and payment processing delays, offering immediate and direct settlement for USD stablecoins compatible with the Solana blockchain.

Moreover, both merchants and consumers using Solana Pay will have access to Web3-powered e-commerce features, such as token-based promotions, streamlined international payments, and loyalty programs based on NFTs.

Josh Fried, Head of Commerce Business Development at the Solana Foundation, commented on this collaboration:

Solana Pay on Shopify opens up numerous opportunities for merchants, providing them with a more dynamic and efficient payment solution. Consumers, on the other hand, gain the convenience of using digital dollar currencies for purchasing products and services from Shopify’s extensive network of merchants.”

Solana Pay made its debut in February 2022 and functions as an open-source protocol constructed atop the Solana layer-1 blockchain, initially, the integration with Shopify will support USDC, the second-largest stablecoin with a market capitalization of nearly $26 billion.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Fried explained that the choice of USDC was deliberate, as most merchants are likely to prefer a payment method closely tied to the stability of the US Dollar. He also noted that Circle’s USDC, given its higher regulatory oversight compared to other cryptocurrencies, is more familiar to consumers already accustomed to digital dollar transactions. However, Solana Pay remains open to the possibility of incorporating other cryptocurrencies, including SOL and BONK, into its offerings in the near future.


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