Square Offers Alcohol Delivery; Mastercard Releases New Payments Index: News Roundup

PaymentFacilitator’s News Roundup is a curated mix of the past week’s news and articles from around the web, including company announcements, global payments news, and other coverage and analysis of topics relevant to payment facilitators.

Square is introducing on-demand alcohol delivery through Square Online. Sellers using the company’s online store offering can enable customers to purchase alcohol on their site. The order is then delivered through Square’s delivery partner DoorDash. The new capability allows businesses to add alcohol delivery as a new revenue stream without building out a delivery fleet or hiring additional staff. From Square.

HoneyBook, a business management platform for service-based small businesses and freelancers, has raised $155 million. The company’s Series D round was led by Durable Capital Partners LP. HoneyBook offers its customers tools like billing and payments, contracts and client communication through its platform. From TechCrunch.

Ecommerce startup Afrikrea is launching a SaaS platform called ANKA to provide services for micro retailers in Africa. The platform is intended to enable small businesses to sell products and services globally through online storefronts, shipping services and payments acceptance. From VentureBurn.

Industry News

R1 RCM: R1 Announces Agreement to Acquire VisitPay, the Leading Provider of Patient Financial Engagement Solutions

Lightspeed POS: Lightspeed Partners with U.S. Small Business Administration to Expedite Hospitality Industry Relief

Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe Forms Strategic Partnership with Castles Technology

Paya: Paya Announces Strategic Partnership with Software Provider AccountingSuite

Paysafe: COVID Triggers Changes in Payments Habits Amongst Over Eight in Ten Consumers

Mastercard: Mastercard New Payments Index: Consumer Appetite for Digital Payments Takes Off

Mastercard: Mastercard Start Path Selects Six Fintech Innovators to Build the Future of Sustainable Lending, Blockchain-Powered Social Impact and More

WorkWave: WorkWave Maintains Market Dominance With Strong Year-Over-Year Growth in Q1 2021

Flywire: Flywire Files Registration Statement with SEC for Proposed Initial Public Offering

FIS: Cross Borders, Cross Industries, Cross Payment Types: FIS RealNet Solution Changes the Game in Real-Time Payments

PCI Security Standards Council: PCI Security Standards Council Publishes Version 1.1 of Secure Software Standard and Program

Square: Square Brings New Payment Functionality and Cost Savings to Businesses Using Square Invoices

Juniper Research: Digital Commerce Spend to Exceed $11.6 Trillion in 2021

Paysafe: Paysafe Selects AWS for Its Strategic Cloud Services to Drive Innovation in Digital Commerce

Electronic Transactions Association: Survey Shows SMBs Relied on Digital Payments to Survive 2020