Swedish buy now, pay later platform Klarna and ecommerce platform BigCommerce have extended their global partnership to Australia, three months after the payments provider launched locally. 

The partnership means Australian retailers on the BigCommerce platform will now be able to integrate Klarna’s shopping features and flexible payment options into their ecommerce store.

Since 2016 BigCommerce and Klarna have partnered to offer the integration to retail businesses across Europe and the United States.

Consumers can use the Klarna app to shop at any store using a temporary Visa card number known as a ‘ghost card’. Or retailers can also choose to directly integrate Klarna into their online checkout to gain access to shopper insights and a new marketing channel. 

Through this expanded integration, Australian BigCommerce merchants will be able to add Klarna to their checkout more quickly to offer credit and flexible payment options.

“All too often, checkout serves as a major – but unnecessary– point of friction in the online buying journey,” said Shannon Ingrey, General Manager, APAC for BigCommerce. 

“Klarna has been instrumental in helping BigCommerce merchants around the world remove those barriers to purchases so they can instead focus on creating brand loyalty through a pleasant checkout experience, and we’re excited to expand our partnership to the local community.”

Fran Ereira, Country Head, Klarna Australia & New Zealand said Klarna’s platform creates a more seamless shopping experience for consumers and offer retailers a “sophisticated” payment solutions to meet customers’ changing needs. 

“Our partnership with BigCommerce allows us to bring this experience to even more retailers at a time when making things simple is so critical. Together we will help retailers meet the increasingly high demands of consumers in a competitive environment where your customer experience really must stand out,” Ereira said.

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