One day, you might be doing your holiday shopping from your car. Elastic Path believes the future of digital commerce will follow the shopping experience, going beyond websites to a new era of smart devices, even ones inside your car. The Vancouver-based ecommerce company just received $8 million in financing, which will go toward supporting the company’s Cortex API, a hypermedia platform that extends the shopping experience to multiple devices. Toronto’s Wellington Financial provided the financing.
Passwords are passé, or so thinks Amazon. The online retail giant is launching its own single sign on service for third-party developers. Dubbed “Login with Amazon,” the API enables Amazon’s 200 million active customers to sign into websites, apps and games using their Amazon credentials.
With e-commerce becoming more popular by the day, along with the convenience of shopping online and having goods delivered directly, are local retailers in danger of losing many of their regular in-store spenders? Deliv is a delivery service application that aims to tackle this very issue and offers retailers who decide to provide online shopping options, a same-day delivery solution that can match or beat the costs of having items shipped. The Deliv API makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
Celery, flexible ecommerce solution provider, allows users to accept pre-orders without charging the customer until the product is ready to ship. On the flip side, customers also have the capability to pre-pay for goods and services. In addition to flexible payment options, Celery allows developers to integrate its functionality with third party apps and workflows via the Celery API.
Paidpiper, mobile payments processing provider, offers its unique mobile payments platform via the Paidpiper API. Instead of relying on network security to ensure reliability and compliance, Paidpiper’s unique approach secures the smartphone making the transaction to prevent malfeasance and fraud. By securing the smartphone itself, no need for additional POS hardware becomes necessary.
Gyft opened its doors in 2012 with a focus on transforming plastic gift cards into their much more convenient–and transferable–digital equivalents. Now, it’s turned its attention to the gaming industry that rewards players with points, rewards, credits and coins. But when players want to cash out, gamers and others need to avoid high transaction costs, as CEO Vinny Lingham told Sarah Perez of Techcrunch.
Last month Google announced it was killing off several products, perhaps most notably Google Reader. Caught in the mix, and perhaps somewhat under the radar, was also notice of the deprecation of their shopping search API.
Postmaster, a cloud-based, small package shipping platform for SMBs and eCommerce companies, has announced the launch of the public beta version of the Postmaster API. The Postmaster API was designed to allow easy integration of multiple shipping carriers into e-commerce systems as well as to help companies save time and money throughout the entire shipping process.
PayZang, payment processing provider, has introduced a new payment API. The API allows merchants to integrate payment options with third party applications and platforms. PayZang hopes to attract new customers with the API because integration will speed up online shopping and bill pay experiences.
Looking through our directory of travel APIs and getting lost? That’s no surprise; we’ve cataloged 168 of them so far. Fortunately, Valentin Dombrovsky, CEO of Travelatus did a great service by focusing on the 5 he says, “are the ones that offer interesting opportunities for your site—no matter who you are, an OTA, an airline or a hotel chain, for example.” Writing for Tnooz, the magazine that talks travel tech, his 5 picks are rome2rio, DealAngel, Evature, Flightstats, and InKnowledge’s Taxi Fare Calculator.