Block Will Let Users Make Cash App Payments Outside Its Network

Gap, American Eagle Offer Logistics Services

Block, which was formerly called Square, has begun letting users of its Cash App make payments on eCommerce sites that aren’t part of the Square network.

This replaces a system in which users could only make payments via Cash App Pay on Square terminals or online Square merchant partners, Tech Crunch reported Friday (Sept. 2).

The launch includes the retailers American Eagle, Aerie, Tommy Hilfiger, Finish Line and JD Sports, with more merchants like Romwe, Savage x Fenty, SHEIN, thredUP and Wish set to join over the next few months, according to the report.

Users can seek out discounts and promotions from these brands on the Cash App’s Discover tab or go to the merchant website and select the Cash App Pay option at checkout, the report stated. They can pay for merchandise using use Cash App credit or debit cards.

Block said it’s offering users an automatic 10% discount for their first purchases with these merchants using Cash App Pay, per the report.

The move gives Block more of a competitive edge with services such as Apple Pay, the report noted.

Square announced in June it was working with Apple to enable Tap to Pay on iPhones via a new technology that offers sellers more flexibility at checkout.

Read more: Square Working With Apple to Enable Tap to Pay on iPhones Within POS

Tap to Pay on iPhone uses Apple’s contactless payment acceptance capability within the Square point of sale (POS) app. Sellers can use the tool to take in-person contactless payments using just an iPhone and Square’s POS app.

Last week, PYMNTS reported that Block and Cash App were facing a class action suit that accuses the company of negligence in a December data breach that reportedly compromised 8.2 million users’ personal information.

See more: Cash App, Block Accused of Negligence in Class Action Over Breach

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