Lazerpay Announces New Updates To Drive Growth of Businesses In Africa

Commerce across Africa is fragmented because currencies are different. According to the World Bank, there are approximately 41 currencies serving Africa’s 54 countries. This fragmentation has over time made moving money across borders difficult, effectively preventing businesses from expanding their reach.

When Lazerpay set out to build solutions for businesses in 2021, the goal was simple: help African businesses and creators get paid from anywhere around the world in cryptocurrencies, specifically stablecoins.

Since coming out of private beta in February, the startup has evolved its understanding of the challenges its customers are facing. 

Lazerpay team

The first version of Lazerpay was simple in that all businesses could do was accept and pay out in stablecoins. It currently serves over 2,000 businesses spread across five continents. However, we quickly realised that an additional layer of converting stablecoins to fiat was needed. To improve our users’ experience, we decided to build the second version of our payment gateway to allow merchants to withdraw their crypto payments in fiat, directly from their dashboards.” Njoku Emmanuel, Lazerpay CEO said in a statement about the new updates.

This insight, coupled with a relentless drive for improving the current financial landscape for underserved businesses has led to the release of a new, and improved version of its product with a couple of eye-catching features created to make commerce seamless for businesses collecting crypto payments. 

Here are some of the new updates users can look forward to exploring over the next few days:

Payouts by Lazerpay — move your money on your terms

The most important change coming to Lazerpay is how it processes payouts. Initially, the startup facilitated stablecoin transactions, paying out earnings to business owners and creators in whatever stablecoin they earned in. This posed a problem as customers sometimes got paid in one stablecoin but needed to transact in another.

Lazerpay Payout

Going forward, users are going to be able to swap their stablecoins between the supported tokens on the platform which currently powers earnings in USDT, USDC, BUSD, and DAI. This allows users more flexibility with moving their money in and out of the platform. But that’s only the beginning.

The dashboard is the nerve centre for every user signed up on Lazerpay; whether you’re a freelancer using payment links to receive payments, or an e-commerce business using the startup’s easy-to-implement payment button to power checkout. 

Lazerpay on the new dashboard feature

Lazerpay has also added fiat payout options for its users. While users could only receive payouts in stablecoins before, they can now payout to multiple currencies in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, India, China, and the UAE. Lazerpay merchants can now payout in USD anywhere in the world, and in Nigerian Naira and Ghana Cedis in African

With the new payout options, merchants can also send money to other businesses in their desired currencies, meaning more freedom to move their money how they want to. 

Products by Lazerpay — helping merchants sell faster

Products are Lazerpay’s take on a flexible, yet effective storefront for small business owners and creators. Using Products, a Lazerpay merchant can upload and create multiple product listings, indicating the number of items they have in stock.

During a purchase, merchants can use any combination of these product listings to create an order for their customers and then generate a single payment link they can use to pay for all the purchases. 

While the solution sounds simple enough, flexibility is where the magic happens. Prior to Products, Lazerpay merchants had to manually create links for each product they wanted to sell. However, with the new update, users can combine multiple product listings in just one link, helping them get paid faster. 

In addition to that, merchants can add customisable descriptions to their orders. These descriptions can be previewed so the merchants have an idea of what the users see when they open the links. Other features include the ability to collect delivery details and other custom transaction details plus the option of a “Thank You” message when payment is received.

A data-informed dashboard for better decision-making

Recognizing the need for data to guide decision-making for its businesses, Lazerpay has improved its dashboard to provide more data. 

The dashboard is the nerve centre for every user signed up on Lazerpay; whether you’re a freelancer using payment links to receive payments, or an e-commerce business using the startup’s easy-to-implement payment button to power checkout. 

On the overview screen, merchants get a view of their wallet balance, and financial performance over the past few months, with a summary of recently concluded transactions. They’re also able to update their business information or upgrade their account KYC if need be.

The transaction dashboard gives users access to all their transactions which they can export if need be to conduct further analysis.

On the Customer dashboard, merchants can access customer details that have been collected and filter them to learn more about their customers e.g. filter customers who made purchases within a specific period, etc. They can also learn about the nature of their customers’ transactions and block fraudulent customers if the need arises. 

Building the future of commerce with crypto

The recent changes to Lazerpay come at a time when African businesses are needing to rely more on decentralized finance solutions to scale their services. Through these updates, Lazerpay is bridging the gap between the accessibility that crypto offers and the simplicity of mainstream solutions.

Lazerpay Payment link

Commerce has evolved to the point where many merchants can now offer products to a global audience and receive payments from anywhere in the world. Despite this evolution, some businesses—particularly those in Africa and the Middle East—are still locked out of this global expansion drive. With the addition of Payouts, we are equipping businesses to drive growth by receiving and making global payments without exchange barriers.” Amara Uyanna, Head of MEA Partnerships said in a statement about the new updates.

The new Lazerpay update optimizes for simplicity as the company is deliberate about building for non-technical users. Considering that most merchants don’t have technical skills, the startup has optimized its user experience to be intuitive, and helpful. That said, developers remain an important part of the startup’s ecosystem. Its API integration, which can be used by enterprise businesses has also been made simpler and faster. 

Over the last few weeks, the new products and solutions have been tested extensively with external partners in preparation for this launch. The startup is excited to open up its new features to the public and keen to hear feedback. 

That said, Lazerpay wants merchants to know that it is still day one, with further improvements coming down the line. In the near future, the startup hopes to add more analytics to merchants’ data, allowing them to make smarter decisions about their business.

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