Customers who take advantage of the e-tailor's PayCode option can visit a local WU branch to let the financial institution make the currency exchange for them

Amazon is popular worldwide for its convenience and speed—and for some shoppers, it's the only way to purchase goods that may not be available in their home country. Working through the currency exchange, however, can be difficult. Western Union recently partnered with Amazon improve this common pain point, allowing shoppers to pay with their native tender.

When checking out, the customer can select an Amazon PayCode option. The site then provides a code and the address of the closest Western Union office. There, the customer can pay for the goods in their national currency and the financial service company will take care of the exchange.

Ben Volk, Amazon's director of Payment Acceptance and Experience, says, “Amazon PayCode leverages the reach of Western Union to make cross-border online shopping a reliable and convenient experience for customers who do not have access to international credit cards, or prefer to pay in cash.”

This partnership allows Amazon to further streamline the use of its site, while also helping merchants expand the market where they sell their wares. The PayCode program will initially be available in 10 countries, mostly in Asia and South America.

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Amazon is popular worldwide for its convenience and speed—and for some shoppers, it's the only way to purchase goods that may not be available in their home country. Working through the currency exchange, however, can be difficult. Western Union recently partnered with Amazon improve this common pain point, allowing shoppers to pay with their native tender.

When checking out, the customer can select an Amazon PayCode option. The site then provides a code and the address of the closest Western Union office. There, the customer can pay for the goods in their national currency and the financial service company will take care of the exchange.