Devs: RIM Updates App World Vendor Agreement & Merchant of Record

Vendor Agreement

RIM has sent out an update to their previously revised App World Vendor agreement that clarifies some of the issues vendors had with the previous addendum and clarifies others. First of all RIM no longer requires all payments inside apps to go through App World’s Payment Service for in app payments. On the other hand RIM has clarified their requirement to be paid “Secondary Revenue Fees” of 30% for all transactions that happen outside of App World and don’t go through the Payment Service.

Here are the highlights RIM pointed out:

As we previously communicated to you, in the coming months we will be rolling out a new Payment Service named BlackBerry Commerce which will transition RIM to become the Merchant of Record for BlackBerry App World Credit Card & PayPal only transactions.  The goal is to enhance the distribution experience, make it easier for you to administer payment acceptance and to ensure compliance with the tax requirements of many countries that Vendors sell into through BlackBerry App World.  At launch, BlackBerry Commerce will become the primary Merchant of Record for App World transactions through Credit Card & PayPal.

The BlackBerry Commerce Value Proposition

  • A seamless transaction for customers to deal directly with Research In Motion E-Commerce which improves the overall experience, provides a simplified and flexible payment process and in turn drives customer loyalty
  • Enable a wider variety of payment types to tailor and personalize how customers buy products and services demonstrating that we understand and cater to their needs
  • Research In Motion E-Commerce will bring new and innovative payment types to customers increasing their choice, flexibility and ease of transacting
  • Facilitate compliance with the tax requirements of many countries

Important Details

  • The primary change in the Vendor Agreement is the removal of the requirement to exclusively use the BlackBerry Payment Service for in-app product transactions. The definition of Secondary Revenue and the applicability of the Secondary Revenue Fee have been clarified.  Additionally, the countries associated with the agent appointments for the RIM E-Commerce Inc. and RIM E-Commerce S.à.r.l. entities have been changed such that all countries previously associated with RIM E-Commerce Inc. (other than Canada) are now associated with RIM E-Commerce S.à.r.l.
  • We will require certain Tax Information. Information regarding the documentation we require and instructions on where to upload it to the Vendor Portal can be found below
  • We will begin to issue Vendor payments in Fall 2012

If you are a vendor I HIGHLY recommend reading the full documents and checking out all the changes. You can find them below:

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