With electronic payments being the norm and cash payments & traditional checks becoming less common year after year, it can be tough keeping up with all the various forms of payments available to your business. But, as a business owner it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each payment type you can and do offer to your customers, and the more sales you transact the more important the charges and flexibility of these payment options become.
What is PCI Compliance? If you currently accept or are planning on accepting payment card transactions, you’ve probably heard of PCI Compliance. It can be tricky to implement, but the reasoning behind PCI is straightforward. No one — not businesses, consumers, or issuing banks want to be the cause or victim of a payment security breach, so PCI was created to help isolate liability and reduce breaches. Or more formally: The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of standards created by major payment card companies to protect consumers and avoid liability by forcing businesses involved in the payment card ecosystem to implement safety measures and processes.
So you’ve heard about the benefits of being a Credit Card Processing Agent or Merchant Account Sales Agent: residual income, the opportunity to work for yourself, the ability to choose your clients, and more. While working in merchant services can be lucrative, you need to approach it with intelligence. If you don’t you have a sales background, you’ll need to spend time understanding what separates successful credit card processing agents from the failures.
You probably know that chip cards offer much better fraud protection and help prevent chargebacks than the (now) antiquated magnetic stripe cards, but what are the specific differences between the two? And how does that affect the decisions your business should make? These are important questions to have answers to when designing your payment processing solutions model, and knowing the differences will help you make better business decisions. Let’s dig in.
Declined credit cards are a common occurrence in any business environment, but it is especially common in B2C, high-transaction volume companies. Whatever point-of-sale system you use, it should deliver a specific code number along with the decline receipt, but that won’t help give you the “why” without having the definitions to those codes. Having these on hand helps you provide better customer service by way of a more thoughtful and thorough explanation.
So you’re on the lookout for new credit card machines for your business or, perhaps, you’re forecasting replacement costs for your stores and need a working range to work off of. Whatever your reasoning for being here, it’s important to understand that credit card machines are a bit tricky when it comes to pricing. Almost all of them carry a variety of associated fees, and it’s never “just” the hardware.
If you work in and/or around the B2C food industry, you’re probably familiar with EBT or customers asking you if you support SNAP program payments. EBT stands for electronic-benefit-transfer, and it’s the government’s transaction method for what most of us know as food stamps. Physical stamps were used for financial assistance up until the 1990’s, at which point the program was officially renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP for short.
You may think you already know what the differences are between ACH & Wire Transfers; well, let’s test that theory. Read on for our list of six things you should know about these money vehicles. Let’s start with a few basics. Wire Transfers Wire transfers take place moving funds from your bank account to deposit to someone else’s bank account (or vice versa) in a transaction that moves directly from bank-to-bank.
If you’ve ever worked in the space of major business-to-business (B2B) or business-to-government (B2G) transactions, you may have heard of level three or level two payment processing. In the process of researching credit card processing, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to understand what level one, level two, and level three credit card transactions are. Credit Card Transaction Data Level/Rate Each level of credit card transaction is associated with a set of data fields.
When researching your options for a payment system, you may have come across the choice of supporting ACH transactions but weren’t quite sure if they applied to your shop. While ACH transactions make the most sense for merchants running eCommerce businesses, any merchant who conducts online transactions in any capacity could benefit from implementing ACH. ACH stands for Automated Clearing House, and you can think of it like a check without the paper.
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