Archive for January 2018
The Difference Between a Merchant Account and a Payment Gateway
Accepting online payments can be the next step in growing your business. However, setting everything up might be a little confusing, especially if you are just launching your first online store. If you’ve done some preliminary research on the matter, you may have run into terms such as merchant account and payment gateway. Since these…Read More
Should a Merchant Issue a Refund Before a Chargeback?
Vendors stand to gain a great deal by accepting credit cards, from gaining access to a larger customer base to increasing revenue and cash flow. However, there are downsides that have to be taken into account. One of these downsides is the chargeback. Chargebacks are part of a banking policy which allows customers to request…Read More
What is Credit Card Interchange and How Does it Work?
Interchange-plus pricing is an alternative to fixed-rate pricing available upon request to credit card merchants. It involves passing through to the merchant the actual costs charged by the credit card companies. In the long run, it generally offers the lowest pricing for high-volume merchants; however, because pricing varies based upon numerous factors, some individual transactions…Read More
How Does an Independent Sales Organization (ISO) Work?
An ISO is an organization or individual that is not a Visa or MasterCard member bank, but which is associated with such a bank. This association involves various activities such as acquiring or issuing functions, soliciting cardholders, arranging for terminal leases or purchases, and customer service among others. Independent Sales Organizations are also known as…Read More
Merchant Accounts for Small Businesses
You Own a Small Business – Can a Merchant Account Provider Provide You With What You Need? Check and cash usage is dropping, while online and card payments are on the rise. To harness this, a small business must have access to a merchant account, which will allow you to receive payments in a variety…Read More
What is the Best Credit Card Processor for my Business?
There are many credit card processors to choose from, with many criteria to take into consideration before signing the contract. In this article, we’re going to take a look at various factors to consider when selecting your payment processor. The benefits of accepting credit cards Accepting credit cards will widen your customer base, whether you…Read More
Keeping Your Customers’ Personal Information Secure
Customers can have some apprehension when it comes to sharing personal information with a company, especially online. Accordingly, it’s very important that your website reassures customers that their personal information is secure with you. In fact, security is a top priority for many customers, and even if your product offering is stellar, and your security…Read More
Collecting Recurring Payments From Your Customers
Recurring payments are a great way to improve cash flow and reduce costs, while building customer loyalty, thanks to the added convenience. Customers always appreciate when a store does its best to accommodate them, whether that means staying open for longer hours, offering a wider selection of products and services than the competition, or having…Read More
5 Tips for Millennials to Better Prepare Themselves for Retirement
When asked when they would like to retire, US millennials answered, on average, that their retirement goal is at the age of 60, which is 2 years earlier than the overall average of people surveyed in 16 countries. This goal is achievable, and with the right type of financial planning, it should be fairly easy…Read More
Is Just One ‘Standard’ QR Code System Enough?
The QR code is an upgraded version of the barcode, and it was developed by Denso Wave, a Japanese company, in the mid-90s. Its main advantage over barcodes is that it can store extra information. A bar code stores information in the thickness of the bars and the white spaces between them. Since there is…Read More