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What is a Payment Gateway?
Featured Article What is a Payment Gateway?

Payment gateways are a crucial tool in both ecommerce and brick-and-mortar sales, but many merchants don’t necessarily understand what their gateways do or why they really need to have one at all. With that in mind, the following is a quick refresher on what gateways are, how they work, and why they’re so important.    […]

How to Use TOAST POS: Getting Your Restaurant Setup How to Use TOAST POS: Getting Your Restaurant Setup
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If you’re considering switching your restaurant over to Toast POS, you have some decisions to make regarding your services, your hardware, and – importantly – your transaction fees. The following is a brief overview of what it takes to start using Toast POS, its unique benefits, and what the alternatives are if it isn’t the […]

New Trends in EMV Payments New Trends in EMV Payments
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The past few years have seen a sea of change in the payments industry and the role that EMV payment cards play in the lives of consumers. Worldwide health measures have changed the way we pay in-person, and, today, cash is no longer king – so much so that many consumers no longer carry any […]

How Advanced Merchant Reporting Can Improve Business Intelligence How Advanced Merchant Reporting Can Improve Business Intelligence
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Knowledge is power, yet many merchants operate with an incomplete picture of their payment processing, their transaction history, their ongoing and historical disputes, and more. Advanced merchant reporting tools offered by some payment processors are designed to provide merchants with insights into those key areas in a fast, efficient, and easily-digestible way.  Merchant reporting tools […]

How Next Day Funding Helps Merchants Eliminate the Waiting Game How Next Day Funding Helps Merchants Eliminate the Waiting Game
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The average customer might think that the second they complete a credit or debit card transaction, the funds from the purchase go directly into the merchant’s bank account – but they’d be wrong. In reality, most merchants have to wait two or even three business days to access their funds due to the standard holds […]

What are POS Integrations? How POS Software Delivers More Value What are POS Integrations? How POS Software Delivers More Value
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Point-of-sale systems are mission-critical tools for retailers and restaurants, providing the system through which sales are made, and inventory is controlled. But POS systems can do a lot more than just process transactions if a merchant has the right integrations. Integrations allow merchants to squeeze extra value out of their POS systems, simplifying tasks, leveraging […]

How Apple Cash and the Apple Card are Changing the Game How Apple Cash and the Apple Card are Changing the Game
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Apple is arguably the biggest name in consumer tech, and with so many people around the world using their devices, the advent of digital wallets made it clear they’d be a dominant player in payments as well. The success of Apple’s digital wallet, Apple Pay, proved that its users were ready for Apple-branded mobile digital […]

The Top 5 Best Clover Apps for 2022 The Top 5 Best Clover Apps for 2022
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Clover is a popular small business point of sale system, offering retailers and restaurants intuitive POS software and a wide variety of hardware choices. But one of Clover’s most standout features is its well-stocked third-party app market, which enables Clover users to expand and refine the capabilities of their systems, as needed, in a matter […]

Toast POS Review: The Ups and Downs of a Top Restaurant POS Toast POS Review: The Ups and Downs of a Top Restaurant POS
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Toast POS is one of the most popular point-of-sale systems in the restaurant industry. It’s known for feature-rich and easy-to-use software and a wide variety of hardware options. But while Toast POS is both highly capable and user-friendly, it does have some notable drawbacks, including the cost of payment processing and dependence on proprietary hardware. […]

Merchant Services Quotes - What to Look For In Payment Processing Merchant Services Quotes – What to Look For In Payment Processing
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Choosing a new payment processor is an important task, as payments are at the core of all businesses. But with so many options on the market, it can be hard for merchants to know how to differentiate one processor from another. When requesting a merchant services quote, many business owners will focus on price and […]

What Does Next Day Funding Mean? What Does Next Day Funding Mean?
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Next day funding is a service provided by some payment processors that gives merchants access to the money from their sales in a single business day – in some cases, as little as ten to twelve hours after transactions are submitted. Next day funding stands in contrast to the industry standard practice of holding funds […]

What is an Ecommerce Payment Gateway? What is an Ecommerce Payment Gateway?
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Payment gateways are software tools that enable transaction processing by acting as the bridge between the end customer and a merchant’s payment processor. Every transaction – both online and off – goes through some type of payment gateway. In ecommerce, payment gateways provide everything from payment data encryption to two-way communication to fraud protection and […]

Chargeback Defense Can You Fight a Chargeback?
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Merchants can fight chargebacks and, while many don’t, all should whenever possible because chargebacks matter. Chargebacks cost merchants money in the form of lost revenues and, in many cases, lost inventory. They also raise red flags when they start to rack up, causing potential strains in relationships with payment processors and the major card companies […]

What Is An Ecommerce Merchant? What Is An Ecommerce Merchant?
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An ecommerce merchant is a business that sells online and utilizes payment processing services to collect card payments. In a terminology-heavy industry like payment processing, it can be easy for confusion to arise about what certain terms mean and don’t mean. “Merchant” is one of those terms, and many people incorrectly assume that all businesses […]

American Express OptBlue Program Tips American Express OptBlue Program Tips
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Amex OptBlue is a program designed to make American Express payments more accessible to small businesses. Traditionally, the high barriers to entry on the network and the extremely high transaction fees made American Express more trouble than it was worth for smaller merchants. To remedy that problem, the company created the Amex OptBlue program, which […]

10 Things to Know When Opening a New Merchant Account 10 Things to Know When Opening a New Merchant Account
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A merchant account is a mission-critical piece of the payments puzzle for most full-time business owners doing any kind of significant sales volume. But for new and experienced merchants alike, the process of getting set up with a new account can seem opaque and even difficult. Independent sales organizations (ISO) – sales companies that work […]

Next Day Funding: How Long Does it Take for Merchants to Get Paid Out? Next Day Funding: How Long Does it Take for Merchants to Get Paid Out?
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Next day funding is a feature offered by certain payment processors that allows merchants to access the money from their batched transactions in a single day – in some cases, as little as ten hours after a transaction is submitted. Most merchants on standard funding plans don’t get access to their funds nearly as quickly, […]

Simple Merchant Services Make Doing Business Easier Simple Merchant Services Make Doing Business Easier
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Payment processing is a complex industry with a lot of moving parts, a lot of tech, and a lot of security rules. But, for the end merchant, all that complexity represents a needless source of headaches and potential business interruptions. The best payment processors offer simple merchant services that allow businesses to focus solely on […]

How to Tell If Your Business Meets PCI Compliance How to Tell If Your Business Meets PCI Compliance
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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, or PCI-DSS, is a security standard that must be met by all companies that handle, store, or transmit credit card data from the major card brands. It exists to protect consumers and minimize the potential damage associated with payment-related data breaches.  PCI compliance refers to a company’s ongoing […]