Choosing a merchant services provider is a serious task and picking the wrong merchant account can result in headaches with integration, unnecessarily high fees, and delays in deposits reaching a merchant’s bank account. Merchants choosing between BAMS, Braintree, and QuickBooks Merchant Services – three of the most popular merchant services providers on the market – have a lot to think about, as each company provides highly capable and feature-rich offerings. However, there are some significant differences between the three, and this article aims to compare and contrast them in three key areas; pricing, support, and onboard features.
On May 28th, 2019, payment processing giants Global Payments and TSYS officially announced a merger in a deal worth 21.5 billion dollars. That merger was just the latest in a series of mergers and acquisitions that have seen some of the industry’s largest players become even larger. In fact, the Global/TSYS merger was the third major merger in the industry in as many years. In January 2018, Vantiv announced a $10.4 billion merger with Wordplay, coming together to form Wordplay Inc., and on July 2017, First Data Corporation acquired CardConnect for $750 million.
These mergers demonstrate a clear trend towards consolidation and rapid, massive growth among the largest players in the payment processing industry. And with each new merger, pressure grows for other payment processors to follow suit in order to avoid being run over or swallowed up themselves. But, whether or not these mergers are good for the companies involved or for the industry as a whole, the million-dollar question is: are they beneficial in any way for merchants?
Not all merchant accounts are created equal, and from fees – to support – to hardware, and beyond, there are countless factors that determine which is the best for you and your business. One of the most important factors is fund availability – how prompt your payment processor is in depositing the funds from sales into your bank account. Funding speed can vary significantly from provider to provider, and when choosing a processor, businesses looking to ensure their financial health should always look for next-day funding.
Ever since the introduction of the original Square Reader – the small, white plastic magstripe reader that plugs right into the headphone jack of a smartphone – Square has been a widely recognized brand name among small businesses and entrepreneurs. There is no question the Square Reader was revolutionary for pop-up shops, mobile businesses, and hobbyists, but for all the convenience it offers to small retailers, the question remains as to whether it’s the right choice for larger, fixed-based businesses, including restaurants.
While Square certainly can be used as a restaurant payment processor, when compared to some other merchant services and payment processing providers, including BAMS, Square and its third-party peers like PayPal and Stripe have some notable drawbacks that make them less than ideal solutions.
Since its initial launch in 2011, San Francisco-based Stripe has become one of the most recognizable brand names in online payment processing. Used by online businesses in over 200 countries, Stripe has recently expanded its electronic payments offerings with the introduction of its in-store card reader, the Stripe Terminal.
Stripe has a number of third-party competitors, including industry-giant PayPal, but one of the most experienced of them all is BAMS – a full-service electronic payments processing provider that has served thousands of merchants all over the globe since 2006. BAMS wider set of merchant services and solutions are designed for both in-store and online use, and when compared head-to-head with stripe, there are some notable differences in each company’s offerings and the benefits they offer to merchants.
Cash flow is everything, and one of the biggest keys to success in business is keeping accounts receivable to a minimum. The faster your invoices get paid, the healthier your company’s finances will be, and the better you’ll sleep at night. That means using any tool that can help you collect payment faster is a no-brainer. Email invoices are one such tool, and luckily, some payment gateways build free email invoicing tools right into their platforms. Taking advantage of them is a great way to reduce the amount of work that goes into invoicing and account management, and to speed up the arrival of your payments.
Merchants are all painfully aware of the fact they’re charged fees on the card transaction they put through, but many don’t understand what those fees are made up of. While those fees contain a number of different components, the largest portion is made up of the interchange fee. Interchange fees are charged on every single credit card transaction regardless of who a merchant partners with for their payment processing, so it’s important to understand at least the basics of what they are and how they’re calculated.
Two of the hottest topics around payment processing today are surcharges and cash discounts. These two strategies for beating credit card processing fees are becoming more and more popular among merchants, and many payment processing companies have begun to offer programs specifically designed to promote them. The problem is that many merchants don’t necessarily understand the rules around surcharging and cash discounting, and getting it wrong can result in some harsh consequences. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the more important details surrounding these two fee-reduction strategies.
BigCommerce is one of the top eCommerce platforms currently available and is the #1 enterprise cloud solution for companies doing $1 million or more annually. Based on that success it’s no surprise that BigCommerce is specifically designed to make it as easy as possible to integrate leading payment gateways, including Authorize.Net.
PayPal Powered by Braintree is BigCommerce’s default gateway, so to use Authorize.Net you’ll have to manually change over. Don’t worry, it’s extremely easy. Follow the three simple steps listed below to launch BigCommerce’s setup function and enable your store to accept credit card payments via Authorize.Net.
Providing shoppers with a smooth POS, easy checkout experience is key to generating return business and a loyal customer base. There are few things that can frustrate a customer more than waiting in a long line once they’ve made their buying decision or running into trouble with systems at the cash.
That’s why it’s so important for merchants to offer their customers reliable electronic payment solutions, and that starts with a good point-of-sale system. BAMS integrates with 12 of the leading retail POS systems so
that our partners can ensure they’re offering their customers the best checkout and payment experience possible.