Category: BAMS Blog

What Is Magento or Adobe Commerce and Why Should You Use It In Your Business?
Featured Article What Is Magento or Adobe Commerce and Why Should You Use It In Your Business?

Magento was one of the oldest players in the ecommerce space, building a reputation as an extremely capable, reliable, and secure sales platform. Today, Magento has been rolled into Adobe Commerce, a one-stop ecommerce solution from the same company that powers creativity across countless industries. Adobe Commerce offers all the same benefits that made Magento […]

Chargebacks for Business How Problematic Are Chargebacks for Business Owners?
Read MoreHow Problematic Are Chargebacks for Business Owners?

Chargebacks are a reality of accepting credit card payments. While many chargebacks are requested for valid reasons, there are plenty of cases in which disputes are initiated despite the merchant holding up every aspect of their end of the bargain. Unfortunately, many merchants don’t really understand the dispute process, how to handle a chargeback, or […]

Merchant Services What Visa and MC Updated Dispute and Fraud Monitoring Programs Mean For You
Read MoreWhat Visa and MC Updated Dispute and Fraud Monitoring Programs Mean For You

For obvious reasons, the major credit card companies take fraud and excessive chargebacks very seriously, and companies like Visa and Mastercard have put forward thorough monitoring and tracking systems to try to prevent the losses associated with them. In October 2019, both companies made changes to their chargeback and fraud defense programs, and it’s important […]

PayPal, Square, or Stripe What Square’s New Pricing Means to You
Read MoreWhat Square’s New Pricing Means to You

Square is one of the world’s most popular payment processors, offering simple payment solutions and equally simple hardware to businesses looking to take electronic payments both online and in-store. One of Square’s most notable features has long been its pricing structure; a straight 2.75% with no additional flat fee tacked on to each transaction. But […]

PCI Are You Doing the Right PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaire?
Read MoreAre You Doing the Right PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaire?

Part of establishing PCI compliance and maintaining it year in and year out is filling out an annual PCI self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ). These questionnaires are designed to accomplish two goals: to help businesses identify weaknesses that need to be dealt with and to help prove to institutions that a company is compliant. But not all […]

Gift Cards Why You Should Offer Gift Cards to Your Customers and How They Impact Your Company’s Revenue
Read MoreWhy You Should Offer Gift Cards to Your Customers and How They Impact Your Company’s Revenue

Sometimes you just don’t have the time or personal knowledge necessary to purchase someone a truly personal gift, and in those instances, nothing beats a gift card. They’re kind of like cash, but not nearly as impersonal, and the convenience they provide for the giver and recipient makes them incredibly popular. But gift cards aren’t […]

BigCommerce Top 10 BigCommerce Apps to Help Your Online Business Grow
Read MoreTop 10 BigCommerce Apps to Help Your Online Business Grow

BigCommerce is one of the leading eCommerce platforms currently on the market, serving some of the biggest brands in industries ranging from automotive to apparel. One of the biggest drivers in the platform’s popularity is its ability to serve as a completely standalone solution, including a built-in site builder, and a fully stocked app store […]

Safe eCommerce Transactions 6 Ways to Keep Your eCommerce Transactions Safe
Read More6 Ways to Keep Your eCommerce Transactions Safe

E-commerce transactions are all about trust. Customers need to feel 100% confident that their personal information and payment details are stored and transmitted with total security, or they simply won’t make a purchase. When breaches do happen, the damage – both financially and psychologically – can be immense, and as a result, businesses simply can’t […]

POS 4 Best Touch Screen POS for 2019
Read More4 Best Touch Screen POS for 2019

From retail stores to restaurants and beyond, hardwired cash registers are giving way to flexible, mobile point of sale (POS) systems designed to make it as easy as possible for customers to pay and for employees and management to go about daily tasks like inventory management, stock ordering, reporting, and more. LightSpeed Retail, ShopKeep, TouchBistro, […]

Merchant Services Clover GO vs. Square – Which is Better for You?
Read MoreClover GO vs. Square – Which is Better for You?

Square is almost synonymous with phone-based mobile payment processing, but Clover – a company owned by processing giant First Data – has been carving out their own chunk of the market and making a name for themselves with availability in retail settings like Sam’s Club. Each company offers a small card reader designed to integrate […]

BAMS Can Improve Your Cash Flow 4 Ways BAMS Can Improve Your Cash Flow
Read More4 Ways BAMS Can Improve Your Cash Flow

Strong positive cash flow is one of the single most important factors in maintaining a healthy business, and anything you can do to boost and protect it is worthwhile. BAMS has designed a number of solutions to help ensure our merchants always have the positive cash flow they need to keep operations running smoothly and […]

Worldpay Fine Print Make Sure You Read the Fine Print with Worldpay – You Could Be Paying Extra Fees Unexpectedly
Read MoreMake Sure You Read the Fine Print with Worldpay – You Could Be Paying Extra Fees Unexpectedly

In 2017, a class-action lawsuit was brought against Worldpay Inc. alleging that 200,000 merchants were overcharged with unexpected markups and additional fees. Worldpay settled that lawsuit for $52 million, but it’s recently come to light that, despite the settlement, Worldpay may not have changed the practices that led to that legal trouble in the first […]

Chargebacks 5 Effective Tips to Win More Chargebacks
Read More5 Effective Tips to Win More Chargebacks

Chargebacks are a reality of accepting card payments, and no merchant doing any significant volume can avoid them altogether. Sometimes a chargeback is outright fraudulent, and many are the result of poor customer service or misunderstandings between merchants and customers. But whatever the reason may be, merchants need to be ready to fight back when […]

QuickBooks Plan B The Top 3 Best Alternatives to QuickBooks
Read MoreThe Top 3 Best Alternatives to QuickBooks

Intuit’s QuickBooks is undoubtedly the king of the hill when it comes to popular cloud-based accounting software. But there are a number of competitors on the market currently offering their own robust accounting products capable of challenging QuickBooks’ dominance. Three of the most popular QuickBooks alternative include Xero, FreshBooks, and Zoho Books, each offering their […]

Bad for Your Business Is A Flat Rate Good for Your Business? – Spoiler: Probably Not!
Read MoreIs A Flat Rate Good for Your Business? – Spoiler: Probably Not!

What makes a reasonable transaction fee? Amazingly enough, a lot of merchants never ask themselves that question, and failing to think about fees almost guarantees overpaying them. Flat fees, like the kind charged by PayPal and Stripe, are probably among the most common out there. They’re straightforward and easy to grasp, and as a result, […]

PayPal, Square, or Stripe How PayPal’s New Refund Policy Impacts Your Business and What You Can Do About It
Read MoreHow PayPal’s New Refund Policy Impacts Your Business and What You Can Do About It

On May 7th, 2019, PayPal updated its user agreement and made a big change that impacts every single one of their sellers in an inarguably negative way. Prior to the change, any time a refund was provided to a customer, the slice of the pie that PayPal had taken on the transaction was returned to […]

QuickBooks What the Discontinuation of QuickBooks Desktop 2016 Means to You as a Merchant
Read MoreWhat the Discontinuation of QuickBooks Desktop 2016 Means to You as a Merchant

On May 31st, 2019, QuickBooks discontinued support for their QuickBooks Desktop 2016 accounting and finance software – one of the most popular accounting and productivity tools available. That discontinuation was planned and shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Desktop 2016 users, but it still causes headaches for QuickBooks’ large 2016 userbase, annoying some even […]

Shopping Cart 10 Effective Ways to Prevent Shopping Cart Abandonment
Read More10 Effective Ways to Prevent Shopping Cart Abandonment

Cart abandonment is one of the biggest problems plaguing online merchants, and 88% of all consumers have abandoned a shopping cart without completing the transaction at some point. That makes minimizing cart abandonment a key goal for online merchants looking to maximize revenues and profitability. Here are ten of the best eCommerce tactics merchants can […]

Alternatives to Shopify The Best Alternatives to Shopify in 2019
Read MoreThe Best Alternatives to Shopify in 2019

Shopify is a great platform, and its ease of use has resulted in skyrocketing popularity over the last few years. But as an all-in-one solution, Shopify also comes with some major downsides – namely the costs. As with all third-party payment processors, the fees charged by Shopify on transactions are higher than the fees charged […]