What Tools Does BAMS Offer for Offline and Online Merchants?

Online Merchant

BAMS is the industry leader in payment processing, trusted by thousands of merchants across the globe. That success is due to our full suite of features designed to help businesses like yours accept electronic payments with less fuss, and lower fees. BAMS has been designed from the ground up to provide all of the functionality needed by both our online and offline partners, and thanks to that client-focused design, 98% of our users report lower stress when working with BAMS merchant accounts.  Here are just a few of the many features BAMS offers to our clients in both digital and brick-and-mortar sales.

 

BAMS Online Merchant Tools

Payment Gateway and eCommerce Integration

BAMS integrates seamlessly with all of the most popular payment gateways and ecommerce solutions, including Authorize.net, Magneto, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, and many more. Partnering with BAMS for your merchant services means you won’t have to worry about making changes to your online store, ensuring maximum uptime and the smoothest possible experience for your customers while you get set up.

Customer Information Management

BAMS’ customer information management tokenizes and securely stores your customers’ payment information, ensuring that their sensitive data will always remain secure, boosting your PCI compliance, and enabling easy management of recurring payments. It also enables customers to store multiple payment methods so that they can easily select the most convenient options for future purchases.

 

BAMS Offline Merchant Tools

Point-of-Sale Integration

BAMS works with virtually any point-of-sale system, from fully integrated multi-terminal systems to standalone pads. That means that regardless of your existing in-store setup, partnering with BAMS will be a hassle-free process. We’ll also help you ensure that your equipment is updated to comply with EMV chip-card requirements in order to protect you from unnecessary liability exposure, and we offer a full range of EMV-compliant terminals ready to easily integrate with your in-store system.

Business Funding

One of our goals at BAMS is to help our clients get the funding they need by offering the most affordable cash advances possible. We accomplish that goal by integrating with Fundomate, the first search engine for business cash advances. BAMS partners can take advantage of our easy online application, enabling the entire process and all document submissions to be handled electronically, saving both time and paperwork. The result is that applying for cash advances through BAMS is faster and easier than ever. It’s also cheaper than ever, since we also don’t charge any of the fees associated with traditional brokers.

 

BAMS also offers a number of features and services that apply to all of our clients regardless of whether they operate online, offline, or both. That includes our powerful chargeback management tools to help minimize losses, and our industry-leading reporting and analytics suite that helps our clients make more informed business decisions. We also help all of our clients become fully PCI compliant, ensuring data security and peace of mind.

Contact us to find out more about the full suite of BAMS features and how your business can put them to work today. Our low-price guarantee and unique five-point price comparison process ensure that partnering with BAMS will not only make your payment processing easier, it’ll also help boost your company’s profitability as well.

What BAMS Can Do For Your Supermarket?

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Your supermarket depends on the people that live in your local community, and just as importantly, they depend on you. Your success and growth come down to the quality of service you provide and the value your customers get for their hard-earned dollars, and both of those factors are impacted by payment processing.

BAMS is the ultimate payment processing partner for small businesses like yours because we enable you to give your customers the payment options they want, help you streamline their payment experience, and help you pad your bottom line in the process. Here are just a few of the benefits partnering with BAMS can provide to your supermarket.

 

BAMS Can Help Increase Your Sales

Studies have shown that people paying with credit cards are willing to spend more money than when paying with cash. The reason is that a tap or swipe of the credit card is perceived as far less painful than handing over cold, hard cash. That means people paying with cards are both more likely to spend more money as a whole, and are also more likely to indulge in near-the-checkout impulse purchases.

That has huge implications for your supermarket, the most obvious being that if you aren’t already accepting credit cards, you’re leaving money on the table. Aside from this well-researched consumer behavior, accepting credit cards just makes sense, since fewer and fewer people are carrying cash at all as consumer payment habits move further towards plastic with each passing year.

 

BAMS Can Help Reduce Your Fees

If you are currently accepting credit card payments, there’s a good chance you’re either using a third-party provider like Square, or that you just signed on with your bank because you thought they’d be the best rate available. In both of those cases, the odds are that the fees you’re paying on each transaction are higher than they need to be.

At BAMS, we’ve developed an industry leading five-step price comparison designed specifically to determine how and where we can save you money before providing you with a detailed quote. That way, you can be absolutely certain that partnering with BAMS is the right move not only for your peace of mind but for your wallet as well.

 

BAMS Can Help Streamline Your Tracking and Reporting

BAMS does more than just process payments; it also provides a full suite of tools to help you better manage your business, including detailed tracking and reporting on all of your transaction handling. BAMS also comes with access to IRIS CRM, a leading customer resource management tool that can help you streamline almost all aspects of your business.

These tools allow you to minimize monotonous and time-consuming housekeeping tasks so that you can focus more on growing your business and serving the customers and community that depend on your grocery store and drive your sales.

 

At BAMS, our goal is to enable you to offer your customers the credit card and debit payment options they expect while cutting your costs and making card payments more profitable for you. We’d love the opportunity to show you how BAMS can benefit your supermarket the same way it’s benefited thousands of businesses all over the world, so give us a call today to find out more.

Four Common Payment Processing Myths You Can’t Afford To Continue Believing

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Plastic is now the preferred payment method of choice for consumers across the globe, and accepting card payments is no longer an option for serious businesses. Unfortunately, a number of myths surrounding payment processing still muddy the waters and keep some businesses from taking the leap. Those myths are generally rooted in old information from a time when getting set-up to accept credit cards wasn’t all that easy, but those days are long gone. Here are four of the most persistent of those myths, and how they diverge from the reality of modern payment processing.

 

Myth One: PCI compliance is only required for merchants doing high transaction volumes.

Fact: This could not be more incorrect. If you’re accepting credit card payments, you’re expected to be PCI compliant no matter how many transactions you process. There is no compliance floor that excuses merchants from keeping their customers’ payment information and personal data secure. Even if your business only processes a single credit card payment, failing to meet PCI compliance standards could be extremely costly, both financially and from a reputation perspective.

When you partner with BAMS, our team of PCI compliance experts will reach out to lead you through the compliance process, making it easier than ever to offer your customers the security they need.

 

Myth Two: Processing fees are profit-killers.

Fact: There is no getting around payment processing fees, but the idea that they hurt overall profitability is just crazy. In reality, a number of studies have shown people actually spend more money when they pay with credit cards. The exact reason isn’t clear, but it probably has to do with the fact that paying with a credit card doesn’t feel the same as paying through other means like cash or cheque because you aren’t actually handing something over. The result is that, while accepting credit card does involve paying the associated fees, you’ll actually sell more by offering card payments, making the fees more than worthwhile.  

At BAMS, our goal is always to save you money, and our 5-step price comparison and quotation process is designed to show you exactly how we can help you lower your transaction fees.

 

Myth Three: From a merchant perspective, all credit cards are created equal.

Fact: Banks recognize multiple levels of credit cards. The common consumer cards most people carry in their wallets are considered level one cards. But corporate and government credit cards are considered level two and level three, and they’re eligible for lower interchange fees thanks to their relative reliability. The catch is, to access those lower interchange fees on your processed transactions, your payment processing software has to be set up to handle these types of cards.

The data-entry associated with level 2 and level 3 cards can be a headache, but BAMS is designed to automate that process, allowing you to easily reap the benefits of the lower fees that come along with corporate and government card purchases.

 

Myth Four: Chargebacks are a fact of life, and there is no way to mitigate them.

Fact: While it’s true that some chargebacks are completely legitimate, unfortunately, a large number of them are fraudulent. Merchants that aren’t set up to properly handle chargebacks lose huge amounts of money each year to these shady disputes, but merchants aren’t powerless, and fraudulent chargebacks can be detected and minimized. The key is vigilant monitoring and timely responses, and a good payment processor can provide the tools necessary to do both.

BAMS provides a full suite of tools to help manage and minimize chargeback losses, including instant dispute updates, online dispute management, cardholder authentication tools, and more.

 

BAMS is the industry leader in affordable electronic payments solutions, and thousands of merchants across the globe, including some of the world’s biggest brands, trust us for their payment processing. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help your business accept electronic payments and as easily and cost-effectively as possible.

 

Don’t Have Dangerous Gaps in PCI Compliance

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When you’re looking for a payment processing site so you can make personal online transactions, you might just use the first thing you come across. But when it comes to your business, you want to back up your choice with some research. Different payment processing tools, like PayPal, Stripe, and BAMS, offer a wide array of benefits and supplemental features. The most important thing for your business, however, is PCI compliance.

How does PCI compliance apply to your business?

PCI DSS, or the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is a list of standards for securing payment processing details. If your company even touches payment information, whether you’re storing the information or just accepting, processing, or transmitting it, then you’re responsible for maintaining a secure environment for that data. That’s why more and more companies are using third-party providers to handle payment processing. If payments are routed through another site entirely, your liabilities are limited.

How do you know which processing service provides the best PCI compliance?

The best way to know which service is for you is to start studying your own business. How do you usually get paid? Online stores will have a lot of individual transactions. Subscription service providers, whether they provide online services or something physical like landscaping, may have automatic payments. If your company provides freelance services, you may need to invoice clients for monthly services or varying amounts.

Once you know how your company sends requests for payment and receives payment, start looking for exceptions. Stripe, for example, doesn’t have an inbuilt invoicing tool so you will need to check your additional third-party services for PCI compliance. PayPal does offer more PCI compliance, but only at certain levels of subscription.

Most e-commerce payment processing platforms are all but required to have PCI compliance, but your company may be liable for any gaps. So look for those gaps before finalizing your choice. Browse our blog for more ways to choose the best platform for your business.

3 Ways Payment Processing Reports Can Help Your Marketing Team

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Marketing strategies rely on having information. You need to know as much about your prospective customers as possible so you can reach out to them effectively. A lot of that information comes from your website traffic. What your visitors do, how they interact with the site, and what items they buy form a large part of your understanding. But the information you can gather through Google Analytics and lead generation isn’t the end of your information-gathering abilities. Payment processing reports can tell you a lot about your customers and your store. Here are some tips:

What three things can you learn from your payment processing reports?

1. What’s the average sales total?

It’s not just enough to know how much money your store is making every day or each month. It’s also important to know how much each customer is spending each time they come into your store. This gives you a lot of information about buyer behavior. Unless your store is specifically designed for small frequent purchases, like a convenience store, then larger purchases are better. Reports can let you know if your marketing and store arrangement efforts are working.

2. Which credit card types are your customers using?

Credit card type also tells you a lot about different customer personas or hypothetical characters built around the standard behaviors and interests of your target markets. But card types also matter based on the agreements you have for different types of merchant services. If you have a lot of transactions through one card type, you can negotiate for a lower percentage. If you have few transactions through credit cards, you can decide if a surcharge for small payments is right for your company.

3. How many transactions are happening at different terminals?

Different terminals at your store get different amounts of traffic. This data can let you know if one point of sale is too out of the way or is left unmanned. It can also let you know when the primary terminal is too busy and your store needs a new arrangement.

For more ways to use payment processing reports, go to BAMS.

5 Reasons Why Every Business Needs an E-Commerce Processing Platform

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Brick and Mortar stores are taking a hit all because of e-commerce. Just look at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us. These two were giants in their respective fields for over 60 years. Kmart which began in 1899 has liquidated and closed as well.

The question is, if they had instituted a healthy e-commerce processing program, could they have sustained a longer run and still be in business? The answer is probably yes. They could have streamlined their overhead, lowered prices and been competitive in their respective fields. People say it is Amazon’s fault these stores collapsed. Amazon just provided, (in some cases), better prices and the ease of purchasing items from home.

E-commerce is a viable entity and it’s here to stay. Every business that sells anything should have an e-commerce platform.

Why People Love to Shop Online

  • Shop from home or office
  • Avoid crowds or going to the mall
  • Convenience, done with just a few button clicks
  • Better Variety
  • Better Prices

People are ridiculously busy, they mean to get to the store to purchase mom’s birthday gift, but finding the time is not easy. The kids must be toted to practice and games. Perhaps it’s business meetings, family and friends get-togethers, or working late and being too exhausted to stop by the store. Let’s try this, the store is closed, or it’s late and that parking lot can be sketchy at night. Having an e-commerce platform set up by BAMS can keep loyal customers coming back without having to set foot in the store. E-commerce can attract new customers who would never have visited your location. They may live 50, 500 or 5000 miles away.

Here is a likely scenario; a child wants a pair of cowboy boots. The parent has no idea about such things, they live in New England where cowboys are not the norm. Said parent googles cowboy boots for sale, checks out a couple sites, decides what to spend, and orders them from Texas. The child is happy, the parent is happy, the person who does not know they have reason to be unhappy is the Western Wear business owner in town without an e-commerce site.

Contact BAMS to discuss setting up your e-commerce processing platform to help your business grow.

Why a Local NYC Merchant Services Provider is a Good Option

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New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world and is the home to many businesses of all sizes. For those that are based out of New York City, having access to a local merchant services provider would be very beneficial. There are several different benefits of hiring a New York City merchant services provider that can make it the best option for your business.

 

Payment Processing

One of the main benefits of having your merchant services provider be local is that they can provide you with quick payment processing. Today, the majority of all purchases are either made online or in a store using a credit card. This can create a bit of a cash flow problem for businesses as it can be a few days before they actually receive the cash from the credit card provider. When you use a local NYC merchant services provider, this wait time can be cut down dramatically. In many situations, you can actually receive your payment the next business day.

 

Quick Onsite Assistance

Another benefit of hiring a local merchant services provider is that they will be able to provide you with onsite assistance when necessary. While merchant services programs tend to work very well, there are situations in which you will need further assistance to either learn the system or troubleshoot a problem. While you can have some of these situations handled over the phone, it is normally much easier and efficient to have them handled in person. When you hire a local provider, they will be able to have a professional sent to your place of business quickly.

 

Due to the benefits of hiring a local merchant services provider, you should contact us to learn more about the services and benefits that we could provide to your organization.