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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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is a Retail POS System? What is a Retail POS System?
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A retail POS, or point-of-sale system, is a combination of hardware and software designed to facilitate purchases at a checkout counter in retail and dining. A POS effectively automates most of the functions of an old cash register. Rather than having to punch in a product’s information and price and manually apply taxes, a POS […]

Apple Pay Adoption Challenges in 2022 and Beyond Apple Pay Adoption Challenges in 2022 and Beyond
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Apple Pay and other digital wallets, like Google Pay and Samsung Pay, are mobile payment technologies that allow users to pay for things with a simple tap of their phone or the click of a single button online. They offer speed, convenience, and, thanks to built-in biometric ID, heightened security. It comes as no surprise […]

What are Merchant Services? What are Merchant Services?
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When many people hear the term merchant services, they automatically think “transaction processing.” And, while that is a huge part of what payment processors do and certainly worth discussing, it isn’t the only thing processors offer businesses. Many merchant services providers today actually offer their clients end-to-end payment solutions that allow merchants to get everything […]

Apple Pay Digital Transactions & Mobile Payments 101
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Digital transactions — credit cards, online payment gateways, Apple Pay — have already supplanted cash as our preferred payment method, with cash falling even further out of favor in the wake of the global pandemic. Yet, despite growing consumer demand for a wider and wider array of electronic payment options, there are still merchants all […]

SMB Retail Starter Guide - How to Start Accepting Electronic Payments SMB Retail Starter Guide – How to Start Accepting Electronic Payments
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Getting started as a retail merchant is a daunting task, with a lot to think about and even more to do. Acquiring and managing inventory, staffing, marketing and advertising, accounting – there are so many factors to deal with that sometimes, to avoid adding to the pile, merchants will cut corners where they see opportunities, […]

Next-Day Funding: Is It Necessary for Your Business? Next-Day Funding: Is It Necessary for Your Business?
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Next-day funding is a payment processing feature that makes the funds from a sale available in the merchant’s bank account in a single day. The uninitiated often assume that when they make a purchase with a debit or credit card at your business, the funds go directly into your account, but, as you know, that […]

How to Get Lower Fees from Your Merchant SolutionsProvider How to Get Lower Fees from Your Merchant Solutions Provider
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Fees matter. In the earliest days of your business, when you were doing low sales volume, and your top priority was just getting to the customer any way you could, you may have put transaction fees low on your list of priorities. After all, what’s a percent here or ten or twenty cents there? But […]

Card Dipping: What You Should Know Card Dipping: What You Should Know
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Card dipping is not a term most people are familiar with, but if you’ve ever inserted your credit or debit card into a payment terminal or ATM, you’ve dipped! Dipping stands in contrast to swiping – the most traditional way to use a payment card – and tapping, the newest and arguably most popular way […]

The Importance of Great Customer Service in the Merchant Industry The Importance of Great Customer Service in the Merchant Industry
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Payment processing is at the heart of every swipe, tap, or entry of a credit or debit payment, making it a crucial service that all merchants depend on. If you’re like most merchants, low fees and value-added services might be the first thing that comes to mind when evaluating potential processing partners, but there’s a […]

Advantages of Mobile Merchant Account Services Advantages of Mobile Merchant Account Services
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Mobile merchant account services enable merchants to free payments from the front checkout and start taking them on the move, where and when they’re needed. Systems include wifi-based handheld payment terminals paired with point-of-sale systems, card readers that can be plugged into any smartphone or tablet, and digital wallets like Apple Pay that turn the […]