Credit Card Processing, News

Should Your Business Go Cashless?

The use of cash as the de facto payment option is shrinking, and nearly 40% of Americans favor going completely cash-free. Then, in the summer of 2017, Visa stepped up a “war on cash” by offering businesses money to go cashless. If you run a business, it’s almost inevitable that much of your sales are…

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The way we pay for things is changing. The wide availability of credit cards, debit cards, contactless payments, and online shopping has transformed our payment options.

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Credit Card Processing

Mastercard and Visa Limited Acceptance Programs

Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to do. What is Visa Limited Acceptance? Mastercard Acceptance Factors to Consider Cost Savings Customers’ Payment Preferences Competitors’ Card Acceptance Surcharging Rules Accepting Debit Cards Only Accepting Credit Cards Only Possible Drawbacks For Debit Only For Credit Only Visa’s Rules Mastercard’s Rules Finding a Credit Card Processor…

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As a small business owner, you may wonder if you can accept only debit cards or only credit cards. The short answer is yes, but there are rules you’ll need to follow and considerations before making that decision.

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Credit Card Processing

Saving Money with Interchange Optimization

For most businesses, the problem with ensuring optimal interchange is that it’s confusing, and your processor has no incentive to assist you. However, if you’re a CardFellow client, we include interchange optimization as part of your statement audits. Not a CardFellow client yet? Fill out a business profile to get started. Who Needs Interchange Optimization?…

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Interchange optimization goes beyond the basics of credit card processing. It’s about making sure that your interchange charges (the fees going to the banks that issue credit cards) are optimal for your business and that you’re avoiding downgrades.

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Credit Card Processing, Security and PCI Compliance

Biometrics for Payment Security

In 2015, credit and debit card fraud caused losses of nearly $22 billion. Anything that can reduce the impact of fraud will significantly improve confidence throughout the payments marketplace and save businesses money. One potential way to fight fraud is through the use of biometrics — your uniquely identifying personal features like fingerprints, voice, face,…

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One of the main issues in the payments industry is how to combat fraud. Although fraud impacts less than 1% of all transactions by some estimates, it’s still a major concern for consumers, banks, card networks, and businesses.

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Business

Vantiv BizShield Powered by Womply

In the digital age, small businesses can’t afford to ignore reviews, but it can be time-consuming to scour different sites for mentions of your company. BizShield provides 24/7 monitoring with an email alert system that will let you know when something needs your attention. Read on for more details to see if it’s a good…

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In conjunction with Womply, credit card processor Vantiv has announced that it offers a tool called BizShield, designed to assist small- and medium-sized businesses. BizShield helps with social media oversight and reputation management, market trends, and competitor analysis.

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Credit Card Processing

Instant Payments – Changes are Coming

We expect money transfers between buyers and sellers to take days, not minutes. But is that reasonable in a world where so much of what we do is instant? When we can get customer support, social media updates, responses, or communications within moments of our requests, why do payments take so long? Fortunately, this could…

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The world of payments and processing does not evolve quickly. While we’ve seen recent technological improvements through EMV chip cards and NFC/contactless payment methods, other parts of the payment processing ecosystem are slower to change.

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Security and PCI Compliance

Clearent’s DataGuardian Security Suite

These days everything is digital. When was the last time you saw someone using a manual credit card imprinter? Whether you accept payments from chip credit cards or Apple Pay, the risks (and regulations) remain essentially the same. Hackers and thieves don’t care if you’re a one-man weekend operation or a major corporation. If you…

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Business is different than it was even a decade ago. Data breaches and other advanced cybersecurity threats make PCI compliance and payment security a necessity for even hobby businesses.

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Credit Card Processing, Legal

Wells Fargo Merchant Services Lawsuit

Let’s take a look at what the lawsuit claims and what you can do if you process credit cards through Wells Fargo Merchant Services. Wells Fargo Lawsuit Wells Fargo’s Response First Data’s Role Does this affect you? What to Look For Tiered Pricing Excessive Bundled Rates Billback Pricing Interchange Clearing Fee Excessive Interchange Markup Equipment…

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In the latest accusation against Wells Fargo, the company’s merchant services division is facing a lawsuit that alleges misleading sales tactics, expensive cancellation fees, and overbilling, including mislabeling some of its own fees as interchange.

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