Credit Card Processing

Choosing a Credit Card Machine

Today we will discuss the most basic credit card processing device found in a retail business: the standalone credit card terminal. Stand-alone terminals are the simplest and most cost-effective method for accepting card-present transactions (payments where your customer hands you their card) in a retail environment. Although they are the most basic, there are still […]

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One of the most heavily used and under-appreciated fixtures in every retail business today is the credit card processing device.

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Credit Card Processing

Pros and Cons of Cloud-Based POS Systems

Cloud computing has been all the rage the past few years. According to Forrester research, annual worldwide public IT cloud services spending has grown from $47.4 billion in 2013 to $107.2 billion in 2017. Software companies in both the B2B and B2C sectors are increasingly pushing toward cloud-based, software-as-a-service business models, but is it really […]

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Cloud-based POS systems are everywhere these days. Let’s look at the pros and cons of moving to the cloud.

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Credit Card Processing

Clover Insights for Business Analytics

The Clover Insights business analytics app is available from First Data – one of the largest credit card processors, handling nearly half of all US credit and debit transactions. The company also processes Apple Pay and gift card transactions for major brands like Starbucks. In 2014, First Data launched Insightics, an online reporting platform that […]

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Businesses using a Clover POS system have access to Clover Insights for detailed business analytics.

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Credit Card Processing, ecommerce

What Businesses Fail to Do When Selecting a Payment Gateway

That’s right, the payment gateway is almost always an afterthought to the primary systems that a business is using or considering using, whether it be a point-of-sale (POS) system, e-commerce shopping cart or other applications. Often, business owners or managers spend all their time researching their primary solution and virtually no time understanding the features […]

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The first and most important thing many people fail to do when selecting a payment gateway is they don’t spend much time, if any, researching and evaluating gateways.

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Credit Card Processing, Restaurants and Bars

Tablet POS Systems for Higher Checks and Faster Turnover

You’ve probably seen wait staff carrying tablets to let customers pay tableside, or noted the sleek, low-profile systems at trendy bars. While many smaller establishments use a tablet at the counter, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, and Chili’s are among the major restaurant chains using them at tables. These tablets allow diners to view menus, order […]

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Using tablets as a POS system replacement is becoming more and more popular with restaurants and bars.

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B2B, Credit Card Processing

CardPointe by CardConnect

What is it, does it affect you, and what are your options? Let’s take a look. What is the CardPointe fee? Does the CardPointe fee apply to me? What does CardPointe do? Real Time Transaction Management Virtual Terminal Mobile App and Payments Point to Point Encrypted Terminals Hosted Payment Page Recurring Billing with Account Updater […]

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CardPointe is a processing solution available through CardConnect and its resellers. A new fee may be showing up on your processing statement starting in July of 2016: The CardPointe fee. Charged by CardConnect, the CardPointe fee is a monthly charge that may be added to your existing processing fees.

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Credit Card Processing

What’s the Difference Between EMV and NFC?

More people use credit cards for payments and mobile phones are becoming a popular consumer payment option as well. Apple, Android, Samsung, and Chase all offer ways for customers to use their smartphones for payments, and new services are popping up all the time. eMarketer forecasted a 210% growth in mobile payment transaction value in […]

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There was once a time when all you had to worry about was having enough cash on hand to provide customers with change. Of course those days are long gone. These days you need to be prepared to handle a slew of payment options.

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Credit Card Processing

Square vs. FreshBooks: Card Readers

FreshBooks started as accounting software, a rival to Intuit’s popular QuickBooks brand. In 2016, FreshBooks rolled out a smartphone credit card reader to allow customers to take payments in addition to managing financial information. How do Square and FreshBooks stack up? Let’s take a look. Costs for Accepting Cards Card Readers Customer Service CardFellow’s Experience […]

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By now, you’ve probably heard of Square, the company behind the small white credit card reader that attaches to smartphones. Since the days when the company paved the way on smartphone processing, it has had many competitors, including the newest: FreshBooks.

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