SPS doesn’t have the most informative website, but we’ve done some digging to get as much info as possible to help you make a decision on the right processor for your business. Strategic Payment Systems offers all the usual processing services: you can take credit and debit cards, EBT cards, fleet cards, and checks.
With SPS, you can accept:
Note that you may need to get special approval to accept Amex.
You’ll have the flexibility to take cards in whatever method makes the most sense for your business. If you’re a traditional retailer or restaurant, in-person processing with countertop terminals or POS systems will fit the bill. Businesses on the go – delivery services, repair services, traveling salespeople – can benefit from mobile processing using a smartphone or tablet. Online businesses can integrate credit card processing into a website seamlessly and with up-to-date security features to help protect against fraud.
In addition to credit and debit card processing, SPS offers check processing, gift card programs, merchant cash advances, and business valuation services through a partnership with BizEquity.
Some customers – especially in B2B environments – still use checks, so being able to accept them can help cut down on delays in payment or client dissatisfaction. Strategic Payment Systems offers Check21 or an electronic check conversion system. Electronic check conversion lets you accept a paper check and convert it to an electronic transaction, speeding up the deposit time and eliminating the need to make a trip to the bank.
Businesses that don’t offer gift cards could be missing out on a great source of revenue. SPS can help you set up a new gift card program, or transfer an existing one. You’ll be able to get started with a basic, low-cost program or design a more robust, custom card system for your business.
For short-term financing needs, SPS offers a cash advance program where you can receive a lump sum against your future credit card sales. While it works like a loan in the sense that you need to repay the lump sum, there are no interest rates or set repayment periods. Instead, you’ll pay the lump sum and fees. Payments are made automatically as a deduction of a portion of your credit card sales. Cash advances are often easier to obtain and with less requirements than loans, but can be expensive. Be sure to crunch the numbers to see if a traditional loan makes more sense.
Related Article: Should You Get a Merchant Cash Advance?
SPS’ partnership with BizEquity gives you access to business valuation services to find out exactly what your business is worth. After you get your initial valuation, you can subscribe to BizEquity’s dashboard to monitor your industry and get insight into what factors will raise and lower your business’ value. You can also use the company’s tools to optimize your business and pursue the most lucrative growth strategies.
SPS doesn’t publish rate and fee information on its website, as the exact costs will vary from one business to the next. Additionally, the agent representatives that SPS uses for sales may also have a role in setting pricing or terms.
The company does offer a free statement analysis to provide information about possible savings, but at CardFellow, we suggest not sending statements to a processor until you’ve already received a quote. You can get a free, no-obligation quote to review in private by using CardFellow’s quote request tool. Here’s how it works:
You can request quotes from as many companies as you’d like, and compare them apples to apples. Try it now.
SPS offers a “low cost guarantee” that states that if you find a lower price from a competitor, they’ll beat it or give you $100. Some restrictions apply – you’ll need to provide a complete schedule of fees in writing from a competitor or three months’ processing statements and your original contract. SPS will need to see all fees, including setup and other one-time fees, equipment costs, statement fees, and more.
When taking advantage of the low cost guarantee, you’ll need to complete a merchant application with SPS within 10 days. If you don’t complete the application, SPS reserves the right to deny payout of the $100. If SPS can’t beat the price, they will mail a check within 30 days.
Related Article: The Truth Behind “We’ll Beat Your Rates or Give You $500” Offers.
Reviews is another area where information isn’t readily available for SPS. The company doesn’t include testimonials on its website, though it does have one 5-star review on its facebook page. Unfortunately, that review doesn’t offer any text explanation for the rating.
The company doesn’t have a Better Business Bureau profile, a Yelp profile, or any reviews on Ripoff Report or Google Reviews.
Due to this general lack of customer information, it’s more important than ever to hear from clients that have worked with Strategic Payment Systems, either currently or in the past. Is that you? Do us (and your fellow business owners!) a favor by letting us know of your experience, whether it was good or bad. Leave a review!
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Posted by Dawn Green on Jun 13, 2020
Horrible service, lots of hidden fees. There is NO customer service. I mean none. There is nobody to call, and no email responses are returned. One of the worst services ever.
Posted by CardFellow on Apr 25, 2018
SPS created gym management software, so it's particularly suited for fitness businesses, but can serve multiple industries.