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However, NMI doesn’t offer any products directly to businesses. If you’d like to use the NMI gateway you will need to go through a reseller. This review and profile is intended to offer information on what the gateway can do, but if you want to actually sign up to use it, you’ll need to get quotes from compatible processors. You can use our quote request tool to get started.
The NMI gateway offers many features, including a customer storage vault, virtual terminal, batch processing, support for Level III data, integration with many popular shopping carts, recurring billing options, electronic invoicing, a gateway emulator, and integration with QuickBooks.
NMI’s customer vault is specifically designed for security by allowing you to send payment information through an SSL encrypted connection to be stored at NMI’s PCI certified facility. Once stored, you can access data remotely to process transactions without handling card information directly. Payment information isn’t stored on your network, reducing risk of fraud.
Mail and phone order businesses may prefer a virtual terminal. With NMI you can process transactions from any internet-connected computer with the virtual terminal included with a gateway. Manually enter transactions or use an optional encrypted card reader for card-present (swiped) transactions. For manual entry, the virtual terminal features a real-time field validator, highlighting invalid fields to prompt correction. In addition to accepting credit and debit cards, you can optionally use a check scanner to accept paper checks as well. The virtual terminal can be used in conjunction with the customer vault for storing data securely for future billing.
Efficient batch processing for large numbers of transactions is available through the NMI gateway to businesses that log customer orders in spreadsheet formats. Batch processing can support a few hundred transactions up to hundreds of thousands of transactions at a time.
If you accept government and corporate cards, you must be able to process Level III data. If you’re not set up to correctly provide that information, you’ll pay more and may run into additional challenges processing transactions. NMI provides Level III processing through a comprehensive API to help ensure your B2B transactions run smoothly.
The NMI gateway works with a wide range of popular shopping carts, including 3DCart, Big Commerce, OpenCart, Prestashop, Shopify, InfusionSoft,, Volusion, WooCommerce, Magento, and more. The company may also be able to support carts not currently shown on their website and suggests contacting them directly.
NMI provides the ability to create and save “billing schedules” in order to charge customers on a recurring basis. NMI has two options: subscription-based and plan-based recurring billing. With the subscription-based model, you can set billing schedules individually for each customer, allowing for customization of pricing and billing date. With the plan-based model, you can create pre-defined billing plans and assign customers to the relevant plan. With the plan-based model, any changes made to the plan will apply at once to all customers associated with that plan, eliminating the need to manually update each customer on that plan.
Generate invoices with detailed information with NMI’s electronic invoicing option. Once created, invoices are converted to PDF and attached via email to send to your customer’s email. When they receive the email with the invoice, customers can follow a link to pay their bill online even if your business doesn’t have a website. Customers can make full or partial payments using different forms of payment. Invoices are stored within the payment gateway, allowing for easy viewing or re-sending, and are available for over 90 currencies.
For businesses that are already processing with a different gateway, NMI makes the transition smoother by offering a gateway emulator. The emulator processes transmissions and responds with the messages used by the previous gateway, allowing for easy integration without reprogramming applications.
NMI offers SyncPay for QuickBooks, allowing for easy accounting, sales receipt generation, payment on invoices, and more directly within QuickBooks.
NMI takes security seriously, and offers a wide variety of fraud tools and security measures, including payer authentication with Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode, the Merchant Defender system, iSpyFraud, and CertifyPCI.
Also known as Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode, payer authentication is a security option to increase customer security in online transactions. Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode validate the cardholder as the purchaser in an online transaction by requiring additional information known only to the cardholder. Businesses that use payer authentication may benefit from incentives that include lower interchange costs and chargeback protection.
The Merchant Defender system helps reduce liability and fraud issues associated with unencrypted credit card data. Merchant Defender eliminates clear text credit card information no matter how the transaction is processed, ensuring that sensitive payment data is never transmitted by or stored on your server, and won’t allow unencrypted payments to be entered. For businesses who manually enter transactions, NMI provides an encrypted keypad for security. Businesses that swipe transactions will receive an encrypted card reader.
Using iSpyFraud, you can set your own fraud filters to help screen for suspicious transactions. iSpyFraud is rule-based, allowing you to block suspicious activity, decline transactions before or after authorization based on suspicious details, limit the amount charged per transaction or in a specific time period, and more.
With CertifyPCI, you can achieve PCI compliance with a web-based tool to easily satisfy compliance requirements. CertifyPCI includes a $50,000 insurance policy in the event of a data breach.
The NMI gateway has lots of helpful features, including a virtual terminal and QuickBooks integration. NMI doesn't sell directly to businesses, though, so if you want to use the gateway, you'll need to get set up for a merchant account with a compatible credit card processing. Fortunately, many different processing companies can support the NMI gateway.