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Payment acceptance has evolved significantly since the days when businesses used “Knuckle Busters” to capture an imprint of credit card details. Using separate systems for ringing up purchases and taking payments—in-person or online—is inefficient and prone to errors. Read on to learn how integrated payments benefit business owners and software companies.READ MORE
Do It Yourself (DIY) is great if you’re a hobbyist or are one of those people fortunate enough to have skills related to things like home repairs and renovations, automotive repairs, and landscape installations. You can do what you enjoy without having to hire a professional, plus you typically save money.READ MORE
What is ACH Payment Processing? ACH payment processing is the banking industry’s definition of moving money between bank accounts in the United States. ACH stands for Automated Clearing House and the ACH network of financial institutions is responsible for the movement of funds. It is managed by Nacha, the organization that sets and enforces the Rules for ACH. The physical network that processes transactions is run by the ACH Operators, notably, the Federal Reserve and The Clearing House.READ MORE
Contactless payments have surged since 2020, initially spurred by consumers’ concerns about the spread of germs when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Turns out, many people found “tap to pay” to be more convenient than swiping or inserting a card to make a payment, so contactless payments have taken hold. Visa reported earlier this year that nearly 20 percent of all in-person credit or debit card transactions in the U.S. — and 45% in New York City — are now made by tapping a card or using a digital wallet such as Apple Pay or Google Pay on an NFC payment terminal or other contactless acceptance devices, such as those in train and subway stations.READ MORE
The four card brands—American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa—assess Interchange fees on card payments to compensate the card-issuing banks for processing transactions. Fees are typically reviewed and adjusted once or twice a year, in April and October. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the card brands suspended most practices so as not to further burden businesses hit with closures, labor, supply chain issues and other challenges.READ MORE
Go ahead, open your wallet. Chances are that your credit and debit cards feature a square “chip” on the front that gets inserted into an EMV Card Reader to make a payment. It may also have a symbol that resembles a “signal” that is “tapped” on an EMV Card Reader to make a payment. And it likely still has a magnetic strip on the back that is swiped through a payment terminal that is not equipped to read EMV chip cards.READ MORE