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With so many credit card processing companies available to pick from, it can be a daunting task to find the one that is the perfect fit for your business. You want to make sure you find one that will have all the features and services you are looking for. Additionally, you want to make sure you pick a company that is solid and reputable.
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Last year, there were a few major data breaches, including one at CiCi's, Wendy's, and even Home Depot in 2014. While this should have motivated other large retailers to make data security a top priority, that hasn't exactly happened. Just recently, three more large credit card breaches have hit a very large fast casual dining chain, popular fast food restaurant and a men’s retailer. Chipotle’s Potential Credit Card Breach In a post on their website, Chipotle explained that it recently discovered unauthorized activity on its payment processing network. Customers who used a credit or debit card to pay for their order between March 24 and April 18, 2017 have had their information compromised. The fast casual chain, which has struggled with declining sales due to multiple food safety issues, stated that the “investigation is continuing, complete findings are not available and it is too early to provide further details on the investigation.” They also explained that “consumers should closely monitor their payment card statements. If anyone sees an unauthorized charge, they should immediately notify the bank that issued the card.… Read more

Back in February, we took a look at the progress made with the EMV liability shift. Though their use is growing rapidly, consumers remain unhappy with how lengthy the entire transaction process can be. It's been an ongoing issue since EMV cards were introduced, though some companies are taking certain measures to help alleviate this problem, speeding up processing times with new technology. One example? Visa’s Quick Chip technology. Instead of requiring an EMV card to remain in the terminal to process, this solution can send payment data to the server and receive a response when the card is no longer in the reader. Not surprisingly, Visa isn’t alone - major credit players like Mastercard have also thrown their hat in the ring, hoping to win over more users by speeding up transaction times. Mastercard Joins Forces with Verifone and Global Payments Instead of trying to tackle the problem on their own, Mastercard joined forces with two payment industry leaders, Verifone and Global Payments, hoping to further leverage their M/Chip Fast technology and prioritize the parts of a transaction critical to security and… Read more

When a business is first getting off the ground, it's understandable that a majority of the company's responsibilities fall on just one or two people. However, as a business starts to grow, hiring employees is not only necessary, but required for long-term sustainability. In fact, smart hiring is one of the traits that often sets the best businesses apart. While entire books have been written about the hiring process, we want to focus on an important microcosm of that that few people think about when accepting a new job: payroll. Not only do you want to ensure that your employees consistently get paid on time, you also want to stay current with all tax requirements and properly manage employee benefits. Since these tasks can quickly snowball into a ton of work with just a few employees, having a payroll service to automate some processes can be a huge life saver. Just as the right credit card processing partner can help your business thrive, choosing the right payroll service can take some important, but often very demanding, tasks off your plate. As… Read more

If you accept payments online, it's important to make the entire online payment process as simple as possible. Countless conversion rate studies have shown that the longer an online payment form is, the more people will abandon it and fail to make a purchase. Since it’s very frustrating to guide a website visitor all the way through your funnel just to have them leave before making a purchase, streamlining your site’s payment process is probably a good use of your time and resources. In addition to payment forms, it’s worth doing the same kind of optimization for any other forms on your site. Whether it’s a lead generation or contact form, taking time to implement the following tips can help noticeably boost some of your site’s key metrics. 1. Remove Unnecessary Fields A relatively simple, but very effective way to boost the conversion rate associated with your forms is to remove unnecessary fields. No matter what kind of form it is, most ask for more information than your business actually needs. Usually unnecessary fields include title, middle name, marital status, How did… Read more

Times are changing. If technology hasn't made that sufficiently clear, changing laws certainly do. From gay marriage to bathroom use bills, laws can reflect changing attitudes and perspectives on any number of societal grounds and that can have a big impact on businesses big and small. Legal marijuana sales in North America, for instance, grew by thirty percent in 2016 to $6.7 billion. By 2021, sales are projected to exceed $20 billion. Even though consumer demand in this market is clear and additional states like Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize recreational use, there is still a lot of uncertainty about legalization at the federal level. This uncertainty, combined with a variety of state-level restrictions in many locations, has presented challenges for businesses in not only the selling of marijuana, but even with related processes, like charging cards for its sale. What does that mean for small business owners looking to enter this lucrative business? Let's take a look at some aspects of this issue that you may not have thought about it. Cash is Still King… Read more