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SMS Payment Solutions: The 2019 Guide

By Coleman Akey on Aug 6, 2019 8:00:00 PM

 

 

 

The 2019 payments landscape demands sophisticated check acceptance risk mitigation tools. Businesses now have a new tool for collecting customer payments. SMS Payment Solutions allow businesses to:

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Bank Account Owner Authentication Service: Moving Beyond Check Verification Services

By Coleman Akey on Aug 6, 2019 11:39:00 AM

Bank Account Owner Authentication Service: Moving Beyond Check Verification Services

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Check Verification Process

By Coleman Akey on Mar 22, 2019 11:38:00 AM

In 2019 the payment landscape demands sophisticated check acceptance risk mitigation tools. A Check Verification Process mitigates check acceptance risks at the point of sale, with verification options ranging from automated routing number check and negative database options, to near real-time inquiries into current checking account status.

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Utilizing a Canada Electronic Funds Transfer

By Coleman Akey on Mar 22, 2019 11:26:00 AM

Canada Electronic Funds Transfer is easiest and most cost effective solution to managing Canadian ACH, allowing businesses based in Canada to debit checking accounts for one-time or recurring payments.

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Canada Electronic Funds Transfer

By Coleman Akey on Mar 22, 2019 11:24:00 AM

Canada Electronic Funds Transfer processing options are scarce compared to the ACH processing providers available in the United States. Options are limited because of the small number of banks that run the payments sphere. This makes it difficult to gain access to Canada EFT processing.Utilizing a canada electronic funds transfer allows Canadian businesses to debit checking accounts for one-time or recurring payments.

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What is a Managed PayFac?

By Coleman Akey on Mar 19, 2019 2:09:00 PM

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Managed Payfac Solutions

By Coleman Akey on Mar 19, 2019 12:08:41 PM

Businesses that are Payment Facilitators [Payfacs] are in essence Master Merchants that process credit and debit card transactions for their sub-merchants within their payment application.

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ACH Check Validation Providers

By Coleman Akey on Jan 29, 2019 8:54:53 PM

The majority of the time payment rejects are accidents, and making customers go through the hassle of the sale process again will undoubtedly lead to a fraction of those sales being lost. By leveraging checking account verification tools businesses can reduce the chance of losing customers over simple data entry errors. Businesses that rely on future billing are especially vulnerable to bad check data, utilizing ACH Check Validation Providers can dramatically reduce bad check acceptance and the subsequent workflow problems.

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Verifying Bank Account Ownership: Understanding your Options

By Coleman Akey on Jan 23, 2019 12:22:59 PM

Advances in the online payments sphere have now made it possible for businesses to verify bank account ownership. This real-time checking account verification can confirm that a consumer or business owns the account, and is authorized to transact.

Verifying Bank Account Ownership via an online application provides businesses with comprehensive, instantaneous insight into the person/business whose check payment the business wants to accept or enroll in a recurring billing plan.

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ACH Check Validation

By Coleman Akey on Jan 15, 2019 6:04:50 PM

The ACH Check Validation Services allow merchants to reduce check acceptance risk at the point of sale (both online and in person). Available options include:

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Checking Account Owner Authentication Service: How can it Help your Business?

By Coleman Akey on Dec 12, 2018 1:53:25 PM

 

The ability to verify checking account ownership is a pivotal element of reducing the risk of enrolling a new customer with potentially bad check information.

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Bank Account Verification: Understanding Risk Mitigation Options

By Coleman Akey on Dec 6, 2018 4:52:08 PM

The ACH or electronic check world unfortunately lacks the authorization component present with credit cards, making Bank Account Verification a necessity for SaaS businesses looking to mitigate payment acceptance risks.

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Bank Account Validation: Exploring Your Options

By Coleman Akey on Dec 4, 2018 4:33:53 PM

Bank Account Validation allows merchants to mitigate check acceptance risk at the point of sale by providing an opportunity to validate that an account is open and in good standing prior to the account being loaded into a recurring billing engine. This means that data entry errors, potentially closed accounts, or fraud can be caught before finalizing the sale.

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Payment Facilitator or Payments Partnership? Which option is the better fit for your SaaS

By Coleman Akey on Nov 9, 2018 3:52:11 PM


SaaS companies that offer payment processing solutions must decide whether of not become a Payment Facilitator or engaging in a Payments Partnership is the most viable solution for their business. Neither is 

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Account Verification System

By Coleman Akey on Oct 16, 2018 1:00:36 PM

Account Verification Systems confirm that a bank account is open and in good standing prior to the account being loaded into the billing engine. This means that data entry errors, potentially closed accounts, or even fraud can be caught before the sale’s confirmation.

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Bank Account Verification Services

By Coleman Akey on Oct 15, 2018 11:53:37 PM

While authorization is a important aspect of the credit card sphere, the ACH realm lacks such an authorization component. When it comes to credit cards, a merchant knows they are getting paid at the point of sale because they can verify that the customer has the requisite funds on their cards at the time of payment. This reserves those funds for capture and settlement.

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Verify Business Bank Account

By Coleman Akey on Oct 13, 2018 11:33:00 AM

Unlike the credit card arena, the ACH world lacks an authorization component. Essentially, a merchant knows they are getting paid at the point of sale because credit cards allow you to authorize at the time of payment that the customer has the requisite funds on their cards. This reserves those funds for capture and settlement.

Because the ACH world lacks the verification component present with credit card payments, knowing How to Verify a Business Bank Account is a priority for businesses in the ACH realm.

Many business compensate for this lack of authorization buy implementing a Checking Account Verification system to mitigate payment acceptance risk. Without an ACH Verification System obtaining your new customer’s valid checking account information can be a hassle.

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Bank Account Validation

By Coleman Akey on Oct 11, 2018 10:16:00 AM

The ACH world lacks the authorization component that is present in the credit card sphere. Credit cards allow merchants to authorize a sale at the time of the payment, so the merchant will know that they are definitely getting paid. A business knows that their customer has the requisite funds on their card to make their payment in real time, and the funds are reserved.

So, we can see how credit cards are validated, but how does the Bank Account Validation process work?

Businesses adopt Bank Account Validation systems in order to mitigate the risk associated with payment, without these systems your customers will most likely be required to do significant work to obtain correct or valid bank account information.

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How to Verify a Check is Good?

By Coleman Akey on Oct 10, 2018 10:11:14 AM

Checking Account Verification Services mitigate check acceptance risks at the point of sale, with verification options ranging from automated routing number check and negative database options, to near real-time inquiries into current checking account status.

How to verify a check is good:

Most checking account verification services utilize routing account number validation, which identifies the bank the check is drawn against. These databases can be checked in real time.

Negative databases are also often utilized. Based on positive and negative history of that checking account info, a report is generated regarding the account status. If the check is good or bad, a retailer can report that check status to the database. Many retailers contribute data to the network, so there are many millions of checking accounts to reference.

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How to Verify Bank Account Number Online

By Coleman Akey on Oct 9, 2018 9:53:38 AM

 

 

Most third party entities that offer a Checking Account Verification Service utilize routing account number validation and negative databases. The bank routing number identifies the bank the check is drawn against.

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ACH Verification Process

By Coleman Akey on Oct 8, 2018 10:43:47 PM

 

Unlike the credit card realm, the ACH world lacks an authorization component. Essentially, a merchant knows they are getting paid at the point of sale because credit cards allow you to authorize at the time of payment that the customer has the requisite funds on their cards; thereby reserving those funds for capture and settlement.

So what is the ACH Verification Process?

The lack of the authorization present with credit cards leads some business to implement a Checking Account Verification system to mitigate payment acceptance risk. Without an ACH Verification System your new customer may require significant work to obtain correct or valid checking account information.

An ACH Verification Process helps merchants reduce risks associated with check acceptance at the point of sale, in person or online. Verification tools allow businesses to significantly reduce payment acceptance risk by validating the customer’s bank account in real-time.

Verification options range from negative databases and automated routing number checks to basically real-time inquiries into current account status and checking account balance inquiries.

How to verify a check is good?

Most third party entities that offer an ACH Verification Process include the most basic tools: routing account number validation and negative databases. The bank routing number identifies the bank the check is drawn against. The databases holding this information can be checked in real time. Negative databases exist as a history [both positive/negative] of checking account info. Many retailers contribute data to the network, but recency is an issue because the customer’s last written check at a participating retailer is the last data point. This means that data can be out of date.

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ACH Verification Process

By Coleman Akey on Oct 5, 2018 9:50:01 AM

Unlike the credit card realm, the ACH world lacks an authorization component.  Essentially, a merchant knows they are getting paid at the point of sale because credit cards allow you to authorize at the time of payment that the customer has the requisite funds on their cards; thereby reserving those funds for capture and settlement.  

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Payment Gateway Integration Web Service

By Coleman Akey on Aug 3, 2018 4:23:57 PM

SAAS platforms and developers tend to make a decision on a payment gateway integration partner[s] without considering the potential for the partner to actually help grow their business.

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Bank Account Verification API: What are your options?

By Coleman Akey on Jul 26, 2018 4:16:52 PM

The ACH or electronic check world lacks the authorization component present with credit cards.

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ACH Validation: Understanding Your Options

By Coleman Akey on Jul 25, 2018 1:33:00 PM

The ACH or electronic check world lacks the authorization component present with credit cards.

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