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Payment Facilitating : What is it and can it help your SaaS platform

By Wayne Akey on Dec 13, 2018 10:44:35 AM

A Payment Facilitator or PayFac assumes the role of Master Merchant. Payment Facilitating allows the Master Merchant to quickly and easily onboard their sub merchants or in the case of a SaaS platform Payment Facilitating allows platform users to the ability to accept credit, debit card and in some case ACH transactions for participants in their payment ecosystem.

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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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Is Payment Facilitation a Good Option For SAAS or Platform

By Wayne Akey on Dec 6, 2018 1:07:02 PM

Is Payment Facilitation a good option for your SAAS or Platform?

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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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Why a SAAS platform can become a Payment Facilitator but WILL NOT be the next Stripe

By Agile Payments on Dec 4, 2018 11:22:24 AM

Why a SAAS platform can become a Payment Facilitator but WILL NOT be the next Stripe

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4 Common Payment Obstacles Facing the SaaS Industry

By Elisa Abbott on Dec 3, 2018 11:18:39 AM

 

The SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) companies/startups have popped up all around the world. They are bringing value to people’s lives simply through the product and that has become a true hallmark of modern times.

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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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Payment Facilitator Program

By Wayne Akey on Oct 26, 2018 2:14:43 PM

Payment Facilitator Programs

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

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Payment Facilitator Tools

By Wayne Akey on Oct 25, 2018 10:47:28 AM

Payment Facilitator Tools

A Payment Facilitator takes on the role of Master Merchant. This allows them to set up their application users to accept payments. The major benefit to becoming a Payment Facilitator is to quickly and easily onboard sub clients or SaaS platform users to facilitate credit, debit card  and in some case ACH transactions .

An example: A SaaS offers an business management solution for Yoga Studios. The software is call Yoga101.  Yoga 101 uses Payment Facilitator Tools to allow quick sign up and provide payout and compliance functionality.

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Payment Facilitator versus Payment Processor

By Wayne Akey on Oct 23, 2018 8:45:24 AM

Payment Facilitator versus Payment Processor : What’s the Difference

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Payment Facilitator Systems

By Wayne Akey on Oct 18, 2018 8:44:03 AM

Payment Facilitator Systems

A Payment Facilitator assumes the role of the  Master Merchant. The major benefit to becoming a Payment Facilitator is to quickly and easily onboard sub clients or SaaS platform users to facilitate credit, debit card  and in some case ACH transactions .

Let’s use an example: A SaaS offers an invoicing solution eg MyBooks. Businesses that want to leverage their invoicing solution complete a simple application and 15 minutes or so later they are approved and set up to accept customer payment. For our example let’s say the business name is “Best Landscapers”.  They applied and are now approved and ready to bill/invoice there customers using the MyBooks platform.

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ACH Payment Gateway API

By Gene Krause on Oct 17, 2018 2:35:36 PM

While the ACH network is still a batch network, utilizing an ACH Payment Gateway API can do wonders for software applications in enhancing their capabilities by communicating with a real-time communication integration. Let's examine some of the modern communication tools available from these ACH gateways.

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Payment Facilitation Providers

By Wayne Akey on Oct 17, 2018 2:09:48 PM

Payment Facilitator Provider: Who do you work to become a Payment Facilitator?

A Payment Facilitator or PayFac  acts as a the Master Merchant. The  Payment Facilitator role is to quickly and easily onboard their sub merchants or SaaS platform users to facilitate credit, debit card  and in some case ACH transactions for participants in their payment ecosystem. The Payment Facilitator is responsible for regulatory compliance and has financial risk of their sub-users.

In the past the only Payment Facilitator Provider offering was to become a  “True PayFac”. Becoming a true Payment Facilitator is expensive, time consuming and requires staffing to meet compliance and risk mitigation demands. In essence you become a payment business in addition to to your core SaaS offering.

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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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Verify Funds

By Agile Payments on Oct 12, 2018 11:14:00 AM

Unlike credit cards, which can be authorized in real time, the ACH world lacks a real-time authorization component. 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 can we Verify Funds for a checking account?

Understanding How to Verify Funds online is a merchant’s best bet to reduce check acceptance risks, and verification tools reduce payment acceptance risk by validating the customer’s bank account in real-time.

The validation process helps merchants lower their risks when accepting checks through the use of real-time verification tools. Most third party entities that offer Bank Account Validation services include negative databases, routing account number validation, and ATM networks.

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IVR Phone Payment

By Wayne Akey on Oct 11, 2018 1:24:40 PM

IVR Phone Payments- 24/7/365 Automated Customer Payment Center

Topics: IVR Payments
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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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IVR Billing

By Wayne Akey on Oct 10, 2018 12:04:34 PM

IVR Billing - 24/7/365 Automated Customer Payment Center

Topics: IVR Payments
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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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IVR Tokenization : PCI Compliance for IVR Payments

By Wayne Akey on Oct 9, 2018 10:18:40 AM

PCI Compliant IVR Tokenization Solutions – Interactive Voice Response for Phone Based Customer Payments

Credit card data is required to be handled in a PCI compliant manner. IVR Tokenization is the process that securely exchanges full credit card number for a non-sensitive replacement value in an IVR Payment Solution.

Topics: IVR Payments
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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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