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4 Things to Consider When Selecting a POS System for Retail

Posted on Jan 03, 2019
Many small business owners are so eager to launch that they invest little time in their point-of-sale (POS) technology. As long as their system can accept credit card payments, they’re satisfied.  Although all POS technologies perform the same basic function, each platform offers slightly different bells and whistles. It’s important you find a solution that meets your business’s needs — both today and for many years to come.
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Topics: Getting Started with Payments, Small Business Tips, Software and Payment Integration, Mobile Payments, EMV, Payment Technology

Credit Card Processing Explained [Video]

Posted on Nov 28, 2018
Cash used to be king, but today’s consumers prefer to pay with credit, debit, or even alternative payment methods, like Apple Pay. Offering your customers more ways to pay can help increase your sales and generate customer loyalty.
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Topics: Merchant Accounts, Getting Started with Payments, Payment Technology

What is the Difference Between a Payment Processor and a Payment Gateway? [Video]

Posted on Nov 22, 2018
In today’s day and age, accepting credit card payments is essential to the success of your business. The technology and processes working in the background of electronic transaction processing can be quite complicated. You may have heard the terms Payment Processor and Payment Gateway. What do they mean? Do you need them for your payment processing solution?
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Topics: Awareness, Getting Started with Payments, Payment Technology, E-Commerce and Online Payments

Our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts

Posted on Nov 02, 2018
The BluePay Blog is dedicated to providing you with useful information to help you understand payments, learn best business practices, or stay attuned to security concerns. We continually publish new content, averaging over 125 posts annually. We took a look at our blog to see which posts resonate with our visitors. Here is a list of our top 10 popular blog posts. If you haven’t read them yet, click on the links below.
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Topics: Awareness, Getting Started with Payments, Small Business Tips, Enterprise Business Tips, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Payment Technology, E-Commerce and Online Payments

4 Key Features to Look for in a Payment Gateway

Posted on Sep 19, 2018
Payment gateway technology captures credit card and ACH data from customers and sends this information to payment processors for authorization.  The sheer number of payment gateway options is enormous. Each solution has slightly different features, benefits and add-ons from which to choose.
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Topics: Consideration, Getting Started with Payments, Small Business Tips, Enterprise Business Tips, Software and Payment Integration, Payment Technology, E-Commerce and Online Payments

5 Reasons to Use the Same Provider for Your Merchant Account and Gateway

Posted on Sep 17, 2018
There are three essential components you need to bring together to accept credit cards:  A merchant account. This is essentially a bank account that allows you to accept incoming credit card payments.  A payment processor. This term is used interchangeably with merchant account provider. When you apply for an account to accept payments, your provider will set you up with an acquiring bank and the connections to authorize and settle transactions into your bank account of choice. A payment gateway. This is the tool that captures credit card data before sending it to your processor. Think of it as an “online” credit card terminal. 
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Topics: Merchant Accounts, Getting Started with Payments, Small Business Tips, Enterprise Business Tips, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology

CVV, PCI and Other Payment Acronyms

Posted on Aug 16, 2018
Credit card processing can be complex. Even more so when you’re presented with an industry-related acronym that has you reaching for your smartphone or tablet to Google search the meaning.   In short (no pun intended), an acronym is an abbreviation formed by the initial letters of multiple words, ex. ISV stands for Integrated Software Vendor.
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Topics: Awareness, Getting Started with Payments, Small Business Tips

5 Ways to Be More Financially Responsible for National Financial Awareness Day

Posted on Aug 14, 2018
Financial independence is one of the main reasons entrepreneurs go into business for themselves, but running a profitable company isn’t easy.   There are a lot of unknowns (i.e., risks). You have to manage many moving parts. Competitors are always at your heels.  Worst of all, expenses never seem to end.  But in honor of National Financial Awareness Day (August 14), we wanted to outline some simple tips that can move you closer to financial responsibility. 
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Topics: Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments, Recurring Billing and Electronic Invoicing, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention

5 Ways to Take the Pain Out of Late Payments

Posted on Jun 11, 2018
Finding clients used to be the most challenging thing about running a small business or freelance operation. However, that challenge has been surpassed by the struggle to get paid by clients. Even one unpaid invoice for the month can lead to problems covering expenses or even getting a paycheck. Now, double those late payments by five or ten invoices and see how quickly your credit and business stability are impacted. 
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Topics: Awareness, Getting Started with Payments, Small Business Tips, Recurring Billing and Electronic Invoicing, Due.com Partner Posts

What are Credit Card Fees?

Posted on May 24, 2018
Roughly 80 percent of American shoppers cite plastic as their preferred payment method. The simple act of hanging credit card logos on your store window or embedding them on your website can help attract more traffic. It’s clear that accepting credit cards can be a great way to boost sales. However, credit card acceptance carries a number of merchant fees. Paid entirely by you (the retailer), these charges are designed to cover payment processing costs such as: 
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Topics: Merchant Accounts, Getting Started with Payments, Small Business Tips

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