Credit Card Processing Tips and Tricks

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Leading Payment Processing Provider Gets a Fresh New Look

By Patty Benitez on Jan 8, 2019 6:45:24 PM

As we head into the new year, we reflect on our successes and share gratitude with our customers and partners who have  helped us along the way. Your business has truly been a gift. We are excited to announce that our American Payment Solutions (APS) and North American Payment Solutions (NAPS) brands have a fresh new look in 2019. The brand change is one part of a  transition that we are making to combine our two companies into one name for our global brand. APS and NAPS have been combined into one easily recognizable brand - APS Payments.

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4 Tips to Understanding Merchant Statement Fees

By Patty Benitez on Nov 26, 2018 3:23:31 PM

Understand how you can reduce merchant statement fees and save money!

Are you getting the best rates with your merchant services provider?  How would you know?  As a merchant, you have options when it comes to merchant service providers. The cost of processing credit cards can get out of hand if you are not able to keep a close eye on your monthly merchant statement. If you think your monthly credit card processing merchant statements are confusing, you are not alone. It is very possible that your merchant statement is confusing by design. If you look into your processing fees and start rate shopping, you might find some good reasons to switch to another processor.

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What is Level 3 Credit Card Processing?

By Patty Benitez on Nov 7, 2018 1:05:51 PM

How can my business benefit from Level 3 processing?  

One common question that our team at American Payment Solutions (APS) receives from many merchants is, “What is the difference between Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 processing?”

Selecting the right processing level for your business simply requires understanding how much data you are able to provide about your transactions. The more data provided to Mastercard and Visa, the higher the savings.  Offering more data results in added security and protection from fraud as well as lower credit card transaction fees. As explained below, Level 3 processing provides the best security and requires the most data.

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NAPS: Multi-Currency Payment Processing for U.S. and Canadian Entities

By Devon Lildhar on Aug 30, 2018 1:03:47 PM

Multi-Currency payment processing for an integrated ERP solution can be hard to come by, leaving your organization to process credit cards outside of the ERP. If you are a Canadian or U.S. company with subsidiaries on either side of the border, then it is likely that you need integrated payment solutions to maximize your efficiency.  

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3 Critical Items to Look For in an Integrated Payment System

By Patty Benitez on Aug 16, 2018 7:05:53 PM

Payment system brands are offering strong incentives in return for credit card payments. This makes credit cards a preferred way of making payments.  If you are in business today you probably accept credit card payments.  While it is relatively easy to get started accepting credit cards, it's not as easy to get the lowest rate and maintain PCI compliance.  There are 5 basic items to look for in a payment system provider.

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Is Your Business Ready for the Future of PCI Compliant Credit Card Processing?

By Patty Benitez on Jun 21, 2018 9:51:04 PM

 7 Growing Credit Card Processing Trends Transforming the Payments Industry 

  1. In-store mobile payments are expected to overtake credit cards and grow from $75 billion to $503 billion in 2020
  2. The top mobile wallets used at small and medium businesses are Apple Pay (16.6%), Google Wallet (516.0%), Android Pay (%11.3%), and Samsung Pay (8.2%).
  3. The top 3 payment methods of online shoppers are credit cards (42%), electronic payment (39%), and debit cards (28%).
  4. There will be 27.7 million mPOS devices in circulation in the U.S. by 2021, an increase from 3.2. million in 2014.
  5. Over the next 5 years, blockchain technology is expected to reduce the costs of accounting reconciliation by 70% and compliance costs by 30-50%.
  6. Enhanced customer experience is the future of payments, as more than 60% of Millennial and Gen Z consumers are willing to share their bank account credentials with third parties.
  7. Biometric authentication such as fingerprint ID and facial recognition will be used in more than 18 billion transactions by 2021.


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APS Supports TLS 1.2 in Sage 100 4.4, 4.5 and Subsequent Versions!

By Patty Benitez on Jun 6, 2018 6:39:47 PM

According to posts on the internet and information gleaned from our Channel Partner Network it would appear that on May 2nd, 2018 Sage 100 versions 4.5 and prior, formerly MAS 90 and MAS 200, could no longer process credit cards through Paya, formerly, Sage Payment Solutions.  Most companies on these versions of Sage 100 mentioned they had a processing blackout for over 24 hours, some even longer.  It is currently unclear whether the companies using these versions have abruptly been forced to stop processing or whether they will be forced to stop processing as of June 30, 2018 the last day the card brands will allow transactions to flow on any TLS lower than TLS 1.2.   

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Acumatica Credit Card Processing:  PROS and CONS Behind Flat Rate or Tiered Pricing

By Patty Benitez on Jun 4, 2018 1:08:06 PM

There are a few main types of credit card processing rates with their own advantages and disadvantages. There are flat rates, tiered pricing rates, interchange plus rates, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 processing rates. 

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7 Items to Consider When Switching Merchant Services Providers

By Patty Benitez on Jun 4, 2018 12:44:48 PM

Read this article before switching merchant service providers.

Switching merchant services providers may seem like a hassle if you are switching to save money it’s worth it and your new provider should make it as painless as possible.  However, there a few important items to consider when making the switch.  Credit card processing is a commodity, companies usually switch for a few main reasons; to get better rates, enhanced integration, superior support and/or to ensure PCI compliance

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Visa Claims Resolution (VCR), Credit Card Processing Chargeback Process Transition

By Patty Benitez on May 2, 2018 9:01:00 AM

Credit Card Processing Chargeback Process to Transition from Litigation Based to Liability Assignment Based Model 

If you understand that “change is the only constant in life,” then it’s no surprise Visa introduced the new Visa Claims Resolution (VCR) on April 15, 2018 to simplify the credit card processing chargeback process.  In business, change is often painful but required to adapt to the rising cost of doing business.  Merchants are now figuring out how to adjust to this recent change that Visa made to the rules.  We hope this blog helps assist you in your transition to the new rules in handling Visa credit card processing chargeback disputes and the new time-frames allowed to process those disputes.

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