5 Reasons Why Every Business Needs an E-Commerce Processing Platform

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Brick and Mortar stores are taking a hit all because of e-commerce. Just look at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us. These two were giants in their respective fields for over 60 years. Kmart which began in 1899 has liquidated and closed as well.

The question is, if they had instituted a healthy e-commerce processing program, could they have sustained a longer run and still be in business? The answer is probably yes. They could have streamlined their overhead, lowered prices and been competitive in their respective fields. People say it is Amazon’s fault these stores collapsed. Amazon just provided, (in some cases), better prices and the ease of purchasing items from home.

E-commerce is a viable entity and it’s here to stay. Every business that sells anything should have an e-commerce platform.

Why People Love to Shop Online

  • Shop from home or office
  • Avoid crowds or going to the mall
  • Convenience, done with just a few button clicks
  • Better Variety
  • Better Prices

People are ridiculously busy, they mean to get to the store to purchase mom’s birthday gift, but finding the time is not easy. The kids must be toted to practice and games. Perhaps it’s business meetings, family and friends get-togethers, or working late and being too exhausted to stop by the store. Let’s try this, the store is closed, or it’s late and that parking lot can be sketchy at night. Having an e-commerce platform set up by BAMS can keep loyal customers coming back without having to set foot in the store. E-commerce can attract new customers who would never have visited your location. They may live 50, 500 or 5000 miles away.

Here is a likely scenario; a child wants a pair of cowboy boots. The parent has no idea about such things, they live in New England where cowboys are not the norm. Said parent googles cowboy boots for sale, checks out a couple sites, decides what to spend, and orders them from Texas. The child is happy, the parent is happy, the person who does not know they have reason to be unhappy is the Western Wear business owner in town without an e-commerce site.

Contact BAMS to discuss setting up your e-commerce processing platform to help your business grow.

3 Great Reasons to Buy Online Gift Cards

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Gift cards have only been around about 20 years. Before that, is was paper gift certificates and not many of them, as the giver preferred a more “personal touch,” meaning that actually going to the store and purchasing the gift was not only more labor intensive but more “thoughtful.” As more establishments began offering gift cards, the variety was embraced by the general public and they took off fast and hard. At this time every store, restaurant and sub shop we enter has their own gift cards to purchase, and many sell a multitude of others. We, the public, have determined that gift cards are good, but of course the less scrupulous among us have found ways to defraud consumers and those same stores, restaurants, etcetera.  BAMS can help you get setup to begin selling gift cards immediately.

The latest gift card trend is purchasing them online. You buy it, get sent a secure 16 digit number and a pin code that you pass along to whomever you choose. Many businesses can send the virtual gift card to the email you provided. Once it has been purchased, the buyer is completely out of the loop. The gift is given, the buyer is happy as is the gift card recipient.

Reasons why purchasing gift cards online is smarter:

  1. Security – The transaction takes place in private, no plastic cards hanging on a rack that may have been compromised.
  2. Spending – People spend more when using gift cards online. Overspending is normal since people can look at more than just discounted and clearance items, after all, it’s not their own hard earned money that’s being used. These wish list items can be bought and adding an extra $20.00 or $50.00 is okay since the recipient getting something they normally would not want to entirely pay for themselves.
  3. Convenience – The birthday, holiday, or other has a deadline of tomorrow. Buying a gift and sending it is out of the question, it will not get there in time. An online gift card will, and it be very well received.

Online gift cards are a great idea, the color is always right, it’s just the size of the amount that needs consideration. Contact us so that BAMS can explain more about online gift cards.

Solid Alternatives to Stripe and Paypal Mobile Payment Processors

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With so much of the business world moving to the web, having secure and functional methods of processing payments has become a top priority. This space has typically been dominated by Paypal and Stripe but many alternatives have sprouted up. Each has its own set of benefits and shortcomings but some may be a better fit for your budget or needs. Here are some of the ones making waves:

BAMS

Bank Associates Merchant Services or BAMS is a service that is dedicated to affordable options for small, low-risk businesses. The goal is to provide an excellent product and service that helps your business become as profitable as it can possibly be. This demonstrates itself in the effort to form strong relationships with their clients to truly understand the needs of your business and processing objectives.

TransferWise

While a little bit different from the others, TransferWise is invaluable to businesses operating on a global scale. Their focus is on making international payments easy and affordable. In the past, it can be costly to send money across borders and the wait times could be excruciating. TransferWise has done away with this, their fees are often half of what a bank transfer might be and transfers typically happen within 2-3 days. This is one of the best options for international businesses or those who have clients across the world.

 

 

There you have it, some alternatives if you are considering switching or just getting involved in e-commerce. Every service has something unique to offer and it is crucial you find what is right for your needs. If you’re seeking a change in your payment processing or any help with payment processing, consider discussing your options with BAMS here.

Why a Local NYC Merchant Services Provider is a Good Option

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New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world and is the home to many businesses of all sizes. For those that are based out of New York City, having access to a local merchant services provider would be very beneficial. There are several different benefits of hiring a New York City merchant services provider that can make it the best option for your business.

 

Payment Processing

One of the main benefits of having your merchant services provider be local is that they can provide you with quick payment processing. Today, the majority of all purchases are either made online or in a store using a credit card. This can create a bit of a cash flow problem for businesses as it can be a few days before they actually receive the cash from the credit card provider. When you use a local NYC merchant services provider, this wait time can be cut down dramatically. In many situations, you can actually receive your payment the next business day.

 

Quick Onsite Assistance

Another benefit of hiring a local merchant services provider is that they will be able to provide you with onsite assistance when necessary. While merchant services programs tend to work very well, there are situations in which you will need further assistance to either learn the system or troubleshoot a problem. While you can have some of these situations handled over the phone, it is normally much easier and efficient to have them handled in person. When you hire a local provider, they will be able to have a professional sent to your place of business quickly.

 

Due to the benefits of hiring a local merchant services provider, you should contact us to learn more about the services and benefits that we could provide to your organization.

Increase Employee Morale with Personalized Online Gift Cards

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Companies are constantly looking for ways to increase morale among their employees. Whether it’s recognizing hard work, a Christmas or birthday present or simply saying “Thank you!” for sticking with the company. The giver wants a unique way that will be appreciated and remembered.

That’s where original gift cards come in.

With gift cards online:

  • You are able to choose the venue. If you have several employees, you have several different opinions on what is special to them. With secure gift cards online, you are able to choose from several options from a relaxing massage to a concert to a night at a unique restaurant.
  • Choose your price based on your own budget. There is no minimum or maximum to what you are allowed.
  • Choose your own design: you might want a picture of the office gang, a special pet or your company’s logo. BAMS offers the ability to create your own specific design.
  • Your information is secureNBC News, for the second year in a row, highlighted the dangers of buying gift cards, from a hanger on a store or through unsecured online sites. There are increasing concerns over security and reports of gift cards being drained by technology thieves. BAMS offers the protection that is so important, particularly when you are gifting a valued employee.
  • Return to reorder or start a new order.We’ll remember you! In addition, you’ll receive special offers as a returning customer.
  • Convenience.

You don’t have to dash out or leave early to go to the mall. You won’t be wondering if you got the perfect give. And with secure gift cards online you are able to order quickly without leaving the comfort of your chair.

People are always looking for ways to stand out. And gift giving is no exception. Online gift cards, from a secure site, can be the perfect way to give that personal touch to someone you want to impress. Contact us for more information.

Understanding EMV Payment Card Technology

Credit Card Transaction Using the New Security Electronic Chip Technology EMV

Updating payment equipment by companies to chip cards with embedded microchips has added a level of security to businesses and their customers. Fraudulent transactions risk has significantly reduced due to chip cards technology. Implementing point-to-point encryption reduces payment card fraud from counterfeit cards. The liability shift from financial institutions favors applying EMV technology to great effects.

The only challenge which companies are facing is putting in place EMV systems that bonds seamlessly with their specific EMV hardware.

What is EMV?

EuroPay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV) is a form of payment that bonds plastic cards with microchips. EMV cards, unlike normal credit cards, generate particular code for every transaction its user makes. The issuing bank shares the code to ensure it is legitimate. The microchip codes generated cannot be replicated, thus ensuring security against creating counterfeit cards by thieves.

Why Create EMV Card?

To curb hackers from stealing and selling credit card information that creates counterfeit cards, EMV was developed. Creating a card that generates random codes for every transaction ensures a minimal chance for counterfeit cards. The challenge, however, is that EMV cards are only helpful where a card can be inserted or swiped into a point of sale. Tokenization and point-to-point encryption eliminate card data breaches.

What Entails EMV Compliance?

EMV compliance requires installing point-of-sale terminals which are EMV-enabled and certified by a particular bank and ensuring that payment application is EMV certified for every card network. Depending on user’s application of EMV compliance, the terminal cost ranges significantly. Users ensure these terminals are installed with the EMV-compliant software.

What are EMV Security Weaknesses?

EMV cards are only applied where payment cards can be used in a point of sale. Online transactions which are highly fraudulent are not protected. Payment card security experts have concluded that hackers can still access unencrypted payment information from personal account number by removing the codes generated. EMV reduces fraud while point-to-point encryption eliminates fraud.

Companies that use debit and credit cards as a form of payment should consider becoming EMV compliant to significantly reduce fraud while also providing other benefits to a company such as the liability shift. Contact us now for more information.

Get Your Money Faster with a BAMS Merchant Account

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The one thing better than getting money is getting it faster. It used to be that with merchant accounts, getting your transaction money in the bank in 24 hours was considered fast. After all, there are still a few companies out there that take 3 days! Now, however, even 24 hours is slow. That’s because it’s possible to have the money in your account in just 12 hours.

More Business Flexibility

 

This is the main practical benefit of a 12-hour turnaround from transaction to funding. Transactions done in the morning can fund your inventory orders or pay your other bills that same night. This is great for just-in-time business models or for unexpected, urgent expenses.

Most of the time, however, the desire for faster payouts doesn’t arise from a specific plan. Instead, people inherently understand that they’re better off when there is less delay in funding. Then, when the time comes that money is needed right away, it’s there. It’s also always nicer to see your money in your bank account instead of pending on a merchant account screen.

Regardless of your reason for wanting faster payment settlement, our 12-hour funding merchant account has you covered. We also offer many other benefits with our accounts, like a free Authorize.net gateway and lower fees. This makes switching to a BAMS account a great business decision all around.

To eliminate the long wait for funding and cut your overall payment processing costs, just contact us today. We’ll be happy to get you set up with a superior merchant account right away.