Traditional swipe & sign credit cards are quickly being phased out in the United States. In their place are Chip & PIN credit cards — a new payment technology that offers greater security and fraud protection.
This transition isn’t only happening in the United States. Chip & PIN credit cards have already become the standard in most parts of the world, with the U.S. being the last major market to reach full compliance.
EMV credit cards are the wave of the future. But that future could be very expensive.
Short for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, EMVs are a relatively new type of credit card equipped with embedded security chips designed to prevent fraudulent activity. It's no longer enough to copy down a user's 16-digit card number. The plastic (and chip) must be physically present at point-of-sale registers in order to make a purchase:
Writing paper checks at the cashier counter used to be the standard payment method for in-store purchases (second only to cash). Using these checks can be a bit inconvenient for those standing behind you in line, but we've all done it (or know folks who have).
EMVs are chip-enabled credit cards that offer greater security (i.e. fraud prevention) than their more traditional swipe-and-sign counterparts do. Already the standard in most parts of the world, these EMV credit cards have only recently emerged in the U.S.
EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) credit cards have taken the retail world by storm. That is — everywhere but in the United States — a market with more than 1 billion credit and debit cards, most of which aren't equipped with EMV technology.
Whether you operate a brick-and-mortar business or an e-commerce store, meeting employee salaries, overhead and other cash-dependent expenses can be difficult. A merchant cash advance is one of the most popular ways to tide your business over during a cas hflow crunch. But before you apply, it's important that you understand how merchant cash advance rates and fees work.
Picture this: Business is going well — and because you have a merchant account, the credit card receipts keep streaming in month after month. You’re growing, but you need financing to invest in your business and continue to grow.
Cash flow is a common concern for business owners. For many businesses, merchant cash advances are a viable solution to cash flow challenges while you wait sales income to hit your account. Before you apply for a cash advance, it’s important to do your homework.
In a credit card transaction, both the cardholder and the credit card issuer have the right to question or dispute a transaction. When such disputes go unresolved, merchant account holders may be subject to a Chargeback, which can hurt your bottom line as a business.
If you're just setting up a small business, it can be confusing figuring out how to process credit card payments, deposit cash and pay your bills. For most businesses, this means opening two distinct types of accounts — a merchant account for your credit card transactions and a traditional bank account for your cash sales and to pay the bills.