Before payment facilitators existed, acquirers commonly extended their reach to smaller businesses by working with independent sales organizations, known as ISOs. Sometimes a distinction is made between what are known as retail ISOs and wholesale ISOs. So, what’s the difference?Read More
Historically, financial services have been offered solely by traditional providers such as banks and insurance companies. But a new crop of providers is increasingly offering simpler and more intuitive ways for consumers and businesses alike to access a variety of services.Read More
For decades, payments have been the purview of large companies and payment processors. Software companies have traditionally had to rely on third-party integrations to allow their customers to accept payments using their platform, which has caused a disjointed customer experience between software and payments.Read More
The process of moving money from one party to another involves several entities, all with specific roles to play in moving the transaction along its way. Standing at either end of the transaction are two critical players – the acquiring bank and the issuing bank. What is the difference between the two?Read More
Perhaps no relationship is more important to a payment facilitator than the one they have with a merchant acquirer.Read More
The payments industry is filled with confusing terms, many of which are used interchangeably. This confusion is compounded by the fact that the industry has changed rapidly in recent years, giving rise to new terms while others fall away.Read More
Increased revenue is often cited as one of the benefits of becoming a payment facilitator. And it’s true that the ability to charge merchants payment processing fees offers PFs a new revenue stream. But it’s important to note that the entire payment fee does not go directly into the PF’s pocket.Read More
Payment facilitators have a number of tools they can use to reduce their exposure to risk. To mitigate against credit risk, PFs will sometimes hold back funds from the submerchant – known as a reserve – to guard against possible future losses.
When are reserves typically used, and is now – as many businesses are experiencing financial hardship because of the coronavirus – a time to implement them?Read More
The relationship payment facilitators have with their merchants is at the heart of what PFs do. Working with a payment facilitator makes acceptance simpler for merchants – especially for smaller businesses, for whom setting up individual merchant accounts can often be too cumbersome.Read More
The payments industry is a complex system of pieces, all working together to make it possible for a consumer to purchase an item or a service simply by inserting a card at a retail location or entering their payment credentials into a web site.
The term “payment gateway,” is often mentioned as a necessary piece of the puzzle. But what exactly does that mean?Read More