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Two Strategies for Reducing B2B Credit Card Acceptance Costs

Posted by Guest Author: Anand Goel, Optimized Payments Consulting on Sep 14, 2017 2:56:26 PM


According to Mercator Advisory Group analysis, U.S. commercial card payments grew at a compound annual rate of 9 percent from 2013 to 2015.1 In 2015, commercial card volume reached $428 billion.  This figure only represents about 1 percent of the B2B payments market (including check, ACH, wire transfer and cards) that totals $23 trillion (USD). 

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Topics: Payments Consulting, Receivables, Payments, payment costs, cash flow, Webinar, Electronic Payments, credit card cost, credit card cost analysis, credit card, commercial card, commercial card costs, interchange, reducing interchange

Understanding and Tracking Card Payment Acceptance Costs

Posted by Robert Unger on Aug 23, 2017 6:55:57 PM

Credit and debit card payments are surging.  The “2016 Federal Reserve Payments Study,” which has been tracking longitudinal trends in consumer and business payments, cites that: 

Payments made with general-purpose credit cards and with non-prepaid debit cards each grew faster than other payment types from 2012 to 2015, in terms of both percentage growth and growth by number.

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Topics: Payments Consulting, Receivables, Payments, payment costs, cash flow, Webinar, Electronic Payments, credit card cost, credit card cost analysis, credit card

Unlike Algebra, Businesses Need to Know About ACH Payments: Free Webinar Recording

Posted by Robert Unger on Jul 13, 2017 9:34:14 AM

If you’ve experienced the “joy” of having teenagers matriculating through middle and high school, you’ve no doubt heard the question, “Why do I have to take Algebra?”  

I know with each darling little one of mine, I tried to articulate the importance of problem solving, mastering methodology, applying logic to formulas, etc.  But, I gotta admit, I’ve never encountered a need to solve a quadratic equation post algebra class, and I still went to college, got jobs, married and am enjoying an Algebra-free life. Of course I couldn’t tell my kids that.  Better that they suffered through it like I did!  

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Topics: ACH, Automated Clearing House, Receivables, Business, Webinar, B2B

5 Ways to Drive Customers to Pay You via ACH

Posted by Robert Unger on Jun 13, 2017 9:31:52 PM

You want more ACH payments from your customers because ACH: 

  • Costs less;
  • Requires less labor to process than checks and you can’t increase hires (or have to decrease head count);
  • Improves cash flow and DSO (days sales outstanding);
  • Provides customer convenience with an option for credit (i.e. “push”) and/or debit (i.e. “pull) payments;
  • Reduces fraud exposure;
  • Carries a boatload of remittance details for easier cash application, particularly for B2B payments.
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Topics: ACH, Faster Payments, Webinar, ACH Payments, B2B

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