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The importance of a merchant account.

With each passing year, the business landscape is changing in major ways. In the process, cash and checks are becoming increasingly rare forms of payment. Instead, most retailers, regardless of their size or the types of products or services they offer, are doing most of their business via credit and debit card payments, whether online or in person.

Payment gateways 101: what they are and why you need one.

​Credit and debit cards currently dominate the payment landscape and will continue to do so until at least 2022. Collective use is expected to remain high at 52% and may climb even higher as Generation Z begins exercising more purchasing power. A payment gateway equips your business to take full advantage of the persisting power of plastic.

​Notification of Prohibited Activity Relating to COVID-19.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers the sale and marketing of products that claim to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be a threat to public health. The FDA and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are actively monitoring for what it views as fraudulent COVID-19 prevention and treatment claims.

How is Point of Sale (POS) system different from a cash register?

No matter what type of business you run, money is its lifeblood. Since the ancient days of the abacus, merchants have known the importance of having a reliable cash management system that can help them accurately keep track of incoming and outgoing funds. In today’s retail environment, the question for many businesses has become whether to stay with the traditional cash register that they have been using for decades or to switch to a more modern POS system.

Opening a merchant bank account: 9 things you should know.

​These days, any large or small business worth its salt must accept credit and debit cards from customers. In order to make that happen, you need to first go through the process of selecting a merchant bank account. Since this can often be a confusing journey for entrepreneurs, it makes sense to get a few facts straight before you start.

Which payment system should you choose for your hotel?

The point of sale (POS) system you use for your hotel affects more than just the types of payments you can accept. Your payment system is linked to the customer experience and can influence whether or not guests choose to return. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right POS for your hotel.

Creating an online presence for your small business.

Eye-catching displays and a well-designed layout are essential to the success of any brick-and-mortar retail store. If you’re like most business owners nowadays and want to expand your brand beyond your local neighborhood to give all of your customer's additional shopping options, you absolutely need to make your business known in cyber-space. Taking a few basic steps can set you on a course to online success.

Why more restaurants are going cashless.

As a consumer in your own right, you may already be reveling in the phenomenon of leaving your bulky wallet at home in favor of paying with a single credit card or even by using your mobile phone and its built-in digital wallet feature. Now, switch from being a buyer back into your role as a restaurateur. Think about how embracing the cashless revolution could end up being a big win for your eating establishment. It just might be one of the smartest and most forward-thinking moves you will ever make.

Mistakes that can put your restaurant at risk.

The restaurant business can be tough. The fact is that even the hardest-working, most financially savvy and innovative restaurant owners often fail. In this era of vicious competition and multimedia marketing, it is obvious that there is a lot more to running an eatery than just showing up. One of your best strategies is to learn about some of the common mistakes that other food establishment owners have made so that you can avoid a similar fate.