Read about the digital transformation of commercial payments and how to automate your enterprise cash cycle.

Is It Time to “Cut the Card”?

What the Internet Did for TV, It Can Do for Payments

Recently my family made a momentous decision—we moved into a new house, hooked up our broadband Internet through a local ISP, and didn’t call the cable company to set up service. A few years ago, “cutting the cord” from cable was a bold move by a minority of brave (or just frugal) pioneers in the frontier of digitally streamed content. As any early adopter can attest, it required a lot of patience, limited viewing choices, and often the purchase of a separate device to sit in between your TV and router. Today of course, streamed content looks just as good as cable, the viewing options have exploded, and with an HD antenna, we can even watch network TV for big televised events for free (is anyone old enough remember when TV was free over the airwaves?).

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Jeremy Almond Jeremy Almond on April 25, 2015

Bitcoin, eCheck, credit cards

Accepting payments from millennials? Here’s what you need to know

As anyone who works with twenty and thirty-somethings or has grown children knows, the generation of digital natives called “millennials” use technology differently than those of us over 35. They want to take care of almost every task online or on their mobile phone, especially financial transactions, and they’re less concerned than older people about the privacy and security issues involved.

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Jeremy Almond Jeremy Almond on April 10, 2015

How Payments-as-a-Service Is Changing an Industry

What happens when you apply SaaS principles to payment processing?

You may not realize it, but you probably depend on multiple SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) products to get through your work day (and at home in the evenings, when you tune into your favorite streaming service). SaaS refers to an Internet-based service for which you pay a monthly subscription fee, and in return receive access to the latest improvements and technical support.

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Jeremy Almond Jeremy Almond on March 23, 2015

Bitcoin, ecommerce, Payments, payments-as-a-service, SaaS, eCheck

Are You Ready for Bitcoin to Go Mainstream?

When we launched PayStand almost one year ago, most of our early customers had never heard of Bitcoin, or if they had, they were skeptical about accepting it in their organizations. Silicon Valley is abuzz with development and investment in Bitcoin-related technology, but as in the early days of the Internet, there is speculation, volatility, and media frenzy surrounding the virtual currency. Several business owners and nonprofits we spoke with have adopted a “wait and see” approach, but like having the option to enable Bitcoin in the future. At PayStand we offer our merchants one payments platform with traditional methods alongside Bitcoin (which we call "eCash"), so they can extend the option to their customers when they're ready.

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Jeremy Almond Jeremy Almond on March 16, 2015

Bitcoin, paystand, online payments, ecommerce, Payments, small business

PayStand Essentials: How to Decode your Merchant Statement

When we first started talking to business owners and nonprofits about lowering their transaction fees, we were surprised to discover that many of them had no idea what they were currently paying to accept credit cards. So, we offered to take a look at their current merchant statements to find out. What we found was even more surprising: most of the statements showed that these merchants were paying a lot more than the percentage rate they were originally quoted for credit cards. It took some digging to figure out the effective rate being paid, however, because merchant processor statements are universally inscrutable.

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Jeremy Almond Jeremy Almond on March 3, 2015

3-tier, Payments, interchange plus, flat rate, merchant fees, credit cards, merchant statement, How To

PayStand offers WordPress users Bitcoin options as the platform backs off from virtual currency

This week’s news that WordPress has removed the Bitcoin payment option from their website disappointed advocates of the virtual currency, as the company had been an early adopter and carries a great deal of influence as the most popular blogging and website creation platform.

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Jeremy Almond Jeremy Almond on February 26, 2015

Bitcoin, tools, online payments, ecommerce, Payments, WooCommerce, Wordpress, website

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