Read about the digital transformation of commercial payments and how to automate your enterprise cash cycle.
Why card monopolies are failing B2B businesses
Feb 19, 2021 by Daniella Bourguetts
If the last couple of years have taught us anything is that change is inevitable. On most occasions, it's impossible to predict global pandemics or the financial implications of profound political changes in the worldwide landscape.
#10: The Journey to Zero
Feb 4, 2021 by Daniella Bourguetts
Editor’s note: Hello, readers. Welcome to the first newsletter of 2021. To kick off the year, we're setting the stage for what it means to create a new financial infrastructure for the B2B industry. It's something we call: The Journey to Zero. Subscribe now.
The Journey to Zero: How Paystand is Changing B2B Payments
Feb 3, 2021 by Daniella Bourguetts
Of the myriad problems facing businesses today, one over-arching challenge dominates all else: the B2B financial system remains essentially unchanged since the middle of the 20th century. At its core exists a fee-based transaction model for payments that no longer meets the needs of modern, digital-first businesses.
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How to Use the NetSuite Payment Plugin To Email An Invoice with a Digital ‘Pay Now’ Button in your e-Invoice
Feb 23, 2018 by Kenzie Earle
In our last article, we wrote about the features to consider when choosing a NetSuite payment plugin to cut costs, improve efficiency, and eliminate manual processing. These features will help you maximize your NetSuite investment.
Top 5 Billing Features for the Solar and Energy Industry
Nov 21, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
Being very familiar with operational hurdles that plague the industry, we want to address a major concern in the Solar and Energy industry. With green initiatives sweeping the nation and solar companies popping up all over the map, the Solar industry in inundated with business and home owners looking to save on their energy bills. But because the industry is still fairly new, there are gaps in the operational flow and software innovation specific to the industry is severely lacking. Many Solar and Energy companies are still using systems that are built for other types of field services, leaving their day-to-day ops with a need to be streamlined. With payments sitting at the heart of any business and cash flow being crucial for financial health, this is one of the main solutions that many CFOs, controllers and finance reps are vying for. Below are top solutions for stagnant cash flow and poor collections on Accounts Receivable in the Solar and Energy Industry. Stop being bogged down by antiquated methods of payment like the use of the paper check; there are cost reducing, speedy ways to get paid. We are here point you in the direction of automation, efficiency, security and an optimal ROI.
10 Most Promising Cloud Accounting/ERP Vendors
Oct 16, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
As companies grow, small-mid sized business accounting software doesn’t always cut it. If your business is outgrowing your current accounting software, it may be time to consider adopting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. ERP systems provide companies the ability to manage every aspect of their business, from accounting to supply chain management to marketing. Plus, with many of today’s companies moving to the cloud, ERP systems are too, providing better security and more flexibility for how businesses operate. There are a number of new cloud ERP tools on the market that are being adopted. Listed below are the most promising software companies for ERP enterprise customers:
Revenue Recognition, How It’s Changing and Why It Matters
Sep 12, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
On the surface, revenue recognition is a fairly simple concept: when it comes to presenting the true value of your business to investors, it is important to accurately report your revenue. That means reporting the actual cash earned in the course of your business. In essence, there are standards related to revenue recognition to protect potential investors from fraudulent business practices, which could allow businesses to overstate their value. If discovered, failures to properly document and report actual revenue can be severe and could damage the long-term value of your company. That's why automated accounting is becoming increasingly necessary and even expected in order to protect businesses, their shareholders, and their customers.
Surcharging: A State-by-State Guide
Aug 22, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
Surcharging, a topic we discussed in our previous blog post, is when a merchant adds a fee to a customer’s credit card transaction. The practice is an attempt to compensate merchants for the credit card processing/interchange fees they have to pay credit card companies when customers use those types of payment rails. However, consumer attitudes towards surcharging varies by demographics. Credit card companies also have policies on surcharging. But with 50 state consumer laws to contend with, the legality of surcharging also varies on a state-by-state basis. To help, we’ve put together an overview of surcharging and its legality across the country.
Surcharging 101: Understanding the Basics
Aug 17, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
For businesses that accept credit cards, processing fees are a constant pain. Varying pricing models, vague regulations and new technology often create unwanted expenses. In fact, 55 percent of America's 27 million small businesses do not accept credit cards. But with credit and debit cards being nearly as common as cash, merchants are starting to pay attention to accepting credit card transactions. Surcharging offers businesses a means of defraying costs associated with credit card acceptance by recovering the higher costs from the customer.
How the Interchange Fee Affects Business Revenues
Aug 15, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
What is the Interchange Fee? An interchange fee is a varied cost that is tied to each credit card transaction. To the consumer, this charge is usually invisible (unless the fee is surcharged). Usually for sales/services transactions it is a fee that a merchant's bank (the "acquiring bank") pays a customer's bank (the "issuing bank"); and for cash transactions the interchange fee is paid from the issuer to acquirer, often called reverse interchange. To the merchant, this is a constant thorn in the side of their ROI. Merchants are constantly seeking the lowest interchange fee. At the same time, the technology associated with interchange has transformed rapidly over the years. Merchants should be aware of this change and how it affects the interchange fee… Currently, an interchange fee includes an upfront charge ranging from $0.30 to a few dollars and then a percentage of the transaction, often between 2% and 4%. The vast majority of this money goes to the bank where your account is held or the credit card issuer. The remaining 10% to 20% of the fee goes to the credit card company with the logo on the card. Currently about $40+ billion per year is spent on interchange fees by merchants and consumers in this transaction. It facilitates over $2 trillion in annual spending.
Top Software for Insurance Providers
Aug 10, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
Insurance providers, carriers, MGAs, brokers and agents all need software to make the process of buying and selling insurance an easier process for all parties involved. In recent years, automation within the insurance industry has expanded to include digital options for the way the modern insurance consumer lives his life today. The most helpful software products for insurance professionals are ones that are rated highly in the areas of customer service, ease of use, value for money and features and functionality. Here are some of the latest innovative software products revolutionizing the insurance industry.
Twelve Cloud Technologies Changing the Property Management Industry
Aug 3, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
Property management is defined as the coordination of residential, commercial and real estate structures, including apartments, detached housing, condominium units and shopping centers. The properties are overseen by a property manager, who acts on behalf of the owner to maintain the value of the property while increasing profitability. According to 2017 statistics, the property management industry makes an estimated $73 billion a year. About 60% of residents in San Francisco, Boston and New York are renters and nine million households have become renters in the last 10 years, the greatest increase in housing history. The property management industry has been slow to embrace innovations in technology. But investors watching the market trends are spending huge amounts of resources in cloud-based property management solutions. With mounting pressure to embrace the digital world, property managers are looking for software that is innovative, effective and user-friendly. Cloud-based computing offers both a dynamic and competitive advantage. By eliminating costs from outdated servers and manual processes, along with providing real- time data and remote access, cloud-based property management software is scalable for the future. Listed below are twelve suggested cloud software to utilize for property management in the rising renters market:
How eCheck Can Shrink Time on Your Accounts Receivables
Jul 26, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
Today there are numerous ways for businesses to accept payments online. Whether it is a credit card, eCash, ACH, or an eCheck, companies have multiple options to choose how they want to receive payments. To the average user, the go-to option for payment is usually a credit card or using a bank account via ACH. However, most users overlook two important differentiators between all four of these payment options: speed and cost. Taking a deeper look into each option can help your company make better, smarter decisions.