Read about the digital transformation of commercial payments and how to automate your enterprise cash cycle.
9 Types of NetSuite Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know
Sep 22, 2023 by Zazil Martinez
Speed up and improve your NetSuite experience by using important keyboard shortcuts. You can use them when searching for data, speeding up data entry, or navigating reports. Make your work faster and easier by using these nine NetSuite keyboard shortcuts.
Push-to-Card (P2C) Payments | B2B Finance Glossary
Sep 21, 2023 by Zazil Martinez
What is a Push-to-Card (P2C) Payment? A push-to-card (P2C) payment – also known as a push payment, a digital disbursement, or a debit card disbursement – is a type of payment solution that allows a cardholder to send or, in other words, “push” money to another cardholder. This is the opposite of a pull payment, which enables funds to be pulled from one account and sent to another. In a pull payment, the payee is authorized to collect or “pull” money from another account and move it to their account. In this way, payers are not responsible for moving funds themselves, and they allow payees to take money from their accounts automatically – something that contrasts with push-to-card payments.
Payment Failure | B2B Finance Glossary
Sep 21, 2023 by Zazil Martinez
What is a Payment Failure? A payment failure is when a payment being made from one party to another doesn’t go through. Payments can fail for many different reasons. While many payment failures result in the loss of legitimate business, some payment failures are for a good reason and actually work to minimize the possibility of fraudulent transactions.
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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.
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.
What to Look for When Choosing a Billing Portal
Jun 26, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
In our last look at traditional lockboxes, we learned what is entailed in the involved process and that there is a large margin for error. The current challenges include poor working capital optimization, zero cash visibility and friction in buyer-supplier relations due to frustrating limitations in the payments realm. One of the biggest issues in B2B payment processing is that both buyers and suppliers are comfortable with the way they’re processing payments now – even if the method is antiquated and ineffective. PayStand aims to stand by a progressive methodology in order to promote a higher standard in for players in the world of FinTech and the businesses that are impacted by it.
How PEOs Can Stay Relevant in the Wake of Digital Reformation
May 17, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
Being in the era of the technological revolution, there are expectations to deliver excellence via digital services. Though customer service is prevalent in the success of many companies, the option to utilize software and have a positive user experience on a digital platform has become equally important – and maybe even more relevant. Enterprises seek the ability to reform their business models with the use of digital technologies, the ability to create new revenue streams and innovative ways to connect with their market place. It has become a requirement for the service providers of today to play a part in the impact of the consumer experience, apply automation platforms, and work with those enterprises to collaboratively solve problems and foster growth. As a PEO, there is priceless value in the human element of your services, but that isn’t the end-all in todays day and age. Fortunately, there are a myriad of options in our software rich nation so that you don’t need to succumb to the inefficiencies that manual processing brings with it. In 2013, the PEO industry and health insurance brokers witnessed opposition emerge when HR software made its debut and inaugurated a new and simple concept - purchase your insurance from them, and they will provide the software to handle the HR element of your business. It was a pitch that investors certainly bought into. The business model became so dominant, that at one point, one of the top HR software companies was valued at $4.5 billion within two years of surfacing. So how to does a PEO marry its traditional business model and the digital reformation that has swept the competitive market place? Let’s take a look into becoming a business that offers the service AND the product.
6 Cloud Software Platforms for the Solar Industry
Mar 23, 2017 by Kenzie Earle
In the digital age, companies are continually seeking innovative solutions to boost profits, increase systems efficiency, and achieve greater customer outreach. With heightened public awareness around renewable energy and stricter environmental regulations, solar energy is increasing both in value and demand. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association®, solar energy has experienced a compound annual growth rate of more than 60% in the last decade, largely due to the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Today, nearly 209,000 Americans work in the solar industry, and that number is expected to increase to more than 360,000 workers by 2021.3
Introducing Blockchain Certified Payments
Oct 26, 2016 by Erica Zeidenberg
Today Paystand, is introducing a completely new way for enterprise payments to leverage the blockchain. For the first time in the industry, Paystand customers have the option to certify and notarize payments on the blockchain (from payment requests & invoices to completed payment receipts) to ensure that the history of payments are secure, auditable, independently verifiable, and free of tampering.
Paystand CEO, Jeremy Almond, accepted into Forbes Finance Council
Oct 19, 2016 by Erica Zeidenberg
Jeremy Almond, cofounder & CEO at Paystand, has been accepted into the Forbes Finance Council, an invitation-only community for senior executives in accounting, financial planning & investment, wealth & asset management, and financial firms.
Four Keys to Adding Payments to Your Software Platform
Feb 11, 2016 by Jeremy Almond
It’s been said that “software is eating the world” - and it’s true. Software platforms for businesses (aka B2B software platforms) are proliferating at an accelerating rate, serving a dizzying array of business needs including accounting, project management, time tracking, billing, CRM, and many others. Developers are racing to fill the needs, creating broad-based “generic” platforms as well as highly specialized tools that cater to the specific needs of particular industries. So whether a company sells organic beverages to corner groceries or horse feed for thoroughbreds, there are probably multiple tools available to help them to better manage their business. The abundance of tools creates an imperative for platform providers to continuously add new capabilities to deliver value to their users. Increasingly, B2B software platform providers are turning to payment services as a key area of innovation.