Jul 25, 2019

Installment-Payment APIs Now Part of Visa’s Business

In a move to better align itself with its fiercest competitor, Visa Inc. has announced that it will get into the installment-payment APIs market. The announcement came shortly after Mastercard Inc. told the world it bought Austin, Texas-based point-of-sale credit financial technology company, Vyze Inc. and as the product gets more popular due to options offered from non-banks, like Affirm...

Jul 15, 2019

Visa Aims to Combat Rising Chargebacks By Buying Verifi

Visa will buy the Los Angeles-based Verifi, which offers tools that help merchants, acquirers, and issuers to resolve chargebacks. This is especially impactful considering rising chargebacks in the industry. Though the terms of the acquisition were not announced, Visa said it will integrate Verifi’s technology with the risk-management offerings from CyberSource and Cardinal Commerce. Visa acquired CyberSource in 2010 and...

Jun 28, 2019

Visa and Mastercard Focused on Acquisitions to Remain Competitive

In an effort to stay relevant and compete with powerhouses, like Amazon and Microsoft, the card networks, Visa and Mastercard, appear to be snatching of investments and companies left and right. Don’t expect them calm down, especially as retail payments growth diminishes. They know they need to consider and buy into any investment opportunities, like cross-border payments, peer-to-peer, and interbank,...

Jun 26, 2019

Mass Transit Systems Driving the Contactless Card Movement

Mass-transit systems and the support of the biggest issuers are fueling the movement of pay with contactless cards a part of everyday life. All stakeholders believe this will trigger to greater adoption of contactless payment options overall. The theory has been reinforced by Visa’s announcement that users of the 20 million contactless credit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase & Co....

Jun 25, 2019

Faster, Real-Time Payments Don’t Get Everyone Excited

Last month, Visa acquired control of Earthport plc, which will enable account-to-account transfers. London-based Earthport is one of the largest ACH networks in the world and allows Visa to expand real-time payment capabilities to the public. Visa acquired Earthport for $320.4 million after a fierce bidding battle with competitor, MasterCard. The acquisition connects Visa to ACH and real-time networks in...

May 22, 2019

Visa Launches Platform, Allowing Issuer Processors to Test Products

Visa’s new platform, known as Visa Next, allow issuers and issuer processors to build and test new products. Visa’s clients and partners can gain access to the recently-launched platform through Visa Next. This is Visa’s website that is promoted as a “new destination” for learning about and using new solutions in the payment player’s ongoing pipeline. The platform has beta...

Mar 29, 2019

What Does Kroger’s Latest Ban on Visa Credit Cards Mean for Consumers?

Recently, Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. announced that due to exorbitant acceptance fees it will cease accepting Visa credit cards at its Smith’s Food & Drug Stores chain, effective April 3. That means consumers that shop at any of its 134 stores located in seven Western states will have to use cash, one of the other major credit card brands, or use...

Dec 21, 2017

Industry Giants Wal-Mart and Visa Settle Lawsuits Over Transactions

Last month, Wal-Mart Store Inc. confirmed that it would be settling a lawsuit against Visa Inc. The news of this lawsuit settlement over EMV debit card transaction routing was announced just days after these two giants settled lawsuits filed back in 2005 over massive (and still ongoing) credit card interchange litigation. This lawsuit began in 2016 when Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart...

Jul 13, 2017

VISA Helping Small Businesses Go Cashless

According to the 5th annual ING International Survey, cash is fast becoming less popular among consumers in Europe, the US, and Australia. Alternative forms of payment are increasingly gaining more popularity. The survey included responses from 14.692 respondents based in 15 countries. Nearly 27% in Australia, 21% in Europe, and 34% in the US said they mostly preferred cashless payments....

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Having a merchant account allows an account holder to take advantage of merchant cash advances. When a merchant is approved for an advance, the business agrees to receive a lump sum of cash in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of future credit card sales.

Pricing varies depending on the merchant’s industry, past credit card processing history, the type of business seeking the account, average ticket sales, and average transaction volumes.

Yes, EMB works with merchants who are building their credit, as well as those who have poor credit. EMB also approves merchants that have no credit card processing history and businesses that have lost their merchant accounts due to high chargebacks.

Several factors influence a merchant’s risk level. Though only one factor likely will not get a merchant classified as high risk, a combination of these may: business size, location, and industry, credit score, credit card processing history, a industry’s reputation for excessive chargebacks, a prior history of high chargeback ratios, and whether a merchant exclusively sells online.

Virtual terminals are stationed on a merchant’s website, making it easy for customers to make a payment or purchase online. Merchants or a payment processor can easily set up virtual terminals, so online businesses can accept credit and debit card and e-check transactions.

A merchant account is a business account with an acquiring bank. Without this business account, which actually works more like a line of credit, a merchant cannot accept and process credit and debit card transactions. Businesses need a merchant account to accept major credit cards via a static point-of-sale terminal, mobile card reader, or through a virtual payment gateway.

After filling out EMB’s simple online application and submitting any necessary, requested documents, many merchants get approved within 24 and 48 hours.

EMB specializes in working with high-risk merchants. EMB works with many merchants, including but not limited to businesses in these industries: gambling and gaming, adult entertainment, nutraceuticals, vaping and e-cigarettes, electronics, tech support, travel, high-end furniture, weight loss programs, calling cards, e-books and software, and telecommunications.

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