Jul 11, 2019

Research Shows Contactless Cards May Have a Flat Effect on Mobile Payments

Despite popular belief, the use of contactless cards will not trigger widespread adoption of mobile payments, according to new research. Instead of easing consumers into the habit of paying for things with their mobile devices, the New York-based research firm, Auriemma Consulting Group, reported that contactless cards may not actually attract new mobile payment users. They believe this may be...

Jul 01, 2019

Canada and UK Leading the Way in Contactless Card Payment Adoption

In the United States, the total number of contactless debit and credit transactions for general purchases are in the single digits. The nation can’t match the numbers in Canada and the United Kingdom. A Deeper Look at the Numbers in the UK and Canada In the UK, almost 30% of all credit and debit card transactions were made using all...

Apr 19, 2019

Wells Fargo Begins Issuing Contactless Cards to New Customers

Wells Fargo & Co. recently announced it is launching contactless cards, which allow customers to tap and pay at retail stores and public transit hubs. The bank has already started handing out contactless cards to those who pen new consumer credit card accounts. Existing credit card customers will receive contactless versions when their current ones expire. Later this year, the...

Mar 19, 2019

What Merchants Need to Know As Contactless Cards Blow Up

At the heels of Visa’s decision to move to contactless cards in the U.S., MasterCard is following suit. As the momentum for contactless payments grows, MasterCard sought and received commitments from issuers to produce contactless cards within the next two years. Those issuers include Citibank, Capital One, KeyBank, Santander and HSBC. It also is working with FIS to bring contactless...

Oct 13, 2015

Contactless Cards Not Fraud Proof

Contactless payments have taken the commerce world by storm. Advocates believe that contactless cards will protect the sensitive financial information of consumers. EMV cards (created by Europay, Visa and Matercard) have a processing chip. This is replacing the old magnetic strip that can be easily duplicated to commit fraud. This chip is supposed to reduce the risk of fraud due...

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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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