Apr 22, 2019

Point-of-Sale Credit Seen as a Major Alternative to Credit Cards

There was a market starving for credit, and fintech companies saw the potential. Both shoppers and merchants have embraced it. Affirm’s recent announcement of its partnership with retail giant, Walmart, helped show many that point of sale credit is closer to becoming a mainstream payment option and an alternative to credit cards. The Numbers Don’t Lie Fintechs, like Affirm, have...

Apr 08, 2019

Merchants More Satisfied with Acquiring Banks Over Fintech’s

Merchant customers are more satisfied when they work with acquiring banks, then they do with fintechs or non-bank processors, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Merchant Services Satisfaction Study. About the Study J.D. Power, the research firm that is known for its studies of consumer satisfaction with customers, did an online study looking at 3,500 small businesses nationwide in...

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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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