Protect Your Business with Payscout’s Check Protection and Verification Services

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In the age of cashless checkouts, mobile wallets, and wearable payment devices, there might be a tendency to neglect some of the seemingly “antiquated” forms of payment, including good old-fashioned checks. Although many checks are submitted electronically in the form of an electronic funds transfer (EFT) or automated clearing house transfer (ACH), some people still prefer paper checks, especially when they can avoid convenience fees.

Payscout offers check protection and verification services that can complement your existing electronic payment processing system or accounts receivable collections software to ensure all of your financial operations are secure and accurate, whether you operate domestically or internationally.

Payscout services include:

Check Verification

Payscout offers a variety of check networks that allow you to evaluate the risk of a customer’s check. You can determine if the customer has any outstanding bad checks, a history of bounced checks, or any negative accounts. This service is often used by smaller retail institutions and comes with a small transaction fee.

Check Guarantee

For even greater security, Payscout offers a check guarantee service, even if the check initially bounces. You simply enter the check writer’s identifying information, and a third-party guarantee company will respond and inform you as to whether or not it will guarantee payment. If approved and the check bounces, you can send the check to the guarantee company and receive reimbursement.

Electronic Check Conversion

This service allows you to convert a paper check into an electronic transaction that is guaranteed as long as you follow required procedures. When you opt to convert a check to an electronic transfer, Payscout returns the paper copy to the original writer or they void the check and send it to the check processor. The funds are then deposited electronically into your checking account.

Electronic check conversion provides the highest level of protection against insufficient funds and can also eliminate trips to the bank as well as simplify the reconciliation process with your financial institution.

These services can help secure and streamline payment processing across sectors and even countries. For example, if you are expanding your business overseas, an electronic check conversion service is a secure way to verify that an account is open, valid, and in positive standing and streamline international payment processing options.

Check protection and verification has wide applications for the healthcare industry, too. Providers can easily enhance their existing healthcare payment processing and increase the efficiency of their accounts receivable operations. This service will help reduce the amount of time tracking down patients with bounced checks and also provide access to patients’ issuing financial institution.

Learn more about opportunities to enhance your existing payment system with check protection and verification options at www.payscout.com

Is Your Business Equipped to Handle the Holiday Shopping Frenzy?

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The holiday shopping season is officially here, and consumers are ready to spend—big time—according to a recent analysis by Forbes. As consumers increasingly spread shopping experiences across multiple mediums – traditional malls, big-box stores, and online shopping and e-commerce – businesses that are equipped to accommodate the influx of online traffic stand poised to reap serious benefits.

Take a look at these holiday shopping stats:

  • Black Friday is still the busiest shopping time for storefronts, but foot traffic declined nearly 9% from 2017.
  • Consumers spent $3.7 billion online in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017.
  • Online Black Friday sales generated $6.2 billion, an increase of 23.6% from 2017.
  • Mobile devices accounted for 68% of online traffic and 54% of orders on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Mobile devices made up 67% of all digital traffic on Black Friday, a 61% increase on the same day last year.

In the age of online shopping, e-wallets and cashless checkouts, the “customer experience” is crucial. These days, consumers want and expect an expedited checkout process both in stores and online, frictionless mobile payment processing, in-cart transparency, and, of course, data security.

If your business or organization isn’t equipped to accommodate these consumer preferences, you might be missing out on both traffic and revenue.

Mobile Payments

Mobile payments refer to any transaction for a product or service that is made through an app, website, or payment processing attachment on a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile electronic devices. In most cases, payment information is encrypted for security purposes. Mobile processing differs from traditional payments such as cash, checks, or debit and credit card information that require a stationary touch screen or computer.

The expansion of mobile payment processing is driven largely by consumer demands, but it’s also easier for retailers. Moving more consumers through checkout efficiently with a mobile point of sale system can drive business in-store and provide customers with a seamless, PCI-compliant checkout experience online. As more consumers turn to online shopping, retailers that adapt to the changing market will be well positioned to capture future growth.

In-Cart Transparency

Consumers often add items to their cart whether or not they intend to buy them. This is especially true during high traffic periods, such as holiday shopping. However, Retail Dive reports that an estimated 23% of customers will abandon the items in their cart if they can’t see the total up front, including taxes, shipping costs, and delivery dates.

Retailers that can make the online holiday shopping experience easier on consumers, including securing and organizing their online carts, can reap the benefits of online shopping.

Giving Tuesday

Online shopping isn’t just for revenue-generating organizations, especially during the holidays. Giving Tuesday is one of the biggest days of the year for non profits and an important source of revenue for their operating funds.

A non profit payment processing system can help these organizations streamline donations during Giving Tuesday or any day of the year through a centralized merchant account, regardless of whether donors are online, on-site, or using a mobile platform.

About Payscout

Payscout is a trusted, global payment processing provider working across six continents and connecting merchants and consumers via credit, debit, ATM, and alternative payment networks. Payscout makes it easy to manage payments on-site and across online and mobile platforms. Payscout even offers customized API connections for utility payment processing and integrates with over a dozen software applications. If you work in a healthcare environment, Payscout’s mobile payment processing services can help drive revenue efficiently and securely.

Discover how you can leverage consumer preferences for online shopping at www.payscout.com