Installment Prepayments Credit Card Processing Rules Change 2017

Installment prepayment credit card processing rules change effective October 2017 will impact business profits and chargeback risk. Everyone in the payment ecosystem has or will need to make changes to comply, including acquirer, issuer, payment gateway, merchant, and sometimes software solution.

payment gateway SaaS recurringInstallment prepayment credit card processing best practices:

  • When capturing card data to create a random token replacing sensitive data for the first time, perform an Account Number Verification Transaction via a Zero Dollar Authorization. There’s a payment gateway procedure, including using specific transaction indicator, for this. If the solution you’re using performs a $1 authorization, often with a void or reversal after, that’s because the payment gateway, and or the implementation, are out of date and don’t support current requirements. Ask how yours works and contact us for help now if you cannot do a zero dollar authorization!
  • Payment gateway to identify all future transactions after storing:

With an indicator that shows that the Transaction is using a Stored Credential
– With the Transaction Identifier of the initial Transaction.

  • The sales receipt must include phrase “recurring transaction”
  • A convenience fee cannot be charged on an Installment Transaction.
  • Transactions cannot be key entered into desktop terminals; a cloud based payment gateway is required

Guidelines and rules vary by card brand, business type and many other factors. Additionally, the rules are complicated. This article may oversimplify such complexities. Merchants are advised to use tools, including intelligent payment gateways, to help comply automatically to maximize profits and mitigate risk.

Reference: For example, read Visa Stored Credential Transaction Mandates and also Visa Core RulesTable 5-21: Requirements for Prepayments and Transactions Using Stored Credentials.

Before selecting a payment gateway for installments, ask these questions:

  • How will it help with new Visa Stored Credential Mandates compliance?
  • Does it support 3-D Secure cardholder authentication, for customer initiated payment?
  • What type of digital record is created at the time of customer opt-in to terms, how is it retrieved, and how long is it retained?
  • Does it support Zero Dollar Authorization?
  • Does the receipt dynamically change based on type of transaction, i.e. cash, credit card single payment, installment payment etc.
  • Does it level 3 processing for commercial cards (if applicable to business type)?
  • If I change banks or payment processors, how will it affect my customers? My business?

TIP: An easy starting point to reduce the list of options is to ask any payment gateway what type of digital record is created at the time of creating an installment agreement, and how will you access it? Need help to get compliant? Contact Christine Speedy to learn more about solutions for your business that are quick and easy to adopt, increasing efficiency and growing profits virtually overnight.

Dealership Post-Acquisition Standardization Cash Flow & Profits

Car, truck, and ag equipment dealership acquisitions by mega dealers are on a torrid pace. Cash-flow and profits are directly linked to standardization among locales. The right payment processing technology creates instant receivables financial transparency at headquarters regardless of varying dealer management software. heavy duty equipment credit card processingCloud-based payment processing is critical to financial transparency. For example, credit card processing terminals batched out individually means management has to wait for reports. A cloud solution, including payment gateway, can provide real-time insights by dealer location or any other number of data points.

Key payment gateway differences for dealership evaluation:

  • Real-time dashboard with drill down vs export reports to view (additional payment types not shown)dashboard net sales payment gateway report
  • Compliance with complex rules for rentals, preauthorizations, retail and card not present. How many merchant accounts needed to comply?
  • Compliance with October 2017 stored credentials mandates
  • Level 3 processing capabilities for commercial cards
  • EMV chip or EMV chip and pin
  • Push payment requests (collect remote payments before delivery) via text or email
  • Cardholder authentication (3-D Secure) for remote payments
  • Payment methods supported: cash, check, wire, credit card and other methods vs just credit cards provides significantly tighter controls and data insights

Dealers hesitant to replace desktop EMV chip terminals due to prior investments should bite the bullet. Better solutions to improve customer experience and back office efficiency will reduce ROI time for acquisitions.

ABOUT: Christine Speedy is a payment processing expert with deep experience in the multi-department needs of dealerships. Solutions empower CFO’s to achieve common customer satisfaction goals with tight financial controls, risk mitigation, and reduced PCI Compliance burden. Need standardization help? Call 954-942-0483 to learn more about solutions for your business that are quick and easy to adopt, increasing efficiency and growing profits virtually overnight.

 

New York credit card surcharge rules US Supreme Court Update

Can New York state general businesses surcharge credit cards? No, it’s illegal. The US Supreme Court recently ruled on credit card surcharge rules for class action lawsuit Expressions Hair Design, et al., Petitioners v. Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General of New York, et al. Judgement issued May 1 2017, sending the case back to lower court.

US Supreme Court History of case
https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docketfiles/15-1391.htm

EXPRESSIONS HAIR DESIGN v. SCHNEIDERMAN ( )
808 F. 3d 118, vacated and remanded. https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-1391

Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, NYS Attorney General oral arugments
https://lawaspect.com/case-expressions-hair-design-v-schneiderman/

EXPRESSIONS HAIR DESIGN LLC v. SCHNEIDERMAN, Decided: September 29, 2015
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-2nd-circuit/1714180.html

CardinalCommerce Wins Ohio Venture Association 2016 Venture of the Year Award

CardinalCommerce, a global leader in enabling authenticated payment transactions in the card-not-present payments industry, announced the company won the Ohio Venture Association 2016 Venture of the Year Award presented in Cleveland on June 9.

CardinalCommerce, a global leader in enabling authenticated payment transactions in the card-not-present payments industry, announced the company won the Ohio Venture Association 2016 Venture of the Year Award presented in Cleveland on June 9.

The Ohio Venture Association is a network of northeast Ohio business professionals dedicated to providing an atmosphere encouraging the exchange of ideas on entrepreneurship. The winning venture, selected by the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Venture Association, highlights successful entrepreneurial activity in Ohio.

Nominees included any company that has closed at least one round of professional capital during the previous calendar year or successfully exited via buyout or IPO. Cardinal was acquired by Visa earlier this year to help Visa’s clients and merchant partners accelerate digital commerce. The company continues to operate and serve all of its clients as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visa, and its authentication platform will continue to support a broad range of payment brands and partners across the industry.

“We are both proud and humbled that the Ohio Venture Association chose Cardinal for this award,” said Tim Sherwin, co-founder and CEO. “Our team is proud to be recognized for our dedication to fostering business growth in the community in which we operate.”

About CardinalCommerce
CardinalCommerce is a global leader in enabling authenticated payment transactions in the card-not-present payments industry. Through One Connection to the proprietary Cardinal SafeCloud, the company enables friction-free, technology-neutral authentication and alternative payment services (including digital wallets and mobile commerce services). Cardinal services, partners with and complements most providers in the marketplace to deliver their One Connection solution to secure transactions. In accommodating this growing number of payment brands and methods, Cardinal’s platforms serve as universal switches, supporting virtually all merchant platforms, wallets, legacy processing systems and authentication methodologies.

CardinalCommerce is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visa, and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Cardinal services a worldwide Customer base from facilities in the United States, Europe and Africa. For more information, visit http://www.cardinalcommerce.com.