Augusta, Maine (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
As technology continues to innovate the way Maine merchants conduct their business, it is important for them to ensure they are up to date with the latest advances to offer their customers. Merchant Data Systems, a leader in credit card processing companies, is currently extending their services to focus on the state of Maine in the introduction of innovative credit card machines to help Maine merchants keep up with the competition.
Many in the area have procrastinated the implementation of Maine merchant services. Especially business owners who have operated in local communities for decades, it is sometimes difficult to adapt to these types of changes. While the reasons are understandable, failure to accept credit cards can be a crucial mistake.
An increasing number of Maine consumers are turning to the use of credit cards as their primary source of payment. Not only does it provide them with easy tracking of their finances, but it is also a safe alternative to cash; in the event their card is lost or stolen, they can simply cancel the card and any fraudulent charges will not be counted against them.
When a consumer enters a store with the intent of making a purchase with their credit card only to find out their card is not accepted, they can become frustrated. While it is possible for them to visit an ATM machine to withdraw cash to complete the transaction, this normally results in a fee charged by the financial institution for using their equipment for the withdraw. The consumer is more likely to take their business elsewhere.
Merchant Data Systems has the experience necessary to work with merchants to help them find the credit card merchant account that is right for them. From start to finish, they can help those who are hesitant to find a payment gateway that is convenient for them to use. They will also ensure that the business owner and their employees understand how to operate their new payment processing machine.
Most Maine businesses do have a way to process credit cards; however, new advances has made the process more convenient, and an upgrade could add conveniences that could help the business prosper. For example, there are now ways to accept credit card payments away from the physical store location.
Through the use of a mobile credit card processing gateway, the merchant can take a payment anywhere they find themselves engaging in business. This can prove beneficial in scores of scenarios. Trade shows can become more than just a way to promote name recognition; merchants can make credit card sales during the show. They must simply carry a lightweight, easy to transport credit card processor.
For those who do not like the idea of carrying a mobile credit card processor, technology has made even further advancements. Those who own a smartphone can now conveniently take a credit card payment over their phone. By simply pressing a few buttons on a device that is normally carried anyway, transactions can quickly and easily be processed.
The Internet has largely changed the way Maine merchants do business. While just a few decades ago the merchant only had to compete with area businesses, they now have to compete with the world as a growing number of consumers are turning to the conveniences of doing their shopping online.
Most merchants have created their online presence by creating a website to offer their customers information they can access anytime, but those who have not yet added an online merchant account to their site are actually losing hundreds of dollars in revenue. When a customer visits a retailer website, they are often in the market to conduct business and often have their credit card handy to complete the transaction. When they come to a Maine merchant website and are pleased with the product or service made available, they are often disappointed when the transaction cannot be made immediately.
Our society has become one in which instant gratification is expected. Customers will normally visit a website that does accept online payments to procure the product or service they desire, and the Maine merchant loses money. Merchant Data Systems can assist the merchant through the process of adding the ability for them to accept credit cards on their website. Once completed, the merchant will have the ability to make money at all hours of the day or night as people from around the world shop on their online store.
Merchant Data Systems has also recognized another conflict that has negatively impacted many Maine merchants. While most consumers have transitioned to the use of more moderns payment options, there are still some who prefer the use of checks; however, a growing number of businesses will no longer accept this form of payment. The risk of insufficient funds is too high, and merchants do not appreciate having to go through the legal system to receive the payment they are entitled to.
To solve this problem and satisfy all parties, Merchant Data Systems can install an electronic check processor. By simply reading the account and routing number on the check, the processor can instantly transfer the funds and process the check much like would be done through the use of a debit card.
Main merchants who have not yet implemented a merchant account or wish to improve their current system have a new option. As Merchant Data Systems expands their services in the area, they can serve the unique needs of any industry.