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Merchants Generate More Revenue with CrossCheck’s Plus Sales Service

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 @ 07:54 AM

When merchants sell something, they expect to get paid in full right away in order to generate more revenue. They don’t expect to have the payment fail for one reason or another, and never get the money. This seems pretty obvious, but every payment system has failure points, except perhaps the Federal Reserve Wire Transfer system (and even this is not immune from fraud).

In this short piece, we will explore the concept of check guarantee, and how check guarantee providers manage their business to meet predictable targets for payment failure, salvage, and write-offs. Not every business is a candidate for check guarantee, but for those that are, such as car dealers and building supply companies, they can’t live without it!

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How Can Merchants Prevent Loss from Stop Payment Orders?

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Wed, Jul 03, 2019 @ 10:45 AM

If you are a merchant, there cannot be too many things that are more aggravating than getting a notice from your bank that you are not going to get paid because a customer put a stop payment on a check written to you.

Your first reaction would probably be surprise, then disappointment, and then anger. “How could they do this to me? … I gave them a good product at a good price and I provided good customer service too.”

As detailed below, there are legitimate reasons for requesting stop payments. On the other hand, writing a check and then stopping payment to avoid getting charged can be considered check fraud, which is a crime actionable at law. Before we get into all that, let’s look at how a merchant-customer relationship is supposed to work.

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Will Merchants Need to Accept Facebook’s New Libra Cryptocurrency?

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 @ 08:45 AM

Recently Facebook made a big announcement. They are launching their own currency, hoping to go live in the first half of 2020. Actually, it is a cryptocurrency called Libra. They are developing a digital wallet to take the currency, called Calibra.

Facebook says that their goal is to bring a new type of digital payment to anyone with a smartphone, which some people say is the functional equivalent of an online digital bank. You buy or cash out your Libra online or at a local exchange point, like a grocery store. You spend it using interoperable third-party wallet apps, or the Calibra wallet that is built into WhatsApp, Messenger, and its own app. The idea is that sending money to friends or paying for something at a merchant is just as easy as sending them a Facebook message.

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Are you a merchant with a returned check problem?

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 @ 11:59 AM

Returned checks have been a domestic problem ever since checks were introduced in the U.S. by Boston businessmen circa 1681. Solutions vary, including pitches for “free online check verification” or “how to verify funds on a check before it bounces.” The bottom line, however, is that free check verification is as much of a myth as the proverbial free lunch or snake-oil elixirs.

The cure, of course, is to contract a check verification and guarantee service provider.

Acknowledging this fact, there are four general types of merchants who have or need check processing services:

  1. Merchants with check verification or guarantee.
  2. Merchants who don’t have check processing services.
  3. Merchants who want to accept check payments.
  4. Merchants with a returned check problem.

Each of their stories is compelling, and each category has valid reasons for functioning with or without check processing services. The variables and outcomes are explored here.

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Check Payment Processing

Posted by Kyle Escamilla on Fri, May 24, 2019 @ 06:45 AM

Having the tools for check payment processing is critical for certain industries, especially those that specialize in B2B payments. Checks have been a commonly used payment method for many years. Even as credit card transactions grow more popular, checks continue to have prominence in retail markets.

The 2017 Diary of Consumer Payment Choices report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta states that consumers tend to use "electronic payments and checks for high-value transactions." Additionally, according to an October 2018 Webinar by PYMNTS.COM, 64 percent of B2B payments are still made by using paper checks.

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Check Verification Machines

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, May 22, 2019 @ 02:14 PM

“For every check there is a reason, and a time to every purpose under heaven” — not exactly the King James version of Ecclesiastes 3:1, but certainly relevant to the subject of check verification machines.

Play along s'il vous plaît.

Check verification machines are what merchants use to determine whether or not a specific check is recommended by a check guarantee company such as CrossCheck.

All check processing machines — including check verification machines — became necessary after the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (Check 21) went into effect in 2004. Check 21 allows banks to process checks electronically instead of exchanging traditional paper versions with other financial institutions via nightly air service.

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Instant Check Verification

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, May 13, 2019 @ 10:45 AM

A lot can happen in an instant. For example, there is instant change, instant credit, instant gratification, instant mashed potatoes, and naturally, instant check verification.

Dictionary.com says the adjective instant is defined as “succeeding without any interval of time; prompt; immediate.” No argument here.

Instant check verification is paramount to many U.S. merchants though some would argue that instant coffee tops the list. Nevertheless, all would agree that the two most important factors are succeeding in an instant.

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Check Guarantee Services

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Thu, May 09, 2019 @ 08:45 AM

Paper checks and check guarantee services are like everyday things that keep running and running: the iconic rabbit from the battery commercials, the backup fridge in the garage, the commuter car from way back when, and the guy in the movie named after a bunch of trees. Despite Fintechs saying they are "old and in the way," traditional checks keep millions of American businesses running and running.

Furthermore, a few financial prognosticators also predicted checks were going to be obsolete decades ago. Nevertheless, paper checks continue to prevail. As a famous author once said, “the rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated.”

Why do checks keep running and running, and what role do check guarantee services play in their success?

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Check Guarantee Companies

Posted by Kyle Escamilla on Mon, May 06, 2019 @ 07:45 AM

Since checks are still a popular form of consumer payment, refusing them all together may be cutting out a slice of the proverbial pie ― a slice of profits that is. Additionally, checks are more cost effective for merchants with low profit margins when compared to the high cost of card processing fees. By accepting checks, however, merchants run the risk of having checks returned which equates to money lost. Every bit of revenue counts when running a business, so returned checks are not anyone’s cup of tea. This is where check guarantee companies come into play.

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CrossCheck Hosts Company Update & Employee Recognition Awards

Posted by Harrison Friedes on Fri, Mar 01, 2019 @ 10:15 AM

CrossCheck presented its Company Update & 2018 Employee Recognition Award Ceremony on Feb. 27 at the headquarters in Petaluma with staff from the Irving, Texas Telesales office attending via conference video feed.

The event looked back on the previous calendar year, addressed 2019 projections and growth, and recognized employees with awards and prizes for their achievements and efforts. The presentation was followed by separate group luncheons in Petaluma and Irving.

Spirits were high as employees received an inspirational introduction by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office Chris Schumacher, who began with the company update.

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