Guest Post: First Data Merchant Solutions
Nowadays it’s so simple and affordable to create a website that no business should be without one. The same is true of accepting online payments. You can accept card payments through your website quickly and easily without the need to invest in expensive software or IT development.
Raj Sond, General Manager, First Data Merchant Solutions, which provides special rates for card services to ShopIntegrator members, explains how online payments can help drive business.
“Accepting payments online could dramatically increase sales and help you capture a share of the expanding online market in the UK and overseas“, said Raj.
Business and technology consultancy Capgemini is predicting that online retail sales in the UK will increase by approximately 12% this year to £87 billion. And according to a report by professional services firm PwC, 80% of global respondents researched a product online before they bought it, with the convenience of shopping anytime, anywhere the top reason given for shopping online.
Raj continued: “There is a range of eCommerce solutions available, whether you are a start-up or an established business. These provide user-friendly and secure web pages to process card payments and security features to help protect you and your customers from fraud. You can also take advantage of accounting features and can automate deferred and recurring payments.
“We offer a range of online card processing solutions that are simple to set up and use. For example, Connect is our fastest and simplest route to online card acceptance. This directs customers to our secure payment page when they are ready to complete their purchase. They simply enter their card details on the ready-made form, which can be branded with your logo. The customer is then returned to your web page when the purchase is complete.”
“A range of shopping cart plug-ins are available for Connect. These allow your customers to select items from your online store and, upon checkout, the software calculates the total including delivery charges and taxes.”
For advice and information on the range of eCommerce tools available, please visit First Data Merchant Solutions.
First Data Europe Limited is authorised by the UK Financial Conduct Authority under the Payment Service Regulations 2009 for the provision of payment services (FCA register No. 582703).