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Four Views on Retail, Ecommerce Entering 2021

| Mike O'Brien

You may have read somewhere that 2020 was an extremely disruptive year in every aspect of the retail industry. Ecommerce, already on a rapid trajectory, took off into the stratosphere as consumer flocked online. To take a look into what we can expect in 2021, four experts offer their views and some bold predictions.

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Payment Gateways 101: Examples, Benefits and Drawbacks

| Burkhard Berger

If you’re selling anything online, odds are that part of your sales funnel is dependent on a payment gateway of some sort to accept payments through a bank card or third-party service. Here’s a primer on who the major providers are, types of payment gateways, what they do and how they work and their pluses and minuses.

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AI Can Resolve Chargeback Challenges for Merchants, Banks

| Monica Eaton-Cardone

One key reason friendly fraud is such a problem is that merchants and banks lack the capacity to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate dispute claims. AI-based tools sending transaction data would allow for more accurate analysis of industry trends and consumer preferences, freeing up resources and reducing overhead.

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Digital Payments in 2020: Remote Ordering and Managing Risk

| Monica Eaton-Cardone

As COVID-19 continues to impact the market, we’ve seen a massive shift toward ecommerce. The rise in contactless payment as a result of the coronavirus has been a key trend. Consumers are adopting options like mobile ordering and in-store pickup at an astonishing rate. Learn about best practices to address fraud risks.

Visa Swipe Fees Going Up for Ecommerce, Down in Grocery Stores

| Douglas P. Clement

Visa plans significant changes to rates merchants pay each time a consumer makes a purchase with its cards, Bloomberg reported, both online and in store, citing a document Visa sent to banks. According to Bloomberg, brands can expect to pay more for ecommerce transactions, while fees in grocery stores will decline.

Amazon Pursuing Pay-With-Your-Hand Biometric Checkout Technology

| Douglas P. Clement

Amazon’s latest expansion into the consumer biosphere will enable brick-and-mortar shoppers to pay for purchases with a mere wave – or scan – of their hand. The Wall Street Journal said Amazon is creating a system of hand-scanning terminals for retailers, with a focus on venues like coffee shops with lots of return customers.

New Decade, New Risks: Addressing Emerging Ecommerce Payment Fraud

| Monica Eaton-Cardone

It’s near impossible to keep up with the pace of change in ecommerce payment. That’s a problem, because fast-paced innovation inevitably leads to vulnerabilities. Without the right approach, revolutionary profit opportunities could fall victim to advanced ecommerce payment fraud threats. A multilayered, strategy is needed.

Payoneer Acquiring Digital Payment Platform optile

| Douglas P. Clement

Digital payment platform startup Payoneer, which is doing battle with PayPal and other major players, is acquiring Munich-based optile, a tech firm that streamlines the payment acceptance process for merchants. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.