The Merchant Processing Guru Tip#19 Continued: The Players in the Credit Card Processing Industry.
To be approved to accept credit cards a merchant will approach a “Member Service Provider” or MSP who are approved & registered entities with Visa & MasterCard to offer processing services. Behind them is the “Acquirer” or “Acquiring bank”. The Merchant Acquirer basically coordinates the flow of information and money between the different players, namely the cardholder and their bank and the merchant and their bank. On the front end they use a “payment network” to processes the individual transactions between the cardholder and the merchant (also known as a payment platform). I will get into the actual flow of the transaction in a later post. On the back end network they settle the transactions into a lump sum to be deposited into the merchants account. This is referred to a settlement or batch. A card issuer cannot be an acquirer even though they are both banks, This is why you cannot go “direct” with your bank! This is also how the two separate interests of the cardholder and the merchant are kept apart.
Where do I fit into all this? I represent the Merchant and the Member Service Provider. I am a merchant advocate and it is my job is to make sure that you have the right solution for your particular business needs and to represent you in a dispute between you and the MSP. This is not to be confused with a dispute between you and the cardholder, that is the MSP who then represents you.
Russell Harverson has over 6 years experience in the card processing industry and has build a reputation for “being there” for all his merchants! His goal is to provide you with the right, cost effective processing solution for your individual business needs, no matter how large, small or different, he has done it all. He is your Guru of the Merchant Processing industry, shedding light on the credit card processing industry. To contact him via email [email protected]
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