Top Payment Processing Trends to Watch in 2023
September 6, 2022
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There’s no way to understate it: the pandemic upended many things, including consumers’ spending habits. In the wake of the pandemic, contactless spending emerged as one of the strongest consumer tech winners.
Growing businesses need to become familiar with credit processing basics. They need to understand the differences between front-end processing, which authorizes transactions directly with banks and card companies, and back-end processing, which accepts transaction payments and transfers the funds to the proper bank.
Expect a focus on enhanced security without sacrificing ease of use. Here’s a look at the emerging payment trends for the coming year.
Mobile payment options, such as Apple Pay, were available before the pandemic. But with a public averse to carrying cash or letting other people handle their credit cards, mobile payments, made via phones and smartwatches, finally stepped into the mainstream.
Given the widespread adoption of mobile wallets, consumers expect contactless options even at the smallest local stores and for purchases as small as a single cup of coffee.
BNPL: Buy Now, Pay Later
There’s a new alternative to using credit cards. The “Buy Now, Pay Later” option is popping up in stores across industries, from beauty to tech, for purchases from big-ticket items to individual tubes of lipstick. Rather than pay at once with a credit card, the “Pay Later” option allows consumers to own the product right away but pay the merchant, via a third party, in small monthly increments.
With the rise of mobile banking, expect an increase in the attention paid to security. With the sophistication of new payment technologies, there is often a link to sensitive personal data, such as biometric information, spending habits, and other identifying details. Businesses should anticipate consumer questions about how data is aggregated and kept and remain vigilant against hacking or other fraud attempts.
NFC – One Tap Transactions
Near Field Communication (or NFC) is the technology that powers transactions like Apple Pay and Google Pay. NFC allows a transaction to be completed within very short distances, using phones or cards with chips. Because the transaction is encrypted, and credit cards are not swiped at a card reader, NFC is considered a more secure form of payment over traditional swipe credit card terminals.
Technology and consumer spending are moving faster than ever into the virtual realm. As the work-from-home movement continues to grow, it will place additional importance on the ability of business owners and leaders to utilize tools and technology to remain productive in times of remote accessibility. Any business handling money will also need a robust cybersecurity program to protect themselves and their consumers. The days of the simple cash register are long over.
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Originally Published December 28, 2020 | Updated September 6, 2022