• 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Credit Card Acceptance

    Whether you own a small business or manage a large distribution center, accepting credit cards can benefit your business substantially, not only by boosting your sales but also by alleviating your workload. If you haven’t already begun to accept credit cards at your business, you may be inhibiting your company’s potential for growth. Listed below are just a few of the reasons credit card acceptance is vital for any business:

    1. Boost sales and increase average ticket size

    Studies show that consumers tend to spend more with credit cards than they do with cash. When a customer pays with cash, he has to forfeit something tangible; paying with a credit card reduces the mental burden of payment because the customer doesn’t physically part with any of his money. This sense of greater financial freedom, however misguided, contributes to larger average tickets and greater sales overall.


    2. Business owners can save money by accepting credit cards

    Contrary to popular belief, accepting credit cards can actually save your business money. Some merchants reason that the per-transaction cost of accepting cards for payment isn’t worth paying; however, that cost is quite often offset by increased revenue. By accepting credit cards, you open your business to increased sales since consumers tend to spend more with credit cards than they would with cash. As well, you will probably garner more sales from the population of cardholders who prefer to use credit cards for any number of reasons.

    3. Consumers demand that businesses accept cards

    There are plenty of reasons why consumers would prefer to pay with credit over cash. Credit cards are convenient and often rewarding, as many creditors offer gifts such as cash-back deals or airfare as incentives for making payments with their cards. These incentives have driven up the demand for credit card acceptance substantially on a general level. If your customer wants to pay with plastic, but you don’t accept credit cards for payment, your customer may very well give his business to a vendor that will do so.

    4. Speed up receivables and get immediate cash flow

    Business owners who rely on payment terms such as net 30/60 can speed up receivables by accepting credit cards. Credit cards allow your customers to completely pay off invoices so that there is no lingering debt between you and your consumer; instead, the consumer pays the credit card company or bank. Credit card acceptance therefore not only speeds up receivables, but also provides immediate cash flow that can be used to maintain the health of your business.

    5. Integrated payment solutions streamline a normally tedious procedure

    Some merchant service providers offer integrated payment solutions – credit card processing services integrated into accounting software. This means that you can process payments directly inside of your accounting system, and your system automatically applies those payments to your invoices. This completely eliminates the traditional double entry routine of processing transactions and manually marking invoices as paid, manually balancing your general ledger, and manually updating your inventory.

    6. Easily service repeat customers with an integration or virtual gateway

    Unlike cash and checks, accepting credit cards gives merchants the option to conveniently service repeat customers, either with a direct accounting system integration or a virtual gateway. In both cases, you can use your system or gateway to securely store, recall, and manage data for repeat customers.

    7. Schedule future/recurring charges, and guarantee that you will be paid on a given date

    Most accounting systems or virtual gateways also allow users to schedule recurring charges (e.g. for monthly subscriptions or recurring parts deliveries). This can save valuable time spent on labor and ultimately save your company a good deal of money.

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    This blog was brought to you by Janice Lee. Janice is a PR/communication specialist at Century Business Solutions. Century Business provides cutting-edge payment processing technologies that saves merchants time and money. Century Business Solutions is a registered ISO/MSP of Wells Fargo Bank, and is also a First Data partner.

  • 25+ Creative Examples of Parallax Scrolling in Website Design

    Parallax scrolling is a special scrolling technique different layers of a webpage move across the screen at different speeds as the user scrolls down or up. This technique allows the websites to be a single page. Here’s a collection of innovative websites using parallax scrolling for inspiration.


  • Mobile Site or Responsive? Make up your mind Google – SEO Video

    Hi and welcome to this week SEO video blog, recently James and the development team have been covering responsive web design and considering both usability and SEO. With 33% of all searches now conducted on mobile devices and search behaviours now similar to desktop, we need to consider a dedicated strategy for your mobile audience.

    The development team at Creare have been refining our techniques to ensure we can provide a solution for our clients that will delivery content for mobile, tablet and desktop users in the most effective way, check out our youtube channel for more info on responsive design good practice @ /crearegroup.

    Supporting this Google have recently created a page on ‘building mobile optimised websites’ on their developer support website, we have linked this from the supporting blog and it makes a clear statement


  • Magento 1.5 mage command-line

    Magento 1.5 has moved the built-in downloader away from the original PEAR-architecture towards their own: Instead of working with PEAR-packages, third party extensions are now installed through a specific Magento format, and the Magento application ships with a new script mage to deal with this. This blog gives you an introduction on what the tool can do for you.


  • Grab your First Item in Collections By: Robert Kent

    Here is a useful tip for those of you who work with Magento Collections. Have you ever wanted to get just one result when you are performing a collection query? Well there’s a very simple command at the end that will grab your item for you – so you don’t need to perform $collection[0] or any such nonsense.

    First of all perform your normal collection query – something like the following:


  • Building your team By J.D. Hildebrand

    I have occasionally used this modest soapbox to warn against our industry’s common but dangerous lionization of super-programmers. It turns out the oft-cited research supporting the belief that some programmers function at the 10x level is not nearly as convincing as most of us believe – but more about that in a future post. Today, I want to talk about hiring.

    You are forgiven for being surprised. Yes, I have said that you can coax superior results out of any team with the right management practices, techniques, and tools. It’s true that you can do more to improve your team’s productivity by enhancing your work environment than by finding and hiring so-called super-programmers. Cultivating shared vision will transform your workplace in extraordinary ways and productivity will soar.

    But that doesn’t mean you should hire developers by shuffling CVs and drawing a candidate’s name at random. It is possible to improve the recruitment process and make more successful hires. Here’s what I recommend.


  • Microsoft sends Engineers to Schools

    By NICK WINGFIELD for the New York Times

    Leandre Nsabi, a senior at Rainier Beach High School here, received some bluntly practical advice from an instructor recently.

    “My teacher said there’s a lot of money to be made in computer science,” Leandre said. “It could be really helpful in the future.”

    That teacher, Steven Edouard, knows a few things about the subject. When he is not volunteering as a computer science instructor four days a week, Mr. Edouard works at Microsoft. He is one of 110 engineers from high-tech companies who are part of a Microsoft program aimed at getting high school students hooked on computer science, so they go on to pursue careers in the field.

    In doing so, Microsoft is taking an unusual approach to tackling a shortage of computer science graduates — one of the most serious issues facing the technology industry, and a broader challenge for the nation’s economy. There are likely to be 150,000 computing jobs opening up each year through 2020, according to an analysis of federal forecasts by the Association for Computing Machinery, a professional society for computing researchers. But despite the hoopla around start-up celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, fewer than 14,000 American students received undergraduate degrees in computer science last year, the Computing Research Association estimates. And the wider job market remains weak.

    “People can’t get jobs, and we have jobs that can’t be filled,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel who oversees its philanthropic efforts, said in a recent interview.

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