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Malfunctioning equipment is a major pain point for merchants. It can lead to frustrated customers, lost sales, and unnecessary down time. If your business runs on the Square app, terminal, or register, you’ve likely come across many error codes and error messages and had to troubleshoot on the fly. This article looks at three of Square’s products and services and how to troubleshoot some of the most common issues.
The buy now, pay later (BNPL) landscape is getting interesting. Amazon recently announced that it’s teaming up with Affirm to allow customers to pay for purchases with installments. Affirm’s stock popped, as might be expected, nearly doubling from early-summer lows. Future cash flows for the company are looking quite rosy indeed.
It looks like there’s going to be an unwelcome guest at this year’s holiday party: supply chain mayhem. The year’s busiest shopping season is fast approaching, and COVID-19–related supply chain disruptions are poised to play Grinch. Retailers are struggling to get stock on the shelves, and consumers have been advised to start their Christmas shopping early. Here’s a look at the situation (and how merchants can make the most of it).
It’s easy enough to say we never truly know what the future holds. And to be honest, putting it that way somehow takes the pressure down a notch (que sera, sera, right?). What’s difficult is remembering this adage when faced with things like uncertainty, isolation, anxiety, and depression, not to mention illness, death, unemployment, evictions, political and racial unrest, and increases in domestic abuse and suicide – basically everything we’ve been facing these past 19 months. Any one of these alone would affect our mental and emotional well-being, and last year many of us suddenly faced some, most, or even all of them, provoking unprecedented stress.
If you’re a merchant with a POS system, you’re likely familiar with “batching out” your transactions at the end of the day. This article offers a brief overview of batches and settlements and how they pertain to your business. For specific instructions on batching out credit card machines, Sekure discusses them here.