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Small Business Center

Online Payment Solutions for Businesses

By Jeff Merkel on Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 has disrupted traditional retail businesses across all industries. Currently, business owners across the globe are working hard to find creative ways to execute their business continuity plans to keep revenue flowing into their business.

Inside Helcim

Helcim Continues to Find Success in Calgary

By Jeff Merkel on Nov 5, 2019

Each of these awards reminds us of how many great and innovative entrepreneurs there are in Calgary, and in Canada, working hard to provide better products and services to their customers.

Inside Helcim

New Helcim User Interface

By Jeff Merkel on Sep 1, 2019

In mid-September, we released a new UI (user interface) and a major user experience upgrade to our merchants.

Small Business Center

How Online Payments Can Benefit Small Businesses

By Jeff Merkel on Aug 2, 2019

Businesses of all sizes can benefit from offering online payment options for their customers

Payments News

Are Credit Card Signatures Becoming a Thing of the Past?

By Jeff Merkel on May 3, 2019

Amex, Mastercard, and Discover have all stated that merchants can stop requesting signatures as of April 13th, and Visa is expected to follow suit shortly. The change applies to customers in multiple countries depending on the card brand.

Payments News

Terminal Update Gives US Merchants Lower Debit Processing Rates

By Jeff Merkel on Apr 26, 2019

Helcim’s partner bank Elavon has issued a software update so that when terminals detect a debit card, the terminal will auto-select the debit network.

Small Business Center

Payment Tools Retail Merchants Often Overlook

By Jeff Merkel on Apr 5, 2019

With today’s technology, businesses of any size are now able to access innovative tools that used to only be available for large enterprise size businesses with bloated budgets. While you may have just needed to accept card payments initially, there is a whole host of options that are opened up to you once you sign up for a merchant account that can really help you save time.

Small Business Center

Mobile Commerce Considerations for Your Business

By Jeff Merkel on Mar 22, 2019

Mobile commerce, or mcommerce, refers to payments made using smartphones or tablets, and it is the natural progression of ecommerce as more and more consumers have access to mobile devices.

Inside Helcim

Merchants of Helcim – Zoran Dobric

By Jeff Merkel on Feb 28, 2019

To reach more customers across Canada and abroad, Zoran uses Helcim for his online store and ecommerce sales. As a niche designer, the ability to reach more customers in different regions and countries is very beneficial for Zoran and allows him to expand his customer base beyond just his local hub. He describes Helcim’s online store as being amazingly easy to use and that the sleek aesthetic aligns well with his fashion brand.

Understanding Payments

Interchange Plus Pricing Explained

By Jeff Merkel on Feb 7, 2019

In interchange plus pricing, the merchant passes on the fluctuating interchange rates to the merchant, while their margin fee will be charged on top as a consistent, set rate for each transaction.

Choosing a Payment Processor

Don’t Overpay for Credit Card Processing

By Jeff Merkel on Jan 31, 2019

You can help save your business money before you even sign up with a processor by doing your research and shopping around for a payment provider armed with the knowledge of what to look for with regard to processing rates and fees.

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