Challenges and Opportunities for Payment Gateway Integration

by Sahil Verma SIFIPAY

"Money doesn't grow on trees," your parents used to say whenever you begged for the latest and greatest toy or piece of clothing. This old adage is undoubtedly still true now that you own a business. In this day and age, incorporating an online payment gateway into your business is a must because it is a critical means of bringing additional customer dollars into your hands.

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What is a payment gateway?

The gap between the money in your potential customer's pocket and the money in your merchant account can be quite large. Fortunately, the best online payment gateway is available to assist. It serves as an indispensable middleman, facilitating the transaction between buyer and seller in a safe and seamless manner.

Having said that, a gateway is much more than a mindless connector. Not only does it make the purchasing process easier, but it also keeps sensitive cardholder data secure and hidden from potential hackers and identity thieves. In reality, when you sign up for a gateway service, you are paying for this additional insurance and safeguarding.

The functions of a gateway

Although your gateway is not as large as those old-school stationary countertop units, it packs a powerful punch. Among its functions are the following:

  • All parties involved in the payment process, including the buyer's and seller's banks, the acquiring bank, and the payment issuer, are linked.

  • Authenticates payment information provided by the customer while also looking for red flags that could indicate fraud.

  • Acts as a quality assurance officer to ensure that customer payment details are correct and that the transaction is authorized by the issuing bank after validation. It also allows the acquiring bank to transfer the payment amount to the seller's bank while ensuring that all aspects of the transaction are completed on time.

  • Secures data by using tokenization and encryption, safely transmitting data, and adhering to Payment Card Industry data security standards (PCI DSS).

  • Smooth and streamlines the entire payment process, allowing you to realistically expect to receive your funds within a few days, if not sooner.

  • Protects you as the merchant from the risk of having direct contact with your customers' sensitive payment information.

Furthermore, your gateway keeps an accurate record of all transaction details. As a business owner, having an up-to-date record of all payment-related information is critical, especially if a charge is disputed or when tax season arrives.

The payment process explained

When a buyer decides to part with their hard-earned money to purchase your products or services, only a few seconds pass between the time the card and customer information are entered and the "purchase" button is pressed. Following that, a confirmation email arrives within seconds. However, a lot happens in those intervening moments. Here's a quick overview of what happens when you accept online payment:

  • The buyer selects what they wish to purchase.

  • The customer enters their payment information, which is encrypted and sent to your server.

  • Your server combines the transaction details with the customer's IP address and attaches a digital certificate to validate your and your gateway's identities. The completed digital order is then encrypted once more and sent on its way.

  • Following the authentication of your store's identity, the gateway presents the customer with a number of payment options.

  • Following the customer's selection, the information is forwarded to the acquiring bank (for card payments) or the issuing bank (for alternative payments).

  • The issuing bank ensures that the payment amount does not exceed the credit limit of the customer. The acquiring bank then sends the appropriate confirmation or declination code to the gateway.

  • The response is sent by the gateway to both the merchant and the seller.

  • The issuing bank clears the authorization and settles the transaction with the acquiring bank for card transactions.

Given the complexity and number of steps in even the most basic payment process, it makes sense to have a dependable gateway act as your middleman.

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What a gateway can bring to your business

In many ways, the internet is still a dangerous place where criminals roam. Fortunately, you can avoid many of these pitfalls by using a gateway. It employs the following cutting-edge technologies:

  • Secure Socket Layer (SSL), a protocol used to encrypt all online transactions.

  • Data Security Standards for the Payment Card Industry Adhering to these protocols (known as PCI compliance) is required for your gateway provider and helps to ensure that the data you store and transmit is always secure.

  • Tokenization is used to replace sensitive personal information from customers with a randomized series of characters that are stored on the gateway provider's server for one-time use.

  • 3-D Secure is an extra security layer that requires your customer to create a password for each card they use for each transaction.

  • Anti-fraud tools that confirm a customer's identity, such as Address Verification System (AVS), IP checks, geolocation, and so on.

Furthermore, today's gateways are simple to set up and use, support multiple currencies and are affordable for businesses of all sizes.

Challenges you may face

When it comes to gateways, the most pressing concern is determining which one will best meet your needs. Because competition is fierce in this market, you should carefully consider your options. The following criteria can be useful:

  • Is it easy to set up and cancel?

  • Determine all costs, including setup, processing, registration, chargeback, and currency conversion fees, as well as monthly rates and limits.

  • Choose between hosted and non-hosted/integrated services. In other words, are you okay with redirecting your customers to another site to make payments, or would you prefer to handle everything from your purchasing page?

  • How effective, accessible, and efficient is customer service?

  • If you decide to switch to a different gateway product, you should inquire about data portability.

  • What are the average transaction success and failure rates?

  • How long will it take for funds to be deposited into your merchant account after all fees have been deducted?

  • Does the gateway you're thinking about have a good track record for dependability and quick recovery from downtime?

  • You'll want a PCI-compliant gateway with tokenization and encryption, as well as robust fraud detection tools built right into the system.

  • Inquire about the ability to accept recurring payments, which you may require now or in the future.

  • Can you personalize the checkout experience for your customers so that it reflects your brand?

  • Is the gateway compatible with multiple currencies? Look for a provider that offers Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC), which automatically converts the charged amount to the customer's preferred currency on the checkout page if you do business internationally.

  • Finally, you'll want a gateway that provides you with access to all of the analytics-based reports you require, such as daily transactions, settlements, failed transactions, and so on.

Don't be alarmed if this list of requirements seems interminable. Take some time to consider the nature of your company, the products it sells, and the customers it serves. It will be much easier to determine your priorities when selecting your gateway after this period of self-examination.

As you can see, the gateway serves as an important conduit for all financial transactions between you and your customers. When you select your gateway product wisely, it can benefit both you and your buyers in a variety of ways, making the payment process safe, fast, dependable, and even customizable. There's no telling how far you can take your business with the right gateway on your side.

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