E-commerce tips and tricks: August 2017

Each month we scan the web for unique links that might be of interest not only to our high-risk clients but to anyone selling on the internet. Below is this month’s batch of curated tips and tricks!

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Green coffee beans: High-risk industry update

Green coffee bean based weight loss products are a specialty supplement and sales have been blowing up in recent years, especially since being mentioned on a certain “Dr O” show for having weight-loss benefits. We try to keep an eye on the market as it is one of the high-risk categories we assist in terms of payment gateways and merchant account recommendations. Many new merchants have taken to sell green coffee beans in their e-commerce web stores, but where does the future of the market lie?

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Current events: Bitcoin and the split

Recently there was a major change in the largest crypto-currency, Bitcoin. Due to disagreements over transaction speed vs. security the digital currency has split in two, with Bitcoin staying as it is, and Bitcoin Cash moving forward with a desire to increase transaction speed. Both are now live, which has begun to affect the value of both Bitcoin and its top competitor Etherium. The value of Etherium has seen its value increase with the uncertainty of its more popular rival.

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Automotive parts and e-commerce: What’s the future?

Research released on auto parts and e-commerce

If you sell automotive products online or are interested in doing so, you will definitely want to read this report from Orbis on the future of the business. The report includes the current status of the industry and predicts the progress over the next 5 years. It includes reports on the players in the industry and focuses on both the U.S. market and the Global market, giving you incredible insight into a lucrative industry. Projections show the industry is poised for serious growth over the next half decade, and that US based e-commerce players are positioned to enjoy a healthy share of that growth. Read the Reuters article to learn more or go directly to the Orbis Research report.

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How to find clear info on Authorize.Net and TLS 1.0 & 1.1

This post was originally published on June 19th, 2017 but was updated with new information.

E-commerce security encryption changes: PCI mandate to retire TLS 1.0 and 1.1

As a service to all our customers -past, present, and future, we like to make sure you are ready for some important changes in the industry. TLS 1.0, this is an issue that is likely to affect many e-commerce businesses if they don’t take care of it before it becomes an issue. So what’s the problem? Internet encryption. If you have been on the web and have done any work on your site you are probably familiar with SSL (Secure Socket Layer). If you are in the e-commerce industry, you should remember that basic SSL became in many ways obsolete after a fundamental flaw was discovered in its core programming. This flaw made the previously powerful internet security tool all but useless for e-commerce depending on the application as it was no longer a secure method of encryption. Basic SSL support was discontinued after June 30th of 2016, forcing every reputable card processor and payment gateway to adopt TLS 1.0 or 1.1.

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Merchant account options for trial offers still exist

There are still payment gateway and processing options available to these particular high risk merchants who use this model but the options are limited, and providers (especially those ... which providers are still open to working with quality trial merchants? - - -

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High-risk payment gateways for OpenCart

Accept credit cards for your high-risk OpenCart business 

Credit card processing is essential to any e-commerce site. For vape and e-liquid merchants, FFL dealers, online premium cigar sites, supplement marketers, ammunition e-commerce sites and other high-risk industries it is an even more important decision to make. OpenCart connects to NMI, ePN, and high-risk Authorize.Net, 3 of our favorite payment gateways that all allow us to make specific merchant account recommendations and ensure that your high-risk payment gateway is paired up with a high-risk merchant account on the back end. (This is essential, otherwise, you may be declined or shut off which is common when new high-risk merchants apply for processing directly on payment gateway website).

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Tips and Tricks: WordPress!

A plurality of our high-risk e-commerce clients use WordPress as their web design platform, and the majority of those merchants use a tested, reliable e-commerce plugin like WooCommerce. Note: If you are unfamiliar, high-risk refers to industries like vape, FFL, online cigar sales etc. The ability of WordPress and WooCommerce to integrate to any number of high-risk friendly gateways like NMI, ePN or, when set up with the correct processor on the back end, Authorize.Net – makes WordPress a great choice for high-risk e-commerce warriors. Because so many of our clients use WordPress for their e-commerce businesses we wanted to give you some tips and tricks that might your make life a bit easier.

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Is US to Canada e-commerce about to get easier?

When a relevant news story comes around we like to make sure our customers get wind of it sooner than later, and this story could certainly benefit our American based e-commerce clients. The Canadian government allows retail goods that cost less than $20 to cross the border tax and duty-free, recently a push has been made to increase that limit to $800, as the limit has been in place for decades and its value has been decreased by inflation and other factors. Many big e-commerce companies are pushing for the change to go through, but there are many in Canada that worry about the affect it will have on their retail businesses. 50,000 Canadian eBay users have written letters to the Canadian Finance Minister urging him to approve the increase. Currently, Canadian customers can be charged as much as 35% in fees for imported consumer goods.

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Loaded Commerce: high-risk friendly payment options

Great e-commerce software for any online business

There are many different software suites out there for various online businesses. Whether you are in a low-risk industry like home goods – or a high-risk industry like online firearms, vape and electronic cigarettes, online wine and spirits, or premium cigars. Loaded Commerce is a powerful tool no matter what type of online business you are in, which is why we make a real effort to help Loaded Commerce retailers like you find a perfect payment gateway and merchant account. For smaller low-risk businesses, it comes with payment a feature built in, but for those who are ready for the big bucks, it is also compatible with all the major payment gateways such as Authorize.Net and NMI. High-risk merchants need to ensure their payment gateway is connected to a high-risk friendly processor, so if that sounds like you, please contact us for a recommendation. Loaded Commerce comes in three different packages so you can choose the best bundle for your needs. There isn’t much that Loaded Commerce doesn’t do.

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P.S. We're happy to help even if you just have a quick question - even if you are "not ready yet" and just want a little free advice. We regularly earn clients' business years after we first speak.

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