The fees associated with accepting credit cards are a part of doing business, but it is possible to reduce the impact of these cost through Level 2 and Level 3 payment processing.
Most merchants collect Level 1 data, which is very basic information about the transaction such as sale date and amount. Level 2 and Level 3 require the merchant to collect more detailed information from the transaction.
If you are a Business to Consumer (B2C) business, you are most likely processing payments at Level 1. This means you collect a minimal amount of information about the transaction and pay a higher interchange fee.
Business to Business (B2B) merchants that serve small or mid-size companies often collect more transactional information with Level 2 processing. B2B companies that cater to larger corporations, enterprise, or government entities often benefit most from Level 3 as they can collect the additional information required.
The amount of information you collect on each credit card transaction will impact your costs to accept those types of payments. Collecting the additional information provides additional transaction information to the corporate or purchasing card issuer, and to the cardholder for audit and expenses purposes, such that the card brands are able to offer lower fees to merchants. The additional information collected can also provide valuable insights into your customers’ buying habits, which allows you to customize sales tactics for additional revenue opportunities.
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Advantages of Working with Elavon for Your Level 2 and Level 3 Payment Processing
Elavon helps merchants identify Level 2 and Level 3 payment processing opportunities and provides recommendations that can help lower interchange fees, improve cash flow, and enhance reporting. Elavon’s Level 2 and Level 3 programs populate the necessary data for the merchant with no up-front cost.
Level 2 and Level 3 Potential Savings
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