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Why cash could be costing your business

Do you remember the last time you were waiting in line to make a purchase only to see a ‘cash only’ sign sitting on the till? Or when a tradesman insisted on cash payment after finishing a job at your home?

New website to test banks on merchant fees

A well-credentialed Australian payments consultancy is preparing to enter the comparison shopping field, with the launch of a pricing website aimed at online and point-of-sale merchants.

Productivity Commission picks up ARA’s recommendations

The Productivity Commission (PC) released its Inquiry report into Competition in the Australian Financial System recently. Here are the key takeaways for retailers after the PC’s recommendations:

Why customers love to buy now, pay later.

No doubt you’ve heard of the likes of AfterPay and ZipPay, allowing customers to pay later for things they want right now. These buy now, pay later (BNPL) services are the new-age version of lay-by, except the third-party companies typically assume all the financial risk. It allows shoppers to...

Meeting consumer demand for electronic payment

Fumbling for the right change in your wallet used to be painful. For years it had the potential to be a major source of frustration at supermarket checkouts, coffee shop counters and train stations all over Australia.

Tyro first-to-market contactless payments ahead of government deadline

Tyro, Australia’s business-only bank, recently announced ‘Tap & Save,’ allowing merchants to save money by processing debit tap-and-go payments through the eftpos network. Tap & Save offers least-cost routing to merchants that has launched ahead of the 1 April 2018 deadline recommended by the...

Australia, the First Cashless Country?

With consumers quickly embracing new payment technologies, retailers need to prepare for a potentially cashless future

Preserving Consumer and Merchant Choice

Retailers should be able to compete on a level playing field with contactless and mobile payments

Cheaper Contactless Card Payments with eftpos

Australia’s business bank and eftpos provider, Tyro, announced in early December that it will deliver lower cost routing via the eftpos network in the first quarter of calendar 2018. Tyro are well on track with pilots already in progress for some of their merchants. Their ‘least-cost routing’...

CBA, NAB bow to Reserve Bank on debit reform

The Reserve Bank has almost demolished the last lines of resistance to debit card reform at major banks, with Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank the latest to confirm they are moving to give merchants unfettered access to the low-cost eftpos network for routing contactless payments.

Online Businesses are Big Winners from Surcharge Changes

Online Australian retailers may be beneficiaries of new surcharging regulations for small businesses, according to new research by American Express and Retail Doctor Group (RDG).

Results show that one-in-five Australians will abandon an online purchase because of an unexpected surcharge. If...

Square Expands its Australian Offering with Iconic Square Stand

After 18 months of strong local growth, Square continues to expand its presence in the local market, introducing more products and services to help a wider range of Australian businesses. From today, the iconic Square Stand for contactless and chip is available across the country.

What Businesses Should Be Claiming: Tax Tips

Running a business is hard enough without getting caught up in the complexities of the tax system. So, to make things simpler, H&R Block has produced a beginners’ guide to the tax deductions all retail businesses should be looking to claim.

Predicting the 2017 Economic Climate

Following another solid retail spending result in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 November trade figures, there are good indications the economy is on solid ground leading in this year.

Tax Time Tips

The 2016/17 financial year is now over, and a new one has just begun. As a small business has a turnover of up to $10 million, it forms a crucial part of the Australian economy. What's most important now is to get taxes done right. Here are three helpful tips for small business owners to make...

New deal allows consumers to ‘buy now and pay later’

The $200 billion Australian retail sector could be revolutionised by the rollout of a new ‘buy now and pay later’ form of purchasing.

Retailers can now use Siri to easily pay business bills

In an Australian first, business banking is now as easy as “Hey Siri” with the latest customer release from SME mobile banking challenger, Tyro. Using Apple’s smartphone assistant, Siri, Tyro Smart Account customers can access their daily settlements from their Tyro EFTPOS terminals, which can...

The next big thing in mobile retailing

FinTech payments company Openpay has announced their partnership with RainCheck, the Australian platform developed to convert the 88% of shoppers who research online but then make their purchase offline. 

Zebra Technologies Provides Innovative Solutions for Retailers

Zebra Technologies and the Australian Retail Association (ARA) have joined forces in a collaborative partnership to share information and promote innovation in retail.

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