Dec 182014 Tagged with , , , , , , , 1 Response

New Customer Reset Retreat Launches Global Checkout

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With the holiday season in full swing it can be a challenge to come up with a gift that will leave a lasting impression. I’m sure we’ve all received one too many pairs of fuzzy socks or fragrant lotion sets that we’ve tossed into the back of the closet. Enter Reset Retreat! As BlueSnap’s newest customer, Reset Retreat provides wellness and adventure retreats focused on personal growth that can provide a lasting impact on one’s life. While other retreats often focus on say food or exercise, Reset Retreat’s goal is to help people discover themselves while in a new and unfamiliar culture. They provide daily life coaching sessions and aim to help you create positive reinforcements that you can bring home with you as a souvenir.

Reset Retreat contacted BlueSnap to be their global payment gateway. We were able to get them up and running with our dynamic hosted checkout pages in under a week. Since we are able to reach shoppers in 180 countries with 110 payment types, 60 currencies and 29 languages, Reset Retreat can now provide a localized checkout experience for shoppers around the world.

As Reset Retreat grows and expands its offerings and payment options, they need a gateway who can grow with them and has the flexibility to offer multiple payment options. With BlueSnap, they were able to customize and incorporate their own templates into their shopping cart using our BuyNow hosted pages.

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One of these flexible payment options for a retreat is the “Happiness Fund”: a way to ask those who love and care about you (and sometimes give you bad gifts) to fund an experience of a lifetime. This option is simple: put 50% of the trip down and get your own personalized link from Reset Retreat to share with friends and family to fund the remainder of the trip. Their other options include 100% prepaid, 50% deposit, and a 4x payment plan.

We are very excited to have Reset Retreat as part of the BlueSnap family. Please join us in congratulating Reset Retreat on their launch and check them out at www.theresetretreat.com.

 

 

Dec 162014 Tagged with , , , , , , , , 0 Responses

Ring in the New Year with PCI 3.0

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On January 1, 2015, new PCI 3.0 requirements go into effect for our merchants who accept major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard. These 3.0 regulations will require merchants to fill out certain self-assessment questionnaires (SAQ) depending on the type of checkout they use on their site. BlueSnap has partnered with SecurityMetrics, a leader in data security and compliance, to help ensure that you stay PCI compliant. While e-commerce merchants that are currently PCI compliant do not need to take action until their current yearly certificate expires, all future renewals will require the completion of an SAQ form. For more info on PCI DSS 3.0, download SecurityMetrics eCommerce Guide To PCI DSS 3.0.

Here are the different SAQ types that are required to be PCI compliant:

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BlueSnap’s Compliance Program is designed to protect you and your customers from a cardholder data breach. The SAQ form will be easier to complete through our partnership with SecurityMetrics, leaving you with more time and energy to spend on growing your business.

Forms required based on integration with BlueSnap:

  • BuyNow Hosted Checkout Pages: SAQ A
  • Client-Side Encryption: SAQ A-EP
  • API: SAQ D

Effective today, our merchants will be automatically enrolled with the SecurityMetrics PCI compliance service offering, as part of our standard service.

SecurityMetrics will provide:

  • Notifications regarding requirements and timelines
  • An easy-to-use portal to complete the SAQ
  • Periodic system scans when applicable
  • Annual reminders
  • Assistance with renewals
  • Quarterly reviews to ensure that merchants remain compliant
  • A no-fail solution to being PCI compliant

SecurityMetrics has over 10 years of experience with data security and compliance. They are one of only two companies worldwide certified by Visa, MasterCard and the PCI Security Standards Council to conduct all major PCI compliance validations. We are excited to integrate with SecurityMetrics to help you stay compliant with PCI 3.0 in the New Year!

 

Dec 102014 Tagged with , , , , 0 Responses

2015 CNP Expo Sponsorship & Other Events…Mark your calendar!

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We are excited to announce our Gold Sponsorship of the 2015 CNP Expo. This expo is expected to be the biggest event CNP has hosted as of yet – and BlueSnap will be there. More than 1,200 merchants and payments professionals are anticipated to attend the CNP Expo, which is one of the best shows for insights into what’s new in online payments, eCommerce, security, mobile, and retail. We are thrilled to support the panels and keynotes that will be an integral piece of the learning at the CNP Expo, while participating in the networking that naturally roots itself at the heart of this expo.

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Check out some of the other events BlueSnappers will be at in 2015:  

NY Tech Day (New York): April 23

We will be exhibiting at this “science fair” for start ups!

Imagine 2015: Magento User Conference (Las Vegas): April 20 – 22

Imagine is the world’s premier eCommerce conference, and will bring together more than 2,000 Magento merchants, partners and developers from over 40 countries, including a BlueSnap Exhibit!

The Next Web (Amsterdam): April 23– 24

A conference about web, technology, and innovation “where business and culture collide”, and BlueSnap has an exhibit, of course.

Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (Chicago): June 2 – 5       

IRCE is a conference focused on the education of professionals in the eCommerce market. We will show how easy it is to “sell globally in a snap” at our exhibit.

Interop/London Tech Week (London): June 16 – 18

BlueSnap will exhibit at Interop London which is during London Tech week!

TC Disrupt (San Francisco in the fall, Europe in the spring!):

We will be participating in the TechCrunch Disrupt events in both the USA and Europe.

Money2020 (Las Vegas): October 25 – 29

Money2020 is a don’t miss event for payments professionals.  BlueSnap is happy to sponsor this event!

eCommerce Expo (London): September 30 – October 1

We are excited to exhibit at the eCommerce Expo in London, where innovators in the eCommerce industry thrive.

The Summit (Dublin): November 4 – 6

BlueSnap will be sponsoring at this “new hot ticket” conference which is focused on bringing technologists together in Ireland.

Some fun photos from 2014!

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Dec 032014 Tagged with , , 0 Responses

ChargeLink™ – a personalized payment page, simplifies phone orders for merchants

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If you are processing a lot of orders over the phone, BlueSnap has a quick and easy solution that allows the shopper to take control of their own payment preferences. ChargeLink is BlueSnap’s personalized payment page that helps global businesses close sales over the phone using our Virtual Terminal. You now have the option, using ChargeLink, to deliver a customized payment page to your shopper with one-click, allowing the customer to select their preferred payment method within their own secure session using any web-enabled device.

Features:

  • requires no coding or development
  • expand your global reach – offer shoppers in 180 countries a localized experience with 30 languages, 60 currencies and 110 payment methods
  • reduce PCI scope, making compliance less expensive and less complicated

Although commerce is increasingly online and mobile, it’s still crucial for businesses to provide fast and secure payments for shoppers who call in. Our customers asked us to develop ChargeLink so that they can provide outstanding phone support and offer a checkout process powered by our gateway. This is one more way we help merchants sell globally in a snap.

By partnering with BlueSnap, you can also accept both one-time and subscription payments with ChargeLink via BlueSnap’s Virtual Terminal.
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Nov 192014 Tagged with 0 Responses

PrestaShop Merchants can now Sell Globally in a Snap!

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BlueSnap Partners with PrestaShop

Are you using PrestaShop’s powerful eCommerce platform for your online store?  If so, you are in luck.  We have made it super simple to sell your products around the world with our BlueSnap all-in-one payment module.  You will be able to use PrestaShop’s powerful back office to manage your store including catalog management, orders history, customers and shipping while offering your global customers a simple and secure checkout process optimized by BlueSnap.

The simple installation will allow you to process online sales from anywhere in the world.  You will increase conversions, and lower cart abandonment rates because your checkout page will be speaking to your customers in their native language, with currencies and payment methods they are used to using.  Plus, our intelligent payment routing will get their transaction approved more often by routing the payments to multiple acquiring banks.

Connecting your PrestaShop checkout with BlueSnap does not require any development from your side.  Simply sign up and we will provide you with everything that you need to configure the BlueSnap module.

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Merchant Benefits

  • Sell globally with no development
  • Free all-in-one global payment module
    • VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, JCB, Diners Club, Carte Bleue
    • PayPal, Alipay, Ukash, Skrill, and more
    • + 110 of the most preferred alternative payment methods worldwide
  • Don’t install more than one module for payments
  • Reduce cart abandonment with localized checkout pages
    • Module automatically renders checkout page in shopper’s local language, local currency, and preferred local payment type
  • More transactions approved because of our intelligent payment routing technology
  • Competitive pricing starting at 2.9% + 30c per approved transaction
  • Checkout page optimized for mobile and desktop

Your Customers’ Benefits

  • Familiar checkout pages in their local language, currency and preferred method of payment, including many of the world’s most popular local payment types
  • Simple, secure payment path to more than 110 payment types
  • Easy to checkout on mobile or desktop devices

BlueSnap Module Features

  • Localized global checkout experience:
    • 29 languages
    • 60 Currencies
    • 180 Countries
  • Cards, Paypal, and 110 Local payment types
  • Intelligent global payment routing
  • Easy and secure payment processing

It’s only natural for us to partner with PrestaShop.  It’s a free and open-source e-commerce software powering over 200,000 active online stores worldwide. Recognized as the world’s most powerful, flexible and internationalized e-commerce solution. PrestaShop provides online merchants with hundreds of innovative tools to build and manage a successful online store at no cost.  And now, with the BlueSnap module available, your store can open up to customers worldwide in one easy-to-set up module.

If you don’t use PrestaShop for your eCommerce store, who do you use and why?  We are actively working on integrating with more shopping carts and would love to get your feedback on which ones would help you the most.


 

Oct 292014 Tagged with , , , , , , , , 0 Responses

BlueSnap to be featured on Corporate Review with Donald Trump, JR

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Brings Globalization to Mobile Commerce – Innovator in eCommerce Makes Global Checkout Easier

 

In an in-depth interview with Donald Trump, Jr, our CEO Ralph Dangelmaier, discusses BlueSnap’s cutting edge solutions and how we bring globalization to mobile commerce with our smarter payment gateway.

The show will air this weekend on Fox Business Network November 1, 2014 and Bloomberg Worldwide November 2nd. Check your Local Listings for air times on Fox and Bloomberg. Tune in!

photo 4According to Ralph, one of the biggest hurdles retailers face is capturing global sales online and through mobile devices, and part of the problem lies in localizing the transaction. This is what BlueSnap does best: It makes checking out via any device easier by adapting the information to the local currency, language, shipping companies, duties and taxes.

In other words, BlueSnap has created an integrated payment gateway that works for ecommerce on a global scale. We make online transactions easier to complete, thus giving retailers a more profitable bottom line through the capture of international sales.

Ralph envisions a future where plastic credit cards are a thing of the past, and mobile wallets are king — a future where consumers capture everything from banking to subscriptions to coupons to payments directly through their mobile devices.

Don’t forget to set your DVR and you enjoy the segment!

Oct 282014 Tagged with , , , , , 0 Responses

BlueSnap Welcomes 40 More Customers and New Leadership in Israel

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Global payment gateway makes long-term commitment to expanding service, operations and R&D in Israel

HERZLIYA, Israel – October 28, 2014 – BlueSnap announced today that 40 new Israeli companies signed with the global payment gateway in the last 12 months. In addition, BlueSnap signed a long-term office lease in Herzliya and hired Meir Gefen, former COO atKMI Software Systems, to serve as General Manager. These announcements signify BlueSnap’s commitment to expanding service, operations and R&D in Israel.

In the past year, over 40 fast-growing Israel companies started processing payments with BlueSnap including Israel Experience, Feedvisor and EyeClick. They join longtime customers such as DudaMobile, MyHeritage and many others.

“Israel’s entrepreneurs are thriving and innovating in this vibrant hi-tech market, “ said Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap. “We are excited to expand our team and support the amazing growth of our merchants with our smarter payment gateway.”

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Over the past 11 years, BlueSnap’s Israeli office has become a key source of innovation and growth for the company. As General Manager of the Herzliya office, Meir Gefen will lead the R&D team.

In his prior role at KMI Software Systems, Meir developed and marketed a suite of web-based enterprise software systems for maintenance knowledge management that is used by technicians worldwide. As VP of Products & R&D at Contentnet Education, he managed the development of an Android-based classroom management system for schools. In previous roles, Meir led software organizations at Applied Materials, Dassault Systèmes and Cimatron. He holds a master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

“BlueSnap has strong financial backing and a very talented group of people developing the right product in a hot and growing market,” said Gefen. “I look forward to taking the technology to the next level and strengthening BlueSnap’s presence in Israel.”

Israel is the world’s third largest source of NASDAQ-listed companies after U.S. and China with 74 companies currently trading on the exchange. Israel is known to have the world’s highest per capita concentration of high tech startups and engineers.

For more information, please contact Meir Gefen, at +972-9-9527100 or via email meir [dot] gefen [at] bluesnap [dot] com.

“BlueSnap”, its logo, and “Smart Subscriptions” are trademarks of BlueSnap, Inc.

 

Oct 212014 Tagged with , , , , 0 Responses

Fall Conference Recap – 6 Conferences, 4 weeks and lots of colorful discussions

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It is fall in New England. The leaves are in full force and so is the fall conference season. We have had a few busy weeks with our team heading to 6 shows in 4 weeks! Here are some of the highlights.

 

NYGamesWe started with a quick trip to the Big Apple and the DMW Games show early September. The show brings together senior game, media and investment leaders focused on networking, meetings and deal-making. We had some great discussions with game companies who are looking for higher margin and operationally efficient ways to accept payments within their games and across multiple platforms. In addition to cross-platform payment acceptance they are looking for ways to attract global players. Our client-side encryption APIs provide a single point of integration giving merchants access to all the functionality they need to reach global players while reducing their PCI compliance.

 

At the same time, on the west coast we were exhibiting at TechCrunch’s Disrupt in San Francisco. The team had some fantastic conversations with developers, business owners and payment gurus about the challenges of selling overseas. We continue to hear from merchants who are looking for a single gateway that can help them sell globally as they grow to serve more markets.

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The following week it was on to Sin City for the Electronic Retailing’s Direct Response Forum D2C Convention. The show was filled with celebs from Terrell Owens to Debbie Gibson to Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington. Of course our SVP of Global Development, Jeff Coppolo snapped a few photos along the way. We heard from merchants looking for call center payment solutions and scalable options for selling into Latin America. Our global reach into 180 countries with 110 payment types helped to drive those conversations, including our solution in Brazil with Boleto.

A short plane ride away our CEO, Ralph Dangelmaier was speaking to the top private equity firms, payment investors and venture capitalist at the William Blair conference in Chicago. The talk focused on the enormous market opportunity for merchants to capitalize on the globalization of mobile commerce and how BlueSnap is helping these merchant capture international sales with just one gateway.

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We finished our fall tour with the eCommerce Expo in London. Our London team exhibited at the show, which was bustling with eCommerce merchants looking for solutions to handle cross-border payments. The team fielded numerous inquires from merchants looking for a global solution but with a single integration that still provides a local checkout experience.

 

Next up is Money2020 November 2-5 in Las Vegas!  What shows did you attend this year? And which do you plan to attend in 2015?

Sep 242014 0 Responses

Get on the Alibaba IPO Bandwagon with Alipay

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It has been an exciting few weeks for the payment industry with the Apple Pay announcement and the IPO of Alibaba which is now the largest in US history. Global merchants are taking notice of the ecommerce giant and their popularity in China using their payment affiliate, Alipay as the preferred online payment method. In 2013 alone, Alipay processed $519 billlion payments. Alipay_logo_0

In the past few weeks we’ve seen an increase in our merchants who are offering AliPay as a payment type in their checkout pages. With over 550 million registered users, Alipay helps our merchants expand their global sales in the Chinese market by providing a familiar local payment method.

Alipay is just one of the payment types that BlueSnap offers merchants to convert Chinese shoppers to buyers. Currently we have 110 different payment types, 60 currencies and 30 languages which helps merchants reach shoppers in 180 countries.

According to Juniper Research 56% of people said receiving information in their own language and payment type was even more important than price and shopping cart abandonment rates are reduced when a shopper feels like they are buying directly from the local shop down the street.

So, what are you waiting for? Get on the bandwagon and start offering alipay to reach Chinese consumers. Existing BlueSnap merchant? Just email merchant support and have them turn on Alipay as a payment method.
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Sep 162014 0 Responses

Powering the Global Checkout for PreSonus

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PreSonus, a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound technology, and longtime client, has launched a new online store using our latest hosted checkout pages and APIs. The new checkout page will allow PreSonus to sell in 29 languages, 60 currencies and 180 countries with 110 payment options, making it easier than ever to get their studio-quality recording equipment into the hands of talented musicians, producers and engineers all over the world.

With a team composed of respected musicians and sound engineers, PreSonus has developed some of the world’s most innovative and reliable audio technology from its headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Global demand for the company’s products motivated PreSonus to expand its partnership with us.  Today, they upgraded their BlueSnap checkout pages to achieve higher sales conversions, expand global reach and consolidate multiple online stores that were gained through recent acquisitions.

PreSonus created a new and improved online store using our BuyNow hosted checkout templates. The new pages detect shoppers’ locations and automatically provide local language, currency and payment options on any web device. In addition, the checkout pages will help PreSonus protect payment card information while minimizing the costs and headaches of maintaining PCI compliance.

We are super excited to support their new online store…Check it out at https://shop.presonus.com/

 

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