PSD2 & SCA: a Quick & Easy Guide

The second payment directive (PSD2) is a directive regulating payment services across EU countries. It is not only designed to improve the security of transactions, but also, in many cases, to provide a greater convenience for customers and increased conversions for merchants. Although some aspects of PSD2 were enforced over 2 years ago, its provisions for merchants and banks regarding SCA started being applied from early 2021.

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How to Win the Holiday Shopping Season in 2020? 4 tips

Whilst Black Friday and Cyber Monday, or “Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Week” do not mean as much as, say, 2-3 years ago and according to experts in 2020 we’re experiencing “the lockdown effect” which means lower interest and less overall spend, the pre-x-mas shopping spree is still among the key determinants of the thickness of your top line. Even if you sell digital goods or subscription plans. Here’s how to – in the realm of intangible merchandise – make the most of all holiday season sales even though this time – due to the COVID-19 – is going to be like no other.

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TOP 5 FinTech Podcasts Worth Tuning In To

Podcasts are considered to be one of the most impactful media of the digital industry. As of July 2020, there were over 850 000 active podcasts in more than 100 languages (!). It’s impossible to try out every single one, that is why we’ve curated the top 5 fintech-related podcasts with a solid “recommended by Straal” label, including FinTech legend’s podcast Brett King’s Breaking Banks, 11:FS experts and much more.

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Merchants to follow #2: Cateringoo. A simply delicious business idea

Get the inside look at the catering industry with our second ‘Merchants to follow episode’ preseting Cateringoo – a simply delicious business catering brand. Discover, how has the pandemic affected the online on-demand food delivery services market and what did the Cateringoo team do when, due to the lockdown, the number of orders almost dropped to zero?

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New Chargeback Thresholds – Don’t Panic. Get Ready.

As of October 1st, 2019, Visa, the world’s largest card organisation, is updating its fraud and chargeback monitoring policy. Will it affect you? If you accept cards online – it certainly will. Should you be concerned? Not necessarily, if you have a well-thought risk management strategy. If, however, you do not yet have any fraud prevention mechanisms on board, you better hurry up in getting some.

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When One Second Costs $2.5 Million

Your customers won’t wait or engage in cumbersome processes to get your products and – if your competitors are able to provide the service faster – why would they? Straal presents the mathematics of instant e-commerce. Lean on these statistics to put your business in the fast lane!

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