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Author Headshot Mark Stiltner

Content Director at Rapyd

Mark Stiltner is a finance and fintech writer. From educating independent investment advisors on retirement plan management to helping families maximize their savings to educating businesses on global payment preferences, Mark has spent over a decade researching and educating audiences on complex financial topics. Mark has been a contributing author on blog articles and educational content for the Bank of Colorado, Pinnacle Bank, TD Ameritrade, First Data and Rapyd.

Published Works: Contributing Author, Advice from the Top. Published by the Business Marketing Association and Dog Ear Publishing, 2011
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eCommerce and Payment Trends: Brazil

Rapyd research reveals the most popular payment methods in Brazil and how Brazilians prefer to shop and pay. Brazil’s massive population of young, tech-savvy buyers offers vast growth potential for international businesses looking to expand their operations. As new technologies…

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What is Card Acquiring?

Discover what card acquiring is and why it's an essential part of ecommerce. Card acquiring is the process of collecting card-based payments that have been accepted by stores or retailers. When you go to a store, make a purchase and…

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How Businesses Can Use Virtual Card Issuing

Virtual cards are a powerful tool to build loyalty, pay remote workers and power innovative commerce experiences.  Global card issuing is complex. A successful program requires a country-by-country implementation approach. Rapyd recognizes how complicated the payment industry is and how…

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How To Make Omnichannel B2B Commerce Real

B2B companies must embrace omnichannel sales. Here's how to make it happen. It’s clear omnichannel B2B commerce needs to become faster and smoother for business buyers. The speed and convenience of consumer commerce have reshaped expectations, thanks to almost blanket…

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Alternatives to Oxxo Mexico Cash Payments

eCommerce Merchants Need Cash Acceptance beyond Oxxo Payments at More Convenient Locations Only 37 percent of Mexicans have a bank account. (Center for Global Development et al.) With ecommerce surging in popularity, partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability…

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What is Xero?

Xero Is Cloud-Based Accounting Software Designed for Small Businesses Xero offers a range of business finance functions like accounts payable and accounts receivable. It has its own mobile app (Xero Touch) and uses real-time data to allow for up-to-date accounts…

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What Is Worldpay?

Worldpay Is a Merchant Services and Payment Processing Provider Offering a Payment Gateway for Online Transactions The company is now known as ‘Worldpay from FIS’ since its acquisition. They are a leading global payments technology business with over 30 years…

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What Is Stripe?

Stripe is an online payment platform Stripe processes both card payments and ACH (Automated Clearing House) payments. Pricing is done on a pay-as-you-go basis, with a fee taken from each individual payment transaction. Stripe is headquartered in San Francisco. In…

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What is Square?

Square Is a Mobile Payment Processing and Card Reader Company Square lets merchants accept credit and debit card payments at their premises, as well as online and via mobile apps. Square offers a number of merchant solutions including: Point-of-sale payment…

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What Is Shopify?

Shopify Is a Cloud-Based eCommerce Platform For a monthly fee merchants can set up their own online store using one of many templates than can be used as is or customized, depending on the user’s skill level. Shopify was founded…

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What is PayPal?

Paypal Is an Online Payment Service that Lets Users Send and Receive Money Once They Sign Up for an Account Users can hold either a personal or a business account, and payments are made either using the other party’s PayPal…

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What is Google Pay?

A Digital Wallet that Lets Users Pay Via Their Smartphones Google Pay can be used in person as a NFC (near field communication) contactless payment method, for online transactions and app payments and for sending money peer-to-peer. To set it…

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What is Braintree?

Braintree (Also Known as Braintree Payment Solutions) Is an Online Payment Processing Platform Braintree is owned by PayPal. However, Braintree accepts payment methods that PayPal does not. The list of Braintree solutions includes: Braintree Direct – Accept payments online with…

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What is Amazon Pay?

Amazon Pay Is an Online Payment Method that Lets Users Pay Using the Payment Details They Already Have Stored in Their Amazon Account With Amazon Pay, there’s no requirement for users to sign up if they are already an Amazon…

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What is Adyen?

Adyen is a Dutch Payments Company that Provides Card Processing and Point-of-Sales (POS) Systems to Merchants Adyen supports a number of different payment methods such as credit and debit cards, eWallets, and local payment methods. Merchants can use a number…

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What Are Local Payment Methods?

Only 18.4% of the World’s Population Has a Credit Card1 For organizations selling globally, the ability to accept local payment methods is crucial. Different payment types are popular in different parts of the world, and  accepting them means easier and…

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The Top Five B2B eCommerce Trends 2022

COVID-19 Wasn’t the Only Thing Shaking Up the World of B2B eCommerce B2B ecommerce is growing nine times faster than all U.S. manufacturing and distributor/wholesaler sales.1 Broad factors are at play above and beyond the impacts of the virus. The…

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eCommerce Explorer: Mexico Payments Guide

In Mexico, government programs are improving internet connectivity, driving the adoption of digital payment methods and growing smartphone use at the fastest pace in Latin America. While buying habits are shifting quickly, payment preferences are slower to change. A considerable…

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The Future of Mobile Payments in the US

Companies that Traditionally Relied on Cards Must Accept Mobile Payments or Risk Being Left Behind US consumers are more eager than ever for merchants to accept mobile payments, ewallets and other alternative payment methods. Merchants that enable customers to pay…

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Grow Sales in Singapore with eWallets

Grow Sales in Singapore with eWallets

For ecommerce companies, marketplaces, and gig-economy platforms looking to expand in Asia, few countries compete with Singapore's combination of affluent consumers and digital infrastructure.  Digital adoption and usage among Singapore’s citizens and government efforts to transition to a cashless economy…

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What Are Alternative Payment Methods?

Alternative payment methods, also known as local payment methods, cover many payment types around the world that don’t rely on debit cards or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Indian Rupay, or China UnionPay, etc.) It’s important to remember that payment preferences…

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