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Amy Brennen Content Manager

Content Manager at Rapyd

Amy Brennen is an experienced fintech content writer and manager whose articles aim to educate and entertain. She has spent the past eight years authoring content on topics ranging from fintech to Artificial Intelligence to economic impact. Her writing is informed by her previous work as Content Manager at the fintech firm BankersLab and degrees in Economics, International Relations and Public Policy.

Amy has authored blogs, articles, research papers and more for organizations including the University of Southern California, the American Marketing Association, Hypersonix (Artificial Intelligence SAAS), Insight, Rapyd and more.

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Getting Started with Credit Card Processing for Small Businesses 

Here’s how the right card payment gateway can be the difference between high fees – and high profits for small businesses going global. Making the Right Small Business Credit Card Processing Choice is Key It’s no secret that accepting credit…

  • January 17, 2022
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Here Are The Retail eCommerce Metrics that Forrester Says Matter

Forrester’s Report, The Retail Ecommerce Metrics That Matter, Details the Metrics Critical for Measurement, Ecommerce Success. To achieve key business goals such as increasing retail sales, digital business retail executives need to ensure that they have the right ecommerce metrics…

  • December 1, 2021
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Your Complete Guide to Understanding PCI Compliance

Understanding PCI compliance is essential for any business that accepts card payments, but what is PCI Compliance?  PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is a set of standards established by the PCI Security Standards Council with the aim…

  • November 13, 2021

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Should You Use Paypal For B2B Payments?

Understand the unique characteristics of B2B payments to determine if Paypal for B2B Payments is the solution you need. Paypal is well known for its B2C and P2P payments capacities, but should you use them for your B2B payments too?…

  • October 11, 2021
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The Top 10 Rapyd FAQs from New Customers

Looking to get started with Rapyd but unsure of where to start? Get answers to the most common frequently asked questions our new customers and prospects have about accepting payments with Rapyd before creating your account.  Whether you're starting your…

  • October 4, 2021

Ecwid vs. Shopify: Which is Better for Ecommerce Merchants? 

Grow global sales and build a loyal customer base with the ecommerce solution that fits your business. You've heard of Shopify, but could Ecwid be the better ecommerce solution for you? While Shopify is one of the top names in…

  • September 18, 2021
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4 Tips for Choosing your Ecwid Payment Gateway Plugin

Learn how to Select the Best Ecwid Payment Gateway Plugin to Make the Most of your Store.  If you’re planning on using Ecwid as a platform for your ecommerce business, make sure you can reliably and securely accept payments. This…

  • August 30, 2021
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6 Tips for Choosing your Wix Payment Processor

Learn How to Choose the Best Wix Payment Processor Option for Your Business. Using Wix for ecommerce? Then you’ll need a reliable way to accept cards and other payments from your customers, wherever they reside. Choosing the right payment processor…

  • August 18, 2021
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Which is the Best WooCommerce Payment Gateway for Your Business?

Learn what you should look for in a WooCommerce payment gateway to grow your cross-border sales and make the most of global ecommerce. Choosing the right WooCommerce payment gateway is fundamental in achieving more growth by making the online payment…

  • July 29, 2021
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How to Choose the Best Wix Payment Plugins for Businesses in Europe

European merchants need a payment strategy for their Wix store that supports scalable cross-border growth, and provides customers with their desired payment methods.  For this reason, the best Wix payment gateway providers must support a wide variety of payment methods…

  • July 27, 2021
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How to Choose the Best Merchant Fraud Filter for your Shopify Store

As a merchant, you need to be able to accept payments globally with the peace of mind that your Shopify payment processing solution will protect your business and the customers.  eCommerce platforms, such as Shopify, have enabled merchants to establish…

  • July 14, 2021
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Should Your Business Use the Official Wix Payments Option?

Learn the pros and cons of the new Wix payments option to determine if it is the right payments product for your business. Website provider Wix recently launched its own in-house payments gateway, which can be used in addition to…

  • July 9, 2021
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Boost Shopify Sales by Improving Your Checkout Experience

Improve your checkout experience to increase revenue and succeed in a global market With ecommerce continuing to boom in a global landscape where consumers want the ease and convenience that digital transformation brings, ecommerce platforms like Shopify have an incredible…

  • June 25, 2021
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How to Reduce the Costs of International Money Transfers

Reduce the costs of global money transfers and power your business expansion. Remote work has become so popular that it’s common for businesses to need to make international money transfers to pay remote workers. However, whether it’s to suppliers, gig…

  • June 9, 2021
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10 Best Practices for Secure Online Payment Processing

Learn how secure online payment processing protects your customers and business from risk and fraud. Fraudsters are on the lookout for vulnerabilities they can use to access systems and steal data. Yet shoppers still need to be able to complete…

  • May 28, 2021
Shopify VS Wix

Shopify vs. Wix: Everything Merchants Need to Know

Shopify and Wix both make it easy to build an online store, but which platform is right for you? Shopify vs Wix?  Shopify is a hosted ecommerce platform that allows you to easily create an online store without coding. Wix…

  • May 27, 2021
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Shopify vs. WooCommerce: Which Is Right for Your Business?

An ecommerce platform comparison guide. Shopify vs WooCommerce: it’s a comparison many merchants explore as they seek to grow sales and revenue. Use this side-by-side comparison of the popular ecommerce platforms to decide which one is right for your online…

  • May 20, 2021
Magento VS WooCommerce

Magento vs. WooCommerce: Everything Merchants Need to Know

Magento vs WooCommerce. Many merchants are asking themselves which option to choose as they seek out the best ecommerce platform. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of Magento vs WooCommerce to help you make up your mind. What are Magento and WooCommerce?…

  • May 14, 2021
Best Practices for B2B eCommerce

17 Indispensable Best Practices for B2B eCommerce

B2B ecommerce owners are finding that digital commerce is just as critical or even more critical to them than to B2C companies. Today’s B2B buyers are more likely to educate themselves, find solutions and buy online. The global B2B eCommerce market…

  • April 30, 2021
What is Magento

What Is Magento? The Popular eCommerce Platform Explained

Magento is one of the top ecommerce platforms in the United States and increasingly around the world too. Nearly 200,000 websites use Magento and yours could be one of them. But, what is Magento? Magento is an ecommerce website platform…

  • April 22, 2021
Magento Versus Shopify, Which is Better for You?

Magento vs Shopify: Everything Merchants Need to Know

Magento vs Shopify: it’s a choice many merchants wonder about when choosing between ecommerce platforms. Which is better to support your sales and revenue ambitions? Here’s a detailed look at what both platforms offer. What are Shopify and Magento? Shopify…

  • April 20, 2021
Best Payment Gateways for Magento

The 7 Best International Magento Payment Gateway Plugins

Discover which of the top international Magento payment plugins is right for your business. Merchants looking to present a professional online presence have a wide range of ecommerce platforms to choose from, one of the best of which is Magento.…

  • April 7, 2021
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Understanding The B2B Payments Landscape

How businesses can navigate the B2B payments landscape. Most online payment processing solutions are built with B2C use cases in mind. However, while the B2C world spends roughly $2.8 trillion annually on ecommerce, it may surprise you to know that…

  • April 6, 2021
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Choosing Payment Gateways for Magento – 8 Mistakes to Avoid

How to choose the Magento payment gateway plugin you need to drive sales everywhere you do business. What Is a Payment Gateway? Payment Gateways allow merchants to accept credit card payments and other payment types online by collecting customer and…

  • April 5, 2021
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Five B2B Payment Methods Your Business Needs to Accept

How businesses can navigate the B2B payment methods landscape. Most online payment processing solutions are built with B2C use cases in mind. However, while the B2C world spends roughly $2.8 trillion annually on ecommerce, it may surprise you to know…

  • March 25, 2021
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Why B2B Companies Can’t Ignore Cross-Border Business Payments

The B2B cross-border market is growing – is your business ready? The global cross-border business payments landscape is complex. Businesses looking to grow international sales must strive to offer customers a frictionless experience. More global business buyers than ever are…

  • March 11, 2021
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The Best eCommerce Platform in 2022 – Rapyd’s 12 Top Picks

Use our comprehensive guide to select the best ecommerce solution for your business needs. Choosing the best B2C ecommerce platform to grow online sales is a key decision for a merchant. It's hard to choose between the skyrocketing number of…

  • February 28, 2021
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What Is ISO 20022? Answers and Tips on How to Prepare

ISO 20022 explained. ISO 20022 is becoming the global common standard for data-rich financial messaging. Over the next few years, it will become the financial messaging standard for banks and the global financial industry — and it will affect everything…

  • February 19, 2021
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The Best Magento Payment Solution for Global Sales

Rapyd provides Magento users with a sophisticated global ecommerce payment solution. Need a Magento Payment Solutions to accept local payment methods worldwide? Get the most from your ecommerce store with Rapyd’s comprehensive payments extension for Magento. Rapyd provides a single…

  • February 17, 2021
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Why Headless Commerce Is the Future of Digital Retail

See how headless commerce functionality enables your business to optimize ecommerce experiences faster, more cost-effectively and with greater personalization. Today, online shopping has become ubiquitous, which makes the path to purchase increasingly more complex given the variety of new devices…

  • February 13, 2021
B2B Marketplaces need Fintech as a Service to Simplify Growth

Fintech as a Service Is Unleashing Global Opportunity for B2B Marketplaces

Fintech as a Service is revolutionizing B2B marketplaces with a wide range of innovations. These innovations include improvements for global payments, seller identity verification, fraud monitoring, compliance and even prepaid card issuing. With the growing expansion of global commerce, B2B…

  • February 11, 2021
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4 Examples of Successful Subscription Payment Models

Here's how to expand your business with subscription-based, recurring payment models. As technology evolves, so do the ways consumers access content. People are no longer limited to one-time purchases; we now have more opportunities to partake of recurring, subscription-based goods…

  • February 5, 2021
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The 5 Most Important B2B eCommerce Trends for 2022

What you need to know to thrive in the world of B2B ecommerce. The pandemic made it very obvious that having the tools and capabilities to sell online is essential for businesses regardless of if they are B2B or B2C.…

  • February 4, 2021
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6 Ways to Protect Your Business from Chargeback Fraud

Your guide to understanding what is chargeback fraud – and why you need to protect your business.  A chargeback happens when a purchase is reversed, and a consumer gets their money back because of a dispute initiated with their card…

  • February 3, 2021
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Time to Look At Visual Search – Tools, Tips & Examples

How brands are using visual search to optimize customer experiences. What is Visual Search? Visual search allows people to search using images as opposed to text. With a photograph that they have taken, or found online or on social media,…

  • January 29, 2021
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Four eCommerce Trends Global Sellers Need to Know in 2022

How ecommerce payments will change in 2022. Starting an ecommerce company has never been easier thanks to ecommerce platforms like Shopify, WooCommerce, and Wix. Companies and entrepreneurs can now build their online stores in a matter of hours. At the…

  • January 20, 2021
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The Best Fraud Management Systems for eCommerce

Here’s how to choose the best fraud management software for your company. There’s a reason companies are seeking out the best fraud management systems right now. 2020 saw a massive increase in year-over-year ecommerce sales worldwide. According to an analysis…

  • January 6, 2021
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6 Progressive Web App Examples To Inspire You (with Pictures)

Inspiring ways businesses are using PWAs to reach and engage users. Mobile websites are fast, easy and inexpensive to produce, however, the user experience is not as good as that of a mobile app. Developing and maintaining a mobile app…

  • December 28, 2020
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6 Great Examples of Shoppable Content from Brands

How to use shoppable content to move customers from browse to buy. Thanks to improved technology, connectivity and convenience, more than half of all ecommerce purchases are projected to be made using a mobile device in 2021. (Rapyd) Consumers are…

  • December 21, 2020
2021 Fraud Trends

Top 5 Fraud Trends to Understand for 2021

The biggest threats and strategies to protect your business from fraud in 2021. The digital tsunami of 2020 has forced many companies and consumers to change how they work, make purchases and even socialize – unfortunately fraudsters are successfully taking…

  • December 18, 2020
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eCommerce Fraud Prevention Best Practices for Cross-Border Merchants

Merchants Need to Prioritize International eCommerce Fraud Protection Overall retail fraud attempts have more than tripled since 2017. With the rise in international commerce, merchants are increasingly selling cross-border, which brings lucrative sales opportunities, but also increases their exposure to…

  • December 4, 2020
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The Best Fraud Management Solution for Global Commerce

Protect Your Business While Providing a Great Experience for Customers Worldwide After having more than doubled from 2011 to 2018, global card fraud losses are projected to reach over $40 billion by 2027. (Nilson) Fraud management is a crucial part…

  • November 23, 2020
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Shopify Payments: Accept Alternative Payment Methods with Rapyd

Accept Local Payment Methods in Shopify with the Rapyd Shopify Payments Plugin The ecommerce platform Shopify is an excellent choice for businesses looking to sell internationally and boost their global trade. While Shopify offers its own payment solution, you can…

  • November 2, 2020
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The 3D Secure Merchant’s Handbook

Here's Your Easy-to-Understand Guide to Using and Implementing 3D Secure 3D Secure is an advanced authentication layer. It stops the unauthorized use of cards and protects and minimizes the fraud risk for eCommerce merchants and issuers. 3DS allows for card…

  • October 29, 2020
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How to Add Custom Payment Methods in WooCommerce

Accept Local Payment Methods in WooCommerce from 100+ Countries with the Rapyd Payments Plugin If you’re looking to grow your business’s reach across international markets, adding custom payment methods in WooCommerce is an important step. The Rapyd Payments Plugin for…

  • October 21, 2020
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Understanding PCI Compliance

Understanding PCI compliance is essential for any business that accepts card payments, but what is PCI Compliance?  PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is a set of standards established by the PCI Security Standards Council with the aim…

  • October 14, 2020
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How to Choose the Best B2B eCommerce Platform for the Middle Market

Select the Right Solution to Drive Digital Transformation B2B customers increasingly expect the same benefits they enjoy when making online purchases in a B2C context. According to a recent article in the Drum, “With customers’ growing familiarity with technology and…

  • October 7, 2020
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Is 2020 the Year of the eCommerce Live Stream?

What Is eCommerce Live Stream? In 2020 ecommerce live stream sales now account for 4% of total online retail sales in China and about 1% of total retail sales.1 These ‘infomercials rebooted’ are a form of online browsing and buying…

  • September 3, 2020
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Is Your eCommerce Payments Experience Costing You Sales?

Personalizing Your eCommerce Payments Process Is Key By personalizing your customers' ecommerce payments experience and rethinking key elements of the checkout process, you can optimize sales conversion rates and create a friendlier and easier-to-use experience for your shoppers. One Size…

  • September 1, 2020
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How Can Startups Pay Overseas Contractors to Win the Talent War?

Startups Must Improve Their Digital Payout Abilities to Attract the Best Global Talent High performers are 400% more productive than average workers according to a recent study of more than 600,000 professionals.1 For startups, that’s a productivity statistic that shows…

  • August 25, 2020
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Reach More Customers with Alternative Online Payment Methods

Offering Local Payment Methods Online Helps Merchants and Marketplaces Stand Out The world is experiencing a tectonic shift in how people live, work and shop — with businesses across the globe scrambling to adapt. In this tough climate, businesses with…

  • August 3, 2020
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Make B2B Payments Frictionless to Drive Global Growth

As an international B2B business, your ability to accept and make commercial payments can be a growth-limiting factor. The B2B payments industry is fragmented, making it hard for businesses to access the payment capabilities they need with seamless, cohesive user…

  • July 10, 2020
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Ten Tips To Reduce Cross-Border eCommerce Cart Abandonment

eCommerce shopping cart abandonment is roughly 70%, according to an analysis by the Baymard Institute. The good news is that many of the factors driving customers away are entirely in your control. For instance, 34% of shoppers abandoned checkout when…

  • April 14, 2020
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Top 4 Trends in Identity Verification Over the Next 2 Years

Payment fraud is a global problem. In Europe's single Euro payments area (SEPA), annual losses owing to card fraud are approaching €2 billion. Across the Atlantic, the United States' Federal Trade Commission says it collected 1.4 billion fraud reports in…

  • February 14, 2020
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