2 Agenda Introduction Credit Card Processing Key personnel associated with Commonwealth of Virginia processing contractCredit Card ProcessingCosts, Tips on lowering those costs, reading your statement, and those darned chargebacks!The Industry Today-What is going on?Durbin Amendment, Visa Government Program, Visa/MC Litigation update,Exciting Industry Information (ok, its not exciting, but it is important!)Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)Compliance with PCI guidelines and Validation of ComplianceEMV (Chip and PIN)Timelines and Elavon ComplianceConvenience FeesRules and Regulations and Revenue Neutral ModelingElavon Products and InitiativesSafe T SuiteVirtual Merchant and Virtual Merchant MobileElavon POS TerminalsElectronic Check and Electronic Gift CardsQ and A
4 Define Who’s Who COV Treasury Elavon Relationship ManagementChris Moore, Strategic Account LeaderSenior Elavon Contact within ElavonContact InformationPhone: (800) x8711Dana Puleo, Payment Relationship ManagerSenior Operational Contact within ElavonPhone: (800) x8631Elavon Sales (for new Public Bodies wishing to participate in the Elavon/Virginia Treasury contract)Kevin Grothouse, Sales ExecutiveContact for new Public Bodies to participate in Virginia/Elavon contractPhone: (513) COV TreasuryFor Agencies wishing to participate in the Elavon/Virginia Treasury contract as well as any other questions related to Elavon/Treasury contract.Lydia ConnellyCash Management Analyst(804)Tina WilhelmAssistant Manager, Banking Services(804)Bob SchmittManager, Banking Services(804)
6 A Quick Primer on Process Flow Ecommerce GatewayE-CommerceTransactionCounterTransaction
7 What are the different kinds of cost? Association feesInterchange CostAssessment FeesMiscellaneous FeesElavon CostsProcessing FeeVoice AuthorizationChargebackEquipment
8 Card Association Costs (Interchange and Assessments) Managed and updated by the Card AssociationsInterchange costs vary in amount based on:Industry typeManner which cards are authorized (keyed, swiped)How the card is processed (information such as AVS, timely batch settlement)Card Product (Consumer, Check Card, Commercial/Corporate, Rewards)Elavon/COV Treasury Contract CostsManaged by Treasury and ElavonCredit Card Costs as follows:$0.02/Authorization as of July 1, 2013 (previously $0.025/Authorization)Lowering this fee has saved contract participants $30k- an average of almost $10k/month!Voice Authorization fees between $0.55-$1.25Chargeback fees of $5Average transaction cost for contract participants is below 1.50% per transaction (that includes the $0.02 Authorization fee!).
9 Interchange Fees – Some Rate Examples VisaCPS Retail 2: 1.43% and $0.05Corporate/Business Cards: Between 2.2% and $0.10 and 2.65% and $0.10Rewards Cards: 1.65% and $0.10 (Swiped), 1.95% and $0.10 (Keyed)Regulated Debit Cards: 0.05% and $0.23EIRF: 2.30% and $0.10Corporate Standard: 2.95% and $0.10MasterCardPublic Sector: 1.55% and $0.10Merit 1: 1.89% and $0.10Corporate Data Rate I: 2.65% and $0.10Standard: 3.05% and $0.10Note that rates in red are rates to look out for on your statement; rates in green are rates that give you the best opportunity to pay the least amount of money.
10 Interchange Costs – Card Association Card Association FeesMasterCardAssessment of 0.11% on transactions < $1000Assessment of 0.13% on transactions > $1000$ per transaction for use of CVV2 information$ per transaction NABU fee0.40% per International Card$0.045 Processing Integrity fee (authorizing a card with no settlement or reversal)0.0045% Acquirer License FeeVisaAssessment of 0.11% on all transaction$ Clearing Access fee$ NAPF fee$ Mis Use of Authorization Fee
11 Interchange Costs – Card Association Card Association FeesVisa FANF feesVisa has a Fixed Acquirer Network Fee (FANF) charged each month.This fee varies based on whether the transactions are swiped or key entered.For merchants that Swipe transactions, this fee is charged based on the number of locations.The fee for these merchants actually goes up (per location) the more locations you add.For merchants that Key Enter transactions, this fee is charged based on the monthly volume.The fees are constant for each merchant volume threshold across the enterprise.Visa charges these fees by Fed Tax ID, not Merchant Number.Elavon can (and does) break up fees proportionately by Merchant Number to ensure that merchants are billed proportionately.
12 What kinds of charges should I not be paying? Minimum Discount Fees (Card Min Bill)PCI FeesStatement FeesMerchant Connect Fees (we don’t charge for access)ACS feesReporting FeesGenerally speaking, the only fees you should see on your statement are:Interchange and Assessment FeesElavon Authorization fees ($0.02/item)Equipment fees (terminal purchases, Virtual Merchant Monthly Fees)Token fees/Safe T Suite fees (if used)Chargeback FeesVoice Authorization fees
13 So how do I control my costs? ConsiderOnly One Authorization per TransactionConsider Account Verification Status Check according to business need (remember it costs $0.025/trans)Avoid processing $1 Pre-Auth with no matching settle transaction (remember it costs $0.045/trans)Avoid processing $1 Sale with no matching settle transaction or void (remember it costs $0.045/trans)AlwaysClose Batch Daily if not setup on Auto-CloseAlways follow POS device transaction prompts entering valid data not pressing enter or “0” to by-pass the promptHand-keyed Transactions – Always Enter Address Verification ((AVS) Zip Code)Commercial Cards – Always Enter Sales Tax and Customer Code When Prompted at the Point-of-Sale
14 ChargebacksA Chargeback is a transaction disputed by the Cardholder or Card Issuing BankIf a Merchant receives a Chargeback, the Acquirer will debit the Merchant’s DDA (checking account) for the amount of the TransactionThere are many reasons for chargebacks, but the most common are:Returned merchandiseTerminated servicesDisputes, errors, or fraudMerchants must be able to provide proof that the disputed transaction is valid and in accordance with Visa/MasterCard regulations or risk having their account debited for the disputed transaction amount as well as chargeback fee
15 What Does a Chargeback Mean to Me? For the merchant, a chargeback translates into:Additional processing time and costA more narrow profit margin for the saleAnd, possibly a loss of funds/revenueImportant Note:Carefully track and manage the received chargeback disputesTake steps to avoid future chargeback disputesKnow your re-presentment rights to chargeback disputesAlways consider taking measures to recover losses from customers who are financially liable for transactions that were charged back to you, the merchant
16 How to Prevent Chargebacks Remember to-Avoid duplicate processing of a TransactionWork with the Cardholder to resolve disputes regarding the quality of merchandise or services renderedRefuse to process a Transaction when you receive a Declined Code during AuthorizationCall for Voice Authorization if neededCall for Code 10 Authorization if you are still suspicious of the Cardholder, Card or Transaction after receiving an Approval Code
17 How to Prevent Chargebacks Remember to-Verify that Transaction Receipts equal the POS device to eliminate duplicate transactionsInclude a description of goods or services on the Transaction ReceiptDeliver merchandise or services before charging the CardObtain an Authorization CodeInclude the CVV2/CVC2 and AVS Codes for Card Not Present Transactions if applicableSubmit Transaction Receipts on the same day Transactions are authorizedMake sure an Imprint appears on Manual Transaction Receipts or that the relevant Transaction information appears on the Terminal-generated Transaction ReceiptDo not accept expired Cards or Cards that have expiration date that predate the TransactionMake sure the signature on the Transaction Receipt matches the signature on the back of the card
18 Understanding Your Statements Section of StatementsChain/Merchant Statement-Activity SummaryChain/Merchant Statement-Volume SummaryChain/Merchant Statement-Processing FeesChain/Merchant Statement- Association FeesChain Statement- Merchant Level Fee BreakoutChain Statement- Merchant Level SalesMerchant Statement Only-Authorization Fees
27 The Durbin AmendmentTook effect October 1, 2011 as part of the Dodd-Frank act and the Consumer Protection Reform act.Debit Card Costs-Capped at 0.05% and $0.23 per transaction.These costs are under review by the District Court in Washington, DC, based on a lawsuit from various retailTheir contention is that the Treasury has allowed too much leeway in the costs, resulting in costs that are too high for card transactions.This case is still under review, and there is no timeline as to when or if the per transaction costs will be adjusted.Second key area is that a minimum purchase amount can be set (not to exceed $10).Third key provision is that merchants can offer a discount for cash or debit cards.Additionally, Debit cards have to offer multiple networks for processing.
28 Visa/MC Antitrust legislation In 2012, Visa/MC proposed a settlement to class action litigation against Visa/MC relative to egregious interchange fees.This settlement has not yet been finalized. For the settlement to be finalized, the Court must approve the settlement and 70% of merchants (as determined by total merchant volume) must “opt-in” to make the settlement valid.Final hearing was on September 12, 2013; no final decision from court has yet been made.Several large entities have already said that they will not participate in the settlement, including the National Association of Restaurants, National Association of Convenience Stores, Wal Mart, and Target. COV and other states (such as Oregon and California) are not participating as well.If the Settlement is approved and put into place, key measures will be put into place:The Associations will rebate $6.05B in cash to merchants.Additionally, the associations will adjust interchange by 0.10%Merchants will be able to surcharge transactions, even in Retail environments.
30 EMV (Chip and PIN)EMV is an acronym for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa. It references the global standard for Integrated Circuit Chip cards (or simply Chip cards) that interact with various POS devices to authenticate purchases.EMV is the technology that allows cardholders to be validated via PIN entry at the time of purchase.Currently only available in a Card Present/Swipe environment.EMV is widely used in other parts of the world today, particularly Europe.Actually invented in 1977, they first started use in Europe in 1984 with a large French bank rollout.
31 EMV (continued)Consumer payment application is resident in a secure Integrated Circuit Card (ICC) or contactless chips in smart cards or personal devices such as smart phonesEMV Standards are managed by EMVCo. EMVCo is a company founded by the major card brands (Visa, MC, Discover) to manage the overall standard. AMEX also belongs to EMVCo as of 2009.EMV works by using the technology you have (i.e. the card) along with the technology you know (such as PIN) to validate authenticity.Elavon is required to be compliant with this standard as of October We are currently working on timelines and product offerings to ensure merchants can comply with this standard.
32 Convenience Fee Rules Overview Imposing a Convenience fee is permissible under the following conditions:Transaction must be processed in a non face-to-face environmentThe Payment channel needs to provide a true convenience to the cardholder and the card member must have the ability to pay the transaction in another environment without feesThe fee needs to be disclosed prior to the completion of the sale with an opportunity to cancel the transaction prior to the cardholder being charged.This fee must be disclosed as a convenience fee and not a surcharge.Convenience fee needs to be applied to all payment channels (Visa, MC, AMEX, DI, ACH).Visa requires that all fees must be a fixed amount; MC and Discover allow percentage based fees.Visa requires that all Convenience Fees be assessed in the same transaction amount.Visa does have programs specifically for Tax Payment programs that have different allowances.Visa and MasterCard both prohibit establishing minimum or maximum transaction amounts for a purchase.
33 Convenience Fee exception Commonwealth of Virginia State Law§ Authority to accept revenue by commercially acceptable means; service charge; bad check charge.A. Subject to § , any public body that is responsible for revenue collection, including, but not limited to, taxes, interest, penalties, fees, fines or other charges, may accept payment of any amount due by any commercially acceptable means, including, but not limited to, checks, credit cards, debit cards, and electronic funds transfers.B. The public body may add to any amount due a sum, not to exceed the amount charged to that public body for acceptance of any payment by a means that incurs a charge to that public body or the amount negotiated and agreed to in a contract with that public body, whichever is less. Any state agency imposing such additional charges shall waive them when the use of these means of payment reduces processing costs and losses due to bad checks or other receivable costs by an amount equal to or greater than the amount of such additional charges.C. If any check or other means of payment tendered to a public body in the course of its duties is not paid by the financial institution on which it is drawn, because of insufficient funds in the account of the drawer, no account is in the name of the drawer, or the account of the drawer is closed, and the check or other means of payment is returned to the public body unpaid, the amount thereof shall be charged to the person on whose account it was received, and his liability and that of his sureties, shall be as if he had never offered any such payment. A penalty of twenty-five dollars or the amount of any costs, whichever is greater, shall be added to such amount. This penalty shall be in addition to any other penalty provided by law, except the penalty imposed by § shall not apply.(2002, c. 719.)
34 Visa Government Program Allows governments to add a fee onto any type of transaction.Allows for Percentage Based fees on Credit Cards; Debit Card fees are capped at $3.95 and must be fixed.Registration through Elavon and Visa is required.Fee must be clearly disclosed.Fee must be a separate amount from the actual payment amount.Fee must be CPS qualified:Transaction should be settled within 24 hoursTransaction must include ZIP Code information if key entered
35 Revenue Neutral Solution Elavon has the ability to process transactions for government accounts with no fees to the merchant.The way this works is that Elavon will collect the extra money from each transaction (surcharge) and keep that; merchant receives 100% of all revenue collected.Requirements:Merchant must be registered with Visa Government program.Merchant must have additional fee on all transactions.Merchant must process as separate transactions (in accordance with Visa guidelines)Elavon will set the fee amount and collect 100% of all fee revenue. The fees are calculated based on expected Interchange costs as well as Elavon overhead for managing the program.
36 Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standards Are you compliant….
37 Payment Card Industry - History Visa instituted the Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) in June 2001, the program is intended to protect cardholder data—wherever it resides—ensuring that merchants, and service providers maintain the highest information security standard.The CISP and related MasterCard Site Data Protection (SDP) programs were implemented to help ensure consumers that the businesses they are dealing with maintain the security of their bankcard account and other personal identifiable information.Visa and MasterCard aligned their security requirements in December 2004 to form a Payment Card Industry Standard for Security.PCI Data Security Standard requirements can be found at https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org .These data security requirements require all entities that store, process, or transmit card data to be compliant with these payment card industry standards for security.This program generally requires all merchants who store, process, or transmit card data to complete an annual security questionnaire and have their IP addresses scanned quarterly by a VISA/MC certified vendor.Compliance has many benefits: Safe harbor from fines if a location is hacked and the VISA/MC “good seal of approval for” processing, customer confidence and maintain brand reputation.
38 What level is your account? PCI-DSS is categorized into 4 levelsLevel I – Any Merchant processing over 6MM Visa transactions annuallyLevel II – Any Merchant processing between 1MM – 6MM Visa transactions annuallyLevel III – Any Merchant processing 20K – 1MM Visa E-commerce transactions annuallyLevel IV – Any Merchant processing less that 20K Visa E-commerce transactions, or less than 1MM Visa transactions regardless of the channelPCI-DSS
39 12 Guidelines for PCI Compliance Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder dataDo not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parametersProtect stored cardholder dataEncrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networksUse and regularly update anti-virus softwareDevelop and maintain secure systems and applicationsRestrict access to cardholder data by business need-to-knowAssign a unique ID to each person with computer accessRestrict physical access to cardholder dataTrack and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder dataRegularly test security systems and processesMaintain a policy that addresses information security
40 Non-Compliance: Risks, Fines, Fees, Costs, Loss Damage to brand/reputationInvestigation costsRemediation costsOngoing compliance auditsVictim notification costsFinancial lossFines and FeeNon-compliance (each brand issues separate fines)Re-issuanceFraud LossData lossChargeback’s for fraudulent transactionsOperations disruptionSensitive info disclosureDenial of service to customersPossibility of business closurePotential legal liabilities beyond the Association rules
41 4 New PCI DSS Self Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ) In an effort to make the process of becoming PCI DSS compliant more streamline, the PCI Council has developed 4 new SAQ’s for merchant validation. New SAQ’s are as follows:SAQ A: Addresses requirements applicable to merchants who have outsourced all cardholder data storage, processing and transmission.SAQ B: Created to address requirements pertinent to merchants who process cardholder data via imprint machines or standalone dial-up terminals only.SAQ C: Constructed to focus on requirements applicable to merchants whose payment applications systems are connected to the internet.SAQ D: Designed to address requirements relevant to all service providers defined by a payment brand as eligible to complete an SAQ and those merchant who do not fall under the types addressed by SAQ A, B, or C.The new questionnaires and further information can be found at: https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org
42 What roles do Elavon and Treasury play in my PCI compliance validation? Treasury- Maintains the contract with Elavon, which requires compliance with applicable PCI security standards.Elavon- Serves as a resource for questions related to PCI, and also serves to provide guidance on the PCI process.Elavon is responsible for ensuring that merchants comply with PCI guidelines and is liable to Visa/MC for any fines.
43 So what are my responsibilities related to compliance validation? Complete the applicable questionnaire(s) annually.Scan your systems quarterly (if applicable) using an approved third party scanning vendor.Ensure that your systems are secure and that cardholder data is not retained.
45 Virtual MerchantVirtual Merchant is a proprietary Elavon gateway that can be used as either:Virtual Terminal-Allowing for local PC based processing of both Key Entered and Retail transactions.Gateway- Allowing for mapping of transactions to process through Virtual Merchant to the Elavon host.Virtual Merchant is hosted by Elavon. The only technical requirement for use is Internet Explorer and an internet connection.Development to the Ecommerce gateway utilizes HTTPS protocol.Ecommerce merchants can also utilize an Elavon hosted payment page, further reducing PCI scope.Development accounts are available for your needs.
46 Virtual Merchant Mobile Virtual Merchant Mobile is an Elavon product that allows you to turn your tablet or Iphone/Android device into a portable terminal.The Virtual Merchant app itself is free and can be downloaded from the ITunes store or Google Play Market.This app allows you to key enter or swipe transactions, and have those transactions processed just like on a terminal or Virtual Merchant.Note-Swipe transactions require the purchase of a swiper device.
47 Elavon TerminalsElavon has stand alone terminals that allow for credit card processing.Elavon has several different models to choose from. Some basics:Terminals can connect either via LAN connection (IP) or Analog phone lines (dial). Note that digital phone lines are not recommended.Terminals are menu driven.Terminals are simple, easy to use, effective processing solutions that require little training or knowledge.
48 Electronic Check Service (ECS) Elavon’s ECS service provides merchants with the ability to process checks electronically, without the need to take checks to the bank.Checks are “imaged” meaning that a copy of the check is captured electronically and then routed for payment.Most types of checks can be supported including Business, Corporate, ConsumerWith Dual Sided Imagers, we can also support Money Orders, Treasury Checks, Traveler’s Checks, Third Party Checks…pretty much any kind of check presented can be used with this service.Check amounts deposit with your Credit Card batches, and reflect on all Elavon reporting.For large scale environments, Elavon can also support high speed imagers.
49 ECS Service Level Options Conversion with GuaranteeChecks are converted into electronic transactions and all funds are guaranteedAll paperwork is eliminated – no follow-up needed from merchantsThe retailer assumes no risk for all qualified and approved transactionsConversion with VerificationChecks are imaged and converted into electronic transactionsRouted for verification either through the participating Visa bank or through EnCircle for ACH submissionRetailer retains the risk of returned items for all transactionsConversion onlyChecks are imaged and converted into electronic transactions, retailer performs own authorization
50 Checks can be taken either Face to Face or via Mail Face to Face (Point of Purchase or POP)Enables merchants to convert checks to electronic transactions in a check present/consumer present environment at the time of check acceptanceUtilizes Direct DDA, the ACH network and Check Replacement Documents (CRD’s) for authorization and clearingSignature requiredCheck must be returned to check writerPosted and take away consumer notification requiredNon Face to Face (Accounts Receivable Conversion or ARC)ARC is used for check present/consumer absent transaction environments such as Receivables Payments, Mail Orders, or Drop Box/Lock Box environmentsCustomers are provided a notice that checks will process remotely.
51 Elavon Gift Card Solution Elavon’s Gift Card solution can allow merchants to have a Custom Designed stored value card to allow access to customer sales.Increased SalesAttract new customers to the businessRetains full face value = no cash backSwitching from paper certificates to gift card can result in 2-4 times the volume…by capitalizing on impulse purchases61% of recipients spend more than the card valueMost consumers spend 25% more than the face value of the card when redeeming a card received as a giftReduced CostsMore efficient and cost effective than paperIncreased Security and Reduced FraudCards have no value until activatedEasy to UseWorks seamlessly with same solutions used for credit cardsElectronic reporting and tracking
52 Safe T SuiteElavon is offering Safe T Suite as a customizable solution for transaction security.Safe T Suite has two different areas of focus to ensure your transaction security:Transactions at rest- Allows for safe storage of credit card numbers by the use of Tokens. These numbers replace the actual credit card numbers, and allow for safe storage and reprocessing of live card data.Transactions in motion- The ability to encrypt data at the point of swipe allows for merchants to ensure that the transaction data is not viewable at any portion of the retail process-from inception at the point of swipe all the way through to Elavon.
53 Safe T Suite What are the benefits of Safe T Suite? Reduced PCI ExposureLimit or eliminate the PCI exposure merchants have with the use of this product.Increased cardholder securityCardholder information is always safe-reducing or eliminating any threat, even in the event of a breach.Enhanced business profileAgencies and Public Bodies can advertise to their client base that their transactions are secure, enhancing the confidence cardholders have to pay via credit card.Customized solutionsSolutions to meet the technical needs of your enterprise.
54 Purchasing Information Contract participants wishing to purchase processing solutions can pay for their invoices in one of two ways:Clients can have the charges for the equipment added to their merchant statement, paying the fees in accordance with their internal policies.This is the most common method for terminal and Virtual Merchant purchasesClients can also have separate invoices created for equipment. Agencies and Public Bodies can contact Elavon directly to have this done.For large or more complex purchases (such as a large Safe T Suite implementation), a separate Purchase Order may be required and separate invoicing. Please follow Virginia/eVA guidelines to have these Purchase Orders issued. Contact Elavon for assistance with having specific invoices created.
55 Further InformationAgencies- For further information on these or any other solutions from Elavon, please contact Tina Wilhelm at COV Treasury.Public Bodies (not currently processing with Elavon)- For further information please contact Kevin Grothouse or Chris Moore.Public Bodies (currently processing with Elavon)- For further information please contact Chris Moore.