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How Are Millennials Affecting Credit Card Processing?

Millennials are changing the face of society. They’re even affecting credit card processing due to their preferred payment methods.

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Credit card processing is changing and will continue to change because of millennials.

Cards over Cash

Unlike previous generations, millennials don’t use cash as their first option for payment. They prefer credit cards. In fact, millennials use credit cards for 57 percent of their spending. This is wonderful news for credit card companies, but it’s also fantastic if you have an online store or accept credit cards in your brick-and-mortar store.

It only becomes a problem when you think about the fees many merchants pay to process credit cards. Those fees, as they currently stand, eat into a merchant’s profits. Since millennials prefer credit cards over other kinds of payment options, those fees will increasingly become a problem.

Spending Will Increase with Age

As millennials age, their spending with credit cards will increase. They’ll be looking to buy houses, get married, raise children, etc., and all of that is expensive. As they get older, credit cards may become the main source of payment.

The processing of credit cards is going to become a huge source of revenue for different companies, and it’s important to know how that will end up affecting your business and your bottom line.

More Online Shopping

Another thing millennials are doing differently than previous generations is that they’re online shopping. For millennials, online shopping is just easy. You can shop wherever you are and have almost everything you need delivered to your front door. The ease of shopping is all thanks to the internet and credit cards.

To buy almost anything online, you need to use a credit card. This is part of the reason why millennials use credit cards so often. It’s the easiest way to pay for online shopping. Credit card processing, therefore, is being taken to a whole other level because it has to be faster and more reliable than any other form of payment.

Fewer Fees

It stands to reason that since the method of payment is shifting dramatically to credit cards, there’s going to be some serious contention between credit card companies and retailers. Credit card companies get a fee per transaction.

It’s possible that in the future there will be fewer fees for merchants with regards to credit card processing because it’ll be the main source of payment. That’s something to look out for and be aware of for the future.

Importance of Credit Card Processing Companies

This information about millennials highlights how important it is for your company to find a great credit card processing company to work with. If your store can’t process credit cards, or has problems and errors frequently, you’ll lose business. Find a great company to work with and make sure this doesn’t happen.

Everyone talks about millennials and how they’re changing society. Sometimes it’s for the better and sometimes it isn’t. The one thing that is certain is that they’re changing it, especially when it comes to payment methods. Credit card use is on the rise, and a good business relationship with a credit card processing company is something that is now imperative.


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James Newman

James brings over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and merchant services industry to his role as Client Relations Specialist for BNA Smart Payment Systems. With a focus on sales, marketing and client services, the last 10 years have been spent with BNA. He has completed over 2,000 hours of professional business training, including professional sales, solution selling, conflict resolution, appraisal workshop, strategic marketing, and financial analysis. Outside of work, James is almost constantly reading fiction. In direct contradiction to this rather silent interest, he took up the guitar six years ago and regularly, happily, and shamelessly destroys the peace and quiet of his family home.

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