If you’ve been following the Canadian POS Corporation Blog for the past few months, then you’ve been given a ton of reasons as to why it is beneficial to accept Visa, MasterCard and Interac as methods of payment at your place of business. But in today’s day and age, one of the most important reasons would be the internet. Why, you ask? Well, that’s because Canada loves the internet!
According to eShopSetup.com, “Canadians use web services such as online banking at a higher percentage rate than Americans. Canada ranks Number 1 in the world for online banking with 428+ users per 1,000 internet users and climbing.” In addition, Canadians rely pretty heavily on the internet for the purposes of shopping. This, of course, is where the acceptance of credit and debit cards becomes mandatory.
Have you set up your company website in such a way that it accepts payments and allows customers to make purchases? This will become especially important in the coming months. Because, guess what? Here, we are in September. The kids have gone back to school and the fourth quarter kicks off in less than a month. As a result, many entrepreneurs are already thinking about the holiday rush.
And as most people know, most shoppers browse online – at the very least – before they make it into the physical locations of the stores to make their purchases. And as eShopSetup.com confirms, Canadians go online for all kinds of things. Staying in touch with family members and friends, playing games, tuning into international radio stations, watching videos…you name it!
Of course, in the “you name it” category goes shopping. The website points out that over the past several years, Canadian shoppers have grown more and more comfortable using the internet to make their purchases. This is likely largely due to the fact that the media have warmed them up to the idea. Stories of “fraud” and online security risks have transformed into stories about convenience and online safety.
Canadians now know that there are security measures that are taken when using their credit cards over the internet. In fact, says eShopSetup.com, “The simple fact of the matter is – handing out your credit card in a restaurant is far less secure than doing business online these days.” As a result, there are many industries that have become well known for selling their products and services over the internet.
As the site points out, “With the implementation of buying airfare, movie and concert tickets online – Canadians have started to accept doing business online as part of their standard of life. With a greater understanding of online shopping systems and how they work to the advantage of the consumer and the online merchant, buying online is on a dramatic rise.”
In 2013 – going on 2014 – it is commonplace for customers to pull out their credit cards in the comforts of their own homes. Simply put, Canadians enjoy shopping online. As a result, merchants that allow their customers to do so are benefiting big time. Do you accept Visa, MasterCard and Interac payments online? Are you accepting them at all? Give Canadian POS Corporation a call at 1-877-748-2884 to begin accepting plastic today!