Global Payments (GPN) is rolling out the OptBlue program for American Express Card acceptance in Canada this week. OptBlue offers small business merchants a single source for payment processing, pricing, underwriting, risk management, settlement, reporting, support and a consolidated statement.
With this launch, Global Payments can now provide a solution that allows merchants to accept American Express the same way as any other card brand.
GPN notes it is the first acquirer in Canada to roll-out OptBlue.
OptBlue is was limited to eligible U.S. small merchants that have a projected American Express charge volume of less than $1 million per year.
AmEx launched the program last year with Vantiv, Global Payments, Heartland Payment Systems, Worldpay, Transfirst and JetPay as the first participants. In May of 2014 AmEx added First Data, EVO, Merchant e-Solutions and First American Payments Systems.
American Express acquires merchants through a number of channels: a proprietary sales force and inbound channel in which merchants contract directly with American Express; External Sales Agents who solicit merchants on behalf of American Express; the OnePoint® program in which third-parties handle merchant solicitation, payment processing and account servicing; and the OptBlue program.
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