Mercantile Transactions Using Credit Cards:
Two major components comprise credit card transactions in the mercantile process: Electronic Authorization and Settlement credit authorization processes at point-of-sale terminal. The credit card number is checked against the database and the transaction is either approved or denied, within few seconds.
Step-by-step a/c of a retail transaction follows:
Step 1: A customer presents a credit card for payment at a retails location.
Step 2: The point-of-sale s/w directs the transaction of to the Local Network access point.
Step 3: The system verifies the source of the transactions and routes to the appropriate authorization source.
Step 4: At retail location collects all complement transaction information into a ‘batch’.
Step 5: The system gathers all completed transactions and processes the data in preparation for settlement.