Companies that wish to accept payment transactions for goods and services are able to do so through payment solutions. These can be either online payment solutions or offline payment solutions, often being combined in order to offer customers a wide range of payment transactions options.
Online and Offline payment solutions compared
Below is a table that lists the benefits and drawbacks of both online and offline payment transactions.
Online Payment Solutions
Offline Payment Solutions
Safe method – online payment transactions offer additional security measures.
Record – due to the nature of internet billing, individuals are able to keep track of their payments.
Accepted – credit and debit cards, as well as e-checks, are a widely used method of payment.
Accessible – the online nature of these payments enable them to be available to customer 24/7 worldwide.
Fast – not a long processing procedure.
Trusted– traditional method of payments such as bank wires and cheques are widely used by retailers.
Direct – no reliance and access of the internet required.
Transparent – due to the direct payment method, payments are more transparent.
Monitoring – these payments are easily monitored as they are directly received by retailers in most cases, for example postal payments.
Fraud – credit and debit card fraud are known scams that target individuals.
Identity theft – as individuals are required to enter billing and personal details, the risk of identity theft is quite high.
Limited – the accessibility of these payments restricts individuals to only conduct payments during working hours.
Unsafe – individuals might be subject to fraud as offline payments do not offer strong security features.