E-Commerce has played a steadily growing role in sales across the last decade. Today, however, as COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandates forced non-essential businesses to close and remote workforces to become de riguer, demand is soaring. According to the Salesforce Shopping Index, global digital revenue in Q2 2020 grew by an unprecedented 71 percent, year over year, with all metrics contributing to the lift: traffic, conversion rates and total spend.1
Even as brick and mortar begins to reopen, it’s apparent consumers have found the convenience of digital commerce “irresistible,” setting a new baseline for growth and ensuring that those enterprises not ready to capitalize on the rapid changes in purchasing behavior risk certain loss of revenue and, perhaps, even obsolescence.
The need for an integrated, multichannel payments strategy is growing exponentially. Merchants that understand the need to respond to this paradigm shift in purchasing habits are moving quickly to diversify their channels: e-commerce merchants are opening physical locations, brick-and-mortar merchants are launching digital storefronts. And smartphones and other portable/wearable devices are driving channel convergence as many consumers seek to browse, research and purchase products on their phones, both in-store and remotely.
In this environment, payment gateways are becoming increasingly important in payments infrastructure. They are the critical connection point needed to function in the now economy, allowing online shopping carts, point-of-sales systems and virtual terminals to connect to the payments process. If your gateway partner isn’t on the leading edge of functionality, scalability, speed and reliability, it may be time to change.
We’ve prepared this overview of the J.P. Morgan Orbital Gateway to demonstrate the importance of a robust gateway platform and how you can take advantage of our industry-leading suite of tools to help increase revenue, lower your overall cost of payments and serve the widest possible audience—anytime, anywhere.
With billions of transactions daily, merchants are increasingly dependent on robust payment platforms. The payment processing world relies on speed and security, and when a payment processor is down, the ripple effects are immense. It’s an industry that demands perpetual excellence. That’s why we are exceptionally proud to report that J.P. Morgan’s Orbital Gateway payments platform has recently received a No. 1 ranking in the latest semiannual GEM: Real Transaction Metrics: Semi-Annual Report from The Strawhecker Group (TSG).
Platform outages can cause business to shut down for the day (or even longer) as the ability to process card transactions comes to a dead stop. The cost of downtime can swing widely from industry to industry and business to business. But more than just payments revenue can be lost. Your company’s credibility and reputation for reliability are at stake. Reputational damage, nearly impossible to measure, can negatively impact business long after the outage incident is corrected.
The Orbital Gateway Engineering team understands the critical need for merchants to always be “on.” Over the last 20 months, they have built an infrastructure strong enough to run transactions flawlessly and scale exponentially.
We compete in stability, scalability and security—that’s what we do best so that our merchants can focus on delivering value to their customers and leave payments to us.
Proprietary technological infrastructure has always been an enterprise-wide source of pride for J.P. Morgan Merchant Services. Due to our substantial investment in cutting-edge technology, clients are now benefitting from our move to a true FinTech posture.
Whether you have an in-house development team or require managed services, J.P. Morgan’s Orbital Gateway suite of products is built to serve you. Quick and easy onboarding, outstanding management services and customization options based on verticals or geography are just a few of its features.
Our constantly evolving Developer Center is a self-service “sandbox” that helps clients take control in integrating omnichannel, global payment acceptance methods into their payment systems on their terms. Web-accessed, automated and seamless, the Center currently offers global APIs in a variety of software development kits.
The Common Wallet, for example, is a JSON API that allows merchants to integrate all major wallets from Apple Pay and Google Pay to Visa Checkout. This creates a one-stop shop and eliminates the need to integrate with every wallet provider. The API is available in most modern programming languages. And, the Orbital teams have invested resources this year to develop a feature-rich wallet that includes functions like recurring transactions, tipping and profile management.
J.P. Morgan also has dedicated teams of consulting and support staff available 24/7 to help clients through the process, from curating the suite of products for their unique business to end-to-end testing.
Orbital gives you the confidence to conduct business 24/7/365 because our systems consistently deliver. We hit it out of the park where it matters most.
The Orbital team also is dedicated to future-proofing the system by consistently improving processing power and making additional strategic investments in expanding functionality that responds to real-world needs.
For example, cart abandonment rates remain astonishingly high at nearly 70 percent on average.2 Analysis has shown that more than 40 percent are due to merchant website issues: confusing checkout processes, concern over security levels and lack of payment options.3
In response, several Orbital features have been built to not only ensure a seamless purchase experience at checkout, regardless of payment type, but also to secure the customer’s account information through tokenization, improving merchant PCI compliance and protecting sensitive data against possible breaches.
Another example: In reevaluating their business model, many merchants are leaning toward some form of subscriptions. In fact, over the last seven-plus years, the subscription economy has grown by 350 percent.4 Website outages in this business model can be devastating. Both renewals and new signups are jeopardized. Lost revenue and lost trust are equally difficult to recover.
In addition to the stability of an always-on presence, the Orbital Gateway enables merchants to set up customized recurring billings from weekly to annual options and tracks and updates customer account information changes to reduce customer cancellations.
Available a la carte or as a seamlessly interwoven suite, the Orbital Gateway family of services is thoughtfully designed to present important optimization benefits to a wide range of enterprises, from basic storefronts to the most sophisticated digital commerce merchants.
Whatever your business model—or whatever model you plan to adopt—you owe it to your enterprise and your customers to choose the best digital platform partner. Uptime, integration ease, support, feature design, self-service, security, scalability…the criteria list is long.
Be sure to examine and analyze all available product features also. If your current gateway partner can’t offer a range operational supports such as these, it’s time to look elsewhere:
We have built Orbital Gateway to answer all these needs and more. Let us demonstrate how Orbital Gateway can help you better capitalize on the exponential growth of the new digital economy.
To learn more about the Orbital Gateway and its product suite
Talk to your J.P. Morgan representative today, or call 1-800-708-3739, For an in-depth discussion of digital wallets, see:
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan
Head of Digital Connect Products, J.P. Morgan
Head of Orbital Gateway Engineering, J.P. Morgan
The prestigious Gateway Enterprise Metrics (GEM) platform is a product of The Strawhecker Group (TSG), a leading analytics and consulting company focused on the payments acceptance industry.
The GEM Real Transaction Metrics: Semi-Annual Report monitors real-time transactions from more than 20 payment gateways worldwide, tracking metrics such as response time; transaction average response time; success rate authorization failures; and gateway minute outage, access, and availability. Using those measures, Orbital Gateway earned a grade of 98.35 points out of 100, and ranked first out of 21 systems in the study, which measured performance in May and June 2020.
GEM is the only tool in the market that benchmarks from the merchant, developer and gateway performance perspective. Current subscribers account for an estimated 66 percent of all payment gateway volume in the U.S. Read more about TSG and GEM at https://info.thestrawgroup.com/gem.
Schwartz, Caila, “Shopping Index: Q2 Marks the Most Intentional Shoppers on Record,” Salesforce.com Blog, July 16, 2020. Accessed at https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2020/07/shopping-index-Q2.html