Activating Collect is a straightforward procedure, by which a minimum is required from you.
After you've had contact with our customer care Merchanthelp, these are the steps:
- We send you a link to a registration form.
- You complete the registration form and you select the payment methods.
- You receive a confirmation email containing a proposal.
- Upon acceptance of the proposal, we will collect additional data and you will receive an acceptance application and a "document upload" link.
- You upload the signed acceptance application and other required documents.
- We finalize and confirm the registration.
|To be able to apply for Collect, your website must contain:
If any of these criteria are not met, the registration can't be processed.
In the document upload you also have to include your Articles of Association (depending on your business type).
For more questions about the registration, you can contact our customer care Merchanthelp on firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Here you can also find our list of Restricted Merchant Services and Products.|
2. Payment methods
Collect supports the following payment methods:
- Bank transfer (BE/DE/FR/NL/IT/SK)
- Belfius Direct Net
- Cartes Bancaires
- ING Home'Pay
- KBC/CBC Online
- Sofort Banking / Überweisung (BE/DE/AT/FR/NL/IT)
- V Pay
3. Payment process
The payment process with Collect is like a normal e-Commerce payment process. The only difference is that our financial department Ingenico Financial Solutions is involved, as Collect partner.
Therefore, in your PostFinance account, the Collect payment methods are pre-configured with Ingenico FS's affiliation or bank details.
The below payment process only concerns pay buttons. The payment process for a bank transfer is slightly different.
- The customer places an order in your shop.
- On checkout, the customer's payment details are submitted to the PostFinance platform.
- PostFinance connects with the bank/acquirer to process the payment.
- Once the payment is processed, PostFinance sends you the payment confirmation.
- PostFinance sends a separate confirmation to Ingenico FS.
- The bank/acquirer settles the payment with Ingenico FS, which collects the money.
- Ingenico FS sends the reconciled payment information to PostFinance.
- PostFinance sends you a payment report if you have configured one.
- Ingenico FS sends a payout report and transfers the money to your bank account.
Based on the payment reference (beginning with the letters RF, followed by two check digits and the PostFinance PAYID), created for each transaction, Ingenico FS routes the money to your balance.
If Ingenico FS is unable to match the received payment with a transaction (e.g. the transaction is in an invalid/incomplete status on the PostFinance platform, but the buyer has been debited), then Ingenico FS will automatically return the money, after some security checks. The payment reference will be: "Money refused, invalid communication", together with the original payment reference.
Weekly, Ingenico FS transfers the collected funds to your bank account (cf. the payout).
Processing via DirectLink
By default all payment methods with Collect are to be processed via e-Commerce. However, Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, VPay, Bancontact and bank transfer via Collect can also be processed with DirectLink.Since Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, VPay, and Bancontact require 3-D Secure authentication, your account needs to be enabled to process DirectLink transactions with 3-D Secure. If you are not sure whether this is the case, you can check in your PostFinance account via "Configuration" > "Account" > "Your options" whether the option "D3D (DirectLink 3-D)" is enabled in the "Available options" tab.
4. Bank transfer
Bank transfer via Collect is a fully automated payment method, meaning that nowhere in the payment process you have to do anything manually. Furthermore, compared to regular Bank transfer, Bank transfer via Collect has additional features and is integrated with the Reconciliation module.
In your PostFinance account, on the Bank transfer configuration page, Ingenico FS's bank details are automatically configured, depending on the country (Bank transfer BE, FR, etc.). The customer will use these details to transfer the money from his bank account to Ingenico FS.
By default, the validity of a bank transfer is set to 30 days. An automatic reminder email is sent to the customer 5 days before expiration.
You can change the validity period from a value between 5 to 30 days, and also adapt the automatic reminder emails to the customers accordingly, on the same configuration page.
4.2 Customised confirmation email
For each Bank Transfer transaction, PostFinance can send a standard email with payment instructions (containing the bank transfer details) to the customer, if the customer's email address is provided.
You can choose not to have this standard email sent, and instead send a customised email from your own system, in your own company's style and wording.
To be able to send your customer the required bank transfer details, go in your PostFinance account' to "Configuration" > "Technical information" > "Transaction feedback" and configure the "Dynamic e-Commerce (or DirectLink) parameters" so that the following details are returned to you with each Bank Transfer transaction:
|BUYER_EMAIL||The buyer's email address|
|COLLECTOR_BIC||BIC code, identifier of the bank|
|COLLECTOR_IBAN||IBAN bank account number|
The payment reference (starts with RF, contains the PAYID)
Please make sure that these 4 fields are included and not altered in your confirmation/reminder emails.
You can retrieve these details via:
- the redirection URLs; and/or
- the server-to-server post-sale feedback in the e-Commerce environment; or
- with a Direct Query via DirectLink.
4.3 Payment process
A transaction with Bank transfer via Collect is processed differently than with pay buttons.
1. Transaction initiation
- The customer places an order at your webshop.
- On check-out, your shop's check-out page redirects the customer to the PostFinance payment page, where the relevant payment methods are displayed.
- The customer chooses to pay with one of the available Bank transfer payment methods.
- On the next page, the customer finds a disclaimer, an email address field, and a confirmation button.
- Once confirmed, the bank details (of Ingenico FS) are displayed to the customer. The transaction in your PostFinance account is updated with the status "41-Waiting client payment" status.
- PostFinance sends the transaction information to Ingenico FS and displays a confirmation message to the customer. If configured, PostFinance sends the transaction information to your system, and a confirmation email to the customer.
2. Transaction processing
The transaction status in your PostFinance account will change automatically, depending on whether the customer has paid:
- As soon as the customer has paid, Ingenico FS will send a confirmation to our system. The status of the transaction will then automatically change to “9-Payment requested”.
- If the customer hasn't paid, the transaction will expire. The status will first change to "61-Author. deletion waiting", and PostFinance will send an EXPIRATION status to Ingenico FS.
When receiving the EXPIRATION status, Ingenico FS will respond in one of the two following ways:
- If they haven’t received the money in the meantime, Ingenico FS will answer EXPIRED and the transaction status will change to "6-Authorised and cancelled".
- If they have received the money in the meantime, Ingenico FS will answer DEBIT and the transaction status will change to "63-Author. deletion refused", which will afterwards be updated to status "9-Payment requested".
This way, if the payment still arrives on the day of the expiration, the transaction can be captured.
Only if the status has changed to "6-Authorised and cancelled" you should cancel the order in your system.
3. Payment by Ingenico FS
Once the customer has transferred the money, based on the payment reference (the letters RF, followed by two check digits and the PostFinance PAYID), created for each transaction, Ingenico FS routes the money to the relevant merchant account.
If Ingenico FS is not able to match the payment received with a transaction, because either:
- The payment reference is incorrect: Ingenico FS will try to manually match the transaction. If they are not able to, they will automatically return the money. The payment reference will be: "TyyyyyyyyZ Money refused". (yyyyyyyy is a range of 8 random digits)
- The amount paid is higher or lower than expected: Ingenico FS will automatically return the money, after some security checks. The payment reference will be: "TyyyyyyyyZ Money refused : payid – invalid amount or currency". (yyyyyyyy is a range of 8 random digits)
With the next payout, Ingenico FS transfers the money to your bank account.
4.4 Status update
To be notified when a transaction status changes offline (from status 41 to 9 or 6), you can configure two settings in the Technical information page of your PostFinance account:
- In the “Transaction feedback” tab, “HTTP request for status changes” item
- In the “Transaction emails” tab, “Receive emails in case of offline transaction status changes” item.
You can also process (and cancel) Bank transfer transactions via DirectLink, for example to create yourself a transaction and send an invoice to your buyer per email:
- You receive all necessary parameters in an XML response (or via Direct Query).
- You send payment instructions to the buyer using COLLECTOR_IBAN / COLLECTOR_BIC / PAYMENT_REFERENCE / BUYER_EMAIL (cf. Customised confirmation email).
- You follow the normal Bank transfer Collect process (Ingenico FS collects the money, notifies PostFinance and does the payout to your account).
|BUYER_EMAIL||The buyer's email address|
|COLLECTOR_BIC||BIC code, identifier of the bank|
|COLLECTOR_IBAN||IBAN bank account number|
|PAYMENT_REFERENCE||The payment reference (starts with RF, contains the PAYID)|
5. Payout process
Ingenico FS transfers the collected funds every week.
As the money is transferred with a normal bank transfer, in general you can expect it on your bank account shortly after the payout date reported in the reconciliation module. You will recognise the bank transfer with a communication according to the following structure:
TyyyyyyyyZ xxxxx COL CDDDD.ddBDDDD.dd E
- yyyyyyyy: a range of 8 random digits
- xxxxxxxx: the payout reference (increasing number)
- CDDDD.dd: commission deducted from payout amount
- BDDDD.dd: gross amount
- E: end
Example: T24823658Z 12345678 COL C100.20B4008.00 E
In the Reconciliation module, the statuses of the different transactions will change accordingly.
Note: In the payment process with pay buttons, an issuer/bank is always involved, meaning that the payment is processed by both the issuer and Ingenico FS. Therefore, payments that are done (less than) a day before the payout may not be included in the very next payout, but in the one after.
With Collect you can make refunds (full and partial) on transactions with all payment methods.
As we store the credit cards details on our site, this feature will be available for all respective transactions that have reached status 9.
However, for payment methods Sofort Banking and Bank transfer a refund is only possible if Ingenico Financial Solution receives the IBAN/BIC from the customer’s bank during the original transaction.
This might not always be the case for all transactions, making the REFUND button unavailable in the Back Office and throwing an error (status 83) for DirectLink or Batch refund requests. Please contact the customer to receive the IBAN/BIC associated with the transaction to perform a refund.
You can make refunds:
- In your PostFinance account, with the "Refund" button in the transaction overview.
- With a DirectLink request, the same way as with refunds on credit cards.
- With a Batch file, the same way as with refunds on credit cards.
In case of a refund, the payment reference on the buyer's bank statement will be according to the following structure:
Merchant legal name + TxxxxxZ + Merchant order reference+(RFD+"PAYID")
Go to Reconciliation
7.2 Push reports
Go to Push reports.
The time to activate a payment method depends on the following factors:
- It generally takes the acquirer or bank about a week to complete your affiliation. If you already have an affiliation, the activation takes a few days.
- Some payment methods require additional checks before they can be activated, e.g. in case of 3-D Secure, which is requested directly at VISA or MasterCard (and not at the acquirer).
With PostFinance Collect, you can activate several payment methods in one go.
If you want to change your invoicing address or the way you pay your invoices, please send an email with your PSPID to our Customer Care department
Our Customer Care team will take care of your request.
Please contact our team who can help you to get a copy of your invoice.
In your PostFinance account menu, you can easily lookup your transactions by choosing "Operations" and then clicking either "View transactions" or "Financial history", depending on the type of transaction results you're looking for.
Go to Consult your transactions for more information.
You can easily refund a payment with the "Refund" button in the order overview of a transaction (via View transactions). If your account supports it, you can also make refunds with a DirectLink request or with a Batch file upload (for multiple transactions).
Please note that the Refunds option has to be enabled in your account.
Go to Maintain your transactions for more information.