An Introduction to Recurring

Illustrated User Guide to the Recurring Interface

 

Note: the “Gears” mbatchgears.png and “No-entry” mbatchsuspended.png symbols figure prominently within the Recurring interface.

The “Gears” mbatchgears.png icon indicates an active plan or transaction, clicking it will update the item’s status to suspended.

The “No-entry” mbatchsuspended.png icon  indicates a suspended plan or transaction, clicking it will update the item’s status to active.

All Plans/Recurring Homepage

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The left hand menu provides a list of the Recurring areas available and is always visible within the Recurring interface.

The top of the screen summarizes files statuses and activity:

  • Total Plans
  • Queued Plans
  • Activated Plans
  • Last Run (the last date and time that a plan processed)

Plans are listed in reverse chronological order with the file updated most recently on top.

Plans can be sorted by clicking on the respective column headers: Status, Name, Count (number of transactions), Net Amount (Activated minus Suspended transactions), Frequency, and Next Run date.

Multi-edit plans (Activate, Suspend, or Delete) by selecting the checkboxes next to each individual plan or using the ‘Select’ link, then choosing an action link. The ‘Unselect’ link will deselect all checkboxes.

The number of plans displayed per page (10, 25, 50, 100, or 250) is determined by the individual user's preferences.

Plan Details Screen

To view a listing of the transactions in any particular plan, click on the file’s line.

The new screen lists each transaction in the file. 

Transactions can be sorted by clicking on any column header.

Available categories:

  • Status
  • Cardholder name
  • Transaction type
  • Card type
  • Card number (full values are masked for security purposes)
  • Card expiry date
  • Reference Number
  • Amount

Click the ‘…(edit)’ link to update the plan details: start and end date, frequency, and status.

The top of the page summarizes files statuses and activity:

  • Plan Total (Dollar amount of activated minus suspended transactions)
  • Number of active transactions
  • Scheduled Start and End dates
  • Frequency
  • HCO Plan ID (used when integrating Payment Pages)
  • Last Run (the most recent processing date and time of a plan)

On this screen plan status is indicated on the “Status:” line. A suspended plan is noted by the text, ‘Suspended’ in red. Conversely “Active” is noted in green. Activate or suspend the plan by clicking the functional link.

Edit multiple transactions (Activate, Suspend, Delete, Move, Copy, Set amount, Bulk changes) by selecting the checkboxes next to each individual transaction or using the ‘Select’ link, then choosing an action link. The ‘Unselect’ link will deselect all checkboxes.

Plan Processing History

If the plan has been run at least once a '(view history)' link displays on the page along with the number of times it has been processed. For example, the screenshot below indicates the plan has processed once.

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Click the '(view history)' link for further processing details.

Credit Transaction Details Screen

Open the details for an individual transaction by clicking anywhere on its line.

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Use the fields in this details box to update:

  • Transaction type (Purchase, Pre-Authorization or Refund)
  • Amount
  • Cardholder’s Name
  • Credit Card Number
  • Expiry Date
  • Reference Number
  • Customer Reference
  • Reference 3
  • Address (used for AVS)
  • Postal Code (used for AVS)
  • Transaction Start Date (overrides Plan Start Date for this transaction only)
  • Transaction End Date (overrides Plan End Date for this transaction only)
  • Status

A Note about Override Start and End Dates

Transactions that use the override start and end dates essentially behave as a separate Plan within the overall Plan that contains them. Changes to the start and end dates of the Plan will not affect the start and end dates of transactions that have override dates set within the Plan. The frequency of the Plan is applied to the override transactions however, and if a Plan is suspended the override transactions as well. Start and end dates for the overall Plan are not required to be used in order for transactions with override start and end dates within that Plan to run.

 

Note that if soft descriptor support is enabled for the terminal the Plan uses, these additional fields will be available:
 
  • Soft Descriptor DBA Name
  • Soft Descriptor Street
  • Soft Descriptor City
  • Soft Descriptor Region
  • Soft Descriptor Postal Code
  • Soft Descriptor Country Code
  • Soft Descriptor MID
  • Soft Descriptor MCC

Check Transaction Details Screen

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Note:  To process check transactions in a Recurring Plan your account must be entitled for TeleCheck's Remote Pay PPD.  Please contact your sales representative for assistance.

Use the fields in this details box to update:

  • Transaction Type
  • Amount
  • Customer Name
  • Check Number
  • ABA/Bank Routing Number
  • Bank Account Number
  • Authorization Method
  • Check Type
  • ID Details
  • Email Address
  • Reference Number
  • Customer Reference
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Country
  • Home Phone Number

 

Create Plan

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Plans can be entered into the Recurring system by uploading a file or creating a new plan from scratch.

Upload from file

 

The file format accepted by Recurring is ‘CSV’. The CSV format is outlined here.

Review all plans uploaded by clicking the 'All Plans' link on the left hand menu at any time.

Updated Today (Plans)

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This screen only lists plans that have been updated, uploaded, or created on the current day.

All features and links mentioned above under All Plans are also found on this page.

Added Today (Plans)

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This screen only lists plans that have been uploaded or created on the current day.

All features and links mentioned above under All Plans are also found on this page. 

Queued

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This screen lists the plans that have been picked up and are “waiting” to be parsed and sent to the bank. Once the plan begins processing this will be noted in the ‘Processing’ column. Completed files will disappear from the ‘Queued’ section and be listed on the ‘Processed Plans’ page.

All Transactions

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This screen lists all of the transactions contained in every plan in the merchant’s account.

Transactions are listed in reverse chronological order with the transaction updated last on top.

Clicking on any column header will sort the transactions by that classification.

Available categories:

  • Status
  • Plan Name
  • Cardholder name
  • Card type
  • Card Number (full numbers are masked for security)
  • Card Expiry date
  • Reference number
  • Amount

Edit multiple transactions (Activate, Suspend, Delete, or Copy) by selecting the checkboxes next to each individual transaction or using the ‘Select’ link, then choosing an action link. The ‘Unselect’ link will deselect all checkboxes.

To navigate through multiple pages of transaction listings, click on the page links.

The number of transactions displayed per page (10, 25, 50, 100, or 250) is determined by the individual user's preferences.

Updated Today (Transactions)

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This screen only displays transactions that have been updated, uploaded, or created on the current day.

All features and links mentioned above under All Transactions are found on this page.

Added Today (Transactions)

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This screen only displays transactions that have been uploaded or created on the current day.

All features and links mentioned above under All Transactions are found on this page.

Expiring

This screen only displays transactions with credit card expiry dates that have either passed (indicated in red) or will be expiring within the current or next month (indicated in yellow or orange).

All features and links mentioned above under All Transactions are found on this page.

Processed Plans

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This screen lists all plans that have processed through the merchant’s account.

Plans are listed in reverse chronological order with the file processed last on top.

Files can be sorted by clicking on the respective column header.

Available categories:

  • Plan Name
  • Approved Count (number of approved transactions)
  • Approved Amount (total dollar value of all approved transactions)
  • Declined Count (number of declined transactions)
  • Declined Amount (total dollar value of all declined transactions)
  • Error Count (number of error transactions)
  • Error Amount (total dollar value of all error transactions)
  • Processing Start (date and time)
  • Processing End (date and time)
  • Errors (this column displays ‘Details’ links if any errors occured during processing)

To navigate through multiple pages of transaction listings, click on the page links.

To view a listing of the transactions processed in any particular plan, click on the plan’s line.

The new screen lists each transaction processed.

Transactions can be sorted by clicking on the respective column header.

Available categories:

  • Transaction type
  • Cardholder name
  • Card type
  • Card number (note that full values are masked for security)
  • Status (approved or declined)
  • Card expiry date
  • Processed date and time
  • Authorization number
  • Reference Number
  • Customer Reference Number

Refund approved transactions by clicking on the “R” button next to it – this will expand the transaction details so the reference number can be changed or the amount adjusted down. Press the “Submit Refund” button to finalize the transaction.

When viewing an approved transaction the same day it was processed a “V” button for void will also appear beside the refund “R”. A void allows the transaction to be canceled without it appearing on the cardholder’s statement.

Download the CSV file for the processed transactions or Print this page by selecting the respective links.

Error Message – Unable to Edit Plan

Only one user can edit a Recurring Plan or a transaction within a Recurring Plan at a time. If a user tries to edit a Recurring Plan that another user is already editing, the Recurring Plan will lock for 15 minutes. You will see the below error message.

The first user that was editing the Recurring Plan can unlock it by both users exit the plan and then the original user should de-activate and then re-activate the plan.

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