Automated Recurring Billing™ (ARB)
Authorize.Net Automated Recurring Billing (ARB) is a convenient and easy-to-use tool for managing recurring transactions. Merchants can take advantage of ARB's flexible features to enhance customer service and build customer loyalty, while reducing authorization declines and overall administrative costs. Simply create a subscription that includes the customer's payment information; billing amount, interval, and duration. ARB does the rest, generating the subsequent recurring transactions based on the set schedule.
Improve Billing Efficiency – ARB provides multiple methods for creating subscriptions as well as flexible rebilling options.
Save Time – Once a recurring transaction is activated there is no additional labor involved through the life of the subscription.
Improve Security – Eliminates the need to store sensitive data on computer systems, reducing the risk of compromised customer information.
Enhance Loyalty – ARB enables merchants to provide customers with an on-time, no-hassle billing plan using either a credit card or our exclusive electronic check service, eCheck.Net®.
Reduce Costs – ARB eliminates many of the costs associated with manual billing. Unlike competing products, ARB has no additional per-transaction fee. Merchants may qualify for interchange rate discounts, depending on their processing network and business category. ARB merchants may also qualify for discounts on eCheck.Net transactions.
Key ARB Terms When Creating Subscriptions
Start Date – The date that Authorize.Net will first charge the customer's account (cannot be in the past). Note: Subscriptions with a Start Date of either the 30th or 31st, and have a monthly subscription interval, will be processed on the last day of the month for those months with less than 30 or 31 days.
End Date – The date the subscription ends. This date cannot be more than three years from the start date.
Ends After – The total number of transactions charged for the subscription. This number should include trial period transactions, if applicable.
Trial Period – A trial period is a specified period of time at the beginning of a subscription during which a special amount is billed to the customer. After the trial period, the remaining transactions in the subscription are billed at the regular payment amount.
Trial Amount – The special transaction amount to be billed to the customer during the trial period of a subscription.
Trial Period Cycles – The number of transactions to be billed to the customer during the trial period of a subscription. For example, if you wanted to implement a three-month trial period for a subscription that is billed once a month, the number of trial period cycles would be "3."