Thursday , June 21, 2018

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Estimates Vary, But There’s No Doubt: EMV Cards Soon Will Be in Millions More Wallets

The conversion of U.S. magnetic-stripe credit and debit cards to the Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) chip card standard is about to shift into high gear, and the payments forecasters are busier than their counterparts at The Weather Channel just before a hurricane’s landfall. The EMV Migration Forum, an affiliate of the Princeton …

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Sam’s Club And Walmart To Offer MasterCard-branded EMV Cards

  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will be among the first retailers, if not the first, to offer store-branded credit cards with Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) chips when its new cards bearing a MasterCard Inc. logo are issued this month. That’s well in advance of an October 2015 deadline from the major card networks …

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U.S. Readiness for EMV at a Low Ebb Despite Looming Deadline, Report Warns

By John Stewart With a crucial deadline looming in 2015, the U.S. payments industry will have only partially converted to the Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) chip card standard by the end of that year. Indeed, it will likely take years to equip small merchants especially to accept EMV, according to a report …

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Host Card Emulation Takes Another Step with Key Sequent Software Issuance Solution

Sequent Software Inc. on Tuesday launched a solution that will let card issuers take advantage of so-called host card emulation, a protocol that allows issuers to provision digital cards for mobile payments while bypassing the phone-based secure element. With the new solution, issuers will also be able to embed their …

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Target Opts for MasterCard’s Chip Technology for All of Its Cards And at the Point of Sale

Target Corp. is making good on its plans to accelerate chip-and-PIN payment card technology in its stores and among its customers with Monday’s announcement that it will move its entire Redcard credit and debit card portfolio to cards that use MasterCard Inc.’s chip-and-PIN technology. Most of Target’s cards, however, will …

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American Express Adds Wal-Mart to the Distribution Network for Its Serve Prepaid Card

American Express Co. deepened its prepaid card relationship with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with Monday’s announcement that its Serve card will be sold in 4,100 U.S. Walmart-branded stores. The Walmart stores also will become part of Serve’s cash-reload network, boosting its location count to 19,500. Serve’s thus will become the biggest …

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NACHA Unveils Opt-In Program To Reduce Exceptions in ACH Bill Payments

In a further escalation of its war on costly bill-payment exceptions, automated clearing house governing body NACHA on Monday announced a new program that will convert erroneous electronic bill payments that otherwise would go through as paper checks into ACH transactions with a new field where the biller can enter …

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Eye on Security: Issuer Response to Target Hack; A Rough Ride for Debit Cards in Chicago Cabs

A recent study by First Annapolis Consulting Inc. found that 22 of the nation’s 30 largest debit card issuers are actively replacing cards in the wake of retailer Target Corp.’s massive data breach. Meanwhile, a suburban Chicago bank warned customers not to use their debit cards in Chicago taxicabs and …

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AmEx’s Third-Party Issuance Program Picks Up Speed With U.S. Bank And Wells on Board

The recent announcement that U.S. Bancorp would issue American Express-branded credit cards brings yet another big domestic bank into American Express Co.’s network of third-party issuers under a strategy AmEx uses to build transaction volume. AmEx had 77 so-called Network Card License (NCL) arrangements with banks worldwide at the end …

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Google Gets Physical with the Debut of the Google Wallet Card

  Google Inc. today announced the availability of a payment card to accompany its Google Wallet online and smart phone-based service. The card, which is funded by money held in a consumer’s Google Wallet account, can be used at point-of-sale locations that accept MasterCard Inc. transactions. MasterCard was part of …

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