Monday , June 18, 2018

Smart Cards

With Consumer Adoption of EMV Rampant, Pockets of Merchants Work to Catch up

Merchants, especially those reliant on point-of-sale software, continue to find themselves catching up to consumers when it comes to EMV adoption. But Rent Centric Inc., developer of browser-based software for the auto-rental industry, is the latest to make EMV acceptance available to its clients. Toronto-based Rent Centric says it now …

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Nearly All of Visa’s Payment Volume Now Comes From Chip Cards, the Network Reports

Some 97% of Visa Inc.’s total U.S. payment volume stemmed from EMV chip cards in March, according to the card network’s latest periodic report on EMV’s progress in the United States. EMV volume totaled $70.7 billion, up from $4.8 billion in September 2015, the last full month before the country …

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Mobile Traffic Grows for Shopify and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/1/18

Toast, a 7-year-old provider of point-of-sale and payments software to restaurants, has launched its first POS device, a handheld that servers can use to accept payments and handle other functions. The device replaces a Samsung model the company used. Commerce platform Shopify Inc. reported transactions from mobile devices amounted to …

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Contactless Payments Continue To Gain Share on London’s Transit System

Contactless point-of-sale debit and credit card transactions are barely a blip on the U.S. payments screen, but on London’s vast public-transportation system, payments from contactless cards or smart phones now account for half of all pay-as-you-go fares on subways and rail lines, system operator Transport for London reported Tuesday. Contactless …

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Global POS Card Transactions Now Involve EMV Chip Cards and Terminals

Boosted by the rapid rise of chip card payments in Asia and the United States, more than half of general-purpose credit and debit cards worldwide now have an EMV chip, EMVCo reported Thursday. Plus, nearly two-thirds of card-present transactions now involve an EMV card being read by a point-of-sale terminal that …

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Paysafe’s Proposed Deal for iPayment Will Make the U.K. Firm a Top Player in U.S. Acquiring

Paysafe Holdings UK Ltd. hasn’t been shy about building scale via acquisitions, and on Thursday it announced one of its biggest deals yet in the U.S. merchant-acquiring business. It expects to close by the end of June on a transaction that will bring into its fold iPayment Holdings Inc., a …

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A $3.4 Billion Deal Aims To Take VeriFone Private Again

VeriFone Systems Inc. once again is preparing to become a privately held enterprise, according to Monday’s announcement that an investor group led by Francisco Partners has agreed to buy the point-of-sale terminal and services provider for $3.4 billion. The deal, expected to close in the third quarter, values each VeriFone …

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Saks, Lord & Taylor Breach Exposes 5 Million Card Numbers

Data from 5 million stolen credit and debit cards is coming up for sale, and a cybersecurity firm says the cards were used at retailers Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Saks’ off-price chain Saks Off Fifth. Many details about the breach remain unknown, including the extent to which …

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Both Contactless EMV Cards And Wallets Should Stock Issuers’ Offerings, Expert Argues

As financial institutions move beyond mag-stripe payment cards, they face a crucial question: should we support mobile wallets, and if we do, should we also issue contactless cards? In the eyes of at least one observer, the answer is an unequivocal “yes” and “yes,” even though the former would seem …

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An Expert Predicts Gas Stations Will Fall Short of Meeting Their EMV Deadline

The U.S. petroleum industry has until October 2020 to comply with the card networks’ deadline to accept EMV chip cards. Will it make it? According to one expert observer, the odds aren’t good. “Some will not be ready,” Terry Mahoney, a partner who follows the industry at Chicago-based W. Capra …

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