Tuesday , July 5, 2022

Smart Cards

Chip Shortfalls Will Plague Payment Card Deliveries Through 2023, the SPA Warns

Snarled supply chains and production shortfalls continue to plague the semiconductor industry, leading the Smart Payment Association to warn early Thursday that significant shortages in card deliveries will continue in the payments industry for at least another 18 months. What’s more, these credit and debit card deliveries that are being …

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Contactless Card Shipments Broke Through the 2 Billion Barrier for the First Time in 2021

Despite a persistent shortage of microchips, global shipments of contactless cards hit the 2-billion mark for the first time in 2021, totaling 2.63 billion for the year, according to the Smart Payment Association, a Munich-based trade group.  Propelling the surge was the shipment of an additional 269 million contactless cards …

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Rite Aid Adds Afterpay BNPL and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/3/22

Buy now, pay later provider Afterpay said retailer Rite Aid now accepts the installment payment option online and intends to offer it in-store in coming months.MoneyGram International Inc. rebutted claims by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that the company is a “repeat offender” with respect to “consumer harm,” citing the fact that the …

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Visa Ups Its Data Security Game by Spending $9 Billion In Five Years

Visa Inc. has spent more than $9 billion over the past five years to boost cybersecurity and reduce fraud, according to an announcement the network made in a blog post Tuesday. Of that amount, $500 million has been spent on artificial intelligence and data infrastructure. As a result of its …

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There Are No Signs the Chip Shortage Is Easing, the U.S. Payments Forum Says

The microchip shortage that has plagued point-of-sale terminal makers since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of abating. Despite forecasts that chip supply would not begin to start catching up to demand until mid-2022, terminal makers should continue to plan for shortages at least through 2023, according …

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Group Shines Spotlight on Online Debit Routing Choice and Security

The popularity of debit cards for card-not-present transactions, particularly online payments, is surging, and a new proposal from an industry trade group could expand that popularity while preventing fraud and facilitating merchants’ transaction-routing choices. The proposal is contained in a white paper released Tuesday by the U.S. Payments Forum, an …

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67% Willing To Pay with Crypto and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/4/22

A Cantaloupe Inc. study found that 67% of consumers who own cryptocurrency are willing to use it for purchases if it were linked to a mobile wallet. The study had responses from more than 2,000 U.S. adults.Card maker SmartMetric Inc. said it created a credit card with a built-in fingerprint sensor. The card contains …

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16% Have Made a Crypto Payment and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/15/21

New research from Fiserv Inc. found that 16% of U.S. consumers have used cryptocurrency at least once to pay for goods and services. The survey of 2,200 U.S. adults also revealed that 25% of crypto users cited lack of merchant acceptance as the primary limitation to increasing the use of crypto as …

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Contactless Payment Rises—And So Do Back-to-School Purchases—PSCU Report Shows

Contactless credit card transactions caught up to their debit counterparts as a percent of volume in August, with 17% of total card-present volume, as tracked in the monthly PSCU Payments Index, attributed to the payment form. That matches the share for contactless debit transactions. PSCU, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based credit …

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Mastercard’s Magstripe Farewell and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/16/21

Mastercard Inc. said it will slowly phase out the requirement that its branded cards have a magnetic stripe in favor of the EMV chip. Beginning in 2024, in most markets, newly issued Mastercard credit and debit cards will not be required to bear the magstripe. By 2033, Mastercard said none of …

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