EMV: three years ago, those letters, and a lot of technology expense, turned the U.S. payments landscape on its head. Now, with 100% of U.S. consumers scheduled to receive chip-cards by the end of 2020, combined with 75% of SMB U.S. merchants having already implemented chip-capable terminals [US Payments Forum], EMV has finally become the accepted payment standard across the U.S. But this post isn’t about the importance of EMV security or the additional protections that the technology offers.
Between July 2015 and June 2016, only 7% of all U.S. card-based transactions involved an EMV card. Over the next 12 months, this figure climbed to more than 31%.
These figures suggest is that although EMV (Europay, Mastercard, and Visa) cards have become ubiquitous in a short amount of time, there are still widespread misconceptions about what they offer. These misconceptions can cause headaches for retailers, as a customer’s unwillingness to adopt the technology means they need to maintain two separate payment systems.
Over the past few months, four of the major card brands announced that they are eliminating the signature requirement for EMV transactions. This change will come into effect for Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express in April 2018, at which point merchants will be able to choose whether or not to collect signatures for point-of-sale purchases.
Senior Vice President of iQmetrix Payment Solutions, Tabitha Creighton (pictured), reflects on the key takeaways from CES 2018.
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Wireless payments are quickly rising in popularity, and since you probably have a mobile phone within reach right now, it's easy to see why. The smartphone has quickly become the go-to device for anything and everything. Now that smartphones integrate so many smart features into the fabric of everyday life, it's only natural to expect them to handle wireless payments as well. Mobile payments are helping to simplify the retail experience by making the buyer journey as seamless and easy as possible.
As one of the biggest shopping events of the year, the stretch between Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday serves as a microcosm of the entire retail industry. The massive transaction volumes over this period amplify existing consumer trends and can tell us much about the future of retail. Let’s look at the 2017 Black Friday metrics and trends to see how retailers can use them to their advantage moving forward.
The latest stats on EMV bring us good news about U.S. merchant chip card acceptance. The U.S. Payments Forum Fall 2017 Snapshot reports that 96% of the top 200 merchants are now fully EMV enabled and between 70 and 80% of small-and-medium-sized businesses are accepting chip-on-chip payments.
As a wireless retailer, you know that people rely on their smartphones for everything—from booking appointments and sending emails, to making calls and taking photos. And now consumers also use their smartphones to make payments. The rise of digital wallets and other mobile payment options has changed the retail environment dramatically—and it's in retailers' best interest to learn how to incorporate these payment options into their stores. In fact, a recent report from Juniper Research found that by 2021, smartphone and tablet-based mobile transaction systems will account for more than one-third of all POS systems, and process 20% of all retail transactions.
The most recent report from the U.S. Global Payments Forum shows merchant acceptance of chip cards is on the rise—and if you know a thing or two about EMV payment terminals, it’s easy to see why. EMV terminals are nothing like their magstripe predecessors; they’re S-M-A-R-T!
The 2015 EMV liability shift was implemented nearly two years ago, and a lot has changed in the world of retail since then. With all of these industry updates now taking hold, it's the perfect time to review the current state of EMV in the U.S. market.
What is a Modern Payment System?
A modern payment system directly integrates to your point of sale and delivers a robust payment experience for both merchant and customer. It connects merchants to a total payment ecosystem, from merchant services to remote terminal solutions, to hardware procurement.