“EMV” Posts

The Future of Card Readers

The Future of Card Readers

Not long ago, businesses were processing credit cards with a carbon copy imprinter. Since then, the payment processing industry has taken major strides in advancing its technology, and it’s only changing quicker these days. The combination of smarter card reader technology and crafty fraud tactics means more shifts in credit card processing equipment for businesses to consider. Here, we outline three trends for businesses to keep in mind as they invest in newer (and more expensive) card readers: Card Readers Must Be EMV Capable By now it's likely you're aware that mag-stripe cards are phasing out and EMV-chip cards…

The Advantages (and Disadvantages) of Using a Credit Card Chip Reader

The Advantages (and Disadvantages) of Using a Credit Card Chip Reader

As credit card, or EMV, chips become more common, so too are the credit card terminals that accept them. According to Visa, 71%, or 511.1 million, of its U.S.-based credit and debit cards now have chips, a figure that represents more than a doubling of chip cards over a three-year period. Across the U.S., 3.1 million – roughly two thirds of – merchants are now EMV-enabled. Even so, credit card chip readers are not a legal requirement for merchants to accept EMV cards (with the exception of merchants who wish to accept contactless payment methods. See below)…

5 Reasons Why You Need a Customer-Facing Terminal

5 Reasons Why You Need a Customer-Facing Terminal

If you’re shopping for a new credit card terminal, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by your options. Make the wrong choice and you could be in the same position in a year’s time. Changes in payment technology and consumer trends are unpredictable, but some credit card terminals are better suited for the future than others. Without over-complicating the matter with makes and models, we’ll focus simply on the credit card terminal's physical orientation. There are five compelling reasons why you should opt for a customer-facing terminal over a traditional cashier-facing one. The Imminent Rise of Chip…

Why Your EMV Card Reader Should Take Contactless Payments

Why Your EMV Card Reader Should Take Contactless Payments

In 2015, the United States saw a major shift in consumer payment methods from traditional magstripe cards to EMV-chip cards. This transition is referred to as the EMV liability shift. With the majority of U.S. consumers now paying with chip cards, the next wave of technology is about to roll out: contactless payments. In 2017, major card brands started issuing EMV-contactless cards to consumers in anticipation of this upcoming payment-culture change. Businesses processing credit cards should be prepared for this change as more and more consumers opt for EMV contactless payments. Before we jump into the why, let’s…

Are EMV Chip Readers Mandatory?

Are EMV Chip Readers Mandatory?

In the wake of the liability shift, many businesses that process credit cards and providers in the payments space scrambled to become EMV compliant. Since the introduction of EMV chip readers, there has been much back and forth on whether EMV chip readers are mandatory and whether they have any implications for certain parties. Below, we set the record straight for those still confused about EMV chip readers and their related requirements. EMV Chip Readers and Businesses Businesses that process credit or debit card transactions are not legally required to have a functioning EMV card reader in their store. So,…