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Contactless payments have surged since 2020, initially spurred by consumers’ concerns about the spread of germs when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Turns out, many people found “tap to pay” to be more convenient than swiping or inserting a card to make a payment, so contactless payments have taken hold. Visa reported earlier this year that nearly 20 percent of all in-person credit or debit card transactions in the U.S. — and 45% in New York City — are now made by tapping a card or using a digital wallet such as Apple Pay or Google Pay on an NFC payment terminal or other contactless acceptance devices, such as those in train and subway stations.READ MORE
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2019 and has been updated to include helpful information about features of the ZeroTouch Terminal that eliminate unnecessary touch points between customers and employees in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.READ MORE
Investing in a POS credit card terminal carries obvious benefits. A combined 75 percent of consumers prefer to shop with a credit or debit card, so accepting credit cards opens your business up to a wider market than businesses that only accept cash. Some modern credit card terminals can also process alternative forms of payment, such as mobile payments. One downside is that researching credit card processing terminals can be daunting. What do you really need to know about EMV, NFC and PCI DSS?READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Let’s paint two seemingly harmless scenarios for you. A customer comes into your business and attempts to pay for a purchase with an EMV chip card.READ MORE