The State of EMV and Counterfeit Fraud in the U.S.

In 2015, the U.S. became the last developed country to move to EMV in an effort to combat the rampant credit/debit card counterfeit fraud. It has been three years since the EMV migration kicked in and a lot has changed since then. Recently, Visa released new data along with an infographic highlighting the progress of the EMV migration. Although we used Visa’s published infographic for this blog, we expect proportionally similar results were seen across all U.S. card brands. After reviewing the results, here where I feel we stand:

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The Evolution of Payments: From Expense to Business Tool

Payment acceptance for the longest time was thought to be a necessary business expense. But over the last decade, a few significant changes have transformed the definition of “payments” in the industry. One of the changes that acted as a catalyst in this transformation is the improved efficiency in carrying out electronic transactions. Combined with the advancement in technology over the last two decades, innovative solutions have become easily available in the market for all merchants (big or small) looking to improve efficiency and enhance their customers’ experience.

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Is the End of Credit Card Signatures Here?

Credit card signatures are going away. You may have seen many articles delivering this news, and might wonder if it matters to you as a merchant. Ultimately, the decision on whether or not to accept signatures is up to you, so it’s important to understand the benefits of each option. In this article, I provide some insight into how and why credit card signatures are being phased out. Let’s start with the basics.

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3 Reasons Why an SDK is a Necessity to Enable EMV for mPOS

Many independent software vendors (ISVs) across a wide range of industries, including retail, hotel & lodging, healthcare, etc., are building innovative mobile point of sale (mPOS) payment solutions. These solutions include mobile applications that allow merchants to run their business from a smartphone or tablet and are coupled with an mPOS card reader to accept card-based payments. To be able to accept payments, these applications must comply with the latest payment industry standards and be certified to securely accept EMV payments.

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INFOGRAPHIC: State of EMV in the U.S.

Since the fraud liability shifted to merchants in the U.S. due to the EMV migration back in October 2015, a lot has changed for the payments industry. Adoption of chip cards is on the rise, and merchants and consumers are finally getting used to the more secure payment method. Let's take a look at how far we've come in the first two years since the EMV migration began:  

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