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June 21, 2021

On the web

How the Semiconductor Shortage Is Putting a Crimp in Chip Card Production

Digital Transactions

“The global shortage of semiconductors that has impacted myriad industries that use the chips, from automakers and electronics manufacturers to defense contractors and even soap manufacturers, is poised to affect payment card manufacturers, the Smart Payment Association announced Monday.  Bottlenecks in the chip card supply have become so acute that payment card manufacturers face increasing difficulties in obtaining the chips needed to produce cards, the SPA says. As a result, chip card manufacturers can expect hiccups in their production capacity to continue throughout 2022, the SPA says. More than 3 billion EMV-standard based payment cards need to be produced and delivered annually to consumers worldwide, according to the SPA.”

May 25, 2021

On the wires

10 Billion and Counting: What the Latest EMV® Chip Data Means for Global Payments – EMVCo

“Data published by EMVCo shows that at the end of 2020, 10.8 billion EMV® chip cards were in global circulation – an increase of nearly 1 billion compared to the previous twelve months. In addition, EMVCo reports that 66% of issued cards are EMV, with over 86% of all card-present transactions conducted globally using EMV chip technology. In this Q&A post, Junya Tanaka, EMVCo Executive Committee Chair, explains the role of EMV chip in supporting the delivery of reliable and convenient payments globally.”

April 19, 2021

On the wires

Less Than Half of Major Fuel Merchants Meet Extended EMV Deadline, According to New ACI Worldwide Data

“New data from ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time digital payment software and solutions , shows that as of April 17, 2021 — the extended EMV liability shift deadline — less than half (48%) of fuel merchants will meet EMV automated fuel dispenser (AFD) compliance mandates. As of the extended deadline, the liability for fraud will now shift from card issuers to fuel merchants. ACI surveyed fuel merchants that collectively represent 45,000 gas stations nationwide — including major oil companies, grocers and convenience stores. The data showed that only 50 percent of fuel merchants who were not fully implemented expect to be EMV compliant by the end of 2021.”

April 5, 2021

On the wires

October 13, 2020

On the web

As a Deadline Nears, TNS Offers Deferred Payments for Installing EMV at the Pump

Digital Transactions

“With gas stations and convenience stores feeling the economic pinch from the slowdown in sales caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty over the economy, Transaction Network Services Inc. announced a new pricing structure to help cut station owners’ telecom-network installation costs for EMV at the pump. Transaction Networks Services (TNS) will defer monthly payments at the start of a multiyear contract for the installation of telecom systems that enable the point-of-sale system to communicate with in-pump EMV card readers .”

August 25, 2020

On the wires

New ACI Worldwide Data Shows Nearly 50 Percent of Major Fuel Merchants are Currently Unprepared to Meet Extended EMV Deadline

“New data from ACI Worldwide, a leading global provider of real-time digital payment software and solutions, highlights that as of July 2020, nearly 50 percent (47%) of major fuel merchants are unprepared to meet EMV automated fuel dispenser (AFD) compliance by the new April 2021 deadline (extended from October 2020) with less than half their stores fully upgraded. The survey indicated that 33 percent are unlikely to meet the April 2021 deadline, at which point fraud liability is expected to shift from card issuers to fuel merchants.”

July 30, 2020

On the web

Is Your Chip Card Secure? Much Depends on Where You Bank

Krebs on Security

“Chip-based credit and debit cards are designed to make it infeasible for skimming devices or malware to clone your card when you pay for something by dipping the chip instead of swiping the stripe. But a recent series of malware attacks on U.S.-based merchants suggest thieves are exploiting weaknesses in how certain financial institutions have implemented the technology to sidestep key chip card security features and effectively create usable, counterfeit cards.”

June 17, 2020

On the wires

EMVCo Publishes Updated Guidelines for Using EMV® Secure Remote Commerce Specifications and Icon

“Technical body EMVCo has confirmed that consumer-facing solutions and programmes based on the EMV® Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) Specifications are to be known as Click to Pay. This universal description enables ease of recognition for consumers, and signals that a consumer can confidently transact through an easy e-checkout, regardless of the payment card, digital channel or device they use.”

June 10, 2020

On the wires

US Payments Forum Publishes Best Practices for EMV Chip Fallback Transactions at the Fuel Pump

“The U.S. Payments Forum is continuing to provide the U.S. with essential guidance on the migration to EMV chip with a new white paper on options for supporting fallback transactions in the petroleum environment. The resource released today defines fallback and covers processing magnetic stripe transactions for card programs that are not supported on the contact EMV interface of automatic fuel dispenser (AFD) terminals.”

May 28, 2020

On the web

The US EMV Chip Card Count Surpasses 1 Billion

Digital Transactions

“Four years after the EMV chip card standard became the law of the U.S. payments land, the number of credit and debit cards with an EMV chip now exceeds 1 billion, and 63% of U.S. card-present transactions in 2019 involved an EMV card being read by an EMV-capable terminal, up from 53.5% in 2018. Those numbers are some of the highlights in a report released Thursday by EMVCo, the standards body owned by the global card networks. The U.S. EMV credit and debit card count was 1.07 billion as of 2019’s fourth quarter, an increase of 232 million, or nearly 28%, from 842 million in late 2018.”

June 18, 2018

On the wires

Gilbarco Veeder-Root Announces Exclusive EMV Dispenser Program For Chevron And Texaco Marketers And Retailers

Gilbarco Veeder-Root

“With EMV hardware becoming rapidly utilized at dispensers and the release of software to initiate chip payments beginning, Chevron worked with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to offer this limited-time program to help retailers protect their customers and sites from fraudulent events. This program is also an opportunity for retailers to work directly with their local Gilbarco Veeder-Root distributor to further future-proof their sites with other technology upgrades, like NFC readers for contactless payments. Gilbarco Veeder-Root is a leader in both core dispenser technology and the latest in payment security, paired with industry-leading reliability and service network.”

May 24, 2018

On the web

Counterfeit Fraud Declines Sharply In US Since Shift To Chip Cards: Visa

Cards International

“Visa has published a new infographic that revealed a 76% decline in counterfeit fraud from December 2015 to December 2017 due to increased EMV chip cards and chip-enabled merchants in the US. The company noted that it registered growth across the number of chip cards and chip-enabled merchants, payment and transaction volume even during the most recent period ending in March 2018.”

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