With the maturity of Chip and PIN technology there is now a far greater diversity of payment terminal models available on the market for retailers to choose from. These are available from a ra
Retail merchants, and Payment Service Providers that serve them, are increasingly paying greater attention to the subject of operational management for their payment systems. Once the management of payment terminals was regarded as a boring back room task that focused largely on initial software rollout and device deployment, attracting little ongoing attention or investment.
Large and mid sized UK retailers who have invested in mobile point of sale technology in-store saw positive results during the recent busy Christmas trading period.These retailers installed Mobile POS technology for a variety of use cases including:
What is NFC all about?
Why are retailers moving to the Cloud?
Background to EMV
The payments landscape is rapidly evolving with regulation and technological innovation combining to change consumer and retailer behaviour.
In today's society, the obesity epidemic is everywhere. Even in the world of payments!I admit it. I'm addicted to the TV's 'The Biggest Loser'. Watching people challenging their weight problems with diet and exercise is an enthralling way to spend an hour and a half, especially when I'm sitting on the couch eating biscuits!
Thanks to PCI and EMV we have come along way from the days when both retailers and criminals had complete control over customer card data, but I can't help thinking when is enough, enough? As we all know there is a danger of both under and over insuring your property so shouldn't retailers be approaching PCI with the same caution?
Last month I watched the 20th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall with great interest. It certainly was a monumental step in the amalgamation of Europe on an economic and political scale, but it did make me wonder how close we are to a consolidated Europe when it comes to payments.
Settling down with my evening cup of hot chocolate to watch the world's events unravel on the news, I was met with an interesting advert and concept. They were promoting a mobile phone which could make payments. Ha! A new type of "pay" phone, I quipped to myself.
With projects in 13 markets, our lucky STS team gets to see some interesting places and people. Tokyo definitely tops the list of places to visit: the culture is amazing and we have some wonderful, supportive partners there. Tokyo also provides an insight into our future technology - what you see in Japan today, we see elsewhere tomorrow.
Recently at a hotel car park in the Midlands I was queuing to pay at a self-service machine. Bewildered of Birmingham was in front. They'd put in their card and were waiting for the usual PIN prompt, but nothing was happening. Or so they thought. The machine was actually waiting to be told that a card had been put in!
If, like me, you attended the recent Retail Solutions event in London you would have seen stands promoting contactless payments. I've reviewed this technology in its own right in previous newsletters and highlighting the benefits: speed of payment, zero cash handling costs for the merchant, convenience for the consumer, blah, blah.
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