Ian Robinson / Monday, June 26, 2017 / Categories: News & Announcements, Blog Five Reasons Why Your Business Needs To Be EMV Certified Now EMV is the new standard for secure payment processing worldwide. Beyond outlining a set of security standards, the new EMV cards use a “smart chip” instead of magnetic stripe to hold the necessary payment information data. Implementing EMV certified technology is a no-brainer, and here’s why… Fraud To truly offer customers secure payment services, you must implement EMV certified technology. EMV technology in its simplest form moves away from easy to forge signatures to requiring the customer to input a PIN for authorization. The magnetic strip cards used in the U.S. are far easier to clone and therefore much more vulnerable to fraud. To make matters worse, as of October 2015, businesses that do not have EMV certified devices can be held liable for some types of fraudulent transactions (CreditCards.com, 2017). Latest Technology EMV is built to handle the latest technology, including contactless and mobile payments. By implementing EMV certified devices, merchants will be capable of increasing both the security and efficiency of all transactions. Contactless payment technology is fueling innovation, with EMV certified devices your business is ready to handle the latest payment technology as it arrives. Convenience EMV technology has been deployed throughout most of Europe and Canada, meaning visitors from those countries expect to be able to use their EMV cards at your place of business. Furthermore, the percentage of U.S. EMV transactions has actually increased year-over-year from only 0.26% in 2015 to 7% in 2016 (Business Insider, 2016). While the rates are low considering EMV payments represent 75 – 88% of all transactions in Canada and Europe, there’s clearly an upward trend which will continue to grow in the US. Thus, accepting EMV certified transactions shows your customers that you value staying up-to-date with the latest tech and security which helps with the overall customer experience. Revenue Studies have shown that consumers are likely to spend more with contactless cards. Contactless generates higher spend and more total transactions. In fact, a study completed by MasterCard in 2012 indicated as much as a 30% increase in total customer spend with EMV (MasterCard, 2012). The same study found that after making their first contactless transaction, consumers spend 25% more online, 64% more abroad, and 20% more in recurring payments. Retention The advanced features of EMV-certified contactless payments come with the added benefit of innovative integrated loyalty programs. Consumers now consolidate their credit card and merchant rewards programs through platforms like ApplePay, MasterPass and SamsungPay, which means merchants can take advantage of the loyalty-building functionality of a rewards program. With all this in mind, if your business hasn’t yet, there’s no time like the present to finally make the switch to EMV. Avoid being left-behind by your competitors as they make the switch, contact TEI Payment Solutions today for more information. REFERENCES For The EMV Liability Article Visit: http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/understanding-EMV-fraud-liability-shift-1271.php For The Business Insider Article Visit: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-emv-still-slow-going-2016-12 For The MasterCard Article Visit: https://newsroom.mastercard.com/press-releases/new-mastercard-advisors-study-on-contactless-payments-shows-almost-30-lift-in-total-spend-within-first-year-of-adoption/ Announcing TEI Payment Solutions The Future of Payment Processing – Mobile Payment Technology Print 3419 Please login or register to post comments.