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Are you EMV-ready? If not, it could prove costly.

A new study by Software Advice has found that an alarmingly high number of SMBs have not yet adopted, or are ready to adopt, EMV-ready systems, which could lead to many facing high costs for being held liable for fraudulent transactions.

by Helen Leggatt

As of 1 October, 2015, a major credit card transition is taking place as the industry moves towards EMV technology (EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard, Visa). Newly issued credit cards will use microchips installed on the front of cards to register payments with stores instead of the traditional magnetic strip. A magnetic strip will still be present on the reverse of cards, even newly issued ones, so they can be read in stores who have yet to update their technology.

However, according to Software Advice's survey of SMBs, a significant number (78%) have not yet adopted EMV-ready systems in-store. Of those non-compliant retailers, nearly a quarter (23%) say migration to the new technology is "unnecessary", more so because two-thirds of consumers don't yet have an EMV chip-card.

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But there is good reason for retailers to get with the program. From 1 October, retailers are now liable for any fraudulent transactions made with magnetic strip cards. In effect, liability for transactions made with fraudulent payment cards shifts from card issuers to merchants if they do not have EMV-compliant technology.

Speaking at the Retail Solutions Providers Association's RetailNOW 2015 event, Randy Vanderhoof of the EMV Migration Forum said that while there is no regulatory authority requiring retailers to shift to EMV technology, "it's really a part of business process for everyone to be on the same page to do this, and to use the incentives that are in place, or to avoid the penalties that are being levied, if people don't move in the same timeframe".

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Tags: payment technology, retail

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