E-Commerce Shines on Black Friday

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Black Friday, the opening day of the Christmas shopping season, is a quintessential U.S. cultural spectacle. We have become quite used to the annual pictures of American shoppers waiting on long lines in the dark of early morning and inevitably tussling over the last plasma TV on the shelf.Continue Reading

Credorax Celebrates Pan-European Banking License Launch

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Previously a licensed financial institution, Credorax has now officially evolved into a commercial bank in Europe. Having recently received our commercial banking license from the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), we have become one of the first fintech companies in the world to grow into a pan-European bank.Continue Reading

EPA Awards Credorax Merchant Acquirer of the Year

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Last month’s Emerging Payments Awards in London was truly a night to remember for Credorax. We took home awards for both Merchant Acquirer of the Year and Best Emerging Payments Marketing Campaign of the Year. We are honored to have been recognized for the hard work we put into serving payment service providers and clients around the world.Continue Reading

Insights From the European Commission E-Commerce Report

 

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A recent European Commission report on the state of e-commerce offers some great insights on how consumers and merchants are dealing with cross-border e-commerce payments.

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How Will Technology Transform Financial Services?

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Digital transformation has created big changes in a wide range of industries. Retail, hospitality, transportation and others — one by one, it seems as if every industry that affects our daily lives has been revolutionized thanks to ever-evolving technologies.Continue Reading

Innovation Is Key to World Class Payments in the UK

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A new whitepaper from Payments UK, entitled World Class Payments in the UK: Enhancing the payments experience, attempts to answer the following question: What will it take to ensure that UK payments will continue to be world class? The authors contend that the future of payments is all about enhancing the payments experience through innovation in such a way that makes people say, “How did we ever live without that?”Continue Reading

Apple Pay Adoption: Whither the Revolution?

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Last year, the payments industry was on the edge of its seat — waiting to see how Apple Pay would turn its world upside down, inside out, and finally make mobile payments an everyday habit for consumers.Continue Reading

E-Commerce vs. the High Street: Can They Work Together?

 

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For years, it seems like there has been a war between the High Street (ie: local stores) and its online counterpart, e-commerce. A recent whitepaper published by IMRG addresses the friction between these two types of retailing — and how they might be able to get along going forward.Continue Reading

Ready or Not, U.S. EMV Deadline Is Fast Approaching

 

As the October 2015 EMV deadline in the U.S. approaches, the question that has been popping up recently in payments industry publications is “Are you ready?” Although the deadline has been postponed many times, it looks like it’s finally time for retailers to start taking the transition seriously. This means getting the hardware and protocols implemented in time for the deadline, now just a few weeks away.

An unpleasant scenario where retailers would have to turn away customers due to their inability to accept the newly-issued chip cards is not one we would like to see become a reality.

EMV and the Role of Acquirers

In this vein, PaymentsSource recently reported that acquirers and ISOs have an opportunity to play a key role in helping retailers with the EMV transition, particularly when it comes to understanding the risks of fraud liability and getting a handle on all of the new technology requirements.

Mark Dunn, president of the sales consulting group Field Guide Enterprises, was quoted as saying at this year’s Midwest Acquirers Association 2015 conference that

EMV is now a consulting opportunity for ISOs, because these merchants need someone to talk them through the changes and review how they are processing card payments right now.

This type of consulting may be critical for some retailers because, despite all the publicity over the last few years, a significant group may still be in the dark about the impending U.S. EMV migration. According to an Aite Group research report from late last year, 34% of retailers interviewed had never even heard of the U.S. migration to EMV-chip payment cards.

Increased Online Fraud?

Another EMV transition concern is a possible uptick in online gift card fraud after the October transition deadline. This is because while EMV should dramatically reduce card-present fraud, it doesn’t protect against the card-not-present version. The place where this type of fraud flourishes best is online.

The UK’s experience can give us some clues as to what to expect. CNP fraud there rose 79% in the first three years after EMV adoption.

Why could online gift cards become a new target for credit card data thieves? According to this article, the easiest and fastest way for fraudsters to monetize stolen credit data is to buy online gift cards, which are essentially a form of cash, “so they can either be spent immediately or easily re-sold on both legitimate gift card swap websites and the black market.”

The author notes that reliable fraud prevention is key for retailers who want to avoid situations where well-meaning shoppers might try to pay for goods with fraudulent gift cards they bought online thinking they were legitimate.

EMV Success

We asked Rod Katzfey, our VP of Sales/ Business Development in North America for some of his thoughts on dealing with the upcoming EMV deadline. Here’s what he has to say:

Will EMV in the U.S. reach nationwide, mass adoption in the near future? The likelihood is probably not for a couple of years until banks and retailers alike understand that it is one of the unavoidable ‘saviors’ if we ever want to reduce the amount of fraud taking place on a card present level in this country.

At some point, the fraud costs will outweigh the adoption costs. Even if it does take one or two or even several years for widespread adoption, the reality is that when it comes to the technical implementation of EMV-certified POS devices, it does takes time. Therefore, it is in the best interest of retailers and banks if they start the migration sooner rather than later.

Consulting with experts such as Credorax – which has been providing EMV solutions in Europe for some time now – perhaps can help these parties to alleviate their particular pain points during the migration.”

 

We hope that through increased retailer education, the upcoming EMV transition will be as smooth and safe as possible.

3 Ways Merchants Can Start Combating Retail Data Breaches Today

 

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Our VP of Sales Business Development in North America Rod Katzfey has a new article up in Forbes entitled Why Retail Breaches And ATM Hacks Won’t Stop — And How Organizations Can Protect Their Customers. The article is full of great insights on how to effectively deal with the all too common problem of retail data breaches.Continue Reading