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Posted: Dec 22, 2016
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Author: Tom Davis

Cloud-based solutions provide convenience to consumers and cost-savings for merchants.

With the release of Apple Pay back in 2014, mobile wallets at the point of sale (POS) have been all the buzz.  Apple, Samsung, and Android have swallowed up the headlines with their POS payment innovations.  However, the next wave of POS payment innovations have dramatic changes in store.  In fact, it could be said that mobile wallets are about to be leapfrogged by a new and better way to pay.  Several checkout-less shopping technologies are starting to show up in the marketplace leveraging “cloud-based payments”.  With checkout-less shopping, consumers can walk into a retail establishment and take whatever products they want off the shelves and walk right out of the store.  No lines, no hassle, and the payment happens automatically and is mostly invisible.  Sounds too real to be true?  It isn’t!  In fact there are several examples in market across many different retailers utilizing several different technologies.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2016
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Author: Gillian Huntley

Relaxed restrictions could open up expansion and competition.

Credit unions have always epitomized the spirit of collaboration. Sharing tips and tricks, best practices, aggregating volumes to shared vendors, are all hallmarks of the U.S. credit union industry. But there is a recently made change which has the potential to disrupt this cooperation, and pit credit unions against each other. Or these same changes could be used to grow and strengthen credit unions, to make credit unions an even more compelling alternative to banks. These changes relate to who a credit union can allow to become a member – the field of membership. Federally-chartered credit unions must adhere to restrictions set by the National Credit Union Association (NCUA), and some of these restrictions are being relaxed, opening up expansion possibilities for many credit unions. How credit unions who choose to take advantage of the loosening of restrictions to expand use their gains will either keep and grow the spirit, or break it.

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Posted: Dec 8, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

Bold Move Pays Off Positively for the Jackson, Michigan-based Credit Union.

Wendy’s restaurants, long known for its “biggie size” servings, might now be better known as a frequent target of “biggie-sized” data breaches resulting in massive credit card fraud.  Since the fall of 2015, according to one industry source, 1,025 Wendy’s point-of-sale systems in the United States were infected with malware during a five-month-long period.   While Wendy’s said they removed the malware, data breaches continued to reoccur in a number of locations including Jackson, Michigan, the hometown of American 1, a leading credit union in the region that vigilantly monitors member accounts for suspicious activity. American 1 says that to date, they have reached approximately $600,000 in fraud (about 150,000 doubles with cheese!) related to the Wendy’s breach leading to a decision that the credit union never imagined that they would have to undertake. 

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Posted: Dec 2, 2016
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Author: Bill Lehman

Expensive and time-consuming initiative makes it tough for gasoline retailers to keep up.

Initially, the liability shift associated with upgrading the card readers at gas pumps, known as Automated Fuel Dispensers (AFDs), was set to two years after in-store POS terminals, due to the complexities of retrofitting or replacing AFDs. But, even those extra two years are proving insufficient for many gasoline retailers. In response to the delays, Visa and MasterCard are postponing their Oct. 1, 2017, EMV liability shift for U.S. AFDs until Oct. 1, 2020.

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