New Report Cites Fraud as Key Driver for EMV in the US, Sees Risks in Current Approach

– Report warns that US card industry will need to work together more closely for EMV to succeed in world’s largest payments market. – Card businesses could miss out on many potential benefits of EMV, including future omnichannel payments, unless migration is better managed and communicated to merchants and consumers.

LAS VEGAS/DUBLIN, 21 APRIL 2016: Squaring the Circle: Driving EMV Migration in the USA, a report commissioned by omnichannel payment platform solution provider, Worldnet, and launched last night at TransAct 16, has found that payments industry professionals in the United States overwhelmingly view fraud as the key factor driving EMV migration in the US.

The report also found that issuers, acquirers and merchants have all struggled with a lack of packaged software and firmware solutions to facilitate migration to EMV, and that the card industry urgently needs to work together more closely to communicate the benefits of EMV to merchants and consumers.

All (100%) of those interviewed believed that fraud was the key motivator behind the US card industry’s decision to migrate to the EMV standard. With card fraud hitting an all-time high of US $8.5bn in 2015 and fraud beginning to migrate to the US market from EMV-compliant markets such as Canada and Europe, industry professionals recognize that now is the time to act. However, 65% of those surveyed also stated that patchy communication from the industry to merchants, and the lack of readily-available and scalable migration packages were hampering progress, with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) particularly difficult to convince of EMV’s benefits as a payments standard.

With half of all fraud and 75% of all data breaches globally committed on 25% of payment cards, the US card business is right to identify fraud as a major driver in EMV migration, commented William Byrne, CEO of Worldnet. However, the fact that only one million of the 14 million US acceptance locations are currently EMV-enabled must be a concern to the industry. Our research has found that players in the card business are looking to intermediaries to provide cost-effective software solutions that are quicker to implement and can be adapted to physical, online and the burgeoning Card-Not-Present (CNP) segment.

Mr. Byrne continued, While fraud sits at the top of everyone’s list – since no one wants to incur losses – both the card industry and consumers should not lose sight of the wider benefits of EMV. As well as reducing the risk of fraud at point-of-sale (POS) and online, EMV is the gateway that will secure the future of omnichannel payments – the capacity to pay anywhere, anytime and over any kind of device.

With new Web-based players springing up and the card industry at greater risk of disintermediation than ever before, we need to collaborate to ensure that EMV’s benefits are well understood by merchants and consumers. The industry should look to scalable off-the-shelf solutions to speed up the migration process for merchants and reduce expenses associated with implementation. If the card business cannot work together more effectively in the US as it did so well in Ireland, the UK, the EU and Canada, then we could find ourselves left behind by Web-enabled payments solutions that may carry more risk, but are able to rapidly gain market share.

About WorldNet:

Worldnet is a leading provider of enterprise-grade omnichannel payment platform solutions to an established base of international corporate clients in North America and Europe. Worldnet provides partners with a fully-hosted version of the platform to deliver an advanced range of own-brand EMV-enabled products and services across multiple payment channels including e-commerce, mobile, POS and iPOS. The platform is highly scalable and provides both multi-currency processing and multilingual support capabilities. To find out more, click here.