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Posted: 29 Aug 2019

If you’re an on-the-go person and don’t like waiting in lines for snacks or drinks, or if you’re at work and need a mid-afternoon caffeine kick, chances are you visited a vending machine a time or two. They’re quick and convenient with no human interaction. Besides the once in a while frustration of trying to shake your bag of pretzels loose from the last rung of the vendor when it gets stuck, the machine is probably pretty stress-free. But what about those times when the machine doesn’t give your change back, or worse yet, doesn’t take your crumpled bills? Newer vending machines are being equipped with chip card reading technology, and its important to understand the changing technology. 1. You Don’t Need a Chip-Enabled Card to Use a Vending Machine…yet Not...

ID TECH Admin
Posted: 29 Aug 2019

Payments today give consumers a range of possible payment methods. Gone are the days of just cash or credit. Now, you can buy your daily coffee or that smart TV you’ve been wanting with cash, credit, check, Google Pay, Apply Pay or another type of digital wallet. Tap and go, or contactless payments, are popping up all over with the help of new technology in payment terminals. With the help of what is called Near Field Communication (NFC), credit cards and digital wallets on your smartphone or smartwatch can complete your purchases with something as simple as a tap on a screen. Why Do We Need Another Form of Payment? People are running on different schedules at all times. When you might have time to count out 47 cents one day,...

ID TECH Admin
Posted: 17 Jul 2019

You’ve probably seen signs that say ‘payment kiosk here’ or ‘we accept Apple Pay’ in any number of stores you’ve been in recently. You’re probably used to paying at the pump at a gas station with an easy swipe of your card. You might have gotten annoyed when you purchased coffee at a mom-and-pop shop and they didn’t have a contactless payment option to accommodate your digital wallet. If you’re an owner or employee at a retail business, you’re likely very familiar with the importance of payment terminals. If a system goes down, business comes to a halt. If you don’t offer enough options, customers may complain. Striking the right balance between cost and convenience can be tough. Today, there are all types of payment options that businesses are introducing into...

ID TECH Admin
Posted: 18 Jun 2019

You might feel like every time you walk into a store there is a different type of credit card terminal you’re swiping or dipping your card into. For the most part, they all work similarly, but it’s true — there is a multitude of payment options businesses can choose from. For instance, many new small businesses are choosing to stick with contactless payments, while older businesses have slowly begun to make the switch to EMV terminals and chip card readers. Why did EMV come about? American Express, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, UnionPay, and Visa all wanted to create a global standard for payment solutions. Because the U.S. is still going through the switch from magnetic stripe credit cards to chip reader credit cards, you may have some lingering questions about EMV chip...

ID TECH Admin
Posted: 14 Jun 2019

Think about the last time you walked into a McDonald’s or Panera Bread. Did you order through a cashier, or did you opt to skip the line and order through the digital payment kiosk? Chances are if you did the latter, you had a smooth encounter and didn’t have to worry about being sold on the latest espresso drink or newest soup and sandwich combo. Although fast food kiosks haven’t yet shown up in many fast food chains throughout the country, you may begin to see them popping up in the next couple of years. So what exactly is an unattended payment kiosk? Pretty much as the name says, the technology doesn’t need a human cashier to take your card, swipe, ask you to insert a PIN or give you a...