Target Begins Apple Pay Rollout at Select Locations

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  1. ecschwarz macrumors 65816

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    I've certainly seen some rough processor agreements, but most I've seen treat any form of payment on a particular card network the same (there are some processors where different card types cost more, but not necessarily how you use them). If that were the case, they can and should charge more for using the magstripe as a penalty and increased risk of fraud. ;-)

    There's also the processors that are flat-rate and accept anything, which is great for small businesses - I had to have a long conversation with a group we set up with a Square installation (iPad, reader, etc.) that it didn't matter what kind of card it was since that "had heard stories that Amex costs more"
     
  2. parseckadet macrumors 65816

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    I've gotten annoyed about having to have the conversation in the past, but now I just grab my stuff and mutter "Yep, pretty cool," as I'm already half way out the door. I'm starting to care less and less these days about maintaining a pleasant demeanor on the exterior while being quietly annoyed on the inside. I'm sure that means I'll be an excellent crotchety old man some day.

    The other annoying one is the Panera I frequent. Apple pay doesn't on HALF of their terminals. The other half it works great. So every time you walk in it's a crap shoot on whether you'll be able to use or not.
     
  3. MisterSavage macrumors 6502

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    It's the same with using Apple Wallet to scan your Panera Rewards card. Only some of the terminals can do it. It's a very weird setup. I do give Panera props for the app though. You can order ahead of time and pay with Apple Pay from the app. It's so annoying with other fast casual places that make you enter a credit card.
     
  4. Simmias macrumors member

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    Even more infuriating - in my gentrified neighborhood of “tech forward” Austin, TX, fancy new stores and coffee shops open each week that do not accept NFC payments. They have brand new, expensive looking Point of Sale systems with touch screens, but no support for Apple Pay or other mobile payments. Are the payment system vendors selling them on disabling NFC or purchasing non-NFC systems so they can collect more customer data? These are young, trendy merchants with upscale shops who act like they’ve never heard of Apple Pay and you are weird for wanting to use your phone to pay.
     
  5. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

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    Because some merchants don’t turn on the NFC module in the readers. Just about every Verifone device supports NFC payments but it’s up to the merchant or processor to support NFC.
     
  6. tmiw macrumors 68000

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    Many of those require additional equipment for contactless. If no one's demanding it, they may not see the point of buying said hardware. Perhaps that'll change as more contactless cards start being issued.
     
  7. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    They probably take Apple Pay, they just don’t know how. Especially those iPad based systems.

    Revel uses an Ingenico reader for example.
    Shopkeep as well.

    And so does Square with the square chip reader.
     
  8. MisterSavage macrumors 6502

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    Yeah the little tea shop I go to frequently had a Square terminal but they didn't take Apple Pay. The owner told me she had never gotten around to installing the little add-on device that sits on the counter that can accept Apple Pay. It ended up not being a hard thing to do and I pay with Apple Pay there now.
     
  9. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Where in Tempe? It sounds like the card needs to be replaced if it is forcing you to swipe every time you insert the chip. Most mom and pop stores have Apple Pay as well, so long say you walk some of them how to run the transaction, which because its a mom and pop place, you'd only ned to walk them through that once, next time they will remember how to do it.
     
  10. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Mostly walk in retail. No phone or online sales.
    There are no signs indicating we accept Apple Pay.
     
  11. ecschwarz macrumors 65816

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    I honestly think every Panera is like this and it seems to just be a malfunction/terminals needing a reboot - considering some of the data security issues they've had in the past, I wish they had NFC working consistently in stores. Instead, I typically just order ahead with the app (figure Apple Pay in transit through that system is probably okay).
     
  12. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    That would also be it as well. Most consumers don’t even have their iCloud setup right.
     
  13. switcher3365 macrumors regular

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    I don't remember seeing an NCF option listed, but I tried it anyway on this past Saturday as I thought it was already in effect and it worked!
     
  14. Lozza013 macrumors member

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    On a trip to SF last year, I was paying for merchandise at Alcatraz. I was absolutley shocked when I had to insert my Visa Debit Card and had to sign for a purchase. We got rid of signatures in Australia back in 2014. I really don't understand how the US is so backwards on Card Technology when they are the home of MasterCard, Visa and AMEX.
     
  15. JRobinsonJr macrumors 6502a

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    Actually no. I didn't know that. Thanks for the info. Sounds like it's a good time to research alternative processors.

    Makes no sense to me that any of them would charge MORE simply based on the connection style. Of course, I do realize that manually typing the numbers costs more, but at least a NFC connection is (or should be) considered secure.

    ALL: Can anyone with direct knowledge comment on the logistics of enabling various connection types? If NFC costs more, does that also explain why CHIP cards are not enabled for many smaller businesses... and even some big ones?
     
  16. ecschwarz macrumors 65816

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    We got rid of signatures a year ago and there's a lot of merchants that haven't updated or changed their software to stop prompting. The better technology exists and is running in some places, but between the volume of retailers (Walmart alone has something like 5000 stores in the US, Kroger has a few thousand, same with Target), upgrades happen only when they really have to and at a glacial pace. It comes down to money and scale.

    In 2015, the "liability shift" happened, where merchants were encouraged to move to EMV chip readers, or be on the hook for magstripe fraud. It took forever between the certifications, extensions, and actual installations of new terminals (some places, like Meijer and Walmart were already in good shape). Similarly, gas pumps were supposed to be done in 2017, but that has been pushed back.

    I don't think that it's entirely us being backwards, but rather the volume and some pushback to encourage other things during technology shifts (Walmart Pay, to help circumvent credit card fees). Having been to Australia, I think the population density and number of merchants might look quite a bit different than the US (especially when the eastern half of the US comes into play). Basically, there's too many big chains in too many places :p
     
  17. JRobinsonJr macrumors 6502a

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    I can't speak from a position of experience on the back-end, but am certainly frustrated by this too. I suspect, unfortunately, that although MC/VISA/AMEX/DISC no longer require signatures, for these companies their back-end accounting practices still want the paper trail.
     
  18. ecschwarz macrumors 65816

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    At previous jobs, they used Bank of America and later Chase as processors on little pinpad-style machines (First Data, then Verifone) and NFC was just enabled by default. I think EMV chip not being enabled comes down to some PCI compliance checks/certifications for bigger businesses needing to happen - that's why a lot of stores have "coming soon" inserts in their slots.

    The card issuers want NFC and EMV chip use, as it's more secure, so I don't think they'd be trying to penalize merchants who want to use it.
     
  19. JRobinsonJr macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. Same goes even for operating system updates. I have customers still on Windows Server 2003 because the software either doesn't support newer OS versions *or* they have 1000+ servers to upgrade and that is just cost prohibitive.

    Wasn't there recently an article about a 30 year old Commadore Amiga still being used (January 2019) to operate a school systems HVAC? This is indicative of the bigger issue. Technology moves far more quickly than business processes.
     
  20. truthertech macrumors 68000

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    You've got this a little bit confused. Apple Pay doesn't use Red Card yet, and if you did use Target's Red Card at Target, of course your privacy isn't going to be improved because you are sending your information to the card issuer, i.e., Target! Using any other card will improve your privacy.
     
  21. Lozza013 macrumors member

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    Yes I guess we have 25 Million people comapred to 300m+ in the US but still I do think this is way too slow to implement.
     
  22. truthertech macrumors 68000

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    Actually, a few, mainly credit unions have adopted chip and PIN, but I misspoke and should have used chip and signature as that is the vast majority of transactions as, once again, they banks think consumers can't handle another PIN, although everyone would undoubtedly just use their debit card PIN.
     
  23. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a

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    We unfortunately are backwards in a lot of things. And we have an annoying habit of inventing things only to let others make it better while we stagnate. Part of that reason is due to size as others have mentioned. Much like corporations, smaller entities can move quicker and larger ones move slower....like a glacier. It also would have helped in this case if some retailers hadn’t invested in flawed failed concepts instead of just going with the big established players like Apple to begin with.

    What annoys me most about U.S. payments is the hodgepodge nature of it. Each retailer works different and as some have mentioned different registers in the same store can work different. It’s very very stupid. There needs to be more consistency.
     
  24. tmiw macrumors 68000

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    I actually think that the inconsistency and slowness is a feature from a merchant's point of view. Many wouldn't shed any tears if Visa/MC stopped being a thing; in fact, without decades of conditioning the public to use cards, I suspect the US would be more like Germany and Japan in card acceptance.
     
  25. Buran macrumors 6502

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    I'm hoping the Brentwood Target starts taking NFC payments soon if it doesn't already, but I haven't had a reason to go there recently.
     

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