EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) credit cards have taken the retail world by storm. That is — everywhere but in the United States — a market with more than 1 billion credit and debit cards, most of which aren't equipped with EMV technology.
EMV credit cards have already become standard worldwide, with the United States being the last major market that still relies on traditional swipe-and-sign plastic.
One reason behind this slower adoption rate is the investment that merchants must make to begin accepting EMV credit card payments. You need a special terminal that can read and process chip-enabled cards. But experts predict that by 2018, EMV readers will become "ubiquitous" at point-of-sale locations across the country.
From direct deposit payroll to B2B transactions, Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments have become the preferred standard for companies and employees around the globe. Throughout its 40-year history, users have continued to embrace ACH payments for their convenience, speed and reliability.
Every few months, another article comes out celebrating the "death" of the paper check. Paper check writing is definitely on the decline. In 2000, Americans wrote more than 37 billion paper checks. And just 10 years later, the number fell to 18.3 billion.
But 18.3 billion of anything is hardly a mortal wound. And experts predict that the paper check writing tradition won't completely die out until 2026.