JCPenney Halts Mobile Payments In Stores

JCPenney has stopped all contactless payment methods, such as Apple Pay.

Earlier this month, a new rule went into effect mandating that retailers use EMV contactless functionality across the board, meaning all store point-of-sale terminals would have to be converted by then.

“A third-party credit card brand made the requirement for all merchants to actively support EMV contactless functionality effective April 13, retiring the legacy MSD (magnetic stripe data) contactless technology in place.,” JCPenney said in a statement to the AI & IoT Daily.

Shoppers still can use credit cards for payments, just not the kind where a phone or card is tapped to a terminal to execute a payment. JCPenney suggested it may re-enable mobile payments sometime in the future.

“Given the resources and lead time associated with meeting the new mandate, JCPenney chose to suspend all contactless payment options until a later date,” stated the announcement.  “Customers still have the ability to complete their transactions manually by inserting or swiping their physical credit cards at our point-of-sale terminals in stores, an option employed by the vast majority of JCPenney shoppers.

“Given that we do not have the EMV contactless functionality in place, JCPenney is unable to conduct any contactless transactions of any kind until we implement EMV contactless at a later date,” JCPenney tells the Ai & IoT Daily.

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  1. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , April 25, 2019 at 11:04 p.m.

    I can support that.  I use CA$H exclusively , so no inconvenience  for me.
    I leave no trail, don't have to worry about being hacked and don't have to check to see if I have money in the bank.  Just made  a 5 digit car purchase, all cash.  Freaked out the finace lady and foiled all her add-ons.
    Listen  to finace guru Dave Ramsey, people who use cash spend 18-24% less money on crap they don;'t need.  Swiping a card for an energy drink, feels the same as when you scan it for a new bedroom set.  There is no value connected to the purchase.  CASH is the only way to live.
    Will never go back to the slavery of any plastic card.

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