Merchants win smartcard reprieve

Visa has extended the period allowed for merchants to upgrade their smartcard payments technology to 30 September 2009. The upgrades will reduce the risk of fraud and some retailers who comply could receive discounts of up to 25 per cent on their interchange fees. The Australian Merchant Payments Forum chairman, Russell Zimmerman, has said that the extension was appreciated as the extra time would help offset set-up costs which can be expensive, particularly for merchants that owned their own terminals.

By The Australian Financial Review