USDA Finalizes EBT Cards Photo Rule

Agency heeds NACS comments to protect access for SNAP beneficiaries NACS Online Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final rule for those states who are seeking to require photos on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards used for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. In its rulemaking, the agency sets implementation requirements for…

MIRA voices its support for current and pending bills in Lansing, MI

West Bloomfield, MI. (DEC.9, 2016) – The Midwest Independent Retailers Association (MIRA) applauded the House passing Senate Bill 853 on Thursday, December 1st. SB 853 would prevent local governments from banning or setting fees for containers like bags, cups, bottles or packaging.  If signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the bill would take effect 90…

U.S. Gas Prices On The Rise

The OPEC production deal has sent gasoline prices on an upward spike By NACS Online After relatively low gasoline prices across the country, pump prices are increasing as the cost of oil rises after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to keep production at its current levels, UPI reports. OPEC had previously agreed…

Visa Announces EMV Delay

The card company has changed the U.S. domestic EMV activation deadline for automated fuel dispensers until 2020 NACS ONLINE Visa Inc. has delayed its deadline for installing EMV chip-card readers in U.S. gasoline pumps after retailer discussions made clear that they would not have enough time to complete the multibillion-dollar upgrades, reports Bloomberg. According to…

Visa Changes Rules to Avoid Enforcement Action by The Federal Trade Commission

Recent scrutiny by the FTC and Federal Reserve Board of Governors triggered the modification NACS Online Recently, Visa agreed to change their rules and requirements for payment system stakeholders regarding the rollout of EMV smart chip technology in the United States. The move comes after careful scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal…