Wednesday, May 20, 2020
"I'm proud of NAC for stepping up to help America's independent retail ATM community," said NAC chair George Sarantopoulos. "To think that only 2 to 3 months ago our biggest concern was upgrading machines. Now we need to figure out as an industry how we move ahead in a 'new normal,' for our collective wellbeing."
While the nationwide shutdown has impacted all but a few of NAC members, Sarantopoulos noted that IADs are resilient and never run away from a challenge. He added that this is not the first "new normal" for the ATM industry. The community rallied to deliver essential services after 9/11, and is again providing convenient, safe access to cash nationwide, he stated.
Given heightened concerns about safe handling of cash during the pandemic, NAC is working with terminal manufacturers and industry experts to develop safety guidelines and distribute scientific data about U.S. currency. These efforts and public outreach helped the World Health Organization disavow reports linking cash usage to COVID-19, Sarantopoulos noted.
Following are additional initiatives undertaken by NAC members and board of directors:
Additional information on NAC initiatives is available at www.natmc.org.
NAC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in the days and months leading to the NAC2020 conference and expo, event organizers stated. Scheduled to convene Oct. 27 to 29, 2020, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the event has drawn a growing number of attendees, exhibitors and sponsors each year since its inception in 2012.
Given current uncertainties, NAC conference committee members are developing a virtual conference and expo contingency plan in the event that health and safety circumstances pre-empt a physical gathering. Additional details on the official opening and NAC2020 registration will soon be available, they stated.
"We know how important this event has become to ATM Nation and our collective future," Sarantopoulos said. "Please know that NAC is committed to providing our industry with a great conference and expo event, whether we are together physically or virtually."
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