In May, ABI Research estimates there are 150,000 contactless payments terminals in 55,000 retail locations in the United States.
The SCA estimates that, as of June, 21.6 million contactless cards have been issued in the United States in the past two years.
MasterCard states it has distributed more than 16 million PayPass cards and has more than 55,000 merchant locations accepting them worldwide.
VeriFone becomes the preferred provider of in-cab credit/debit card payment systems on the East Coast in August. In September, members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) and Taxi Workers Alliance of Philadelphia stage a two-day strike, protesting the use of electronic payment systems in their vehicles. NYTWA stages another two-day strike in October.
Meijer Inc., a supercenter chain combining department stores and groceries, reports that installation of 15,000 contactless payment terminals in 181 of its stores has lifted monthly sales by 44% for customers paying with contactless cards.
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