Only 22% of Retailers are EMV Ready, According to New Boston Retail Partners Report

BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Payment/Data Security in an Omni-channel World

Boston, MA – February 18, 2016 – According to a new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), the threat posed by data security breaches continues to consume retailers’ resources. While only 22% of retailers currently support EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) transactions, another 53% of retailers plan to implement this capability within 12 months. According to the BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Payment/Data Security in an Omni-channel World, 38% of retailers indicate that payment/data security is a top priority.

2016 Payment Data Security Special Report Highlights EMV Priority“Hackers and fraudsters are becoming increasingly sophisticated; requiring retailers to reanalyze and revamp their current security protocols in order to adequately protect the interests of themselves and their customers,” said Perry Kramer, vice president and practice lead, Boston Retail Partners. “The good news is that retailers realize the magnitude of payment risks and continue to focus resources to lock-down payment and data security across all touchpoints.”

“While the use of EMV-compliant payment solutions weakens the incentive for thieves to steal credit card information by requiring that the physical card be present at the transaction, EMV adoption in and of itself does not do anything to actually reduce the risk of a breach,” said Ryan Grogman, vice president, Boston Retail Partners. “The most effective approach for securing payment card transactions is a multi-tiered approach which includes implementing end-to-end encryption (E2EE) and tokenization in addition to support for EMV.”

This Special Report provides insight into BRP’s 2016 POS/Customer Engagement Survey and highlights the payment security objectives and challenges facing leading retailers today.  Specifically, this report addresses topics such as: EMV compliance progress, alternative payment type adoption, payment card processing architecture approaches and the increased shift to online fraud.

To download the complete BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Payment/Data Security in an Omni-Channel World, visit:

The Special Report sponsors are Manhattan Associates (platinum), Aptos (gold), Demandware (silver), Omnico (silver) and UTC Retail (silver).

About Boston Retail Partners

Boston Retail Partners (BRP) is an innovative and independent retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience & Engagement | Order Management
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Information Technology | Private Equity

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