News & Events
News & Events


Please look though our current and past newsletters for the United States region to keep up to date on latest news.

  • Bans on cashless retail businesses gaining ground

    Efforts to protect the consumer's right to pay with cash have made some significant gains in the past few weeks.  It has been reported that Amazon pivoted on its intentions to make all Amazon Go stores cashless.  Regardless of the reason, we commend them for this change in policy.  It keeps the doors open for millions of unbanked and underbanked consumers.

    Governor Phil Murphy signed New Jersey's ban on cashless retail establishments into law on March 18th.  At least two versions of a similar bill are being debated in New York.  The Oregon bill allows exceptions for transaction deposits that might exceed $100.  Multiple hearings have been held - most recently on April 9.  Connecticut's bill was referred to committee last month.  The City of Philadelphia passed it's own ordinance earlier in the year.  New York City and San Francisco are actively considering their own local versions of cashless bans.

    Even those with a vested interest in a cashless environment should take a moment to consider factors outside of payment choice.  In times of crisis – regardless of the cause – cash is often the only option.  The only viable back-up system in all such circumstances is cash. 

    Although every U.S. banknote clearly states that "This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private", there is no federal law that requires acceptance of cash.  And there does not appear to be distinct support for such a law – at least, not at the present time.

    That being the case, ATMIA will continue to support efforts to ban cashless retail establishments at the city and state level.  This is in addition to our ongoing advocacy for cash and consumer payment choice.

  • 2019 Annual Conference is a record breaker

    In fact, the 20th annual U.S. conference broke quite a few records.  Overall attendance of 1,132 exceeded last year's record in Las Vegas.  And the 105 exhibitors and sponsors filling the show floor was also a record.

  • February, 2019

    Cashless bans gain momentum  The efforts to ban retail establishments from refusing cash payments have really caught fire in the past few months.  The latest and perhaps most visible activity is in New York City and the state of New Jersey, where such measures have been introduced.  The stated motivation in these instances is that a cashless environment discriminates against the poor and the unbanked.

  • January, 2019

    You don't want to miss your 20th . . . The 20th annual ATMIA USA conference and expo, that is.  The industry's largest and premier event.  Expect to see over 1,200 of your colleagues and more than 100 sponsors and exhibitors, representing every segment of the ATM industry.  Getting the most out of this eventful-event is a simple four-step process.

  • December 2018
    Featured Article: A typical day on "the Hill"   A daily presence in Washington, DC is critical to having an impact, because it is not about “photo-opps” – it is about building relationships.  That takes time and begins with congressional staff, who sometimes have little understanding of the inner workings of our industry.

  • November 2018
    Featured Article: Our man in DC   Many ATMIA members might be surprised to learn that we have a permanent, daily presence in Washington, DC, in the form of Kurt Helwig, President and CEO of EFTA (the Electronic Funds Transfer Association). 

  • October 2018
    Featured Article: Monthly legislative calls open to all ATMIA USA members   As most of you are aware, ATMIA has a close relationship with EFTA.  They are based in Washington, DC and serve as our eyes and ears on federal government issues.

  • September 2018
    Featured Article: Proposed new tariffs poised to hit ATM industry  Tariffs have been in the news quite frequently in recent months.  Like many other industries, there is a considerable amount of ATM related manufacturing that takes place in China.

  • August 2018
    Featured Article: New ATM industry career center  Anticipation is building for the new ATM Industry Career Center – an additional resource that will soon be available to all ATM industry professionals.  More than just a job board, the Career Center includes robust tools for human resource managers, free access to job seekers, and helpful content for career planning.

  • July 2018
    Featured Article: New cash cycle infographic A new infographic titled “The ATM Money Laundering Myth” was recently released by ATMIA. It is designed to help independent ATM operators (IADs) discuss the inner workings of their business with prospective bankers who may not be very familiar with ATM operations.

  • June 2018
    Featured Article: The Next Big Thing Building on efforts to shed the need for repetitive operating system migrations and reduce the cost of innovation, ATM acquirers and manufacturers have coalesced into a Consortium that is developing a framework for the ATM of the future.  A cloud-based infrastructure will host app-based ATMs using modular components, relying on the customer's own mobile device as the interface.  

  • May 2018
    Featured Article: Wanted:  Speakers with a vision of Next-Gen ATMs Planning for the 2019 ATMIA U.S. conference is well underway.  We have a theme.  We have a Keynote speaker.  And we already have over 30 committed exhibitors.  Which means that it's also time to issue our Call for Speakers. 

  • April 2018
    Featured Article: Washington, DC fly-in a notable success Our recent fly-in event in Washington, DC. earlier this month was a great success.  A full schedule of eight meetings focused on members of the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  And the trip ended with a very productive meeting at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). 

  • March 2018
    Featured Article: Legislative alerts resuming for all 50 states Thanks to a sponsorship by MetaBank, the legislative alert services of Stateside Associates have resumed for all ATMIA members.  Members began receiving current alerts again late last week.  All alerts that would have been sent from the beginning of the year will be recreated – Stateside is working on that process now. 

  • February 2018
    Featured Article: "Jackpotting" attacks add to ATM security concerns  Although ATM “jackpotting” has only just recently made an appearance in the U.S, ATMIA security committees and consultants have been devoting significant effort over the past twelve months to update key Best Practices manuals, which will assist U.S. ATM operators in combatting this new threat.  In addition, we are working with the FBI and cyber-security experts to develop additional anti-jackpotting strategies. 

  • January 2018
    Featured Article: ATM industry to gather soon in Las Vegas  The countdown clock is ticking – less than 14 days remaining before the entire ATM industry coalesces around Las Vegas for the 19th annual U,S. conference and expo.  And we do mean the entire industry. Exhibitors and attendees represent all sectors of the ATM business – well beyond the deployers and manufacturers that often take center stage. 

  • December 2017
    Featured Article: "Choke Point" bill passed by overwhelming majority  Early last week, the House of Representatives passed the “Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017” (H.R. 2706) by an overwhelming majority of 395 – 2.  This measure is designed to end Operation Choke Point” by preventing federal banking agencies from ordering that a depository institution terminate a customer account unless: (1) the agency has a material reason for doing so, and (2) that reason is not based solely on reputational risk.

  • November 2017
    Featured Article: Pick a committee and "make it yours  Committee meetings (calls) are a great way to really get to know some of your colleagues.  Depending on the group, meetings are typically quarterly or bi-monthly.  Some of the U.S. regional committees will meet in-person, prior to the annual conference, providing an opportunity to put faces to names.

  • October 2017
    Featured Article: October 1 marked implementation of final ATM EMV liability shift  Yes, it has finally arrived – the last EMV liability shift.  On October 1, 2017 the Visa liability shift went into effect for ATM acquirers.  Liability for counterfeit card fraud now rests with the party to the transaction that is not EMV-capable – or as it always has been, with the issuer.  The only remaining exception is for automated fuel dispensers, which have until 2020 to become EMV compliant.

  • September 2017
    Featured Article: Plans for the 2018 US conference are quickly accelerating  The lull of the summer months is rapidly giving way to the quickening pace of the USA annual conference. September has barely begun  and the 2018 exhibit hall is already more than half committed – how can that be?  Excitement over this next event developed very early and exhibitors wanted to get ahead of the curve.

  • July 2017
    Featured Article: DC meetings focus on "Operation Choke Point" and Dodd-Frank reform  ATMIA USA executive director David Tente was able to attend a full day of meetings recently in Washington, DC with key House Financial Services Committee members and senior staff, which was very productive.  Principal topics throughout the day included a decisive end to Operation Choke Point and meaningful reform of Dodd-Frank.

  • May 2017
    Featured Article: Are "faster payments" the ATM rails of the future?  ATMIA has been helping to improve the U.S. payments system by participating on this task force. It envisions a payment system where money can be transferred safely in real-time between all individuals and companies in the U.S.

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