Well, this is interesting. A few weeks ago I noticed that +Wegmans
had moved to new point-of-sale (POS) terminals that did not appear to support NFC. (There was no obvious contactless reader anywhere on their devices.) At the same time, an optical reader appeared that seemed similar to what MCX is proposing for CurrentC.
It was disappointing to see this happen right around the Rite-Aid/CVS MCX fiasco, making me assume that +Wegmans
had chosen to sacrifice their customers' privacy and security and gone with MCX/CurrentC.
Well, it turns out, +Verifone
's highest end POS terminals, such as the MX 925, put the NFC reader UNDER THE TOUCHSCREEN. I'm kind of surprised the TS doesn't interfere with NFC. In my opinion, this is a HORRENDOUS UI/UX design, as it isn't clear to anyone that the NFC/contactless tap point IS THE SCREEN ITSELF.http://www.verifone.com/media/4300597/mx925_ds_ltr.pdf+Verifone
This is horrendous and confusing design that makes retail customers think your terminals don't support something that it does. A typical retail customer is NOT going to go to your website to find the documentation that makes it clear where they are supposed to tap.
the indication that contactless NFC support might exist didn't happen until the very last step of checkout, when it was time to swipe a card. By the time this happens, someone has already pulled out their regular credit card because there is NO indication whatsoever to a user that the terminal is NFC-ready until the last step of the transaction. With older equipment, there was a contactless tap area with a clear logo that was visible at all times