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Entrust Datacard Consumer Survey Reveals Contactless Cards are Dominating American Payment Preferences




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MINNEAPOLIS — July 24, 2020 — Whether it's buying gas or paying for a restaurant tab, a new consumer survey from the leading payment, identity and digital security solutions provider Entrust Datacard found that the majority of U.S.-based payment cardholders (75%) prefer contactless cards as their primary payment method over chip insert, card swipe, mobile pay and cash.

Based on responses from 1,000 U.S. cardholders who are familiar with contactless credit/debit card or "tap and pay" technology, the State of Contactless Cards Survey reveals consumers' desire for frictionless payment methods and the  access to a variety of card replacement options.

According to the survey's results, an overwhelming majority (83%) of respondents believe contactless cards are here to stay and 61% believe it's at least somewhat of a priority to have a contactless feature on their credit or debit card. This prioritization is most prominent among Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X when compared to Baby Boomers. In fact, 20% of Boomers reported they never use the contactless payment feature on their debit or credit card when making a purchase while this percentage is less than 10% for each of the other respective generations.

However, while contactless cards are gaining momentum with many in the U.S., the majority of consumers are still unaware of their card replacement options should they not have a contactless chip, or the card is lost or stolen. With respondents citing sanitation (70%) and speed (67%) as benefits of contactless cards, now is the opportune time for banks to educate their customers on the benefits of replacing their card with a contactless card from their bank.

"As many Americans deal with financial setbacks and heightened concerns around health and safety in the face of COVID-19, the value we are placing on contactless payments has increased markedly," said Tony Ball, senior vice president for instant payment card issuance at Entrust Datacard. "Consumers want the ability to shop at their convenience, but also want to minimize personal contact with point of sale devices. Contactless cards are rising in popularity as a result."

Additional findings from the State of Contactless Cards Survey revealed:

For faster card replacement, visiting a branch is best, but most cardholders pick up the phone

Out of the 71% of respondents who cited losing their payment card, 84% notified their bank via phone while only 22% visited a physical bank branch in hopes of getting a replacement card right away. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents who notified the bank by phone had to wait 1-7 days for a new card to be delivered by mail. By contrast, the majority of respondents (58%) who notified the bank at the branch got a new card instantly.

A knowledge gap exists between banks and customers on instant payment card issuance

Despite contactless cards growing in popularity, many consumers are unaware of whether or not their banks or credit unions offer instant issuance or replacement of contactless debit or credit cards. According to the results, about two-thirds of respondents said their banks offer instant card issuance (64%) and replacement (63%), yet around one-fourth were unsure of whether their bank offered these options (27% and 24%, respectively) suggesting both an education and marketing opportunity for banks on card issuance solutions.

About Entrust Datacard Corporation

Consumers, citizens, and employees increasingly expect anywhere-anytime experiences — whether they are making purchases, crossing borders, accessing e-gov services or logging onto corporate networks. Entrust Datacard offers the trusted identity and secure issuance technologies that make those experiences reliable and secure. Solutions range from the physical world of financial cards, passports and ID cards to the digital realm of authentication, certificates, hardware security modules and secure communications. With more than 2,500 Entrust Datacard colleagues around the world and a network of strong global partners, the company serves customers in 150 countries worldwide. For more information, visit