UK retailer Marks and Spencers is to implement Mosaic Software's solution Postilion in preparation for UK migration to the use of chip cards and PIN entry at the point-of-sale.
The solution, which allows full-stand-in at the POS using off-line PIN with EMV chip cards, will be used centrally to switch payment transactions to all Marks & Spencer acquirer banks for authorisation.
Peter Forbes, manager store financial operations, says the move to chip and PIN is a major change to the till point operation. "We are committed to ensuring that we are ready with a solution which helps us to serve our customers better and is an easy move for our staff," he adds.
The retailer says it will participate in a chip and PIN town trial to be held in Northampton in early 2003.
Supermarket operator Safeway recently contracted with IBM to convert its stores across the UK in advance of the Northampton town trials.