Wal-Mart and Kroger play it 'smart' with payment cards

|About: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)|By:, SA News Editor

Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kroger (KR) are two retailers that are ahead of the curve with technology already in place to read smartcards, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The massive data breach at Target has politicians raising the issue if the retail industry in the U.S. should follow the lead of Europe and Asia to adopt smartcards instead of using the easier-to-hack magnetic strip cards.

The conversion could lead to large expenses for some retail chains with older IT systems.