Hurricane Florence brings back the oldest credit card tech

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Before Hurricane Florence hit the U.S. this month, certain merchants prepared by stocking up on an unlikely item in the digital payments era: 1970’s-era carbon paper credit slips.

Whenever disasters threaten to cut off power and telephone lines, General Credit Forms in Earth City, Mo., sees a flurry of orders for the manual credit card processing supplies the company has manufactured since 1973, according to John McCormick, vice president at the family-owned company.

“When hurricanes and floods are forecast in Georgia or the Carolinas, we usually get calls to ship out materials so merchants can keep processing transactions even if their telephone and power goes out,” McCormick said.

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Several orders came in on the eve of the recent


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