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NAMA Urges Micro Market Exemption From DC Cashless Retail Ban

CHICAGO — February 13, 2020 — Today, NAMA’s Manager of Government Affairs, Wes Fisher, testified before the Washington, DC City Council on how banning cashless retail transactions negatively impacts operators of micro markets in the District.

“We have seen cashless retail ban bills introduced across the nation over the past year, and recently in the U.S. House of Representatives.” said Mike Goscinski, NAMA’s Director of Federal and State Affairs.

“It is imperative that NAMA communicate to legislators how the convenience services industry could be uniquely impacted.”

The Cashless Retailers Prohibition Act of 2019 attempts to ban card or biometric-only payment in all retail establishments, including micro markets and vending machines. NAMA’s been in the forefront of the issue, engaging with lawmakers in Oregon, California, Michigan, Philadelphia, and the District of Columbia.

NAMA represents the $31 billion U.S. convenience services industry. By providing advocacy, education and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s nearly 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school and play.