Protecting cards against life’s harsh realities
Consumers handle their cards in many different ways. Some carry them in their wallet and use them every day. Others may stick them in a pocket or leave them laying loose in a bag or purse. Still, others like to put their cards to the test and use them for unintended purposes, such as scraping a window. In any case, these various uses have different impacts on the lifespan of a card, and the more durability you can add to the card, the lower the replacement costs will be. This is especially important with costly EMV smart cards that are used to create more secure card portfolios. Card durability and longevity become vitally important in reducing overall program costs.
Usage is just one factor that impacts card durability. The following factors all contribute to card lifespan: