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“Only card, No cash” - The products of a cashless future

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From specialized checkout lanes in Albert Heijn to gas stations, anyone who has lived in the Netherlands knows this sign very well.

“Hier alleen pinnen” means “here you can only pin”, the Dutch colloquial term for any type of card transaction. There are various different reasons why a business might choose to not accept cash; to avoid robberies, to streamline finances, but one thing is for certain - the Netherlands is moving towards a cashless future. 

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Ekster® at TED2018 - Check out 5 TED Talks You Can't Miss

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For those who are not familiar, TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Or in the simple words of an ex-TED speaker, Tim Urban:

"A TED Talk is a widely-distributed short film, except the only actor is my face and the only plot is me saying words out of my face and the only choreographer is my nervous pacing and awkward arm-flailing, and instead of a bunch of cuts and different shots and a long editing process, there’s just one do-or-die take, with no second chances."

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The Life-altering Power of Making Small Upgrades To Your Daily Routine

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Sometimes enhancements that seem minimal and expensive upfront can actually help out a lot more in the long-run.

Perhaps this scenario seems familiar: getting ready for work in the morning and being on auto-pilot since the same mindless routines you’ve done for the past 1,983 consecutive work days have now become muscle memory. However, on this day there’s a break in the system because when you get to the bus and reach for your Metrocard, you are suddenly enveloped in a hot panic to discover your wallet isn’t there.

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