Grocery and Convenience Store IT News — April 17, 2014

In the news this week, a survey concludes mobile payments will increase by 40 percent this year. In addition, the Heartbleed Bug is on everyone’s minds, as experts scramble to determine the extent of its impact. Also in the news, a Texas liquor store reported a security breach and beacon technology is allowing retailers to monitor customer in-store behavior and link it to their mobile technology.

  • Restaurant And Hospitality IT News for VARs — April 16, 2014
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    In Hospitality News this week, Google Wallet payments can only be made on a device that supports HCE. Also, both full-service and quick-service restaurants can benefit from smartphone technology, and quick-service spending increased in March. Also, a recent survey showed that free Wi-Fi is the top demand for travelers, and European hotels are responding to that need. 

  • Field Service IT News – April 15, 2014
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    In the news, Zebra Technologies will acquire Motorola Solutions' Enterprise business. Also, articles share insights into benefits of cloud solutions, BYOD security, overlooked benefits of management tracking solutions, and how work-order systems not only improve response times, but also provide data about costs and equipment use. 

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