Mike Monocello

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Mike Monocello is the editor-in-chief of Business Solutions magazine, a monthly publication dedicated to helping IT solutions providers grow their businesses by selling complementary technologies and moving into thriving markets.

ARTICLES BY MIKE MONOCELLO

Retail Channel Wake-Up Call

Retail Channel Wake-Up Call

By the time you read this, RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) RetailNOW 2013 will be a couple months past, but odds are that the challenges talked about at the event and facing the retail IT channel will still be present. Indeed, a few things either became apparent or were confirmed during RetailNOW.  Continue Reading...
RSPA Membership Honors Business Solutions Magazine With Gold Award For 4th Consecutive Year

RSPA Membership Honors Business Solutions Magazine With Gold Award For 4th Consecutive Year

Publication named top magazine in the retail channel by VARs, dealers, and software developers.  Continue Reading...
RSPA RetailNOW 2013 Recap

RSPA RetailNOW 2013 Recap

There are always a handful of surprises that come out of RetailNOW and this year was no different.  Continue Reading...
You Become What You Look For In Life

You Become What You Look For In Life

At last week's RSPA RetailNOW 2013, the keynote speaker, Roy Spence, talked about the need and importance of purpose in what one does. His closing remarks, while not overly original, were impactful in the way he strung them together, and most importantly, quite relevant in both personal and professional life.  Continue Reading...
RetailNOW 2013 Day 1: Focus On The "As A Service" Model

RetailNOW 2013 Day 1: Focus On The "As A Service" Model

A panel of experts on the "as a Service" model took the main stage at RetailNOW 2013 to discuss the need for retail IT resellers to migrate their business models to a recurring revenue, subscription model. Here's the recap.  Continue Reading...
RSPA RetailNOW 2013 Provides Retail VARs Mobile Roadmap

RSPA RetailNOW 2013 Provides Retail VARs Mobile Roadmap

By far, one of the hottest technology trends in retail today is concerning mobility. At the upcoming RSPA RetailNOW show in Las Vegas, the latest in mobile solutions will be on display.  Continue Reading...
RSPA: Evidence Of Industry Engagement, Relevance

RSPA: Evidence Of Industry Engagement, Relevance

I just had a call with Kristen Oleson from the RSPA in advance of their upcoming event and, wow, am I blown away at what this organization — YOUR industry organization — is doing. A few stats...  Continue Reading...
Epson Mobilink P60II: 2-Inch Mobile Receipt Printers Product Review

Epson Mobilink P60II: 2-Inch Mobile Receipt Printers Product Review

Nelson found the units relatively easy to set up. Like all the printers tested, the Epson Mobilink P60II requires software to be installed on a PC and then for the printer to be connected to that PC via a standard mini USB cable. Once the software was installed and the printer connected to the PC, Nelson was able to configure the printer’s network connectivity. The Epson Mobilink P60II was quickly connected to his wireless LAN with no...  Continue Reading...
Star Micronics SM-S220i: 2-Inch Mobile Receipt Printers Product Review

Star Micronics SM-S220i: 2-Inch Mobile Receipt Printers Product Review

In testing mobile label printers back in May, loading rolls of media was an area where some printers struggled and others shined. Nelson reported paper loading to be a nonissue with the Star Micronics SM-S220i. The unit had an easy-to-access button to open the media door and fast, pain-free paper loading.  Continue Reading...
Zebra EM220II: 2-Inch Mobile Receipt Printers Product Review

Zebra EM220II: 2-Inch Mobile Receipt Printers Product Review

If you or your customers look only at features and price, you could be dooming users to wear a brick all day long. A major factor when it comes to evaluating mobile printers has to be the size and weight of the units. On paper and in person, it’s easy to see the physical differences among the reviewed units. At .66 lbs with battery and paper, the Zebra unit was the lighted of the group tested.  Continue Reading...