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Inside VARTECH: Day 1 -- POS & Payments Updates
Inside VARTECH: Day 1 -- POS & Payments Updates VARTECH 2016 kicked off today in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas (yes, you read the correctly). However, before you think that this event is nothing more than an excuse to sit by a pool and drink fruity cocktails, you should know that there’s serious business going on here. Apart from the top-notch education, numerous breakout sessions, and impressive show floor named CodeZone, BlueStar has brought most of its key staff along to...  Continue Reading...
Trader Joe’s Formula For Success: Innovation, Customer Experience, & Culture
Trader Joe’s Formula For Success: Innovation, Customer Experience, & Culture Doug Rauch took the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) RetailNOW 2016 stage Aug. 2 to detail how, while president of Trader Joe’s, grew the company from a nine-store chain to a nationally-acclaimed retail success story with more than 340 stores in 30 states.  Continue Reading...
Do You Know Your Customer’s Internal Trigger?
Do You Know Your Customer’s Internal Trigger? Using the Hook Model, you can create customer habits which could lead to supercharged growth, higher customer lifetime value, and increased defensibility against competitors who prey on your customers.  Continue Reading...
CompTIA’s Vision Of The Future
CompTIA’s Vision Of The Future What does CompTIA CEO and president Todd Thibodeaux think needs to happen to make sure the future of the industry remains bright? Hint —you may not be able to get a certain Whitney Houston song out of your head when you find out.  Continue Reading...
Tom Reichart Accepts RSPA Chairperson Gavel
Tom Reichart Accepts RSPA Chairperson Gavel Tom Reichart became 2016-17 RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) Board Chairperson on Aug. 2 when 2015-16 Chair Mike Seymour, COO of Postec, passed the gavel to him during the awards ceremony at RetailNOW 2016 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX.  Continue Reading...
RetailNOW 2016 - Day 1 Recap
RetailNOW 2016 - Day 1 Recap Despite Monday being technically the first day of RetailNOW, I’ve been here since Saturday, participating in various meetings and event-related activities. While this is my day 1 recap of the event, it’s really my notebook for what’s transpired over the first day, as well as the unofficial previous two days.  Continue Reading...
Secrets To A Candid Work Culture Revealed At RetailNOW
Secrets To A Candid Work Culture Revealed At RetailNOW Do you really know each of your employees' greatest needs? Their biggest frustrations? What would cause them to leave? What would increase their engagement at work?  Continue Reading...
Roddy Launches VAR/ISV Consulting Business
Roddy Launches VAR/ISV Consulting Business I typically fill our blog with advice on tech trends and business topics. Today’s post is of a more personal nature. After more than 17 years with Jameson Publishing (formerly Corry Publishing), Jim Roddy, president of Business Solutions, speaker, and author of Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer, has left the magazine to pursue a new business venture.  Continue Reading...
DattoCon 2016 Day 2 Highlights – Defeating Ransomware And Selling VoIP
DattoCon 2016 Day 2 Highlights – Defeating Ransomware And Selling VoIP One of the biggest recurring themes at this year’s DattoCon event was ransomware, the insidious malware that encrypts your customers’ files and asks them to pay hefty fees – to cybercriminals – to get their data back! George Anderson, product marketing director at Webroot shared some sobering stats and insights on the negative impacts of ransomware.  Continue Reading...
DattoCon 2016: Product Update Summary
DattoCon 2016: Product Update Summary BCDR (business continuity and disaster recovery) vendor Datto’s 4th annual partner conference kicked off in Nashville this week at the Omni Hotel. More than 700 partners, 100 Datto employees, and 40 sponsors were in attendance for Founder and CEO Austin McChord’s keynote, which included the announcement of several product updates.  Continue Reading...

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