Which solutions should VARs recommend to their customers? What benefits does each provide? While some new payment options hold definitive value for businesses today, others merit a wait-and-see approach. Russ Harty of Merchant Warehouse provides a breakdown the top five alternative payment methods that VARs should keep an eye on now.
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By Mike Monocello, editor in chief
When I started with this magazine eight years ago, I remember how I struggled writing certain articles. Sure, I was “green,” and I lacked understanding of certain topics, but the POS industry was also in a pretty quiet phase, and there weren’t a lot of exciting angles to take with articles. At the time, I had no idea we were in a lull, and I certainly didn’t expect what was coming.
Certain people may consider mPOS an overhyped technology when they think of it purely in context of it replacing existing models (such as the stationary register), but by doing so they are underestimating mPOS’ supplemental value.
EMV is big. It will be one of those things that if you turn your back to it for too long, you could lose your advantage. With companies like PayPal and Paydiant coming into mobile payments, all you have to do is look at how much money is being spent on not only mobile payment, but EMV preparedness
By Steve Rizzuto
Solving for business inefficiencies is the foundation of the commitment you make to your clients. Those clients trust you to provide advice, recommendations, and solutions that will help their businesses reach the highest levels of success. But what about your business?
By Jeremy Gumbley
While credit card fraud is in no way a laughing matter, the latest figures around the amount of customer data compromised and dollars stolen are quite astonishing. Nearly 70 million customers’ credit card data was reported stolen from the Target breach alone and an annual figure of $11 billion lost was recently reported by Javelin Strategy & Research.
In the retail and hospitality verticals, where both POS hardware and software are threatening to become bargain-priced commodities, many VARs are seeking greater “stickiness” by creating an integrated stack of technology and service offerings tailored for individual customers’ business requirements.
Smart phones are the biggest opportunity on Main Street because they are emblematic of a new era. Just as the cash era became the card era, the card era is evolving to the smart device era. Consumers are beginning to use devices for making payments in place of cash or cards.
For years, mobile payments have been described as the “future of the payments industry.” Industry observers have detailed the intelligence of the mobile device, the security of NFC, the effectiveness of cloud-based solutions, as well as dozens of other mobile payment solutions and the advantages they provide.
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Some of the units shipped with good old-fashioned SATA drives, while the others, including Harbortouch, had SSD. The result? The SSD units booted very quickly, but beyond that, there were no performance improvements. Until ISVs code to take advantage of SSD memory, there’s not much value.
Nelson found the GenPOS and NEC (once he figured out its unique levers and latches) units the easiest to access for repairs. As far as fit and finish are concerned, Nelson had his favorites and some he was less than fond of. Nelson thought the NEC unit had the most impressive display when it comes to resolution and color presentation. However, he did question the necessity of having such a great display on a POS unit.
Nelson found that the Touch Dynamic unit was built in a way to allow servicing in the field. Some of the units tested were not built in such a way. In addition, the Touch Dynamic Breeze was one of the best performers in our speed and performance tests and an all-around good unit.