News Feature | April 11, 2014

Retail IT News for VARs — April 11, 21014

By Christine Kern

Retail IT POS News

In the news this week, Custora’s latest reports show that retail sales climbed 10 percent over last year. Meanwhile, in POS news, researchers demonstrated the vulnerability of mPOS devices and we have tips for protecting POS systems from cybercrime and for integrating tablets and POS software.  Finally, research predicts that mobile advertising will become the fourth largest ad medium by 2016.

February 2014 Retail Sales Outperformed 2013 Results

Marketingland reported that according to Custora’s latest reports, last month’s e-commerce revenue climbed 10 percent over February, 2013. The growth in online sales represents a significant increase compared to overall U.S. retail sales which Custora says grew a meager 1.5 percent compared to last February.

Researchers Hack mPOS Devices, Play Flappy Bird

According to Finextra, unprotected mobile point of sale (mPOS) devices can be hacked, leaving banks, retailers, and customers open to fraud, claims MWR InfoSecurity — which even managed to play Flappy Bird on one device.

Five Ways To Protect POS Stations And Networks From Cybercrime

This article from the Point of Sale News  suggests five tips to help guard against breaches of POS systems. This include updating software, installing firewalls and anti-virus software, using and changing strong passwords, denying Internet access from POS, and disabling all remote access.

Integrating Tablets And POS Software For Retail

This article from the Point of Sale News points out some of the advantages of integrating tablets and POS software in retail, including increased employee productivity, decreased out-of-stock items, and more payment flexibility. 

Display To Eclipse Paid Search Ad Spend In 2016

Spending on display advertising will soon overtake paid search. That’s according to ZenithOptimedia’s latest global advertising forecast. Mobile is growing six times faster than desktop internet advertising as smartphone and tablet adoption spreads, and the internet continues to be the fastest growing category in advertising.

Retail IT Talking Points

Hospitality Technology reports that Boston Market recently rolled out guest-facing Wi-Fi and offers these practical tips for a successful roll-out, including advice on project buy-in, considerations for the RFP, project management and installment, and in-store support. 

For more news and insights, visit BSMinfo’s Retail IT Tech Center.

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