The recent news of the Vantiv-Mercury deal will keep the POS and payments channels buzzing for some time. It’s got us talking here at our office about all the implications. One of my colleagues asked the rhetorical question, “Do our retail and restaurant IT VAR subscribers realize how important they are to the payments industry?” Great question. Do you?
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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.
Every VAR faces the challenge of differentiating itself from the competition, and to do so inevitably requires more than just a strong product line and excellent customer service. Flexibility and a diverse product and services stack create the “stickiness” VARs seek.
By Jenn Reichenbacher
If you own a brick-and-mortar retail business and cringe whenever you witness customers wielding smartphones, you might want to rethink things a little. We've all heard horror stories about people visiting local businesses, scoping out the merchandise, and then using their smartphones to find the same items online for much cheaper.
By Jim Roddy, president, Business Solutions magazine
An avalanche of valuable information was shared all day at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions, on May 6 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ. One of the highlights of the afternoon session was a four-person, healthcare end user panel titled, “Take The Guesswork Out Of Healthcare IT: Learn What Healthcare Providers Need From VARs,” moderated.
By Bob Goldberg
With every new business model comes a new language. I have sat in countless presentations where the speaker used a three or four letter acronym that I spent the next five minutes trying to decipher.
Label printers should be easy to deploy, operate, and maintain. If a printer jams frequently, produces poor quality labels, or if it is difficult for operators to quickly change out labels, ribbons, print heads, or platen rollers, the resultant downtime can be costly in terms of both productivity and real dollars.
By Allen Friedman
EMV is the acronym for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa, who collaborated on the creation of a standard and framework to utilize Smart Card technology for payments. EMV is now administered by EMVCo, which is responsible for managing and updating the specifications to keep pace with payments technology. Smart cards contain computer microchips embedded in the card, allowing for increased card security and additional functionality.
By Cheryl Knight, contributing writer
Almost two-fifths (38 percent) of field service organizations expect to save at least 30 minutes per technician every day by changing and enhancing workflow processes, a figure that translates into a potential average savings of $875,000 per year.
Harbortouch is a leading national provider of touch screen point of sale (POS) systems and payment processing services. As pioneers of the "as-a-Service" model, Harbortouch offers an unprecedented "free" POS program that allows the company’s sales partners to offer a full-featured POS system with no up-front costs. For more information about Harbortouch, visit www.harbortouch.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Channel Transitions, powered by Business Solutions Magazine, is a one-day education and networking conference designed to help VAR/MSP executives learn how to best implement and manage the "as a Service" model. The event will feature real-world, nuts-and-bolts, headaches-and-heartaches discussions and success stories on the transition.