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The need for PC-centric POS solutions is waning as a more flexible model emerges. Leveraging cloud and mobile technologies, this model supports thin client and IP-enabled components such as cash drawers and printers.
Bow Tie had a problem: They were constantly battling data issues; they were missing data, and timely delivery of data analytics was anyone’s guess from week to week. Continuous technology problems were becoming a major inhibitor to their business.
By Simon Keates
Consumers remain concerned and confused about mobile payments, creating a barrier to large-scale adoption of the technology. They can hardly be blamed, as security breaches compromising financial as well as other highly sensitive information make headlines on a weekly basis.
By Cheryl Knight, contributing writer
Mobile point of sale (mPOS) continues to gain popularity, a trend that is a result of retailer efforts to drive sales through a more flexible merchant-customer transaction process. Mobile POS brings the transaction to customers, allowing them to make buying decisions at their own pace.
Although statistics vary, one fact is clear: It costs at least six times more to acquire a new customer than it does to keep an existing customer. Fortunately, loyalty programs that link to a robust retail point of sale system are continuing to boost customer retention efforts.
By Ally Orlando, contributing writer
By now, most businesses have heard the buzz surrounding bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives. However, many of them aren’t buying in. A recent CompTIA survey finds that 51 percent of large enterprise firms don’t allow employees to bring their own devices to work.
By Jeremy Gumbley
While recent data breaches in the U.S. have put the spotlight on EMV transactions and the how the U.S. is behind the rest of the world in payments security, there is a “second tier” of security that can be taken on top of implementing EMV.
By Rusty Hastings
If you are a fan of almost any sports team you have experienced periods where “your” team performed below expectations. Despite state-of-the-art training, new facilities, the best coaching, recruitment of top level talent, even new uniforms, the team makes rookie mistakes, doesn’t work together, and loses games they should be winning.
By Ajay Jain
It is an important objective of hospitals to provide a caring and comfortable environment where patients and their families can focus on the healing and recovery process without having to worry about their physical safety. This often poses a dilemma as hospitals work to balance the need to be welcoming and open with the need for strong security.
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