POS Executive Commentary

  1. Multichannel, Omnichannel, What’s The Difference? Hint: It’s About Customer Experience And Retention

    It’s not unusual to hear the terms used interchangeably. But when it comes to guiding and perfecting the online customer journey, multichannel and omni-channel solutions are anything but interchangeable. By Jessica Foreman

  2. Top 5 Issues To Consider Before Customizing Technology

    Customization used to be a bad word to many business owners. It was viewed as encumbering higher costs and depending on complex IT infrastructure. However, with the availability of more outsourced technology resources and the increased drive for innovation and marketplace gains, customization is becoming a more common business practice. By Kristen McAlister, President, Cerius Executives

  3. Channel Partners Chasing Profitability Due To Lack Of Product Support

    Cloud sales have skyrocketed in recent years, but if the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry expects to hit Forbes’ projected $67 billion by 2018, someone needs to address a very significant user abandonment problem. By Dave Hauser, General Manager, Cloud and Managed Services, PlumChoice

  4. How VARs Can Help Merchants Overcome Tokenization Confusion

    Even though tokenization was introduced to the payments industry more than a decade ago and has since become an industry mainstay, there is no agreed-upon protocol about how tokenization should be deployed or even what defines a token. By J.D. Oder II, CTO and SVP R&D, Shift4

  5. ISV And VAR Valuations Are Rising With Payments Integration

    Payments processors and service providers aren’t the only ones benefiting from rising valuations in today’s massive convergence of technology, banking, and payments. Though the payments industry has successfully leveraged synergistic value from the acquisitions of, and/or strategic partnerships with ISVs and VARs, there has been a similar effect evidenced on the other side of the equation as well.

  6. 5 Habits Of The Most Successful VARs

    Habits — they either make you or break you, especially in the world of Value Added Resellers (VARs). In this article, we’ve outlined five habits of the most successful VARs as they have these down to a science. And to prove it, we’ve asked our top TouchBistro POS reseller, Wendell Au, to weigh in on how living and breathing these habits has helped pave his way to success.

  7. PCI QIR Q&A With Visa

    Much of the talk around the proverbial POS Industry “water cooler” has been around the now more than six month old announcement about the new Visa requirement for all Level 4 merchants. As a refresher: the card brand is requiring that merchants in this tier must use only PCI QIR professionals for POS application and terminal installation and integration. This requirement will go into effect in January 2017. It marks Visa’s effort, in their words, to establish requirements “for acquirers to ensure their small merchants are taking steps to secure their payment environment.”

  8. Why The ‘Internet Of Things’ Is Driving Infrastructure Spending By Retailers

    There is a lot of buzz today about the Internet of Things (IoT)—but is it a small wave to let pass, or is this a “big one” that RSPA members should be ready to ride out?  This technology trend touches many parts of the retail IT market and is expected to be a bigger part of retail IT budgets in 2016 and 2017.  In this article, Todd Cripe of Best of Breed Solutions and Velda Goodin of ScanSource explore what’s driving these expenditures and how RSPA members can benefit from these trends.

  9. RSPA President’s Note - June 2016

    How is it June already? Weren’t we just talking about our plans for 2016? Time is marching on, things continue to move quickly, and I’ve begun to cherish the moments of relaxation I have. One such instance was a few nights ago, when I was relaxing and watching HBO’s Real Sports.

  10. RSPA Members Making A Splash

    Retailers of all sizes are selling on multiple channels including in-store, online, mobile, and social media. RSPA members have traditionally worked with brick-and-mortar retailers, but, as those businesses have added online and mobile channelsand as online retailers have begun to open brick-and mortar stores the lines have blurred. Many RSPA members’ retail customers are selling online, and retail solutions resellers don’t provide omnichannel solutions, could lose a part, if not all, of that client’s business to someone who does.