POS Executive Commentary

  1. Why HCE Is Causing A Revolution In Mobile Payment Security
    6/26/2014

    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. Without confidence in the technology’s ability to protect sensitive data, mobile payments will not experience widespread adoption.

  2. Changes In The Air For Channel Incentive Programs; Resellers Stand To Gain
    6/20/2014

    Last month, I hosted a webinar during which I talked about parago’s recent survey of channel marketers. One thing our research pointed out was their desire to grow beyond pure sales incentives, and start including the behaviors that support sales. But they also told us they’re having difficulty figuring out exactly how to do that.

  3. Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want
    6/17/2014

    When a vendor is recruiting you, be aware of and prepared for the specific characteristics they want in a partner. Does your company fit the profile the vendor is looking for?

  4. Three Things VARs Should Be Selling Today To Help Retailers Build Loyalty
    6/13/2014

    For your SMB customers, getting patrons in the door is top priority. Once they’re in, the focus shifts to increasing individual ticket sizes and providing excellent customer service to enhance customer loyalty. How can you as a VAR upsell services that map to this core business objective?

  5. The Biggest Impact Of The Internet Of Things On VARs
    6/4/2014

    First, understand that your business is under attack from competition that until recently was not even on your radar.

  6. 10 Things Big Data And Analytics Can Do For The Hospitality Industry
    6/3/2014

    Traditionally, data and hospitality would not be mentioned together as complementary topics. In fact, the hospitality industry is notorious for lagging behind other sectors when it comes to adopting technology and evolution driven by data. To many, this has been for good reason, and it is perfectly rational on the surface: hospitality veterans are concerned about the tangible state of things.

  7. 4 Considerations For Developing Your EMV Transition Strategy
    6/3/2014

    As VARs and ISVs work with their clients on solutions to transition to systems ready for EMV — a global standard for authenticating debit and credit card transactions — there are four important things to consider

  8. Brand Says Everything About Your Business
    5/29/2014

    Branding is a great differentiator, but there are conflicting schools of thought regarding how to go about it. Some VARs and MSPs (managed services providers) market their alliances and status with top-tier vendors. Other assemble IT bundles, solutions, or services that they rebrand and resell for an upcharge. And a small, but growing number of channel partners brand on the business value they deliver to their customers.

  9. A Must-Read: "Blue Ocean Strategy"
    5/27/2014

    As IT service providers, we are used to competition coming at us from all sides, but it doesn’t mean we have to like it.  For years I’ve searched for inspiring ways to stand out from the crowd.  Then I read Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Rene Maurbogne (published by Harvard Business Review Press, 2005). It hit me like a lightning bolt. It was grounded in fact, quantitatively analyzed, well substantiated — and it validated the path on which we already were on.

  10. What The Mobile Payment Industry And Bitcoin Can Learn From Napster
    5/20/2014

    Years ago when the first BlackBerry “smartphones” came out there was a running joke among flip-phone advocates that when BlackBerry users answer their phones it looks like they’re holding a wallet to their faces. Who would have thought 10 years ago that this snarky remark was actually a prophetic word, with smartphones now playing a key role in the $235 billion mobile payment space?

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