POS Executive Commentary

  1. What’s Apple Up To In Payments?
    7/2/2014

    The POS (point of sale) and payments communities were hoping that Apple would provide some visibility into its strategy for mobile payments at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) held in early June in San Francisco.  However, Tim Cook’s and Craig Federighi’s keynotes made no direct mention to how Apple would pursue “payments” —  not even a reference to NFC technology.

  2. How Automated Scanning Can Improve The Customer Experience In High Volume Retailing
    6/30/2014

    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. In almost every case you can expect the coach to respond by saying something along the theme of, “We need to get back to fundamentals and do the little things that made us successful in the past.”

  3. Securing Stored Cardholder Data — Another Layer To The EMV Puzzle
    6/30/2014

    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. EMV is a viable and necessary weapon in the battle to protect consumers’ data — but there are other layers of security that can further protect consumers’ card information that should serve to mitigate the fallout from future breaches.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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