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  1. Mobile Wallets: What Does The Future Hold?
    2/3/2015

    Craig Tieken VP of product implementations for TransFirst answers Business Solutions’ questions about the increase in consumer interest in mobile wallets since the announcement of Apple Pay — and the drivers that will move this technology forward. Tieken also suggests educating your merchant clients on the advantages of semi-integrated solutions.  

  2. 4 Reasons The IT Channel Will See Cloud-Centric Growth In 2015
    2/3/2015

    CoreDial CEO Alan Rihm made four predictions for the channel, cloud, cloud communications, and SMBs for 2015. He shares the reasons for his predictions in this Q&A with Business Solutions.

  3. Liability For US Card-Present Card Fraud Changes In 2015: What US Merchants Need To Know About EMV Now
    2/3/2015

    The US payments industry has been chugging along on old technology while the rest of the world has implemented EMV card technology for more than a decade. As recent data breach headlines in the US suggest, criminals focus on the easiest targets and right now, that is the US.

  4. Educate Your Merchant IT Clients On EMV-Migration Timelines — And The Risks Of Not Making Them
    2/3/2015

    Beatta McInerney, business development manager, payments, for ScanSource POS and Barcode, offers advice to VARs on helping their merchant clients avoid liability for credit card fraud after the October 1, 2015, liability shift date. She points out data breaches — not the liability shift — are more motivating to merchants who are transitioning to EMV-enabled systems, and reminds VARs about the time it takes to obtain an EMV terminal and how much more complex they are than magnetic stripe for merchants.  

  5. 5 Reasons Channel Partners Can No Longer Ignore Cloud Services
    2/2/2015

    Analysts are predicting cloud computing will grow to $105B and represent 17 percent of the total IT spend by 2017. Add to the mix that cloud services and solutions are on pace to realize an annual growth rate that’s 5x the total IT spend and it’s safe to say cloud computing is officially  mainstream. So why are only a fifth of today’s channel partners selling and supporting cloud-based solution and services?

  6. APG Teams With Datacap And Next Gen Dine To Keep Juice Bar Flowing
    2/2/2015

    The Juice Bar at LVAC, a health foods eatery in Las Vegas, needed a POS system that refl ected its corporate image — light and modern. But the company was stuck with an expensive legacy system that put too many restrictions on its operations.

  7. Don't Forget The Cash: Cash Drawers Essential To POS Solutions Development And Configuration
    2/2/2015

    As a new, lighter POS approach emerges, Point of sale (POS) solutions no longer have to depend on PCs to operate. Depending on a system’s configuration, the new POS model can leverage thin clients such as tablets and handhelds, giving the cashier the freedom to transact business at the point of decision.

  8. Selecting The Right Cash Drawer
    2/2/2015

    When starting up a new business or updating an existing one, usually the cash drawer is the last on your mind when it comes to the POS system. However, if you want a successful business, and you plan to accept payments, your cash drawer and POS system are absolutely necessary.

  9. Defining The Future Of The Customer Experience
    2/2/2015

    In the past few months, I’ve attended sessions where industry experts shared key insights on the future of customer experience. Consumers’ expectations are changing, and how brands choose to interact with them in the future is imperative to success. Retailers stand to differentiate themselves by adopting service models and technologies that help define a memorable experience with a brand. Vars who sell solutions that help retailers solve problems vs. pushing hardware/software will set themselves apart from the completion.

  10. Left In The Lurch: Survey Shows Lack Of Vendor Support Dampens Partners’ Enthusiasm For Emerging Tech
    2/2/2015

    Despite a steady drumbeat of industry optimism over emerging tech such as Big Data, software-defined networking and the Internet of Things, solutions providers take a generally dim view of opportunities in the most hyped technologies.

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