Articles By Jim Roddy

  1. From VARTECH 2015: Marketing Best Practices For The Modern Reseller

    Most everyone in the channel is aware that when VARs complain about vendors, the topic mentioned most is the desire for greater margins. But do you know what I hear most often from vendors when they list the number one VAR area to improve? It’s marketing, hands down.

  2. VARTECH Panel Shares Marketing Best Practices

    VARTECH 2015 featured a panel discussion on the topic of marketing your business. Panelists were Garrett Geib, president of the SkyRocket Group; Angela Diffly, the editor of VSR Magazine; Michael Carr, the vice president of sales at ProspectStream; and Jim Roddy, the president of Business Solutions. The panel was moderated by Rebecca Dauzy, VARCOM program coordinator at BlueStar. An edited transcript of the panel discussion follows.

  3. RetailNOW 2015: Distributors Focus On Managed Services, So Should You

    When BlueStar and ScanSource, the two most powerful distributors in the point of sale and data collection space, commit significant resources to an initiative, everyone in the channel better pay attention or risk falling behind.

  4. RetailNOW 2015 Panel Details How To “Compete In Changing Times”

    Change was not only in the air at RetailNOW 2015, it was on the agenda, the stage, the literature, the signage, and it boomed across the sound system in the general session and in seemingly every breakout room. One education session that laser-focused on this topic was “Creating The Right Business Model to Compete in Changing Times,” held Tuesday, Aug. 4.

  5. Star Micronics Talks mPOS, Cloud At RetailNOW 2015

    It wasn’t too long ago that visiting a vendor booth at RetailNOW guaranteed hardware talk from wall-to-wall. That wasn’t the case in 2015, especially during my half hour at the Star Micronics booth Aug. 3. In addition to hardware, Star discussed new concepts including an app and a division focusing on cloud services.

  6. A Managed Services Tsunami In POS/Bar Coding Is Coming. Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned.

    We interrupt our regularly scheduled Business Solutions channel content for this message: Resellers in the point of sale and data collection channel need to embrace managed services soon or their business will suffer, maybe even die in the next decade.

  7. RetailNOW 2015: Initial Impressions

    With much of RetailNOW 2015 still to come, a great deal has already happened at the retail and hospitality IT channel's most important conference.

  8. RetailNOW 2015 Sneak Peek: Time-Tested Rules For Hiring & Retaining Salespeople

    I can’t promise the channel executives who attend my RSPA RetailNOW 2015 presentation — titled “8 Time-Tested Rules For Hiring & Retaining Salespeople (Rule 6 Almost Started A Fistfight)” — will achieve perfection in their sales team-building activities. Even Hall of Fame hiring managers don’t bat 1.000, especially in sales.

  9. Secrets Of ASCII Group Members Revealed At Channel Transitions Newark

    Please take the next 9 minutes to review this transcript from The ASCII Group’s member panel at Business Solutions’ Channel Transitions VAR/MSP Executive Conference on June 4 in Newark. What you learn here will lead you to new solutions providers to partner with and inside information to run your business more efficiently. You will also see a new path to save money through deep discounts with vendors you’re probably using already.

  10. Top Quotes From “Retail Survival Of The Fittest”

    I’ve learned quite a bit from reading business books, but here’s something I realized when my nose wasn’t stuck between pages: Less-known authors with vertical market knowledge can provide VARs just as much value (if not more) than general business best sellers. Recently-published Retail Survival Of The Fittest: 7 Ways To Future-Proof Your Retail Store, is one of those books.