Featured Hospitality Articles

  1. Point Of Sale, Payment Processing, And Data Collection News From August 2014
    9/15/2014

    Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Point of Sale and Payment Processing, new products announced include mobile printers from Epson, 2D imagers from Datalogic, tablet POS software from pcAmerica, a heat-map analytic solution from Samsung Techwin America, a cross-platform mobile app from Future POS, a 3-inch mobile printer from Cognitive TPG, and a 2-inch printer from Bixolon. Datacap and APG Cash Drawer partner to enable ISVs to bundle payment with POS peripherals, and Ingenico Group, FreedomPay, and ScanSource join to release a point-to-point encryption (P2PE) payment solution. Also, Staples partners with ERI to offer a recycling service for old electronics.

  2. Retail VARs Face Big Questions — But Find Bigger Value — Switching To As-A-Service
    9/11/2014

    The transition to the as-a-Service business model is gaining momentum with IT solutions providers working in the retail vertical. The evolution of a break-fix businesses into one based on recurring revenue, however, requires overcoming challenges and looking for opportunities, some specific to this vertical market.

  3. Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — September 5, 2014
    9/5/2014

    In the news, a Nielsen report reveals consumers’ intentions to make online purchases have doubled since 2011. In other news, Backoff malware is suspected in more data breaches. Articles this week include a look at why retailers are interested in — but haven’t yet embraced — iBeacon. And the channel is talking about Amazon’s Local Register, as well as Apple’s announcement on September 9 that is rumored to include information about the iPhone 6 including a mobile wallet.

  4. Solution Gives Your Clients Data Along With Payment Processing
    9/4/2014

    Swipely, a platform that provides product, staff, and customer insights to merchants, handles payment processing as well. Angus Davis, founder and CEO, points out credit card fees can add up to a significant cost, and Swipely “transforms a necessary evil operating expense into a marketing investment.”

  5. Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — August 29, 2014
    8/29/2014

    In the news, there are rumors of a payment platform in the next iPhone. In addition, The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has updated its warning to retailers advising them on “Backoff” point of sale (POS) malware. In other news, Dairy Queen could be the latest victim of “Backoff,” just at the beginning of an investigation. And a study shows digital coupons use is on the rise and in-store service is the key to a successful digital coupon program.

  6. Why Jeff Yelton Returned To The Channel
    8/27/2014

    For nearly three years, Jeff Yelton has been out of the POS & data collection industry. Once president of ScanSource’s POS & Barcoding division, Yelton left ScanSource in January of 2012 and has spent the time since as the president of Wired Fox Technologies. About a month ago, Yelton returned to the distribution side of the channel when he joined Ingram Micro as Executive Director and General Manager of the distributor’s DC/POS division.

  7. Alaska-Based Skurla's POS Solutions To Be Featured In Business Solutions
    8/25/2014

    Solutions-as-a-Service. Mobility. Payment security. Video surveillance. Hosted backup. Ownership Thinking. An upcoming article on Lynn Skurla of Skurla’s POS Solutions out of Anchorage, AK illustrates how being a forward-thinking VAR can lead to great things.

  8. Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — August 21, 2014
    8/21/2014

    In the news, a data breach at 51 UPS Stores locations is under investigation. In other news, Heartland Payment Systems acquires mPOS solution creator Leaf. Also, studies confirm business travelers’ interest in virtual payment, and conclude beacons could be the most important technology for retail since the card reader.

  9. APG’s Bergeron Talks Sensible Solutions — Not Sexy Technologies — At RetailNOW
    8/18/2014

    Sexy technologies dominate the headlines at most channel trade shows, and RetailNOW 2014 in Orlando was no different. Tablets, mobile payments, interactive digital signage, and cloud POS certainly deserve your attention. But I was reminded during Stephen Bergeron’s RetailNOW presentation Aug. 6 that we shouldn't overlook sensible solutions that aren't flashy but help merchants.

  10. Rogue Apps: From Customer Headache To Recurring Revenue Boon
    8/15/2014

    I remember the days when IT admins so tightly locked down PC permissions that users couldn't change a printer setting, let alone install their own choice of applications. Of course, just 10 years ago, there weren't a whole lot of small specialized apps and there certainly weren't all the cloud apps we have today. Employees don't think they need permission to work smarter by installing apps like Dropbox on their computer. While users are more empowered than ever and have access to new productivity tools every day, an IT nightmare has been created -- rogue apps on the network. It might be worse than you think.

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