Featured Hospitality Articles

  1. RSPA Spreads The Word About Visa QIR Certification Requirement, Helps VARs Respond

    In this interview, Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) President Kelly Funk tells how the association is assisting VARs with Payment Card Industry (PCI) Qualified Integrator and Reseller (QIR) certification and is working to spread the word that, effective March 31, 2016, Visa is requiring acquirers to ensure all newly boarded Level 4 merchants have point of sale (POS) application and terminal installation and integration performed by professionals with this certification.

  2. Your Merchant IT Client Is Facing A Challenge. Be Ready With The Solution

    Your merchant IT clients may find during busy times — like the holiday shopping season — inefficiencies or deficits in their infrastructure become more apparent. This could present an opportunity for you to start a conversation about how technology solutions can help them win business and customer loyalty and reach their business goals.

  3. Mercury Payment Systems Helps Partners Become PCI QIR Certified

    The Security Pays initiative launched by Mercury Payment Systems, a Vantiv company, is assisting more than 500 partners with education and support to help them achieve Payment Card Industry (PCI) Qualified Integrator and Reseller (QIR) certification. The company recently announced that after only three months 50 of its partners are QIR certified.

  4. Visa: VARs, Integrators Must Be QIR Certified

    Understand recent changes to PCI QIR requirements, what to expect from the course and exam, and how the Retail Solutions Providers Association can help.

  5. iSheriff States “Omni-Channel Needs Omni-Security”

    A white paper from iSheriff highlights how the adoption of new technologies in the retail industry necessitates new strategies to protect data across all channels.

  6. Two Problems Facing Every MSP

    At IT Nation, I sat in on a great session led by Bradley Gross, an attorney who specializes in IT law. The session, “5 Problems Plaguing Every MSP,” was loaded with great real-life scenarios that lead to potential legal problems for IT solutions providers. The first two problems were closely related and, I believe, relevant not only to established MSPs, but VARs just making the transition to MSP. After all, when you’re setting up your services business, you might as well do it the right way out of the gate, yes?

  7. VARs: Must The EMV Solutions You Are Providing Accept PINs?

    As U.S. consumers began using EMV cards this fall, many retailers began to push for the use of personal identification numbers (PINs) along with the new chip credit cards to create an additional layer of security to protected financial information.

  8. Jim Collins Talks Greatness At Ingram Micro ONE

    Jim Collins’ books are pretty much required reading for the business world. The man’s works, including Good to Great, are highly regarded as some of the best continuing ed for aspiring business leaders. Last week I was lucky to be among the 2,000 Ingram Micro ONE attendees to be able to hear Collins speak for almost two hours. During that time, his presentation covered 12 questions to ask yourself, your team, and business that can help the business reach “greatness.”

  9. What You Missed At Ingram Micro ONE Fall 2015

    Last week I was one of 2,000 people who attended the Ingram Micro ONE fall conference in Nashville. I have 10 full pages of notes from the event. Following are some highlights I thought you’d find valuable, along with my commentary.

  10. RSPA INSPIRE 2016 To Be Held In San Diego

    The Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) announced Inspire 2016 will be held stateside this year, scheduled for January 31 to February 3, 2016, at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego. By Christine Kern, contributing writer