Featured Hospitality Articles

  1. Point Of Sale And Payment Processing News From April 2014
    5/14/2014

    Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Point of Sale and Payment Processing news, VeriFone announces its first handheld EMV-capable payment terminal and announces a new partnership with First Data. Also, Merchant Warehouse partners with TabbedOut, Merchant Link provides point-to-point encryption to MICROS Clients, and Star releases a new, white, color option on select printers.

  2. Reactions To The Vantiv-Mercury Deal
    5/13/2014

    In the wake of yesterday’s big payments/POS news, I sought reactions from a handful of retail IT VARs, ISVs, and vendors -- including Vantiv and Mercury. I don't want this article to imply that this deal is good or bad for the channel. The reality is that it's too soon to know for sure and details still need to shake out. That said, the following reactions are real and valid at this point in time.  “I think it can potentially give the channel a competitive benefit due to Vantiv’s aggressive pricing policies and generally greater scale," says Will Atkinson, president of CAP Software. "I hope that it gives us a bigger, better funded partner, making us and our resellers more competitive against the other bigger players like First Data and Heartland."

  3. Thoughts On The Vantiv-Mercury Deal
    5/12/2014

    The Vantiv investor call on the topic of the Mercury acquisition just ended and I'm staring at a page full of notes. Before I head home for the day, I thought I'd share some of them, as well as my thoughts. On the call was Charles Drucker, President and CEO of Vantiv; Matt Taylor, CEO of Mercury; and Mark Heimbouch, CFO of Vantiv. Lots of talk about Mercury's technology and partner base, but nothing about the people at Mercury who own the dealer and ISV relationships. At the same time, there was a lot of talk about how Vantiv brings scale to Mercury. If the goal is to grow the integrated payments space, I hope Vantiv leans on Mercury big time for its people and relationships. 

  4. Restaurant And Hospitality News For VARs — May 8, 2014
    5/8/2014

    New this week, Disney has incorporated RFID technology into their new “Magic Bands,” allowing all sorts of personal information to be downloaded directly to a visitor’s wrist to improve their overall park experience. Also, Einstein Noah has transformed its service management within IT, and throughout the company with a new cloud solution that enables them to automate key processes and speed service request fulfillment.

  5. Hospitality IT News For VARs — May 1, 2014
    5/1/2014

    In hospitality IT news this week, PayPal is piloting a beacon-enabled payment system using wearable technology. And tiered Wi-Fi is emerging as the new industry model for hotels as they compete for guests and try to manage costs. A third article demonstrates the need to make your customers' hotel websites responsive to Google to help boost SEO ratings. Also, Dominos has jumped onto the iPad app bandwagon with its new ordering app that includes a more realistic pizza builder.   

  6. Restaurant And Hospitality News For VARs – April 23, 2014
    4/23/2014

    This week the news includes a warning that hackers are using third-parties to gain access to data through vulnerable systems. Also, hotels and other retailers are adopting new mobile technology for check-in. And finally, in an interview with Forest Key of Buuteeq, we find out why hotel marketing is flying to the cloud. 

  7. Restaurant And Hospitality IT News for VARs — April 16, 2014
    4/16/2014

    In Hospitality News this week, Google Wallet payments can only be made on a device that supports HCE. Also, both full-service and quick-service restaurants can benefit from smartphone technology, and quick-service spending increased in March. Also, a recent survey showed that free Wi-Fi is the top demand for travelers, and European hotels are responding to that need. 

  8. The Top VAR Opportunities In The SMB Space
    4/11/2014

    Business Solutions asked industry experts “Why VARs Should Set Their Sights On SMBs” for the Business Solutions 2014 Partner Program Insider. In addition to the insights in that article, these industry leaders also offer what they believe are the biggest opportunities and significant trends in the SMB space — including network and physical security, and, for SMB retailers, the transition to EMV and online marketing.

  9. Hospitality News for VARs — April 9, 2014
    4/9/2014

    Mobility and loyalty continue to be hot topics in hospitality. Major operators including Pizza Hut and Buffalo Wild Wings have been investing in new tableside — and tabletop — technology to enhance the customer service and payment experience. 

  10. Hospitality IT News for VARS
    3/31/2014

    In the news this week, McDonald’s launches mobile payment for home delivery in Thailand. In hotel news, mobile compatibility is becoming crucial to continued successful bookings.

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