Featured Hospitality Articles

  1. Peer-To-Peer: VAR Best Practices For Rebranding Your Company
    6/3/2014

    Jason Cowan of Spark Solutions Group — formerly Cowans Restaurant Solutions — talks about the process of changing your business’ name, obstacles you could face, and strong reasons to consider making this change.

  2. Mobile Shopping Trends Upward, Drives Retail Industry Transformation
    6/2/2014

    Mobile capabilities have changed the way consumers interact with stores and banks, and therefore will change the relationships between resellers and their retail customers.

  3. POS VARs: Are You Smarter Than Your SMB Customers?
    5/29/2014

    The average SMB customer in the market for a point of sale (POS) system fits a different description than customers in that category a few years ago. Rod Hometh, senior VP of market development for Ingenico, says, in the past, your SMB customers adopted “trickle-down technology,” tried and proven by larger enterprises.

  4. Mobile Presence Technologies Can Benefit Your QSR Clients
    5/29/2014

    Every day, millions of Americans across the nation visit Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs). Some find their food ready just moments after they arrive at the restaurant —thanks to advances in mobile technologies.

  5. Get The Answers To All Your Nagging Retail IT Questions
    5/28/2014

    June is just around the corner and summer will quickly be upon us. While August - and RSPA RetailNOW - might feel far away, the reality is that it will be here before you know it. It's with that in mind that I wanted to get to you now about this great event and plant some seeds. It's self-reflection time.

  6. Restaurant And Hospitality IT News For VARs — May 28, 2014
    5/28/2014

    In the news this week, experts explain why not to pattern your client’s app after Starbucks and why to carefully consider how consumers react with each screen in a multi-screen marketing approach. Also, reports show the global foodservice industry saw an increase in sales over 2013, and the National Restaurant Association is projecting about a half-million jobs added to the industry this summer.

  7. Restaurant And Hospitality IT News For VARs — May 23, 2014
    5/23/2014

    In the news, articles look at the IoT as a possible future of payment, as well as a bitcoin-compatible booking engine for hotels, and a new Square ordering app.

  8. What The POS Channel Can Learn From The Vantiv-Mercury Deal
    5/19/2014

    The recent news of the Vantiv-Mercury deal will keep the POS and payments channels buzzing for some time. It’s got us talking here at our office about all the implications. One of my colleagues asked the rhetorical question, “Do our retail and restaurant IT VAR subscribers realize how important they are to the payments industry?” Great question.  Do you?

    Plain old payment processing isn’t enough to get a seat at the payments table any more. The various players in the payment’s ecosystem have price-competed to the point where there now has to be "value-add" as part of a payments solution. That’s where you come in.

  9. 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.

  10. 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."

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