POS & Payment Processing Articles
Grocery and Convenience Store IT News — April 17, 2014
In the news this week, a survey concludes mobile payments will increase by 40 percent this year. In addition, the Heartbleed Bug is on everyone’s minds, as experts scramble to determine the extent of its impact. Also in the news, a Texas liquor store reported a security breach and beacon technology is allowing retailers to monitor customer in-store behavior and link it to their mobile technology.
Restaurant And Hospitality IT News for VARs — April 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.
Point Of Sale And Payment Processing News From March 2014
Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Point of Sale and Payment Processing news, RSPA appoints a new CEO and president, pcAmerica acquires MobiMagic, Shift4 certifies with Moneris, Lavu releases apps for niche markets, MMF POS partners with Star Micronics, Datacap Systems will offer Phoenix Managed Networks PhoeniXSentry, and Harbortouch offers a new sales center app and web-based demo.
Interest In EMV Rising After Data Breaches
EMV adoption in the U.S. has been slow — but the cyberattack that led to Target’s highly publicized data breach seems to have been a wake-up call. Rod Hometh, senior VP of market development for Ingenico, observes a different atmosphere than the one a few months ago. “I went to an ISV conference in August, and I was surprised how few had embraced EMV and how few understood the effort that was before them,” he says. “Eight or nine months later, the majority are quite aware. They are starting to designate internal experts and pursue their own strategies.”
The Top VAR Opportunities In The SMB Space
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.
Retail IT News for VARs — April 11, 21014
In the news this week, Custora’s latest reports show that retail sales climbed 10 percent over last year. Meanwhile, in POS news, researchers demonstrated the vulnerability of mPOS devices and we have tips for protecting POS systems from cybercrime and for integrating tablets and POS software. Finally, research predicts that mobile advertising will become the fourth largest ad medium by 2016.
Grocery And C-Store IT News For VARs — April 10, 2014
In this week’s grocery and c-store news, loyalty programs are a recurring theme. From tying rewards programs to mobile wallets and digital receipts, retailers are forging ahead with ways to keep customers coming. Meanwhile, NACS reported that c-store sales grew while profits declined in 2013. And POS remains a target of cybercrime and hacking — the news includes five ways to protect your systems and show you how researchers hacked an mPOS device to play a game.
Hospitality News for VARs — April 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.
Book Review: The Trusted Advisor
Our industry — both reseller and vendor executives — would benefit if we all followed the principles outlined in The Trusted Advisor by David Maister, Charles Green, and Robert Galford. Successful channel companies try to help their clients; mediocre companies are just pushing products.
Grocery And C-Store IT News
In the news this week is the latest survey of supermarket chains by Consumer Reports, where Walmart sank to the bottom. Another survey by OpinionLab shows that consumers are overwhelmingly opposed to in-store tracking, fearing privacy breaches. Meanwhile, a federal appeals court upheld the 21-cent cap on debit card swipe fees that retailers oppose as too high, and an A&P senior employee pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.