POS & Payment Processing Articles

  1. How a PSA Commitment Led to 150% Revenue Growth
    9/19/2014

    In a recent blog, I talked about some of the common pitfalls VARs and MSPs run into with PSA (professional service automation) tools. One of the biggest pitfalls identified was “Using 10% of the application.” I recently spoke with Kory Lindersmith and Lonnie Ladwig, cofounders of Dakota Retail Technologies, two guys who can closely identify with this pitfall.

  2. VARTECH: Live Polls Offer Insight On Biggest Reseller Challenges, Shrinking Margins
    9/19/2014

    Solutions providers attending VARTECH 2014, the annual conference hosted by value-added distributor BlueStar, participated in two interesting live polls during a partner meeting Thursday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. Resellers used their smartphones to submit their responses via text, Twitter, or a web page, and the results were posted on a giant screen as they were received.

  3. BlueStar Executives Reveal Channel Trends At VARTECH
    9/19/2014

    I appreciated that BlueStar executives cut to the chase during their regional update meeting with a few hundred U.S.-based VAR partners Thursday afternoon at their annual VARTECH conference in New Orleans. So I’ll cut to the chase and get right to some of their most insightful statistics and quotes.

  4. VARTECH 2014: 9 Social Media Tips For VARs
    9/18/2014

    Do you recall the 1939 version of The Wizard Of Oz when a fearful Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, exclaims, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”? Today, solutions providers — especially those old enough to remember the 1939 version of The Wizard Of Oz — are saying “Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn, oh my!” as they face an avalanche of social media options.

  5. Lively Media Panel Opens VARTECH 2014
    9/18/2014

    Value-added distributor BlueStar turned the tables on members of the channel media at its VARTECH conference in New Orleans Thursday. The day one general session opened with BlueStar Global Marketing Manager Dean Reverman asking publishing executives and editors questions about trends and best practices for solutions providers and IT vendors.

  6. Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — September 18, 2014
    9/18/2014

    In the news, Apple Pay is ready — but the majority of merchants aren’t ready to accept the near-field technology payment solution — and shipping services are gearing up for a late holiday season rush. Surveys shows an increase in retail loss from cash theft and a most Americans are dissatisfied with loyalty programs. Also, Boston-area businesses are testing fuel pumps transformed into “transaction stations.”

  7. Why Agility Equates To Longevity In Managed Services
    9/18/2014

    Earlier this month I attended the GFI MAX Customer Conference in Orlando. I continue to be amazed at the great nonpromotional educational content that’s shared at MSP events in general. This event was no exception. Indeed, during the keynote on day one, Dave Sobel, director of partner community for GFI, took the stage to talk about the value of MSPs and how they can be successful long term through stability and agility.

  8. Global Online Purchase Intentions Have Doubled Since 2011
    9/17/2014

    A Nielsen report states online purchase intentions around the world have doubled since 2011 for many durable and entertainment-related categories. Nearly half of global respondents intend to make an online purchase in the next six months in high-prominence categories including clothing (46 percent), and airline (48 percent) and hotel (44 percent) reservations.

  9. EMV: Challenges And Opportunities For VARs
    9/17/2014

    It’s no surprise the “View From The Top: Leadership Panel” at this year’s Retail Solutions Providers Association’s RetailNOW included a discussion of EMV.

  10. What MSPs Can Learn From Chick-fil-A
    9/17/2014

    I love coming across quick, easy-to-follow advice for solutions providers. During a short presentation at the recently-held GFI MAX Customer Conference in Orlando, Tony Hayden, president of Sabre Networks, shared his thoughts on why an MSP should adopt many of the practices of restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. He believes the result would be a highly successful business. Here's what the restaurant does that can be applied to your business.

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