POS & Payment Processing Articles

  1. Don't Go Into Services Half-Hearted

    When asked about common mistakes break-fix VARs make when they transition to services, the biggest I can think of is going in half-hearted. What I’m referring to is not making the changes to your business that are necessary to do the model well. One area where some VAR-turned-MSPs lag is with the adoption and use of automation tools like a PSA and RMM.

  2. NRF Survey: Organized Retail Crime Rates Remain High Industry-Wide

    According to the National Retail Federation’s 11th Annual Organized Retail Crime Survey, 97 percent of retailers surveyed report that they have been a victim of ORC in the past year, an increase from 88.2 percent last year.

  3. Why POS Resellers Need To Provide Business Continuity For Their Clients

    After a disaster, it’s important to help your merchant clients stay connected to the outside world. Business continuity is crucial in the wake of disasters, when communication is essential.

  4. Attention VARs: EMV Transition Deadline Looms And Retailers Aren’t Prepared

    Nearly 8 in 10 (78 percent) of SMB retailers have not yet adopted EMV-ready systems according to a study that surveyed small businesses and their customers on EMV readiness.

  5. Are You Making These Common Marketing Mistakes?

    When it comes to real marketing, many solutions providers fall short. This is typically because they either don’t believe in the power of marketing or don’t have the time and money to invest. In both cases, a big mistake is being made. Marketing, when done correctly, can have a significant effect on sales, producing an ROI that exponentially exceeds the initial investment.

  6. New EMV Resources Are Available To RSPA Members

    The Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) announced new resources for VARs providing EMV solutions to their clients: an EMV solutions grid and the Merchant FAQ tool.

  7. VARTECH 2015 Keynote Asks, “What’s Your 13th Donut?”

    VARTECH 2015 keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich's message to several hundred channel executives Sept. 15 was filled with feelings of humility, gratefulness, and the power of a kind word. Following are golden nuggets and top quotes from Scharenbroich’s moving welcome to BlueStar’s annual partner conference:

  8. VARTECH 2015 Media Panel: “Dandelion Marketing” And Other Terms VARs Need To Know

    The media panel discussion at VARTECH 2015 was a learning experience for the hundreds of channel executives in attendance. Following are three terms that played a role in our conversation that I wanted to share with you. It will behoove VARs to understand and master these.

  9. Fast Facts (Plus Opinions) From VARTECH 2015

    Here are stories, quotes, and notes from the first full day of VARTECH 2015 —  written from the docks at CocoCay, The Bahamas. The day was intriguing, interesting, and gratifying at different times. Here are some of the stories, quotes, and notes I jotted while traversing from deck-to-deck.

  10. Michael Gerber’s ‘The Dreaming Room’ Course Offered To RSPA Members

    Author and entrepreneur Michael Gerber will present a course for Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) members this fall: The Dreaming Room.