POS & Payment Processing Articles

  1. Rogue Apps: From Customer Headache To Recurring Revenue Boon
    8/15/2014

    I remember the days when IT admins so tightly locked down PC permissions that users couldn't change a printer setting, let alone install their own choice of applications. Of course, just 10 years ago, there weren't a whole lot of small specialized apps and there certainly weren't all the cloud apps we have today. Employees don't think they need permission to work smarter by installing apps like Dropbox on their computer. While users are more empowered than ever and have access to new productivity tools every day, an IT nightmare has been created -- rogue apps on the network. It might be worse than you think.

  2. NRF IT Security Council Educates, Advocates To Combat Data Theft
    8/14/2014

    Data breeches at large chain stores have spurred technology leaders to form the National Retail Federation (NRF) IT Security Council.

  3. Retail Predictions For The Second Half Of 2014
    8/13/2014

    Earlier this year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) released its 2014 economic forecast, as detailed in a press release. In the forecast, the NRF predicted an increase in industry retail sales of 4.1 percent, including auto parts, discount, department, grocery, and specialty stores. In addition, the NRF expected online sales to grow 9 to 12 percent in 2014. However, according to a more recent article from CNBC, that forecast has been lowered to 3.6 percent by the NRF as a result of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year.

  4. Legislation Could Change Taxes On eCommerce
    8/13/2014

    With the recent passage of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, a piece of legislation dealing with taxes on the fees that Internet server providers (ISPs) charge their customers is set to come before Congress. The extension of the ban on this Internet access tax finds widespread support among members of both the House and the Senate.

  5. Point Of Sale And Payment Processing News From July 2014
    8/13/2014

    Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in Point of Sale and Payment Processing news, North American Bancard launches a payment platform, and MMF announces new tablet enclosures. In addition, UP Solution introduces a solution for salons, spas, and other personal care businesses, and Lavu offers an online ordering application as well as a delivery and routing extension.

  6. Restaurant And Hospitality IT News For VARs — August 12, 2014
    8/12/2014

    In news this week, wearable technology has great potential for the restaurant industry.  In hotel news, the focus is on content management, dynamic rate marketing, and migrating hotel systems to the cloud. 

  7. Backoff Malware Targets POS Systems
    8/12/2014

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report details the introduction of a new malware campaign designed to steal consumers’ information through point of sale (POS) terminals nationwide. Initial cyberattacks occurred in the months leading up to the much-publicized data breach at Target stores nationwide during the 2013 holiday season. According to reports, at least 600 retailers nationwide have suffered the effects of Backoff.

  8. Avoid Managed Services Shortcuts, Maximize Efficiency & Profits
    8/12/2014

    I’ve written in the past about the need to be running efficiently to be most effective with the as-a-Service model. During a recent conversation at CompTia ChannelCon, I was reminded how important it is to not just use the right software in your managed services practice, but to have it properly configured.

  9. Common Mistakes Made In The Retail Vertical
    8/12/2014

    When providing IT solutions in the retail field, VARs can sometimes focus on technology and not people. Along with the views they shared for our Partner Program Insider, the following industry leaders gave their opinions on the common mistakes solutions providers make when selling to customers in the retail vertical.

  10. Why Your Limited-Service Restaurant Customers Need Online Ordering
    8/11/2014

    A new Technomic study reveals that in order to remain competitive, limited-service restaurants must evolve to meet the varied needs of customers. One area where limited-service restaurants can adapt to the market is online ordering and/or delivery. Consumers indicate that convenient delivery or ordering services, such as call-ahead or online ordering, could encourage them to patronize limited-service restaurants more often. 

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