POS & Payment Processing Articles

  1. Restaurant And Hospitality IT News For VARs — January 27, 2014

    In the news, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) is predicting industry sales to reach $683 billion in 2014. Also, NRA includes in its 2014 Industry Forecast that restaurant customers are looking to engage more with restaurants via smartphone or tablet.

  2. How The Target Credit Card Breach Could Have Been Avoided

    By now, you’ve probably heard about the credit card data breach that occurred at Target and other retail chains over the holidays. While Target hasn’t released all the details of what happened, malware was supposedly involved and many believe the culprit was a nasty bit of software known as BlackPOS. Some are also speculating that malware similar to BlackPOS, called Reedum, was to blame.

    Regardless of the questions being asked, let’s be clear about one thing: the Target breach could have been prevented and the data of your customers can be made safe. Today. With no chip-and-PIN or EMV.

  3. Grocery And Convenience Store IT News For VARs — January 23, 2014

    In the news, a study shows monitoring shopping habits and preferences using smartphones could produce valuable data for grocers. Also, top grocery trends for 2014 include “Click and Collect” — select online and pick up in store — programs and a move to online sales circulars. 

  4. Retail IT News For VARs — January 22, 2014

    In the news are predictions that most mobile apps and BYOD programs will not succeed. Also, a study reveals customers are more willing to provide personal information if it is exchanged for a good deal, and a poll shows customers find POS prompts “intrusive.”

  5. Are Retail VARs Missing The Customer Experience Bandwagon?

    BSM's Jim Roddy reports two trends from  Retail’s BIG Show, hosted by the NRF in New York City last week: one, the top issue retailers care about today is enhancing the customer experience, and two, channel executives told me they believe more  than 90 percent of retail resellers aren’t helping their clients enhance the customer experience.

  6. Restaurant And Hospitality IT News For VARs — January 20, 2014

    In the news, the number of mobile wallet users is expected to grow to 113 million by 2017, and a survey finds that mobile technology is driving advances in payments technology.

  7. Financing Options Your Customers Will Love

    Solutions providers share how they handle customers who need to finance projects and how it reinforces their role as a trusted advisor.

  8. What Retail VARs Missed At NRF 2014

    NRF wrapped up the other day in NYC’s Jacob Javits Convention Center. I’m sure every exhibitor on the floor could tell you how or why they have some new innovation that will reshape the industry. Most are just buying into their own marketing hype and are self-delusional. I was on the lookout for the information and news that would matter most to retail VARs. Following are some of my notes from the show. 

  9. Grocery and Convenience Store IT News For VARs — January 16, 2014

    A study concludes about one-third of c-stores plan to offer mobile wallet payment in the next three years. Also in the news, intelligent checklist platforms can help improve food quality and safety, and a survey shows smartphones are “shopping companions” for the demographic “mothers.”

  10. Retail IT News For VARs — January 15, 2014

    Last week, the Department of Homeland Security issued a POS malware alert. Also in the news, surveys show mobile technology is retailers’ top priority, and a survey shows the majority of businesses experience significant technology failures, but most don’t quantify their impact.