Retail Articles

  1. Two Problems Facing Every MSP

    At IT Nation last month, I sat in on a great session led by Bradley Gross, an attorney who specializes in IT law. The session, “5 Problems Plaguing Every MSP,” was loaded with great real-life scenarios that lead to potential legal problems for IT solutions providers. The first two problems were closely related and, I believe, relevant not only to established MSPs, but VARs just making the transition to MSP. After all, when you’re setting up your services business, you might as well do it the right way out of the gate, yes?

  2. VARs: Must The EMV Solutions You Are Providing Accept PINs?

    As U.S. consumers began using EMV cards this fall, many retailers began to push for the use of personal identification numbers (PINs) along with the new chip credit cards to create an additional layer of security to protected financial information.

  3. Jim Collins Talks Greatness At Ingram Micro ONE

    Jim Collins’ books are pretty much required reading for the business world. The man’s works, including Good to Great, are highly regarded as some of the best continuing ed for aspiring business leaders. Last week I was lucky to be among the 2,000 Ingram Micro ONE attendees to be able to hear Collins speak for almost two hours. During that time, his presentation covered 12 questions to ask yourself, your team, and business that can help the business reach “greatness.”

  4. What You Missed At Ingram Micro ONE Fall 2015

    Last week I was one of 2,000 people who attended the Ingram Micro ONE fall conference in Nashville. I have 10 full pages of notes from the event. Following are some highlights I thought you’d find valuable, along with my commentary.

  5. IRT Retail Tech Spending Report: Budget For mPOS, Digital Signage, Wi-Fi, Security

    Cloud adoption is up, inventory visibility is down, and mobile point of sale (POS) is ever increasing, according to Innovative Retail Technologies’ report Retail Tech Spending 2016: The Digitization Of The Physical Domain. The report, conducted every third quarter of the year since 2005, surveys IRT subscribers on their tech spending plans for the next year.

  6. RSPA INSPIRE 2016 To Be Held In San Diego

    The Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) announced Inspire 2016 will be held stateside this year, scheduled for January 31 to February 3, 2016, at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

  7. Q&A With Harbortouch CEO: Will EMV Slow Down Holiday Shoppers?

    With holiday shopping in full swing, Business Solutions asked Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Harbortouch, what impact the U.S. EMV migration will have on the customer experience this season. Isaacman also shared findings from a Harbortouch survey on EMV and his insights into how mobile payments could impact EMV adoption.

  8. Tech Investments And Challenges For Your Retail IT Clients, By Tier, In 2016

    A Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) webinar examined IT trends and plans among retail tiers, presented by Greg Buzek, founder and CEO of IHL Group.

  9. Research Finds $30 Billion Wasted In U.S. On Unused Software

    Global organizations are wasting money on software that is not used, according to a new report from Software Lifecycle Automation company 1E. The report The Real Cost of Unused Software analyzed the results of a four-year study of more than 1,800 software titles deployed on 3.6 million desktops, in 129 enterprises, across 14 industries.

  10. Why Your Merchant Clients Should Offer Digital Gift Cards … All Year Long

    Consumers are increasingly purchasing digital gift cards for purposes other than holiday gift-giving.