Retail Articles

  1. APG’s Bergeron Talks Sensible Solutions — Not Sexy Technologies — At RetailNOW
    8/18/2014

    Sexy technologies dominate the headlines at most channel trade shows, and RetailNOW 2014 in Orlando was no different. Tablets, mobile payments, interactive digital signage, and cloud POS certainly deserve your attention. But I was reminded during Stephen Bergeron’s RetailNOW presentation Aug. 6 that we shouldn't overlook sensible solutions that aren't flashy but help merchants.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  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. 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.

  9. How Beacon Technology Advances Unified Commerce
    8/11/2014

    In today’s competitive market, retailers are focusing on implementing unified commerce, “the evolution of both multi-channel and omni-channel retailing that provides a seamless experience in the store, on the Web or anywhere customers choose to shop,” according to a blog post by Ken Morris of Boston Retail Partners.

  10. The Top VAR Opportunities In Retail
    8/11/2014

    A recent BSM article reported on what industry professionals thought were the most significant trends and opportunities for VARs in the retail sector.  The following industry leaders also shared their insights on the topic...

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