Retail Articles

  1. How Big Data And Analytics Impact Your Merchant Clients
    9/30/2014

    IDC released the report “Business Strategy: Big Data and Analytics Lay the Foundation for Revenue Growth.” According to a press release, the report “presents a framework for understanding generations of product intelligence, leading to a new paradigm — participatory commerce.”

  2. System Gives Shoppers Info Via NFC
    9/29/2014

    Near-field communication has been in headlines lately, thanks to Apple Pay, but beyond helping merchants accept payments made from customers’ smartphones, the technology has other applications your retail customers might want to consider.

  3. 7 Steps To EMV Compliance
    9/29/2014

    While at the Fall ONE Ingram Micro conference in Las Vegas Jeff Yelton, executive director and GM DC/POS for the distributor, gave a presentation on electronic payments and EMV. I wrote a little about it in last Thursday’s blog. One thing I didn’t detail was Yelton’s seven steps to EMV compliance. Without further ado, here they are, short, concise, and to the point…

  4. Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — September 26, 2014
    9/26/2014

    In the news, EMV is a topic in a recent EMV Migration Forum webinar and at the PCI North American Community Meeting. A presentations shows how to stop a POS hacker by taking the hacker’s point of view, and a new technology could make unattended convenience stores a possibility.

  5. If You're Still Dragging Your Feet Concerning EMV, Read This
    9/25/2014

    A lot had been written about EMV. Indeed, earlier this year, Business Solutions published an entire guide on the topic. Still, there’s a lot to learn and consider if you’re a solutions provider.  During a session on the topic at the Fall ONE Ingram Micro conference in Las Vegas Jeff Yelton, executive director and GM DC/POS, spoke to a packed room about the trends leading up to EMV and the importance of compliance to today's solutions providers. In listening to Yelton, a few thoughts came to mind... 

  6. Janam CEO Lerner Details New Mini-Tablet At VARTECH
    9/22/2014

    One of the more interesting products I saw last week at VARTECH, the annual conference hosted by value-added distributor BlueStar, was Janam’s XT1 Rugged Mini-Tablet. Company CEO and co-founder Harry Lerner discussed it during a wireless breakout session at the show, and then I met with him near the busy Janam booth on the CodeZone expo floor.

  7. Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — September 18, 2014
    9/18/2014

    In the news, Apple Pay is ready — but the majority of merchants aren’t ready to accept the near-field technology payment solution — and shipping services are gearing up for a late holiday season rush. Surveys shows an increase in retail loss from cash theft and a most Americans are dissatisfied with loyalty programs. Also, Boston-area businesses are testing fuel pumps transformed into “transaction stations.”

  8. Global Online Purchase Intentions Have Doubled Since 2011
    9/17/2014

    A Nielsen report states online purchase intentions around the world have doubled since 2011 for many durable and entertainment-related categories. Nearly half of global respondents intend to make an online purchase in the next six months in high-prominence categories including clothing (46 percent), and airline (48 percent) and hotel (44 percent) reservations.

  9. EMV: Challenges And Opportunities For VARs
    9/17/2014

    It’s no surprise the “View From The Top: Leadership Panel” at this year’s Retail Solutions Providers Association’s RetailNOW included a discussion of EMV.

  10. Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — September 15, 2014
    9/15/2014

    In the news, The EMV Migration Forum launches a new online resource and plans a one-day workshop for VARs and other solutions providers. Also, card issuers are signing on to work with Apple Pay. In other news, OTAs will begin listing Wi-Fi speeds along with other information travelers can consider before they book, and the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has issued updated guidance on card-skimming prevention.

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