Retail IT News For VARs — January 8, 2014
The news includes NRF’s appeal of the recent $5.7 billion swipe fee settlement, a forecast that the predictive analytics market will grow to $6,546 million by 2019, and a study that shows m-commerce is contributing to increasing online sales.
What Goodies Will NRF 2014 Hold In Store For The Retail Channel?
Next week is the NRF BIG Show, the biggest retail technology show of the year. While I’m not looking forward to the frigid temperatures and windy streets of NYC, I am looking forward to seeing the next step in the evolution of retail IT. This event is really a mixed bag for me. There’s so much to see and, unfortunately, not all of the solutions on display will be sold through the reseller channel. I’m on the lookout for solutions you, our reseller audience, can add to your portfolio to have a more successful 2014.
Peer-To-Peer: The Best Way To Sell Subscription-Based POS
Business Solutions interviewed Dave Iava, senior account representative for Plymouth Rock Merchant Services, for the article “Take A ‘Pay It Forward’ Approach To POS.” After Iava established Plymouth Rock, which offers payment processing services, he began providing point of sale (POS) systems for a monthly fee. Iava offers advice to other solutions providers selling “Free POS.”
Retail IT News For VARs — January 2, 2014
In the news, holiday ecommerce fell short of expectations, containerization is getting interest as a strategy for BYOD security, and experts comment on mobility, payment, and Big Data in 2014.
Where Retail IT VARs Should Focus In 2014
I’m not a fan of articles where the writer uses their “wisdom” to make educated guesses and then emphatically recommends you take actions that could affect your business adversely. I’d rather leverage research and real-world data to make statements you can feel more confident about embracing.
Retail IT News For VARs — December 26, 2013
In the news are retail technology predictions for the New Year and trends that show tablet shopping and BI/analytics are on the rise.
Retail IT News For VARs — December 19, 2013
In the news this week, a study reveals augmented reality is on the rise and analysts share their predictions for 2014’s biggest trends — including personalization and location-based mobile.
Why Increased Profitability Might Be Out Of Your Reach
If you’re a VAR or integrator looking to become more profitable, check this out. I attended a lot of trade shows and partner conferences focused on managed services this fall and sat through a ton of educational sessions. Something that really jumped out at me about MSPs is their focus on business metrics.
Retail IT News For VARs — December 16, 2013
The NRF announces retail industry job gains of 13,500 in November, master data management is a valuable omni-channel tool, and a study shows why mobile sites are integral to ecommerce.
Is 2014 The Beginning Of The End?
Before you jump to the conclusion that this is a doom-and-gloom article, let me promise you it isn’t. It’s a story about opportunity. True, where there’s opportunity, there’s often the other side of the coin where weakness and threats lie. My goal, and that of Business Solutions, is to keep readers like you on the opportunity side of business. I want you profitable and thriving in 2014 and into 2015.