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  1. 5 Habits Of The Most Successful VARs

    Habits — they either make you or break you, especially in the world of Value Added Resellers (VARs). In this article, we’ve outlined five habits of the most successful VARs as they have these down to a science. And to prove it, we’ve asked our top TouchBistro POS reseller, Wendell Au, to weigh in on how living and breathing these habits has helped pave his way to success.

  2. The Best Management Advice I Ever Received

    When I first started managing, I thought a lot about myself: how I was doing with my team, how I didn’t want to be a terrible manager, things I could do to become a great manager. Yet when I first started out, the advice I got was “it’s not about you anymore.”

  3. Strategies Bosses Use To Avoid Apologizing

    Where in the world is the school where managers study apology avoidance. It always surprises me when perpetrator-like managers have already built an impressive array of personal apology avoidance habits and language. They don’t get this from their mothers, I know that. I also know those who ignore their mom’s advice deserve what they get.

  4. Mobile Coupon Return On Investment: Real Results From Real Retailers

    Mobile coupon popularity is growing rapidly in the retail sector. One analyst firm, solely focused on mobile, predicts that mobile coupons redeemed will almost double between 2014 and 2019 to more than 31 billion.

  5. Cyber-threats In 2016: Evolution, Potential, And Overcoming Them

    The contemporary business environment is essentially a small subsystem in the larger cyber world. Every enterprise, no matter how technically progressive or apprehensive about technology, is connected to and handles different streams of data. The current IT landscape is highly disruptive, but it does promise better business outcomes for those who are Internet of Things (IoT) ready and prepared to embrace Big Data. However, there are some apprehensions about this more connected, omnipresent, and easily accessible data — it opens many doors to hackers, creating room for Cyber threats to seep in.

  6. Cyber-Security’s Weakest Link: People

    A stark reality facing today’s businesses is the never-ending threat to cyber-security and a strategy for how to combat it. An even greater concern is damage to corporate image, consumer trust, loss of revenue, liability to customers, and the ever-increasing statutes imposed by lawmakers and agencies who point the finger at businesses for failure to take responsibility for preventing data theft.

  7. Exploiting Windows Vulnerabilities Shows No Sign Of Slowing: The 6 Major Threats To Watch

    Recently, I wrote about the continuing threat Windows users face. Despite the major advances Microsoft has made in terms of increased security safeguards available in the latest release, Windows 10, there are millions of PCs still running older versions of the popular operating system which are highly vulnerable and susceptible to external threats. Of the many flavors of Windows still widely used, Windows 7 remains the most popular version of the operating system and where cyber criminals continue to focus much of their efforts.

  8. PCI QIR Q&A With Visa

    Much of the talk around the proverbial POS Industry “water cooler” has been around the now more than six month old announcement about the new Visa requirement for all Level 4 merchants. As a refresher: the card brand is requiring that merchants in this tier must use only PCI QIR professionals for POS application and terminal installation and integration. This requirement will go into effect in January 2017. It marks Visa’s effort, in their words, to establish requirements “for acquirers to ensure their small merchants are taking steps to secure their payment environment.”

  9. Why The ‘Internet Of Things’ Is Driving Infrastructure Spending By Retailers

    There is a lot of buzz today about the Internet of Things (IoT)—but is it a small wave to let pass, or is this a “big one” that RSPA members should be ready to ride out?  This technology trend touches many parts of the retail IT market and is expected to be a bigger part of retail IT budgets in 2016 and 2017.  In this article, Todd Cripe of Best of Breed Solutions and Velda Goodin of ScanSource explore what’s driving these expenditures and how RSPA members can benefit from these trends.

  10. RSPA President’s Note - June 2016

    How is it June already? Weren’t we just talking about our plans for 2016? Time is marching on, things continue to move quickly, and I’ve begun to cherish the moments of relaxation I have. One such instance was a few nights ago, when I was relaxing and watching HBO’s Real Sports.