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Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — September 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.”

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  • An Open Approach To Payments
    An Open Approach To Payments

    A new payment processing option opens up additional functionality and business opportunities for this POS VAR.

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  • The Impact Of Apple Pay On The Retail IT Channel And POS Resellers
    The Impact Of Apple Pay On The Retail IT Channel And POS Resellers

    By now, everyone in the reseller community should be aware of Apple Pay, Apple’s new mobile payment system. With Apple Pay, the actual credit and debit card numbers are not stored on the device nor on Apple servers. Instead, device account numbers, a new NFC (near field communication) antenna design, touch ID, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and dynamic security codes are utilized to keep transactions secure and protect account information.  Apple has also assembled a line-up of the major payment networks, gateway providers, and high profile retailers to support Apple Pay out of the gate. Apple is hoping that its scale and reputation will be the catalyst to reenergize mobile payment adoption, which to date has been quite disappointing.

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    The role of a retail VAR is changing. Retail VARs can no longer just sell and install POS hardware and sign up retailers for merchant services. Today’s VARs need to position themselves as the trusted IT consultant to their retailer clients.

  • 3 Security Strategies Worth Considering Along With EMV, BYOD
    3 Security Strategies Worth Considering Along With EMV, BYOD

    A spate of high-profile data breaches and the ongoing threats posed by antiquated magnetic stripe technology has created the need for transformation across the retail and financial sectors — including the upcoming adoption of Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) global standard chip cards throughout the U.S.

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    Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) located in Tacoma, Washington, has 792 animals and 98 different species on display. Founded in 1905, the facility covers 29 acres of land within Point Defiance Park and offers gorgeous views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. The only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest, the site attracts over 700,000 visitors a year.

  • 5 Lies You Might Hear About Mobile POS
    5 Lies You Might Hear About Mobile POS

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  • Harbortouch Announces Day One Compatibility with Apple Pay

    Harbortouch, a leading national point of sale (POS) system and merchant services provider, has announced that the company will now support acceptance of Apple Pay for their merchant customers. Tens of thousands of the company’s existing merchants will be ready to accept Apple Pay on day one of the service’s availability. The Apple Pay in-person payment option will be available at any new or existing Harbortouch merchant using the company’s NFC-enabled Perkwave Terminal. Customers can simply tap their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch near the contactless NFC reader at these locations to pay. Additionally, merchants using Harbortouch’s Hospitality POS system will be able to participate in advanced Apple Pay initiatives that will be announced at the end of the month.

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