Star Micronics recently introduced cloudPRNT, a technology enabling users to print to Star printers directly through a cloud service. The first Star product in this line to be released, the TSP650IIcloudPRNT thermal printer, retrieves and prints orders from any online ordering service integrating Star’s communication protocol. cloudPRNT will work with the online ordering service to store and create print jobs and communicate status with the printer. Cloud ordering services will post orders using a JSON format while the Star cloudPRNT printer will pull these orders on a defined interval.
As this issue reaches everyone’s mailbox in the first week of December, I’ll be wrapping up my last business trip of the year by attending Ingram Micro’s fall ONE conference in Las Vegas. Including this trip, my fall event calendar was pretty full. Between partner conferences, expos, trade shows, and Business Solutions’ own events, I hit up eight events over the past few months. While each event was different, in looking back through my notebook, I see some repeating trends. Additionally, there are some important comments I haven’t been able to share until now.
With tablet-based POS solutions flooding the market, what does the future hold for POS terminals in retail?
This VAR looks at EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) terminal upgrades as a way to endear customers and move into conversations around high-margin solutions.
For ISVs, the decision to switch payment processors can be stressful, not only a risky choice but one requiring extensive research on behalf of the ISV in order to find a reputable provider. Before making the move, ISVs need to examine their current payment offering and determine what their future goals and objectives are to help increase the overall success of their business.
The payments industry is changing incredibly fast. Every day brings more complexity, new products and emerging players. Now more than ever, it is important to choose a payments partner wisely.
As a provider of payment processing solutions, we are active in helping lead the industry discussion on data security.
All of us in the Payments/POS industry enjoy the low attrition that comes with POS systems. This stickiness is thanks to the integral role that these systems play for the business.
Merchants are moving away from stand-alone payment systems and looking for a more comprehensive business solution. Smart POS systems amass valuable information about customers, purchase patterns, inventory, and staff. Integrated systems offer a distinct competitive advantage, which is why merchants are flocking to smart devices. As hardware and software become more affordable and cloud-based solutions grow, stand-alone payment systems are quickly becoming obsolete.
Navotar, a car rental POS software provider, is cloud-based to promote convenience and flexibility for an industry always on the move. Navotar had pursued several different payment options and chose Cardknox as a gateway to support and integrate EMV payments with their software.
As we know, in most restaurants today, once finished dining, customers receive the check and then the process begins of the wait staff going back and forth between the POS system, and table to handle the credit card transaction. Meanwhile, that same waiter or waitress is tasked with taking orders and refilling drinks from other patrons. Ultimately, the payment process can disrupt the dining experience of everyone involved.
Providing exceptional dining experiences is key to operating a competitive, profitable restaurant. A kitchen display system (KDS) can help enhance customer service by minimizing wait times, freeing staff members to spend more time with guests, and ensuring the order is right, every time.
Point of sale (POS) is the place where retail transactions are completed; where payment is exchanged for goods or services. POS is used in many retail industries and many require unique customizations to the hardware and software in order to accommodate their transactions. POS features include scanners, manual and electronic cash drawers, scales, EFTPOS terminals, handheld scanners, touch screens, and many other options. Modern POS systems often act as more than just a system to process transactions by providing inventory management, warehousing, CRM, financials, and more.
In addition to standard on-premise POS systems, modern POS software can be delivered from the cloud in the software as a service (SaaS) model. Cloud-based POS systems can be compatible with traditional POS hardware in addition to mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, Android devices, and more. Cloud-based POS offers the ability to access data from anywhere there is an internet connection and normally offers faster setup due to it being run remotely.
Payment processing is done by payment processors which are often third party companies hired by a merchant to handle credit card transactions. Payment processors are broken down into two types: front-end and back-end. The front-end processors perform card associations, authorizations, and settlement services while back-end processors accept settlements from front-end processes and move money from issuing banks to merchant banks.
Modern payment processing is usually provided in the software as a service (SaaS) model, giving merchants a single simple electronic portal that allows them to process payments in various forms including recurring payments, web payments, checks, and more all in the same place.
The Bematech SB9095 AIO terminal packs great features, versatility and value into a sleek and neat design. It enhances the atmosphere of any business while providing excellent performance and reliability. With unique and easy detach design, the SB9095 minimizes use of screws and internal cable connections. The unit has options for integrated magnetic stripe reader, fingerprint reader, RFID/NFC reader and VFD/LCD customer display.
Honeywell’s Captuvo series positions discerning enterprises to improve their customers’ overall experience, empower their employees and elevate their brand. Users can capitalize on the mainstream popularity of Apple devices with these unique engagement tools.
The DT Research Mobile POS Tablets feature the integration of brilliant touch displays and high performance processing within slim, durable, and light designs. Developed for mobile POS (point-of-sale and point-of-service) applications, the DT Research tablets embed peripherals that include smart card, magnetic stripe and RFID readers, Bluetooth, various wireless networking formats, cameras, scanners, and imagers.
In addition to being recognized worldwide as a small business guru, Michael Gerber is known for his straight talk. And he’s eager for solution provider owners to be candid with themselves and embrace their reality as well. In a recent interview with Business Solutions President Jim Roddy, Gerber said, “Until the straight talk happens, until somebody pulls the chain, until somebody says something that strikes (VARs and MSPs) so deeply that they can't avoid it or ignore it any longer, nothing's going to change for them.
Dr. Robert J. Bies, professor of management at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, is the keynote speaker for Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) INSPIRE 2016. In this exclusive interview, Jim Roddy, president of Business Solutions, asks Bies to share a preview of his presentation he plans for the event scheduled January 31 through February 3 at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego.
In this Business Solutions podcast, Gary Staub, chief sales and marketing officer at Sterling Payment Technologies, discusses how retail IT VARs can capitalize on payment solutions.
In this Business Solutions podcast, Bill Lodes, director of development partnerships at TSYS Merchant Solutions, explains semi-integrated EVM solutions. There are two options to achieve EMV certification. One option involves a solutions provider programming EMV-capable transactions into its own software, a process that can take 6 to 8 months.