Datacap Systems has released TranCloud, a new EMV-enabled payments solution for mobile and browser-based POS providers. Engineered specifically for mobile/browser POS, Datacap’s cloud approach with small footprint hardware allows POS systems to process transactions through a variety of payment processors while simultaneously driving a range of PIN pad hardware from leading OEMs — all via the cloud.
As October 2015 came and went, fraud liability not-so-silently shifted to U.S. business owners whose POS devices are not equipped to accept chip card payments. According to The Strawhecker Group, only 27 percent of businesses have implemented chip technology, and surveys show a wide EMV chip awareness gap among consumers, which means there’s still work to be done.
Despite the fact that mobile payments have been around for years and have continually promised a new payment paradigm, widespread adoption has failed to materialize to date.
It’s no secret that many businesses are looking to Android as their preferred next-generation platform. The applications are endless — point of sale, delivery, field service, asset tracking, inventory, and more. Android handhelds and tablets can streamline data collection in any space.
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.”
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.
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.
Retailers of all sizes are selling on multiple channels including in-store, online, mobile, and social media. RSPA members have traditionally worked with brick-and-mortar retailers, but, as those businesses have added online and mobile channels—and as online retailers have begun to open brick-and mortar stores —the lines have blurred. Many RSPA members’ retail customers are selling online, and retail solutions resellers don’t provide omnichannel solutions, could lose a part, if not all, of that client’s business to someone who does.
On Thursday, April 14, 2016, RSPA returned to Canada for its first Canadian Community networking event in Montreal, Quebec. The event was held to coincide with the dates of SIAL Canada, the country’s largest food service tradeshow and conference. Hosted at the Le Place D’Armes Hotel & Suites, the evening was an opportunity for Canada-based resellers and vendors to connect over food and beverages.
Food safety is an important issue that can make or break your restaurant business. The problems plaguing Chipotle Mexican Grill and its 2,010 locations across the United States underscore just how critical responsible food handling and carefully constructed supply chains are to ensuring that the delicious dishes that define your brand are safe and healthy choices for your customers.
As merchants are deploying EMV technology, consumers are receiving and beginning to use their EMV cards, and as with any new technology, there is a learning curve. This e-book presents some common hurdles you may encounter and offers tips for how you can help your staff and your customers overcome them.
Software developers face many challenges. Staying relevant to customers, finding new ways to deliver value, and remaining competitive takes time and energy. It is no surprise that issues outside of the core features and functions of the software -- such as payment security and EMV — are regarded with such an aversion. Most developers are in business to solve unique needs of a market or business segment; they're not experts in payments. Unfortunately, today the ability to process cards comes at a significant cost and effort.
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.
Measuring a mere 19 mm thick, DS-060 is undoubtedly the world’s slimmest digital signage player powered by a 3rd generation Intel ® Core™ i7 processor (up to 45 watts TDP). This thin-and-powerful media player is equipped with 1x digital, plus 1x analog display outputs, and simultaneous dual 1080P(FHD) capability delivers a premium visual experience when graphics performance really matters. Windows ® Embedded OS, Linux are supported, with iManager preloaded, and SUSIAccess for Signage is also on offer. We’ve designed the DS-060 series in the smallest possible form factor, for optimized performance.
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.
Best-in-class design. Meet best-in-class functionality.
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.