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Retail IT News for VARs – July 23, 2014

In the news AT&T has announced that it experienced a data breach and has notified its mobile users.  Meanwhile, an international hacker indicted breaking into POS systems was arrested and  Carphone Warehouse is using tablets in its new mobile BI initiative, and Google saw a 24 percent increase in Q2 this year. 

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  • How To Make Money Off EMV Today
    How To Make Money Off EMV Today

    Most merchants are laser-focused on doing one thing: selling their wares. POS terminals and payment processing only gain mindshare when they stand to help the merchants sell more or threaten to lose money. While EMV is important and something retailers are going to have to deal with, the deadline for compliance is still far enough on the horizon that merchants who are aware of it aren’t feeling much urgency to spend money to update their payment infrastructures. And, of course, there are plenty of merchants who are unaware of EMV and the deadline. So, if merchants aren’t feeling the urgency of the deadline, how can VARs make money off EMV now?

  • The Payment Industry’s Perspective On EMV

    “EMV is designed to authenticate the validity of the payment card presented at each POS, which it does very well, so there really are no shortcomings. It can do it offline and online; it’s very versatile and very configurable. Critics say it doesn’t do anything for e-commerce, but that’s because EMV isn’t designed for e-commerce. It’s specifically designed for a cardpresent transaction. The e-commerce environment has different needs, and there are various solutions available to mitigate fraud losses in that environment.” — Allen Friedman, director of payment solutions, Ingenico Group

  • ISVs Struggle With EMV

    Like VARs, ISVs have the tough task of trying to make sense of the official information (or lack thereof) concerning EMV. However, while VARs can take the (not advisable) wait-and-see approach, ISVs need to ensure they aren’t caught with a solution that lacks EMV capabilities when the time arrives. Additionally, ISVs will have to spend some time and money working on their EMV integrations. If you’re an ISV trying to determine your next steps regarding EMV and payment security, check out the following advice from other ISVs.

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  • The Pitfalls Of Automated Social Media Tools
    The Pitfalls Of Automated Social Media Tools

    Like almost any marketing tool, social media can be a two-edged sword. If handled with care, a tweet can be engaging and appealing, generating brand awareness and positive consumer responses; if they are thoughtless or insensitive, they can severely damage your brand.

  • Things To Include In Your Elevator Speech
    Things To Include In Your Elevator Speech

    In this age of social media, coupled with our instant access to information from anywhere at any time, you might think the need for a traditional elevator pitch is obsolete. However, the old sales practice of crafting a short, succinct introduction to your organization may be more relevant than ever. 

  • 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.

  • 7 Reasons Why PSA Platforms Are Better Than Homegrown Tools
    7 Reasons Why PSA Platforms Are Better Than Homegrown Tools

    The year was 2006, and our three-year-old company was going through a tremendous growth cycle. Our small team knew that the organic tools we had used early on [mostly spreadsheets, a quickly thrown together Access database, and an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) accounting package] might be able to carry us through the current growth cycle but more than likely wouldn’t carry us through future cycles.

  • Look For The Signs: Company Communication Enhanced By Digital Signage
    Look For The Signs: Company Communication Enhanced By Digital Signage

    Do you have clients with teams losing efficiency behind a backlog of emails, chats, and memos? Most companies go through it at one time or another, and if you haven’t yet — now is the time to educate yourself on preventing poor communication in the workplace. You can read countless articles forewarning the consequences of bad communication, but what creates this lack of communication in the first place? What precautions can your customers take against it?

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RETAIL-FOCUSED WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Zoo & Aquarium Mobilizes Online Sales And Improves Guest Experience With Mobile Web Store

    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.

  • VARs Boost Stickiness By Integrating Product And Service Offerings

    In the retail and hospitality verticals, where both POS hardware and software are threatening to become bargain-priced commodities, many VARs are seeking greater “stickiness” by creating an integrated stack of technology and service offerings tailored for individual customers’ business requirements.

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