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Don't Lose Your Business Over EMV Apathy

Various studies and reports show the same thing. The majority of merchants in the U.S. will not be EMV-compliant by tomorrow. Many software vendors are still waiting for clear migration paths. Many VARs and merchants aren’t worried. Big mistake.

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  • 4 Keys To Great ISV Partnerships
    4 Keys To Great ISV Partnerships

    As technology begins to connect the world in ways previously unimaginable, ISV partnerships become increasingly important. Providing solutions across a broader spectrum is tantamount for survival. And yet, so many businesses excitedly enter into partnerships that never amount to anything more than what is affectionately known as a “Barney” relationship. Remember that big old purple dinosaur who gleefully (some might say annoyingly, depending on how many times your kids or grandkids watched the show with you) sang, “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family”?

  • Are Payment Technologies Driving POS Decisions?
    Are Payment Technologies Driving POS Decisions?

    The Internet and mobile devices have helped break down barriers to purchasing goods and services, making it easier than ever before for consumers to find what they are looking for, at the price they want to pay. As buying has become easier, though, consumers have become more complex.

  • Why Should You Sell Solutions “Born In The Cloud”?
    Why Should You Sell Solutions “Born In The Cloud”?

    The “cloud” is where everyone wants to be; yet few know how to get there successfully. Why does the cloud remain somewhat elusive to the channel and VARs, and how can we remove the barriers to entry for all? Let’s first look at the “why” part of this question. Why should you sell cloud-based solutions at all? 

  • Data Governance In Retail: Whose Data Is It Anyway?
    Data Governance In Retail: Whose Data Is It Anyway?

    In a competitive industry like retail when making marketing decisions, intuition and gut instinct, have taken a back seat to Big Data. Big Data has become more than just a buzzword amongst marketers no matter the industry. In 2015, Big Data rules how commerce decisions are handled whether it is a small family business or fortune 500 company.

  • Building Competitive Motes With Marketing (Hint Help Key Constituents With Their Marketing)
    Building Competitive Motes With Marketing (Hint Help Key Constituents With Their Marketing)

    Several powerful forces are converging to fundamentally alter the landscape of marketing.   These same forces when applied creatively can be used to differentiate businesses and establish competitive motes across many industries.

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  • Preparing Your Business To Accept Mobile Payments

    Many factors contribute to a shift in the payments landscape that is moving all parties involved — including consumers and merchants — towards mobile payments. For starters, the global adoption of smartphones and other mobile devices, and their seemingly endless variety of apps, continues at a record pace. Consumers have become accustomed to relying on these devices to manage practically all aspects of their lives, including banking, budgeting and shopping.

  • The Trends And Benefits Of Smart Card And Biometric Security Devices

    Everyone is concerned with digital data security today, in one way or another. For every digital advancement, there seems to be a counter development to breach its security. The trust and etiquette that once governed the use of the old telephone party lines would serve us well today, but we cannot count on such protocol for today’s data and communication devices. Additional protection is needed.

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ISV IQ Live! West February 24 Santa Ana, CA
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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.


  • UP Retail: POS Solutions For All Retail Businesses
    UP Retail: POS Solutions For All Retail Businesses

    UP Retail® is a complete Windows based POS solution that is perfectly suited for high volume apparel, grocery, convenience, beauty supply, liquor, and other retail store types. This industry leading, next generation solutions is powerful, reliable, and possesses all of the key features you need to run your retail business efficiently.

  • Stratis™ Tablet Holder For Cash Drawer Integration
    Stratis™ Tablet Holder For Cash Drawer Integration

    APG’s Stratis™ tablet holder is designed for retailers who are installing mobile and/or Thin (Thinbility) iPad ® based point of sale applications. POS software is moving to tablets and to the cloud for easy accessibility and instant reporting. Designed to allow the retailer to take advantage of the small foot print tablet, the Stratis™ tablet holder adds an elegant look to your POS environment.

  • POS Elite
    POS Elite

    Harbortouch POS Elite combines state-of-the-art software with top-of-the-line hardware to deliver a high quality POS system that is unmatched in both reliability and usability.

  • MercuryGift

    Our gift card service is designed to help you generate new revenue, increase exposure of your brand, and manage gift card sales for one store or an entire chain.

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