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Why The Time Is Right To Target Salons
Why The Time Is Right To Target Salons

From scheduling appointments to managing walk-ins, salons and spas present unique POS opportunities. Offering solutions that allow customers to efficiently manage their business while focusing on what’s important — keeping their customers satisfied and spending — is paramount in today’s competitive selling landscape. Recently, Rohan Mani, Director, Reseller Division at Harbortouch, took time to speak with Business Solutions Magazine about why you should be targeting the salon market, how to overcome the significant challenges it presents, and more.

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POS & PAYMENT PROCESSING EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • A Look At Restaurant POS Costs: In Either Language, ROI Is King
    A Look At Restaurant POS Costs: In Either Language, ROI Is King

    There are two languages of ROI, especially when it comes to restaurant POS. By Shannon Arnold, Posera

  • 10 Reasons Every POS EMV Integration Will Benefit From A Gateway Solution
    10 Reasons Every POS EMV Integration Will Benefit From A Gateway Solution

    Point of Sale EMV integrations are becoming more advanced by the day. Software developers can now choose to integrate with a semi-integrated terminal solution which communicates directly with the bank without the need for an EMV-certified gateway. Sound great? It can be, but there are many benefits merchants would lose out on.

  • Retail Analytics Drive Operational Efficiency
    Retail Analytics Drive Operational Efficiency

    There’s certain obviousness to the relationship between business analytics and operational efficiency in retail and hospitality. It goes without saying, for instance, that the more data buyers have about the sell-through rate of a certain SKU, the more efficient their POs will be. Or that the more finite the finance department’s view into labor spend, the more accurate its labor forecasts and budgets will be.

  • Targeting Value: Bull’s-Eye On Value Added Resellers
    Targeting Value: Bull’s-Eye On Value Added Resellers

    Value added resellers (VARs) have long been sought after as high quality distribution channels for point-of-sale (POS) manufacturers. Their high-touch interaction with end-users and expertise in end-to-end business management solutions have made them rising stars and ideal partners within the POS industry. Over the past few years, software developers and payments processing companies have also seen the light as they, too, have come to appreciate VARs’ distribution value.

  • 5 Ways Your Point Of Sale System Can Boost Margins
    5 Ways Your Point Of Sale System Can Boost Margins

    There is a common misconception higher margins are one of the easiest ways to improve business performance. By Doug Smith, director, product marketing, retail and distribution, Epicor Software

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RETAIL-FOCUSED WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Star Micronics And LOCFOOD Equip Mexico City Cuisine To Operate At Home & On The Road
    Star Micronics And LOCFOOD Equip Mexico City Cuisine To Operate At Home & On The Road

    Mexico City Cuisine, located in Vista, California, offers full catering services for everything from formal dinner parties and corporate events to casual gatherings and weddings — in addition to having multiple food truck locations. Mexico City Cuisine recently made the switch to Star Micronics’ mPOP™ all-in-one cash drawer and printer peripheral POS system paired with LOCFOOD’s CRAVE Vend mPOS software.

  • Desi Burrito Teams Up With Star Micronics And Nirvana XP To Deliver All Natural Indian Food ASAP

    Desi Burrito is the first Indian drive-through restaurant, providing fresh and flavorful fast-food with many healthy options for people who want to grab a quick, but healthy bite. As a brand new concept, Desi Burrito was looking for a POS system that they could get up and running quickly and would coincide with their innovative business idea. Star Micronics’ mPOP™, combination receipt printer and cash drawer with NirvanaXP’s POS system was the perfect fit to get Desi Burrito up and running in record time.

  • Sunshine Daydream Offers Groovy Digital Receipt Solution To Customers

    Sunshine Daydream Hippie Shop is a psychedelic shopping boutique, located in St. Louis, Missouri. Sunshine Daydream offers an array of merchandise from clothes, to home décor, to smoking accessories, and more. Already a user of Star Micronics TSP100 LAN printers, Sunshine Daydream has decided to implement Star’s AllReceipts™ digital receipt app in all four locations, allowing customers to store and manage their receipts digitally on their smart phones.

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POS EVENTS

SYNNEX Spring VARNEX April 10 - 15 Dallas
ETA Transact 16 April 19 - 21 Las Vegas
Retail IT VAR Of The Future May 17 - 18, 2016 Chicago
RetailNOW 2016 July 31 - August 3 Grapevine, Texas
Mobile Payments Conference August 29 - 31 Chicago
ISV IQ Live! East October 6 Philadelphia

ABOUT POINT OF SALE (POS) AND PAYMENT PROCESSING

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.

FEATURED POS & PAYMENT PROCESSING PRODUCTS

  • 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.

  • Saturn All-in-One System
    Saturn All-in-One System The Saturn AIO features the new Intel Atom CPU which gives it great flexibility in its design. This unit is outstanding for its operability, and its ease of maintainance.
  • Celerant Command Retail Web Development E-Commerce
    Celerant Command Retail Web Development E-Commerce Celerant has developed and launched over 33 custom sites for various clients, for both first time e-commerce retailers and also retailers that decided to replace their pre-existing, established sites.
  • LE1015 LCD 15″ True-Flat Touch Monitor
    LE1015 LCD 15″ True-Flat Touch Monitor

    The Bematech LE1015 true-flat, bezel-free touch monitor is designed and manufactured to meet the requirements of retail and restaurant operations with their Point-of-Sale system. The highly rugged touch monitor includes a solid base with extra wide hinge for maximum stability. The LE1015 also facilitates quick and professional mounting of integrated magnetic stripe reader and VFD/LCD customer display.

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POS & PAYMENT PROCESSING MULTIMEDIA

  • E-Myth Author Gerber Sounds Wake-Up Call For VAR, MSP Owners
    E-Myth Author Gerber Sounds Wake-Up Call For VAR, MSP Owners

    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.

  • INSPIRE Preview: Seeking — Actually, Obsessing About — The Competitive Advantage
    INSPIRE Preview: Seeking — Actually, Obsessing About — The Competitive Advantage

    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.

  • VARs And Payment Solutions: Stronger Client Relationships, Recurring Revenue
    VARs And Payment Solutions: Stronger Client Relationships, Recurring Revenue

    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.

  • TSYS: Semi-Integrated Solutions Can Help Your Clients Be EMV-Capable By The Liability Shift
    TSYS: Semi-Integrated Solutions Can Help Your Clients Be EMV-Capable By The Liability Shift

    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.

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