I wanted to share an article by Datacap Systems and their take on why consumers aren't using their mobile wallets. (I know that I don't use mine, even when the option is available.) And most merchants aren't offering these payment options, even though they have the capability to do so.
Datacap Systems develops and markets innovative integrated payments solutions for many Point of Sale Systems. At Skurla's we use Datacap devices with our NCC/Aurora Point of Sale systems. Theirintegrated payment devices allow merchants to do mobile payments, EMV, NFC (Near Field Communications - supporting “contactless” payments, enabling plug and play support for Apple Pay®, Google Wallet® and Samsung Pay.Read More >
This is the most important security rule of all. Back up your drive with all of your data, weekly or daily (or even more frequently), depending on the volume of transactions. A rule of thumb: You should never be in a position where reentry of data requires more than a day’s work.Read More >
MasterCard’s new 2-series cards will work the same as the current 5-series cards that begin with a “5.” Card issuers can begin issuing the new version of MasterCard. The first six digits of a credit card number, otherwise known as the Bank Identification Number (BIN), determine how transactions are routed and identify the issuing bank. All parties’ payment applications/solutions m
ust be able to accommodate this new BIN range, including those utilized by: acquirers, processors, issuers, and merchants. Merchants have until June 2017 to get their systems ready.
It's Friday night - your store or restaurant is packed. Things are humming along nicely and you're thinking - we are busy, life is good!
Then you get the call - we are out of receipt paper at the register - can you bring us a roll?
You look, you panic - oh man - you forgot to reorder last week after they used that last roll!!!!
But you, being a smart manager/owner - know that you have that emergency supply kit tucked away for times just like these! Viola! Crack open the kit, and all is good.
Ok, but for those of you that don't have that emergency supply kit, well.....
So here is our advice. First of all, make your point of sale supplies stock is something you inventory and check stock of on a regular basis. If you purchase your supplies from us, we can even get you accurate sales history of how much you go through on a regular basis. Preorder for a couple of months or even a season and take advantage of our quantity discounts!
But the unexpected can still happen. So, for that reason, we suggest you create an emergency point of sale supply kit that only you or your managers know about and have access to. Make this a part of your disaster plan!
Here are some suggestions of what to keep in that kit:Read More >
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world's largest provider of internet-based computing services - almost 150,000 companys use AWS. Companies such as Netflix, Spotify, Pinterest, Buzzfeed, and Amazon (go figure), use this service. When AWS had an outage yesterday, it affected hundreds of thousands of businesses! Dave Bartoletti, a cloud analyst with Forrester, told USA Today: “This is a pretty big outage. “It’s got north of 3 to 4 trillion pieces of data stored in it.” That's a lot of data!
Fortunately, for our customers that have products utilizing AWS, they are on a system that offers an offline solution or a solution that still runs even if internet is down.
However, this is a great reminder that it is time to review the disaster plan for your business. You have one, right?
Many disasters can befall a small business (power outages, earthquakes, internet outages, fires, security breaches, etc.), but few are worse than losing vital business information. Imagine losing your entire customer list, your accounts receivable data, your sales or payroll data, your menu setup, or your inventory records. You could spend weeks –even months - reconstructing this data. In a worst-case scenario, you might not be able to reconstruct it at all. If you are on one of our hosted solutions, many of these worries go away.
In today’s highly-computerized business world, many firms are exposed to the sudden loss of information. Natural disasters, computer viruses, mechanical failures and electronic crime can all result in catastrophic data loss. No matter how hard you try, you can’t prevent disasters from occurring. But you can take forceful steps to safeguard your data, and ensure that you can retrieve and restore your computer records should you suffer a loss.Read More >
Some of the things we hear often from our customers - "we don't use half of the features of our point of sale system, I wish I knew more about current technologies, we are still having problems with this functionality, or we could sure use more training in this area, we want to implement this loyalty this year, but not sure the best way to approach this."
These are just some of the reasons why we offer a free annual review of our customer’s point of sale systems and related business processes at a meeting with the owners and key managers.
Many customers tell us they don't have time - (or maybe they are afraid there is a hidden cost). So, therefore we are here to tell you how easy it is, and that yes, it is truly free - no strings attached!
We truly want you to take advantage of these meetings for many reasons:
- It's free! It's easy! If you are in Anchorage, we can come to your place of business; if you aren't, we can easily set up a GoToMeeting conference call.
- It's important for owners and managers to keep abreast of the point of sale and payment technologies - these are the systems that run your business!
- Employees change - sometimes the employee that helped set up the system is no longer with your company - now is a good time to review your system and any system needs or changes you may have.
- We will ask questions, such as, "What are your top 3-4-5 projects your management team has decided to pursue in the coming year?" How can we help? How can we be prepared?
- We want to do a better job for you and encourage customer feedback – how we can improve our services and communications and how we can help you in the coming year.
- Finally, we will come up with a specific plan and action items for the areas that came up during the meeting.
Plus, we like visiting with our customers and learning what is working and/or not working for them - as partners, together we can come up with solutions to benefit you in key areas.
What to expect at the meeting for your system review:
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I thought we would share the press release from the National Retail Federation (see link below).
They are spot on when they talk about the importance of tokenization and encryption - which is completely different than the EMV issue - tokenization and encryption help prevent card data theft - very serious credit card security issues that should concern every retail store owner.
"While chips make it more difficult to create counterfeit cards from stolen card data, retailers surveyed said they are also working on technologies like tokenization and encryption that make it difficult to steal card data in the first place."
Here at Skurla's POS Solutions, we are seeing all levels of EMV solution readiness - we work with dozens of vendors - and there is still A LOT of confusion in the marketplace. Several solutions that claim to be ready, may in fact be only partially ready. It depends on who you process with, what payment methods you take (for example, many many processors and EMV solutions still don't have debit and EBT certified on an EMV solution yet), what software you use, what hardware you have, etc.Read More >
I found this article on the blog from NCC USA on why to work with a local point of sale provider - and thought it provided some valuable information. At Skurla's, we are long term partners with our customers. I always tell my customers - if you have a problem - you know where to find me! We believe in local support and long term relationshipsl
Below is a copy of the blog:
Purchasing a point of sale (POS) system is an important investment that will have a direct impact on how efficiently your business operates. You likely spend a lot of time researching options that work best for your market or industry, looking for the features and functions your business needs, and matching prices to your budget. With so much attention focused on potential POS solutions, do you also research the best place to buy your POS system?
There are a number of reasons why working with a POS dealer is smart and strategic. Consider these three.Read More >
- Enhancements to our Datacap Semi-Integrated (EMV) Interfaces
- Tip Adjust
- Enhancements to Built-In Loyalty
- Set Discounts/Coupons as Rewards
- Print Customer Information and Points Balance on Receipts
- Look up and Print Customer Point Balance
- Display Groups
- An all new way to utilize template screens as an alternative to by Department
- Use as Fast Bar Screens, Special Instructions, Forced Modifiers, and Allowed and Included Modifier Screens
- Questions? Contact our Support Department at 907-243-2683
- Enhancements to our Datacap Semi-Integrated (EMV) Interfaces