Point of Sale Resource for Businesses in Alaska

Lynn Skurla Perkins

Lynn grew up in the point of sale and cash register industry working in the family business – and is now at the helm of Skurla's POS Solutions. She enjoys working with local Alaskan businesses, especially restaurants, grocery stores, and retail operations - helping them control costs and increase revenues through well managed point of sale solutions. Besides running the company, Lynn has also served on the Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Board, for the Retail Solutions Provider Association. In her spare time, she loves cooking, camping and volunteering with organizations that are passionate about helping children.
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Staff Shortage? - Here is How Your Point of Sale Can Help

May 12, 2021 4:14:39 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in online ordering, Pay at the Table, EdgeServ POS, Labor Costs

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Everywhere we turn, it seems like restaurants are struggling to find employees.  We are hearing stories of having to reduce hours, postpone openings, closing on days they don't have enough employees to run the business, etc.

Between COVID concerns and staff shortages, restaurateurs are really having to work extra hard these days to keep their doors open.

Below are some ideas to help reduce staffing needs, save time, and lower costs.

Use your point of sale for order taking and cashiering - with dine-in, online ordering, pay at the table web menus, and other time saving features.

Let's take a closer look at dine-in, as an example:

The customer simply scans a QR code on the table, places and pays for their order on their phone - eliminating the need for a dedicated server to attend to that table.  

The same goes for online ordering - the customer places the order, freeing up staff from answering phones and entering orders into the point of sale system.

With pay at the table, you can reduce staff at cashier or hostess payment stations, freeing these employees for other tasks.

Use integrated web menus - place QR codes in key locations - the windows, on tables, or anywhere a customer is waiting.  And don't forget to place a link on your website and Facebook pages.  Using a web menu saves time and money - no need to print pages and pages of menus, reduce staff time bringing menus to the tables, etc.

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Skurla's Founder (my dad!) Turns 90 This Month

May 3, 2021 9:53:00 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Skurla's Point of Sale, Founder

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John Skurla turns 90 May 13th!  So I am writing this blog to honor my dad and the legacy he created for me, the Skurla's family, and his family and  network of friends and business associates.

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Worldwide Hardware Shortages, Delayed Lead Times Impacting Retailers

Apr 27, 2021 8:45:12 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in ingenico, COVID-19 News, Point of Sale Hardware, Electronics Shortage

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We are continuing to receive notices from most of our hardware vendors, like the one below from Ingenico.
 
"COVID-19 is continuing to significantly affect electronics manufacturing in 2021. This is impacting not only the payment technology market but all companies in the technology manufacturing space, from automotive to smart phones, every sector is being impacted. The reality is that while available capacity remains constant, there is a global shortage of components used in semiconductor manufacturing due to the limited availability of raw materials. As a result, lead times are increasing to 6+ months across all sectors."
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Help with the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Apr 22, 2021 4:03:55 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in COVID Relief, Restaurant Revitalization Fund, SBA, RRF

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 In an effort to help the restaurant industry, the Retail Solutions Provider Association, has produced a webinar and distributed the related PowerPoint slides to help with understanding and applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants.  (Yes, this is a grant, and those that are eligible should apply.)

(Please note:  this is a rapidly evolving program - please check the SBA website frequently for updates!)

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Antimicrobial Covers From Our Friends at Star

Apr 21, 2021 8:23:25 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in COVID-19 Safety, POS Supplies, Star

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ANTIMICROBIAL COVERS 

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Reporting for the New Alcohol Tax for Municipality of Anchorage

Apr 7, 2021 4:54:20 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Muncipality of Anchorage Alcohol Tax, Tax Reporting

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We know that you have a million things on your minds right now, so we want to help you and your business with this process. 

In this post, we wanted to share the link to the reporting form, as many of you have had questions:

MOA Alcohol Tax Form.   

And the link to their website.

Below is the information we have shared before.

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Post-Pandemic Trends for Mobile Payments Solutions and Services

Apr 2, 2021 3:50:57 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Payment Processing, Mobile Payments, Mobile Wallet, Contactless Payment, Payment Trends

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Payments are always a hot topic, especially trends in mobile payments. So, we wanted to share some highlights from an article published by RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association), written by Mark Bunney, Sales & Marketing Leader at Ingenico:

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Navigating the New $28.6B Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Apr 2, 2021 2:49:07 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in RSPA, COVID Relief, Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Alaska's Trusted Advisor

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The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will offer $28.6 billion in grants to hard-hit restaurants and bars, with restaurants able to apply for grants based on lost revenue. 

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