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Providing More Value

Jun 16, 2021 1:38:54 PM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Point of Sale as a Service, Providing More Value, Credit Card Processing, No Fees, PaaS

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The other day, someone asked me about our labor rates.  If I were to try to give you our rates right off the top of my head, it’d be a vague recollection of a rate from a few years ago.  Why?  Most of our customers are on PaaS (Point of Sale as a Service) agreements, where service is included for most issues. It’s a rare occasion that they get billed. 

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How Much $ Can Surcharging/NCA Save You? Funny You Should Ask…

May 14, 2021 3:30:00 PM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Surcharging, EdgeServ POS, Non-Cash Adjustment

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Finding ways to save money in your business can be a real challenge.

One of the methods Skurla’s has in it’s toolbox is surcharging or non-cash adjustment (NCA for short). It is a simple way of passing on (or sharing) the costs of credit card processing to customers  who don’t want to pay cash. Our point of sale system can automatically add a fee of  up to 3.99% to all card based transactions. The end result is that a majority of your credit card fees are eliminated or drastically reduced.

Well then, you ask, how much can surcharging/NCA save me?

The answer: Take your current monthly credit card fees - multiply that by 12. That’s your yearly savings! 🤣

But seriously, while NCA can’t always remove ALL of your fees, it can reduce the majority of them.  Even more if you are a business that doesn’t take tips. Couple that with a free or heavily subsidized, feature rich POS, and you may just be laughing all the way to bank.

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

May 3, 2021 10:31:00 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 8:52:42 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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Antimicrobial Covers From Our Friends at Star

Apr 21, 2021 8:30:41 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in COVID-19 Safety, POS Supplies, Star

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ANTIMICROBIAL COVERS 

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Refer a Friend and Get Rewarded!

Apr 20, 2021 3:56:32 PM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Customer Loyalty, Referral, Customer Referral

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In a recent survey, completed by an independent 3rd party company, the results showed that 9 out of 10 of our customers would refer us to a friend or colleague.  And we know that there is nothing better than a happy customer that gives a referral! 

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Reporting for the New Alcohol Tax for Municipality of Anchorage

Apr 7, 2021 4:56:36 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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Trying to Decide on a POS System? Download these Free Guides Here!

Apr 1, 2021 9:43:58 AM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Alaska Grocery System, eWIC, Auto-Star, Liquor Point of Sale, Grocery Point of Sale, Integrated eWIC, Independent Grocer, Grocery Trends, Natural Health Store

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The point of sale (POS) and back office management system is a vital tool for growing your business. But without the right capabilities, you may not see the return you were hoping. Use these guides as a resource for making a smart investment in POS software specifically designed for pharmacy, grocery, and health and natural products retailers.

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Are You Ready for a Busy Tourism Season? Read Our Pro Tips to Help.

Mar 31, 2021 10:47:24 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Retail, Tips and Tricks, Point of Sale Tips, Restaurant POS, Retail POS

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Many indicators point to a busy tourism season this summer.  After the pandemic, there is a lot of pent up demand for people to get out and see our great state!  (Yes, tourism is a season in Alaska, just like breakup is a season.)

This past year, businesses have often had to focus just staying afloat.  But now it seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Remember busy season?  Summer, tourists, people in general just out and about more, and businesses get busy!

Is your business ready?

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Post-Pandemic Trends for Mobile Payments Solutions and Services

Mar 29, 2021 3:54:00 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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