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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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Heads-Up! Paper Price Increase in the Future

Feb 15, 2021 4:59:31 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Thermal Paper, Paper Rolls, Free Paper Delivery

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We have heard from suppliers that an increase in paper prices is forthcoming and wanted to give you a heads-up.

"During the past few weeks, all major Mills that supply thermal and other paper grades to the North American market have announced price increases ranging from 8% to 15% depending on the grade and weight of the paper."

Proactively, we have brought in extra stock before the price increase goes into effect. 

So if you want to stock up on a few boxes to save money, please contact us to place an order.

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New Minimum Wage This Year

Feb 8, 2021 8:45:52 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in time punch managment, Minimum Wage Requirements, Payroll, Time and Attendance

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Keeping accurate payroll records and adhering to labor laws is critical in any business.

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Trends for Retailers and Grocers in 2021

Feb 3, 2021 5:22:37 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Point of Sale Trends, retail trends, Auto-Star, Grocery Trends

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Our friends at Auto-Star recently shared this article about trend for 2021, and we wanted to share with you!

1. More Payment Options at the Point of Sale

The first retail trend that can be expected in 2021 is the innovation of POS systems. If you’re still using an antiquated cash register with a card reader and no other payment options, you’re already behind the times. As the number of people who use smartphones increases every year, more people are storing their card information in eWallets, preferring to pay with their smartphone.

Retailers should anticipate this trend in 2021 and consider accommodating a range of payment options, including contactless, cardless, and eWallet payments. Additionally, retailers will want to consider adopting mobile POS devices to take payments curbside or anywhere in-store. As mobile POS payment transactions saw a 40.2% growth year on year growth, retailers should expect this trend to continue in the coming year.

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What is Non-Cash Adjustment, and Can It Help Your Business Save Money?

Feb 1, 2021 4:30:13 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Save on Credit Card Fees, Non-Cash Adjustment, Card Processing Fees, NCA

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There are all sorts of credit card gimmicks these days.  Are they legit?  Do they save your business money?  How hard is compliance?

Offering your customers a discount for paying with cash or check is nothing new. 

Neither is adjusting how much a customer pays if they use a payment type that results in higher processing costs for the business owner. While these concepts have been around for quite some time, they have recently been brought back into the spotlight, especially for businesses hard hit during COVID.

Today, we are here to talk about one of the easiest ways to save money on your credit card fees - through the Non-Cash Adjustment (NCA) Program:

With a Non-Cash Adjustment, your list prices have a  built-in cash discount incentive. Customers who pay with credit and signature debit cards do not receive the discount and will see a Non-Cash Adjustment on their receipt.

On average, businesses can save $9,500 a year simply by sharing their processing costs with their customers. 

But make sure use a trusted partner when implementing this programs - you want to make sure you are staying compliant with the program!

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Happy New Year and More

Jan 1, 2021 12:00:00 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Happy New Year

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As I sit down to write this, I honestly can say it is hard to put down into words all that has happened this last year to our customers, employees, vendors, friends, family and communities near and far.

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Meeting Follow-up With the Municipality Regarding the Alcohol Tax

Dec 28, 2020 4:46:16 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Muncipality of Anchorage Alcohol Tax, Tax Reporting, Tax Inclusive Sales

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Our support department has been fielding questions about the new alcohol tax being implemented in the Municipality of Anchorage - so we decided to ask the experts!  And, we had a very useful and informative follow-up meeting with representatives from the Treasury Division at the Municipality of Anchorage in December.  We really appreciate the time they spent with us.

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Sharing Credit Card Fees with Customers and Save $

Dec 28, 2020 3:43:58 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Cash Discounting, Save on Credit Card Fees

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What does it mean to share credit card fees with customers?  We have had several inquiries lately, so thought we would pass along a little bit of information.

If you are a business that accepts credit cards, you know that there are fees involved.  And historically, a customer that pays in cash pays the same price as a customer that pays with a credit card.  Many just accept this as the cost of doing business. However, with card acceptance at 80% or higher, businesses are starting to take a second look at the fees and ways they can share these fees with customers that want the convenience of using their card. 

Start saving some of those fees to put back into your business.

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Does Your Retail Store Need an Online Store? We Can Help!

Dec 2, 2020 9:57:54 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in online ordering, ecommerce, retail stores

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During the pandemic, one lesson quickly learned by many businesses is that they needed an online presence - for restaurants, grocery stores and retail.  Consumers are demanding the online shopping experience and convenience.  For restaurants, in many ways, the task is fairly simple - as menus are limited and easy to quickly put online.

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New Alcohol Tax for Municipality of Anchorage

Dec 2, 2020 9:24:43 AM / 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.  February will be here before you know it - so we want to help you prepare now.  

We have been in communication with the folks in the Tax Department at the Municipality of Anchorage and are meeting with them again today to get clarification on some of the details.  In the meantime, we wanted to share with you some of the resources from their website.  You can read more on MOA's website or download their informative presentation from this link.

After our meeting, we will be sharing more details on collecting, reporting, and auditing requirements.  We will also be providing specific instructions for our customers that are affected by this new tax.

Here are some of the highlights from their presentation:

Important Dates:


• December 1, 2020: Online registration opens
• February 1, 2021: Begin collecting alcohol tax
• March 15, 2021: Last day to register for certificate without incurring late registration penalty of $250
• March 31, 2021:  Last day for filing first monthly tax return reporting taxable sales
and tax due;  Last day for remitting tax due for the reporting month of February

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We Love Tastee Freez! Be Like Rich!

Nov 9, 2020 2:20:56 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Our Customers in the News, Our Customers, Point of Sale Tips, cash drawer theft, MobileBytes Customer

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First of all, I wanted to preface this story to say how sorry we were to hear about the theft of the ATM at Tastee Freez last week.  I am sure many of you have seen the video by now.  We are saddened and also mad that this happened to our good friends. 

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