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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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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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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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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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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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