Will Apple’s NFC Payment Tech Accelerate Contactless Payment Adoption?
When I’m talking with people from the lower 48, I often use a bear analogy to describe how Alaskan businesses depend on the summer. In spring, we gear up for a big summer, where we try to do as much business as we can; because in the winter times will be much leaner. It seems very similar to the bears we share the state with. At Skurla’s, we see this same cycle every year, and this year we’ve been busier than ever. Our new EdgeServ POS is doing amazingly well for us and our customers. More Alaskans have chosen us as their POS and payment processor provider this year than before the pandemic. Our solutions have enabled Alaskans to make it through the past two years, some customers have even told us they had their best years ever! So far, this year is shaping up to be bigger than others. But success doesn’t come without its challenges.
One of my favorite traditions at Skurla's POS Solutions has been Lynn Skurla Perkins and/or her mother Phyllis bringing everyone in the office a shamrock shake from McDonald's for St. Patrick's Day! The #nextgen of Skurla's is keeping with this tradition by bringing Phyllis her shamrock shake and visiting her at the retirement community where she lives.
Hello Fellow Alaskans!
It’s still early in the year, but restaurants and retail operations are already in full swing towards making their summer season an amazing one. We are of the same mind - we want this to be a better summer than last year, and we’ve got some helpful tips on how to help accomplish that goal. Let’s jump into four ways to get ready for summer!
At Skurla’s, we are always looking at the latest, greatest technology that could help build our customers' businesses. This year, we’ll be keeping you in the loop frequently with new technology we have available now, and what will be available in the future. For this article, I’m super excited to have read the story about Apple possibly developing integrated payment technology into their devices, starting with the iPhone: Apple (AAPL) to Let iPhones Accept Credit Cards in Threat to Square - Bloomberg.
Last month we shared that every year around the holidays, the Skurla’s team meets for a day to review the previous year and set a course for “the ship” for the coming year.
We like to refer to the business as a ship because at Skurla’s, we are an “all hands” type of company, meaning we are all pitching in, doing our part to make sure we are doing the right thing for our company and our customers. It’s an opportunity for the “crew” to be a part of the decision-making process and make sure everyone is “onboard” for the course we’re setting.
Here is Part 2 of the "Heart of Skurla's" -
Every year around the holidays, the Skurla’s team meets for a day to review the previous year and set a course for “the ship” for the coming year. We like to refer to the business as a ship because at Skurla’s, we are an “all hands” type of company, meaning we are all pitching in, doing our part to make sure we are doing the right thing for our company and our customers. It’s an opportunity for the “crew” to be a part of the decision-making process and make sure everyone is “onboard” for the course we’re setting.
Every year we attend industry educational events to keep Skurla’s current with technology trends and payments, but also to be able share that information on to our customers. This year, we were able to attend major events, and one of the biggest topics was NCA (Non-Cash Adjustment). For those that may not be familiar with this, it’s a program where merchants save up to 99% of their credit card processing expenses by passing along a small fee (3.99%) to their customers who pay with credit cards. It also rewards their customers who pay in cash as they don’t have to pay this fee.
Why has this been such a big deal? The pandemic hasn’t been kind to many businesses to say the least. Labor and inventory shortages, price increases, and cost of doing business have all been major factors that have forced business to look at their bottom line and some are barely getting by. NCA is a solution that can have a serious positive impact. The savings calculation is simple - look at the fees on your credit card statement and that’s money that you’ll likely save. For a small merchant who pays $2,000 a month in fees, that’s a savings $24,000 a year!
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The 5 Questions on Inventory
(or why is it such mystery how to manage inventory effectively?)
Hello Alaskans! Another winter is coming, and we’ve had another year of pandemic under our belts. For those in the retail and grocery realm, maybe you’ve had a chance to regroup and strategize about what you can do to do improve. I suspect that the word “inventory” has come up a lot - if so you’re not alone. Retailers across the board have had inventory issues since 2020, and while it’s gotten better in some ways, but it continues to be an issue.