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Thomas Greenman

Vice President & Sales Manager for Skurla's POS Solutions, Thomas has been with the company for over 13 years. He loves working with our customers and bringing more value to our partnerships. Being in the IT field for over 20 years, he is also an ETA CPP as well as a PCI SSC Qualified Integrator and Reseller (QIR). But don't let all that intimidate you - he is still a down to earth person who will take the time help you out, answer your questions and get you in a solution that works for you! Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-greenman-33233a108/
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Credit Card Fee Update - Winter 2021

Dec 2, 2021 3:12:03 PM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Free Point of Sale System, Free POS, Non-Cash Adjustment, Eliminate Credit Card Fees, Local Credit Card Company, No Credit Card Fees

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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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How to Do More With Less in Your Store

Dec 1, 2021 4:13:05 PM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Retail Software, eWIC, Self-Order Kiosk, Retail Point of Sale, Retail Technology, Auto-Star, Self Check Out, Liquor Point of Sale, Liquor Store POS

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Short on staff?  Labor costs skyrocketing?  We can help you do more with less!  Checkout AutoStar's Star Plus Point of Sale System.  Perfect for your retail or liquor store.

Watch this short video to learn more!

 Do More with Less!

  • Self Check-out
  • Save Time with Suggested Ordering
  • Increase Productivity with Mobile Solutions
  • Integrated Customer Loyalty Programs to Keep Customers Coming Back
  • Reduce Collection Time with Professional Charge Account Management
  • Improve Merchandising with Customizable Labels and Signage
  • Fast, Easy to Use and Affordable
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Five Mysteries of Managing Inventory

Oct 1, 2021 12:17:15 PM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Retail Inventory, Inventory, Retail Point of Sale, Grocery Point of Sale, Inventory Problems

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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. 

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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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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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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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We Are Hiring!

Feb 15, 2021 1:07:38 PM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Employment, Team Skurla's, Technician

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Skurla's POS Solutions is currently hiring for a technical support position. 

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Liquor Store and Retail Store Management Made Easy

Feb 3, 2021 5:06:14 PM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Retail Software, Retail Point of Sale, Liquor Point of Sale, Vend POS

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We are excited to announce our new partnership with Vend POS. Why did we choose Vend? One reason is that Vend is effortless POS software for busy store owners.  We think that you should spend less time on admin and more time what you love doing best - running your business.  And Vend's Point of Sale and Inventory Management makes it easy to do just that.

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Auto-Star and Skurla’s POS Offer Integrated eWIC Solution for Retailers

Sep 30, 2020 9:57:52 AM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Retail POS, eWIC, State of Alaska eWIC, Independent Grocer

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MEDICINE HAT, AB and ANCHORAGE, AK – Auto-Star Compusystems Inc., an innovative developer of grocery software, and Skurla’s POS Solutions, Alaska’s premier POS and IT solution provider, are excited to announce an integration with the Star-Plus point of sale and Alaska eWIC program. 

The solution provides retailers an efficient method of accepting eWIC cards, while offering WIC participants a number of benefits including:

  • A quick and convenient checkout experience
  • Increased privacy and security
  • Improved customer service
  • Fewer errors and loss due to unsigned or expired checks
  • The ability to purchase items over multiple visits

 The Alaska eWIC card looks like a debit card and can be used to purchase WIC approved foods. With eWIC integrated directly into the retailers point of sale, the system will automatically check the balance on the customer's card and verify that the purchases are WIC eligible.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five. The USDA requires that all states implement electronic benefit transfer (EBT) for WIC program benefits by October 1st, 2020. For more information on the Alaska eWIC program, please visit http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/nutri/wic/eWIC.aspx.

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