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Founder, John Skurla, Passes Peacefully

Nov 4, 2021 9:59:08 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Founder, John Skurla

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Skurla’s co-founder and Alaskan legend, John Skurla (my dad), passed away peacefully on October 30th.  He was 90 years old.   

Many of you may have known John, who provided some of the first cash registers and point of sale systems to Alaskans before he and his wife, Phyllis, founded Skurla’s back in 1976.  Even though he retired several years ago, his thoughts, ideas, and business principles still continue to guide and influence the company today.  He meant so much to many different people.  He was a boss, a father, a friend, a trusted advisor, and more.  The team at Skurla’s POS Solutions honors John Skurla as the legend he was and will continue to cherish his memory for years to come.  

His service will be at St John United Methodist Church on Thursday, November 11th at 4 p.m. AST.  Please note that this service will require a mask to be worn. It will also be live streamed for those that can't attend in person (check this page for an update on how). 

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to VA SPECIAL REHABILITATION EVENTS (Fund #4417) Donations from this fund are used to financially support the travel expenses for Veteran patients attending VA-sponsored rehabilitation events such as the National Veteran Golden Age Games as well as National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Colorado.  For more information on how to donate: https://www.alaskalegionauxiliary.org/Veterans_Affairs_Voluntary_Service_(VAVS).htm 

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Nov 4, 2021 9:36:50 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Our Customers, Holiday Hours, Thanksgiving

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In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be closed Thursday the 25th and will be working remotely on Friday the 26th.

We understand the importance of customer service and issues that may arise during this busy retail season.

If you have an emergency or have run out of supplies, please call us at  907-243-2683.  Follow the prompts to page us, and we will be happy to assist you.

 

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Discount Liquor Updates!

Oct 4, 2021 8:58:38 AM / by Carrie Weinfurter posted in POS Alaska, updates, Skurla's Point of Sale, Liquor Point of Sale

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If you're ever on the Kenai Peninsula, stop by Discount Liquor in Soldotna, located on the Kenai Spur Highway. It's "your destination for great deals on a wide selection of wine, beer, and spirits." 
 
 
Skurla's installed Auto-Star POS because the owners of Discount Liquor wanted a system that could do everything they needed and more, including advanced inventory with a wireless mobile scanning solution and intelligent reordering. Discount Liquor demands the best service for their customers, and with their new technology, they can do that. Stop by to get stocked up for your next adventure!
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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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Did You Know that Thermal Paper Rolls Can Be Fun????  No Really!!!!

Aug 27, 2021 3:26:57 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Thermal Paper, Paper Rolls, Free Paper Delivery

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I am guessing you hardly give thermal paper a thought.  It is something you need to have in order to print customer and credit card receipts.  Most people only think about it when they run out (especially if it is a busy Friday night!)

Well apparently, our support team started thinking about thermal paper   Perhaps overthinking...

(This video is best viewed with the sound on.)

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Labor Day Weekend and Office Hours 2021

Aug 27, 2021 2:46:32 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Holiday Hours

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Our office will be closed on Monday, September 6th, to observe Labor Day. 

However, we understand the importance of customer service and issues that may arise during the holiday.

If you have an emergency, please call us at 243-2683 and follow the prompts to page our after hours technician.  

For support hours and information, click here.

Have a safe holiday weekend - from the team at Skurla's!

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4th of July Weekend Office Hours

Jun 28, 2021 10:00:00 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in 4th of July, Holiday Hours

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Our office will be closed on Monday, July 5th, in honor of Independence Day.    

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7 Inventory and Sales Reports to Use in Your Retail Store - From Vend

Jun 25, 2021 1:07:00 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Retail Inventory, Retail POS, Vend POS

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We wanted to share this post from Vend Point of Sale, as it addresses essential reports retailers need in order to stay on top of retail performance.

 

The article touches on:

  • The top stock management metrics and reports to monitor.
  • The measures to keep an eye on if you want to generate more revenue. 
  • The retail reporting tools to use in order to automate and streamline your operations. 

Learn to analyze your store data, make informed choices, and other vital analytics for running your business.

Click here to read the full article.

Or click on the link below to request more information on retail inventory systems for your store.

Click here for more product information

 

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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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