Advancing Mobile POS, PCI Compliance Announcement, Future of Retail, Small Retailers Left Behind


Retail News and POS ReviewsThe weekly round up will only feature four articles this week BUT we are currently working on two new Point of Sale Software Reviews that will be posted early next week.

We start this week with a major announcement from the Dutch that shows mobile point of sale solutions are becoming the future for many retailers. Our second feature is also an announcement stating the collaboration of a well known point of sale vendor and a data security company to bring PCI Compliance to their customers.

The last two articles we showcase in the roundup this week focus solely on the retail industry. Read about the launch of a new technology that combines smart phones with consumer behavior for a pioneering in store shopping experience. The last article we feature will help small retailers understand exactly IF they will qualify for Obama’s proposed Business Tax Break.

1. Netherlands to have mobile payment system by 2012 – Dutch Banks have joined forces with mobile operators to allow consumers in the Netherlands to use their smart phones as a mobile payment solution by the year 2012. Six companies have started the process of interacting exactly what is needed to make this a secure and successful solution for Dutch shoppers.

2. Retail Anywhere Collaborates with Cybera to Deliver PCI Compliance Solution – This announcement will hopefully be good news for Retail Anywhere customers. The company is promising this joint venture will provide a clear, easy answer to retail business to assure they are PCI compliant.

3. Jones New York Launches Innovative in-Store Experience at Macy’s Herald Square – The new technology might be the secret to the future of retailing. Using Microsoft tags, shoppers can download content on their smart phones as they shop on 25 products throughout the store. This would allow the potential buyer to view a unique “sales pitch” of the product while standing there deciding on whether to make the purchase…

4. Obama tax breaks: Limited help for small biz – Many businesses were eager to hear to the announcement of President Obama’s Business Tax Cuts but they reality is a little disconcerting for many small retailers. It seems the proposed “help” would only benefit businesses that spent over $250,000 in one year making improvement such as purchasing new inventory or equipment. The fact that small retailers are having a tough time just making payroll, it seems that type of spending is very unrealistic.

POS Software For iPhone


Retail News and POS ReviewsHappy Labor Day Weekend from your friends at The Wizard of POS. This week the first two articles we feature are about the latest point of sale technology. The first article announces Intuit’s application that’s turns the iPhone into a mobile point of sale unit for retailers. The second feature talks about Japan implementing the iPad as a point of sale device and includes a neat video showing you the action.

The third article this week is about a company offering a small hand to small retailers by offering a cost effective mailing promotion for their customers. Then we move onto a serious issue across our nation, how small business owners are fairing the Gulf oil spill. We end our round up this week with an inspiring story of an entrepreneur that helps retail establishments offer coupons to local customers via the internet.

1. Intuit launches credit card processing tool for iPhones – It was only going to be a matter of time before a well known point of sale company provided a solution for a mobile POS. Intuit announced this week the creation of an app that will turn your iPhone into a mobile POS system for the retailers on the go.

2. Video: iPad-based Point Of Sale Cash Register System – The revelation and testing of a new system for point of sale transactions to be placed using the iPad and a few other components. The system is called FLAVIUS, it includes an iPad and a special purpose counter that eliminates the bulky cash register. The article includes a video demonstration of this new technology.

3. Business Booster Online launches site to help Small Businesses – The companies announcement this week is for small retail business that are looking to target a specific audience with direct mailings. The company offers retailers to pick a postcard design add a custom message and have them mailed for under 65 cents per card. You can view their designs here.

4. Gulf Spill Taking Toll on Small Businesses – A quarter of the small businesses surveyed across the nation state that the Gulf oil spill has had some type of negative effect on their establishments. Although the report suggests things might be stabilizing the effects could linger on long term. The article provides some very informative data on what small retailers reported.

5. Chicago entrepreneur makes a go in the online coupon business – A website launched at the beginning of the year by Gwen Bauer allows businesses in the Chicago area to offer local customers online coupons. This allows the retail community to reach a variety of new customers in the area that are looking for local deals. If your business is located within the Chicago area visit to find out how you can start offering customers online discount coupons.

Artisan POS Software Review


Artisan POS Software ReviewCompany Website: Cer Tek
Product Website: Artisan POS
Price Range: $799-$1049
Operating Systems: Windows Vista, XP, 2000, 2003 Server

Artisan POS Software Overview

Artisan point of sale software offers a flexible, unique design that works in a variety of different retail industries. The company says it’s one of the easiest POS systems on the market to use. Artisan POS comes with a complete inventory and customer management system as well as support for numerous POS hardware devices including barcode readers.

The data that Artisan point of sale collects can easily be imported into Peachtree, Quickbooks and many other accounting programs for a total business management solution. The company tries to bring a one of a kind perspective to their point of sale software making it a viable solution aimed at small and medium retail stores.

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Mobile POS 101


Retail and POS NewsMobile technology again fills our weekly roundup in both the point of sale and retail news. You have to admit mobile solutions whether point of sale, smart phone apps, customer loyalty cards, digital signage, social media and many more is growing in popularity and it’s here to stay.

Our first article this week will help give small retailers a basic overview of the various mobile payment options that are available and has a great link to an actual field test cnet did using Bing Nation. The second article showcases how furniture retailers are using new mobile technology to help sell off site inventory. The third feature this week is a short real life example of a perfect process for collecting email addresses while your employees are processing the point of sale payment.

A new mobile app for consumers to earn reward point is being implemented by a few large retailers. This announcement is number four this week in our featured point of sale and retail news. Then we end this week with some great tips and advice to help small retailers avoid fraud in their retail businesses.

1. Making sense of mobile payment – This great article posted on cnet will help you understand the four and “a half” categories that mobile customer payments fall into. There is a lot of buzz going on in the retail world about mobile payments it would be a good idea to brush up on the differences between them. In the start of the article there is a link to a field test done with Bing Nation, one of the vendors offering retailers the opportunity to take payments via mobile point of sale.

2. More furniture, mattress sellers using smart technology – It was a surprise to read about a small furniture store that is using mobile technology to display inventory available for their customers to buy. This is simply a great way to offer exactly what the customer wants without the huge overhead. The small business owner states:

“We’re a small store and a custom order store to a large extent, so our folks are used to really trying to demonstrate the possibilities off of one piece. We want to be able to sell many different versions. All this does is give us a very portable, quick, easy access to a lot of these options,” Harlow said.”

3. Point of Sale Email Capture: A True Story – This article is short and sweet BUT it’s a true account so pay attention. The article displays a positive experience at a point of sale checkout with a clerk collecting the authors email address for store promotions. The author even includes pictures of the form that was filled out and the welcome email that was received.

4. Retailers, Mall Group Sign on to “Walk In, Win Points” Mobile App – Four large retail brand stores announced their customers will be benefiting form a new mobile app called, Shopkick. Once shoppers start using the app they earn rewards when walking through the door of a participating merchant. This is all done by a signal sent via the shoppers mobile phone. The shopper can save up points to cash them in for various items on the retailer’s web site. Another article featured at Mashable outlines the way Best Buy is participating in the Sidekick mobile app.

5. How to Steer Clear of Fraud? The Experts Weigh In – It was shocking top learn by reading this article that 31% of all businesses that are subject to fraud have fewer than 100 employees. This is important information for many small retail businesses that tend to employ few people. These great tips will help you put in place some precautionary measures that will help you prevent your business from being a victim.

POS Using Text, Point of Sale Tips, iPad POS, Small Retailer Technology 101, Employee Tips


Retail and POS NewsMobile, emerging technology again tops this weeks roundup of point of sale and retail news. The first article we feature focuses both on a small retailer and his ability to accept mobile payments keeping his customers very happy. The second article we feature has 10 things you should not do when purchasing POS software for your business. Many of these articles exist but few are good enough to be showcased in our weekly round up. The author of this article goes a few steps ahead and points out some commonly overlooked mistakes.

The third article in this weeks round up is an interesting opinion on how the iPad will change the retail industry and I have to agree. The possibilities of endless improvement in customer service are very exciting for both retailers and consumers. The fourth article this week will help small business owners with the basics of technology for thos3eof you who feel out of the loop. Then our last feature this week will give you 8 ways to get overall improvement from your employees.

1. SMB Innovator: Brown Coffee Company Lets You Pay Via Text Message – An innovative way that one small retailer is standing above the crowd and joining the growing fad of convenience. Aaron Blanco, the owner of The Brown Coffee Company allows customers to pay for their coffee using a simple text message and a service called Venmo. Over 200 small retailers across the country have started using this service as an alternative form of payment and convenience amongst its customers.

2. Point-of-sale Software Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid – This article contains some great advice when you are looking to purchase POS software for your small retail business. Things you may not think about are mentioned such as obtaining references or one system fits all. This is an essential read if you’re looking into purchasing a new piece of point of sale software.

3. How iPads are Going to Change the Face of Retail – Although it might still be a while before the iPad and similar tablets are perfected for use of mobile point of sale hardware, the anticipation is exciting. The author of this article points out a few ways that an iPad in the hands of a customer service representative will change the face of the retail industry.

4. Technology Basics for Business – This is a very basic overview for the less technology savvy business person. A wonderfully informative article posted at the Wall Street Journal will help any novice retailer learn the basics of technology.

5. 8 Ways to Develop Your Worker’s Core Competencies – All retailers know that their employees are a reflection of their brand and their establishment. To have the best success at having an employee as a “good” influence for your retail business you should know these 8 easy ways you can help them grow with your business.

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