1. October Sales Numbers Surpass Expectations

    Sales numbers for October were higher than expected. Every retailer needs to be concerned with the latest trends to make sure they are able to meet the demand of any and all consumers who could be coming through the door. If recent figures are to be believed, merchants should be preparing for a strong holiday season. Retail Metrics released their study of October sales numbers which found a 3.7 pe…Read More

  2. Increased Shrink Can Mean Improved Reporting is Needed

    Retail shrink comes from shoplifting and poor reporting. With the busiest shopping days of the year inching closer, retailers are in overdrive to make sure they have all the bases covered. While a high priority is placed on being able to handle the increased sales traffic, it should also be on preventing shrink or loss prevention. According to the 2012-2013 Global Retail Theft Barometer, which was…Read More

  3. PCI DSS 3.0 Released but Merchants Aren’t Ready

    The PCI DSS 3.0 has been released but merchants are not ready to upgrade. As readers of this blog are well aware, point of sale software solutions are vulnerable to malware and fraud. Having the right security systems in place is crucial for any retailer, and with the new Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.0 being released, every merchant should be looking into the security o…Read More

  4. Staying Ahead of Evolving E-Commerce Solutions Helps Merchants Succeed

    Integrating e-commerce is key to business success. When merchants look at what the future of consumer interaction could be, one facet that continues to show up is e-commerce. However, the use of a website to sell goods is far more complicated than it seems and there are a number of aspects that need to be optimized for a retailer to be successful at it. One blog post from Evosite, a company that …Read More

  5. Midwest T-shirt company adopts fully integrated e-commerce and POS System

    A retail solution provider can take the frustration out of deploying an e-commerce system. It is no surprise to think that today's retail world has changed. Consumers are just as likely to search for new items online as they are to head out to a local store and browse the shelves. Because of this, more merchants are starting to journey into the digital landscape and utilize e-commerce solutions. …Read More

  6. Early Holiday Shopping Dates Back to Victorian Era

    Holiday shopping seemingly starts earlier every year. Everyone is aware of the fact that is seems like holiday shopping seems to be getting underway earlier each year. Anyone who stepped into a mall once November hit were welcomed by winter music and a display to get their picture taken with Santa Claus. On top of that, some merchants are taking the step of starting their Black Friday sales on Th…Read More

  7. Post-Holiday Shopping Numbers a Struggle for Merchants

    Keeping shopping momentum going after the holidays can be difficult. Right now, retailers around the country are gearing up for the holiday rush, not only in physical stores but through e-commerce platforms as well. Retaining the momentum that comes with the holiday season and keeping it strong through the return and gift card portion of the season and into the New Year can be complicated. That do…Read More

  8. POS Security Breach has Huge Ramifications for Payment Industry

    A lawsuit against a retailer in Vermont could have long lasting effects for the industry. Every retailer has a responsibility to their customers to ensure payment information is safe at all times. That is not an unreasonable request from consumers, but in the event that expectation is not met, retailers should at least be forthright about it and take immediate actions to rectify the problem. That …Read More

  9. Is E-Commerce Killing Brick-and-Mortar?

    Is e-commerce killing brick-and-mortar locations? According to a U.S. Census Bureau report of the fourth quarter of 2012—the heaviest shopping season of the year—e-commerce plays a major role in how customers shop and its prominence has been increasing for the last decade. During that time period, e-commerce retail sales topped out at $59.5 billion. That is 5.4 percent of the $1.1 trillion i…Read More

  10. Analytics and Reporting a Growing Trend for Retailers

    Analytics are helping retailers make smarter decisions. It is no secret that technology is making larger headway in the retail world as point of sale software and the latest systems are allowing organizations to gain more information about their customers and create new best practices. However, we are only in the beginning of the push toward business intelligence and analytics in the retail sect…Read More