Are people finished buying plastic gift cards? Are plastic gift and loyalty cards going to go the way of th dodo? Like phone cards, cassette tapes, and the under-appreciated laser disc? Long story short, no. For those who don't know me, plastic cards are my business. PlasticPrinters.com prints millions of gift and loyalty cards every year. And this year demand from our POS partners has actually increased significantly. We're selling
Hotel and Restaurant Data Breaches With new technology coming out every day, comes new threats. But with these threats, how prepared is your business? The hospitality industry, is the most under-prepared for this. Ransomware, spyware, and data breaches are almost common these days. It's beginning to be ridiculous. But where do your weaknesses lie? Legacy Systems / Hotel and Restaurant Data Breaches 70% or more of hotels, and restaurants are
Life keeps getting harder for brick and mortar businesses. Retail stores face fierce online competition. Restaurants have similar problems with delivery services, and fast food. So how can you level the playing field? How do you get people to keep coming in the door? The answer, Loyalty Cards. Loyalty Cards and Loyalty Programs Loyalty cards are a simple way to keep people coming in the store. They give people a
Revel Systems is a Payment Processor now? How genius is that?! Payment processors have been gobbling up POS companies lately. And it's clear that processing is big money. But to think that Revel Systems would become a payment processor itself... Something I hadn't even considered! I had falsley assumed that when Revel Systems hooked up with First Data,that they'd locked down their processing options. I guess I was thinking far
Visa QR Codes... A Blast from the Past? Visa announced this week, that they're working on releasing new payment technology. While Visa QR Codes are now available in certain parts of the world, it's not in the US. QR codes are a 2 dimensional barcode. Think 2002, when you used to see square barcodes that would take you to a webpage. Visa is going to harness these codes to make a
Worldpay + Vantiv, and First Data + CardConnect? The world of payments seems to be shrinking. With every day it seems that payment companies are gobbling each other up. But it doesn't stop with other payment companies, they're doing it with POS companies too! After merging with Global Payment Systems, Heartland Payment Systems has been busy. They've been buying up POS companies like PC America, Dinerware, and Digital Dining.
ACH Check Processing vs Credit Card Processing Recently I was talking to a colleague in the payment industry, and he was telling me about ACH Processing. And after a few minutes of talking with him, I couldn't help but wonder why more small businesses don't use it? Let's look at a specific example. John is an electrician. He takes most of his payments as either checks, or credit card
Focus POS moves to the cloud Focus POS, a leader in restaurant POS, is introducing a cloud based system. At the NRA show, they unveiled their new cloud based system. While I only had a few moments to look at it, their iPad solution does look great, and seems very familiar to Focus users. Focus POS has long been a legacy POS provider, and this step shows that the future
NFC Contactless Unlocked in IOS 11! So, I work in the field of payment technology. More specifically, plastic card technology. And for those of us in the know, the most exciting tech is NFC. You've probably seen NFC before. It's the technology that allows you to tap your device against another to transfer data. NFC is the most feature rich, and versatile technology available in a plastic card. It
Revel Systems sights in on the Specialty Retail Market. I was recently at the NRA convention, and spoke to a few of the senior management team from Revel Systems. They said in no uncertain terms, that specialty retail is where they want to expand next. Specialty retail is booming these days. One of the major shifts in retail in the last 30 years, is the move away from department stores.