Contributed Editorial

  1. Top 5 Tech Investment Ideas To Make Your QSR More Successful
    6/1/2017

    According to the latest research from the National Restaurant Association (NRA), restaurant-industry sales are trending upward this year and projected to reach $798.7 billion by year’s end, a 4.3 percent gain over 2016. Quick service restaurant (QSR) and fast-casual sales are expected to reach $233.7 billion this year, representing a 5.3 percent gain over 2016.

  2. How Successful Retailers Leverage Data To Schedule Associates
    6/1/2017

    We’ve all seen recent stories about the demise of physical retail — shuttering malls, brands declaring Chapter 11, and constant iterations of layoffs. The industry is undoubtedly in a stage of contraction; however, it’s not dying off. In fact, there are many brick-and-mortar retailers performing well and opening new stores. At the same time, many online-only retailers are opening brick-and-mortar locations thanks to the cost of online advertising, the limited nature of attracting new customers online, and the inherent loyal bond that retailers are able to form through in-person interactions.

  3. Do You Support The Modern Omni-Channel Customer Journey?
    5/31/2017

    Retailers can’t always assume customers will walk into a physical store during normal business hours, find a product, get the information they need from an associate, and make a purchase. This type of traditional transactional behavior still occurs, but consumers’ buying patterns have transformed in recent years. Now a buying decision isn’t just a single event—it’s the last step in an omni-channel customer journey.

  4. 15 Secrets To Hiring The Right Employee (And How To Leverage Them)
    5/31/2017

    No matter what industry you work in, finding the right candidate for the job is crucial. High employee turnover can cost companies big. According to HR firm Zane Benefits, turnover could cost as much as 20% of a mid-range employee’s salary. That’s a big chunk of your bottom line.

  5. The Benefits Of Data Analysis Range From C-Suite To Part-Time Associates
    5/23/2017

    Retail has always been a numbers game. Metrics, KPIs, business intelligence, Big Data — you can’t escape the math if you expect to be profitable. The difference today is the massive amount of data available and variety of sources feeding the data machine. We’ve migrated from simply pulling numbers from our cash registers at the end of the day to cash registers, credit card processors, e-commerce sites, social media, email marketing, loyalty programs, and rewards cards all simultaneously making database deposits.

  6. E-Commerce Set To Transform B2B, Manufacturing, And Distribution
    5/16/2017

    The internet disrupted everything from education to government to personal communications. E-Commerce turned brick-and-mortar retail, transportation, entertainment, and logistics upside down. Now, in the business-to-business (B2B) space, a convergence of maturing technologies is set to disrupt supply chains, distribution networks, and inventory management — just for starters.

  7. Stop Asking How To Be Productive: 5 Free iPhone Apps To Organize Your Life
    5/3/2017

    The iPhone has revolutionized how we work, socialize, and how we go about managing our day to day tasks. And yet, the most popular smartphone of our time is still underused as the productivity center that it truly is. You’d be amazed how the tools on your iPhone can teach you how to be productive in no time. Even the laziest person out there uses apps on their iPhone, so why not put your time into learning how to be productive instead of playing Angry Birds or using Snapchat Filters.

  8. Clocking Systems – 6 Shocking Reasons Why You Need To Get One Immediately
    5/2/2017

    Biometric clocking systems are among the various tools companies are using to curb time theft, tackle absenteeism, and maximize productivity as a whole. These kinds of clocking systems use unique characteristics, such as the iris, fingerprints, and shape of hand to record attendance. It therefore completely eradicates most types of time theft, such as buddy punching where employees clock in/clock out for fellow employees.

  9. The TLS Changeover: Why You Should Start Preparing
    4/21/2017

    The next big deadline in payment processing is on the way, but surprisingly no one’s talking about it yet. In June 2018, the TLS changeover deadline is coming. It might seem far away, but it’s going to require a lot of work from merchants, and it’s best to get started soon. Because if you’re not ready in time, it’ll cost you.

  10. The TLS Changeover: Why You Should Start Preparing
    4/21/2017

    The next big deadline in payment processing is on the way, but surprisingly not many people in the industry are talking about it. In June 2018, the TLS changeover deadline is coming. It might seem far away, but it’s going to require a lot of work to get your merchants prepared, and it’s best to get started soon. Because if they’re not ready in time, it’ll cost them.