Small Business Retailers Don’t Have To Be Left on the Technology Sideline.

Small business retailers are often left on the sidelines when it comes to watching the technology that is made available to the “big boys” of retailing. Solutions used in retail stores include high-performance Point-of-Sale systems, mobile devices, sophisticated software tools, self-service kiosks, and digital signage. These are all valuable tools when it comes to providing a […]

The Disposable Society

When I was a kid, my parents had a great, big console TV… one of those old glass tube types (CRT) mounted in a huge wooden enclosure, with big speakers on each side that were covered with that sparkly, gold fabric, and two mechanical channel changers… one for channels 2 through 13 and one for […]

To Key or Not to Key?

When I was a kid, I used to marvel at watching my Mom run a “10-key adding machine”, a device that has gone the way of the typewriter and the corded telephone. But it was amazing to watch her flip through the papers at her work, fingers flying, paper tape spewing out of the back […]

Consumer Grade Devices? Don’t sip the kool-aid…

There’s a lot of chatter lately about the pros and cons of using consumer grade devices (CGD’s) in commercial and industrial applications. Specifically we’re talking about smartphones and tablets being used in places where historically we might see a purpose-built rugged device, designed to withstand the rigors of all-day, everyday use. We see retail stores […]

Using Technology to Offset Rising Employee Costs

Retailers, are you reading the headlines? The need for self-service technology is rising. “Obama team to expand overtime coverage”  –(USA Today) “Louisville’s minimum wage hike survives first court test”  –(Associated Press) “Ikea to hike minimum wage to $10 an hour.”  –(CNN) “Target hiking minimum wage to $9 an hour in April”  –(CNBC) In addition, 14 states have enacted minimum […]

And then there were 5…4…3…

One of the driving factors behind any free market economy is competition. More competition in any given market means more choices for the consumer, keeps pressure on prices, and forces suppliers to constantly innovate, looking for ways to stay a step ahead of the competition. Even suppliers recognize that healthy competition serves as the catalyst […]

Small Business Manufacturers and Barcoding: What You Should Know

Small business manufacturers have a few different reasons for not instituting the use of barcodes. Some might not see how barcodes can increase the profitability of their businesses. Others might not understand how barcodes work, and think implementing a barcode system would be a daunting task. Regardless of the reason, these businesses are missing out […]

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