Many convenience and energy retailers are sitting on a valuable asset that they have not yet fully monetized: first party data. This data, collected from consumer interactions and transactions, can unveil valuable insights into consumer behavior and preferences.
Should my business leverage Managed Service Providers?
Managed service providers can provide third party expertise to help your business grow at the pace you wish to grow, without the cost and risk of hiring employees at the exact time you need them.
Top Trends Every Retailer Should Be Aware of for 2023
2023 marks the fourth year of a decade that began with a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that transformed the retail industry. As supply chain issues and other economic challenges caused by the pandemic continue to fester, retailers are finding a new normal with hybrid shopping. This means retailers have even more opportunities to create new offerings and…
Keeping an eye on Credit Cards in Congress
Should the CCCA bill pass, there will certainly be available savings on credit card fees from the forced competition, but this will also require significant planning. Adding a second routing option is not as easy as just toggling a switch.
How to Approach Implementing Autonomous Checkout
Though autonomous checkout has demonstrated clear benefits to those who implement it well, the implementation doesn’t come without its challenges. One of the biggest pitfalls we see in self-checkout implementations is the propensity to treat this new technology as we would treat any other POS terminal.
Are you using vendors in your tech stack for the core function they bring to your organization?
In recent years, the industry has witnessed a hybrid approach to the two vendor managements models detailed here. In this hybrid model, a payment orchestration layer or a gateway provides pre-existing, best-in-class integrations for a merchant to leverage.
Operational Integrity more vital than ever
As technology is pervasive at retail locations supporting more offers and consumer engagement options, the resiliency of this technology must be monitored and assured. Making sure that products are available, priced correctly, and that consumers can transact with prescribed offers, earn loyalty and use desired payment is critical to the business.
Can your business fully automate UAT and Certification?
titive tasks in place of manual human re-entry. Given the current state of automated testing, however, W. Capra urges any merchant exploring automated capabilities to ensure that human resources continue to remain a part of testing— not just to oversee testing robotics, but to play an active role in the QA process where robotics have…
What is a Payment Account Reference (PAR) and why does it matter to merchants?
PAR is an alphanumeric reference point that enables a business to track a consumer and their payment account across the various payment methods they use. For example, a consumer may have 3 credit cards in their wallet, each of which would generate a different token if used in a tokenized environment. PAR links these cards…
PCI DSS 4.0 looms large
Merchants need to immediately start understanding what additional budget they are planning to allocate to tackle the increased time and costs necessary to maintain PCI compliance. Even working to find and procure the services of an approved scanning vendor will take time and internal resources.
What does the new Taco Bell Defy concept mean for Convenience?
This new Taco Bell concept should not be seen merely as a signal to other fast-food operators and Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) that change is coming; this is a sign to all who strive to offer quick, convenient, access to high quality food and drink that adaptation is required. As a company, you don’t get…
How Your Competitors Inform Your Program Strategy
While too strong of a focus on the competition will not lead you closer to a winning program strategy, collecting competitive insights with purpose as part of your broader program strategy can enable new insights to help you serve your consumer base. These insights can solidify your understanding of table stakes, barriers to entry, and…