by Dr Will @ Iconic

Mobile POS and Security: Retail

Posted by Amos Hunt on Jan 20, 2014 6:06:54 AM

A lot of the reaction to the Target security breach has fixated on the backwardness of the physical data storage of American credit cards. The story goes that if only banks would hurry up and get us onto the "Chip and PIN" Europay MasterCard Visa card, we'd all be safer from breaches like this. Chip and PIN cards have some security advantages over the magnetic strip, but it's not likely it would have made much difference in this case.

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Topics: security, Technical, POS, Advice, mobile, point of sale

How to be Iconic during the Holiday Shopping Season

Posted by Brock Broussard on Oct 24, 2013 3:05:28 PM

In lieu of the five Iconic things, places or persons we name traditionally on every other Friday, we will give five bits and pieces of advice for you, the humble retailer, to consider. Yes, even country clubs count, as some departments follow the same rhythm and flow as their bigger (and smaller) brick-and-mortar counterparts. Without further ado...

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Topics: customers, Christmas, Iconic, Retail, POS, shopping, sales, Advice, holidays, mobile, Thanksgiving

A Tale of Two iPhones

Posted by Brock Broussard on Oct 16, 2013 11:51:47 PM

No Apple follower who had been paying close attention to rumors rolling around August ahead of the traditional September release of the iPhone’s newest form factor could have seen a second, colorful, plastic-bordered sibling coming. Ever since the passing of Steve Jobs, however, its stock price hasn’t been the only variable in flux. As its established smartphone settled into a new tier with a first-of-its-kind 64-bit A7 processing chip, Apple aimed to bring in a new class of customers conscious about the 5S’s price by introducing a new line of “economy” iPhones. So far, it’s not clear that the 5C is being adopted as quickly as Apple anticipated. According to an analysis by Localytics, an analytics and marketing platform firm, the 5S is outselling the 5C in the 8 countries the two were released in.

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Topics: Iconic, POS, iPhone, technology, High Technology, mobile

Break Free of Bottlenecks

Posted by Amos Hunt on Sep 5, 2013 7:00:12 AM

Unlike an auto manufacturer’s standing inventory of parts, the customers in a retail operation interact with the process even when nothing is happening. You can’t look at them like stock parts, not because it’s objectively wrong to count heads, but just because they won’t stand for it. Especially when it comes to waiting. As we discussed last week, customers flowing through a bottleneck don't just wait passively. For a retailer, an overwhelmed bottleneck is not just a cap on the overall flow rate; it can actually reduce demand.

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Topics: bottleneck, customers, processes, queues, cash register, Retail, shopping, demand, customer, Process, mobile, point of sale

Mobile POS Myths and Truths

Posted by Melissa Drake on Jul 22, 2013 8:30:58 AM

Unearthing the truth about mobile point of sale solutions: by Dale Fowler

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Topics: customers, Inventory, Retail, POS, mobile, databases

Inventory Management

Posted by Melissa Drake on Jul 18, 2013 10:05:56 AM

Today's post on inventory management is taken from an article posted on Small Business. The article focuses mainly on inventory management for retail clothing stores, but the tips and practices outlined in the article can easily be adapted to any retail environment.

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Topics: customers, Inventory, Iconic, Technical, mobile retail, Process, sales, technology, Tech Tuesday, mobile

Holiday 2012 and What We Can Learn from It

Posted by Brock Broussard on Jan 11, 2013 3:00:45 AM

There’s no denying it. On the whole, Christmas 2012 was an off-period for many retailers.

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Topics: Customer experience, Retail, POS, sales, mobile

Databases

Posted by Melissa Drake on Dec 10, 2012 5:51:28 AM

Today being a Tech Tuesday, it seemed fitting to talk a bit about something, well, techy - like databases. Today's post and image is re-posted from ProfitNotLoss.net:

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Topics: customers, Technical, market, Tech Tuesday, mobile, databases, point of sale

The First Cash Register

Posted by Melissa Drake on Nov 30, 2012 5:07:34 AM

Retailers today are moving more and more towards mobile points-of-sale and away from the traditional cash register. For today's post, though, let's take a step back in time to 19th century Ohio, to the time when the first cash register was invented.

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Topics: cash register, Retail, history, sales, mobile, point of sale

Mobile Has Changed Retail

Posted by Melissa Drake on Nov 27, 2012 4:00:37 AM

Today is Tech Tuesday, and since this is the first Tech Tuesday post after one of the biggest shopping days of the year - Black Friday - I thought it appropriate to talk for a bit about how mobile has changed retail.The Guardian says,

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Topics: customers, Technical, Retail, Tech Tuesday, mobile

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