VISA updated its policy issued in October requiring Payment Card Industry (PCI) Qualified Integrators and Reseller (QIR) certification to give acquirers, merchants, and VARs more time to comply. Level 4 merchants still need to use PCI QIRs, but resellers now have until January 31, 2017, to become certified.
Your merchant clients that rely on you as a trusted advisor are turning to you for advice as they upgrade their payment terminals to accept EMV chip cards. One question is which additional features and functionalities could help future-proof their new solutions and protect their investments — and one of the options bound to be a part of that conversation is whether it’s necessary to include near field communication (NFC) technology.
It’s sometimes difficult to understand how the solutions you can provide can impact your clients’ day-to-day operations — and even the success of their businesses overall. Beacon technology is one of the latest trends coursing through retail as a means of connecting with and engaging customers.
Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in point of sale, payment processing and data collection news, Mercury and NCC release an EMV-enabled solution, Bematech introduces its new app, Creditcall obtains PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) certification, and Clearent announces a WordPress plug-in for accepting payments. In other news, Loftware unveils the latest release of browser-based labeling solution, Janam introduces new rugged computers that support both Android and Microsoft Windows, and Toshiba adds new wireless thermal bar code printers.
An infographic from TransFirst highlights some of the common misconceptions retailers have about PCI compliance. This information provides insights that can help VARs better understand and serve their merchant clients.
As your merchant clients migrate to EMV and train employees on their new payment solutions, they are probably turning to you with problems they encounter or with questions on best practices. Your ability to help a merchant through the transition to EMV and to move past problems and concerns can further establish you as a trusted advisor with your client.
Each month, Business Solutions reports news on business in the channel. This month in point of sale, payment processing and data collection news, Datacap, Sterling, and Vantiv announce certified U.S. EMV solutions, TSYS certified TranSend RevChip EMV software, Heartland addresses EMV for LiquorPOS merchants, Seagull Scientific launches BarTender 2016, Lightspeed POS acquires SEOshop and launches a new e-commerce platform, and MMF POS introduces new cash drawer platforms.
Research from global research and advisory firm IHL Group, ranks top vendors in the Software and SaaS, a global market worth more than $44 billion annually.
In this interview, Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) President Kelly Funk tells how the association is assisting VARs with Payment Card Industry (PCI) Qualified Integrator and Reseller (QIR) certification and is working to spread the word that, effective March 31, 2016, Visa is requiring acquirers to ensure all newly boarded Level 4 merchants have point of sale (POS) application and terminal installation and integration performed by professionals with this certification.
Your merchant IT clients may find during busy times — like the holiday shopping season — inefficiencies or deficits in their infrastructure become more apparent. This could present an opportunity for you to start a conversation about how technology solutions can help them win business and customer loyalty and reach their business goals.