Analyst Corner

Category: Mobile POS

What’s in a name – A better POS, perhaps?

When you attend the number of events that we do at IHL, you hear a lot of buzzwords and often roll your eyes while playing Buzzword Bingo when the overused terms come up in presentations.  But every once in a while you hear a new description that actually does a better […]

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Pursuing Unified Commerce Without Sacrificing Security

Without question, the single biggest trend in retail is in the area of Unified Commerce; namely getting both internal and external systems integrated in such a way that product can be shopped from anywhere and delivered from anywhere.  Retailers are scrambling to figure out how to best compete against Amazon, […]

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REPLAY: Unified Commerce – Modern Retail’s Coming Together

The following is a replay of a webinar from December 15th on how retail is moving towards Unified Commerce. Unified Commerce is one step beyond Omnichannel and includes the technology enabled retail functions (both inside and outside the company) to serve the consumer where, when and how they desire. Multi ->Cross->Omni->Unified […]

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ALERT: Only 6% of Merchants Meet EMV Deadline

According to new research provided from our friend Tom McCrohan of CLSA America’s Research, less than 6 % of overall US merchants were set to meet the EMV deadline of October 1, 2015 for the shift of liability of fraudulent transactions.  As of September 15th, only 314,000 merchant locations were ready.  […]

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Is Best of Breed Software Dead?

This headline is certainly going to raise a few eyebrows. In the last two weeks we have had 4 different conversations with retailers as part of our Strategic Operations Exchange program where best of breed vendors that we suggested for a specific solution were dismissed out of hand by the […]

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EMV Will Not Fix Retail Credit Card Security

In IHL’s latest research EMV: Retail’s $35 Billion “Money Pit”, one of the conclusions in the study is that the failure of the PCI process to stop data breaches has been primarily due to the heavy cost it takes for retailers to become PCI compliant.  As a result, what was meant […]

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Money 20/20 and the Future of Payments

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending the third annual Money 20/20 conference. By all accounts the show reflected both the sea change in the hype of the payment space with record attendance. Having begun two years ago with an initial attendance of 2,000 each successive year […]

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Mobile’s Massive Shift in POS

Mobile POS began in the Enterprise, but then took off massively in the small mom and pop retailer segment when Square released an inexpensive dongle that allowed just about any smartphone or tablet take credit card transactions. Next, the mom and pop market began to expand with newcomers like Level Up, […]

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The Case for Cloud POS

It wasn’t all that long ago that when someone mentioned “the cloud” as an option for Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, those in the know would scoff and say, “It’s just not possible.” And quite frankly, the initial deployments of cloud POS systems were not very good. Yet with new iterations of […]

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