Pizza stores popped, sandwich stores sacked in PoS plunder

Signature Systems ‘fesses up to malware raid


Some 324 restaurants across the United States, including 216 Jimmy John’s outlets, have had payment terminals compromised by malware after a breach at vendor Signature Systems.

The massive breach occurred when an intruder stole remote log-in credentials for Signature’s point of sale (PoS) kit, according to cyber-crime reporter Brian Krebs.

Major Robot OEMs Fast-Tracking Cobots

Innovating they are. From rival dual-arms to one-arm wonders shedding their industrial barriers to further medical science, collaborative robotics has been around longer than many realize. Each manufacturer is bringing its own brand of converging technologies to the HRC space. Several were on display this month in Chicago at IMTS 2014. Meet the latest dual-arm to enter the fray.


Innovating they are. From rival dual-arms to one-arm wonders shedding their industrial barriers to further medical science, collaborative robotics has been around longer than many realize. Each manufacturer is bringing its own brand of converging technologies to the HRC space. Several were on display this month in Chicago at IMTS 2014. Meet the latest dual-arm to enter the fray.

What In-store Kiosks Can Learn from Online Research

Susan Reda wrote an article in the most recent publication of STORES, the Magazine of NRF, about “Upping the Stakes in online retail. Some of the findings should be used to guide retailers as they carry their online offerings and services through to brick and mortar locations via the usage of in store kiosks and in store employee interactions.

According to Reda, The research identified a number of components for analyzing customer service and retailer success

Order Lifecycle

Offer to Complete Transaction

Difference Between Estimated & Actual Delivery Dates

Refund Provided Within 28 Days, Notification of Refund in Process

Chat – Addressed Two Sample Questions Without Reminder

One of the consistent themes with regard to all of the above components is “communication”.  The communication piece is extremely important from purchase to delivery to return.  How can retailers use kiosks and other in store experiences to improve the customer relationship?  Communication. Communication. Communication.

Using kiosks to improve the frequency, style, and method of communication can be a huge asset for retailers.  A kiosk application can be used to set customer expectations from the start.   Kiosks can provide both visual and interactive displays for customers to receive important “expectation setting” information.

To read the article in its entirety, visit the NRF website here and Susan Reda on twitter (@Susan_Reda). How do your customers experience better communication in store than online?  How can those experiences be improved?

Revel Systems iPad POS is the first tablet platform to Offer Open-Source E-commerce Platform for Retailers

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Revel Systems, the leader in iPad Point of Sale Solutions, has made its E-commerce Platform available to all via its open-source code, making it easier than ever for businesses to offer E-commerce and web ordering. Now retailers who wish to integrate Revel’s powerful E-commerce Platform can customize it to their own business needs. This furthers Revel’s efforts to make its iPad POS fully customizable and give more businesses access to its powerful tools


“By making our platform open-source, retailers can simply take our code and build their own E-commerce system the way they want it while still benefiting from our powerful technology. We are giving enterprise-level tools to small business owners so they can compete in today’s economy.”

PayPal Merchants Accepting Bitcoin, Sort Of |

PayPal is taking another small step in helping digital currency, particularly bitcoin, enter the mainstream by helping their merchants accept bitcoin payments.


The leader in online payments is pairing up with Bitcoin processors  BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin to allow digital goods (ring tones, games, etc) merchants to take bitcoin with an integration through the PayPal Payments Hub.  Starting today in North America, bitcoin is open for business on PayPal.

Installing Retail Kiosks to Increase Customer Reviews

 shutterstock_188524787Online Customer Reviews

In a recent Forbes article about customer reviews, “Six Simple Ways To Get Customers To Review Your Business Online”, author Nellie AKalp provides six tips for obtaining customer reviews for your business.  AKalp outlines the benefits of customer reviews as well as why customer reviews matter.  She quotes Zendesk survey findings that 90% of participants claim that positive online reviews influence the buying decision and a similar percentage (86%) are influenced by negative reviews.  Increasing rave reviews is a large component to offsetting negative reviews.

Providing Customers Incentives to Review Your Business

Some of the tips for increasing reviews include offering incentives (for any review, not just a positive review), and adding business profiles to review websites.  Providing easy access to review websites is another method for increasing the number of customer reviews.  Easy access can be provided via a link or an email request, but one method not discussed in the article is how to increase reviews by customers while they are in-store.

 Make Reviews a Part of Your Process

Each customer that walks into a store has the potential to be a reviewer of the product or service being offered.  Providing these customers with an easily accessible and difficult to miss method for providing feedback can catch customers while their experience is top of mind, as well as provide sales personnel with instant feedback about their interaction.  This provides additional incentive to store personnel to provide an outstanding customer experience.  Number six in the Forbes list, “Make reviews a part of your work process” suggests incentivizing employees for each review.

In Store Kiosks Locked Down to Review Sites

How can stores provide customers with an easy method of authoring a review, as well as instantly incentivize employees for completed reviews?  The answer; in store kiosks locked down to review sites. Configure an attract screen that links off to each review site and restrict access to only those review sites you want to impact.  Restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, home repair stores, doctors, dentists, banks, and more. . . these brick and mortar retailers can benefit from online reviews given by in store customers.

Investing in kiosks is one such way to increase customer reviews.  Expanding on the Forbes article, you can use kiosks to “Ask your customers” (number 2) and “Make it easy to leave reviews” (number 3).  To tie this in with number 4’s “Incent but don’t buy reviews” you can provide customers with a coupon if they submit a review (any review, good or bad).

How do you gain customer reviews?  Can a kiosk help to improve your customer review process?


Apple Deal Sheds Light on McDonald’s Digital Transformation

McDonald’s deal with Apple is the fruit of a concentrated effort by the Golden Arches to remake itself as an ecommerce company.


Some, including Target and Walmart, are resisting NFC and critics point out that the technology is expensive for retailers and has never caught on, despite years of industry prodding.   Merchant Customer Exchange that includes Sears, Gap, Lowe’s and others, is pushing a technology called CurrentC that will use a QR code-like process to handle mobile payments. 

Sears earns ‘genius’ ranking, tops Saks, Neiman

Sears was one of only three stores to earn a “genius” ranking for its digital IQ.


Sears is also part of 68 percent of stores that allows in-store returns for online purchases, and one of the few whose app is equipped with a barcode scanner for in-store use. Its Shop Your Way Try On app allows shoppers to curate their fitting room in advance by scanning items throughout the store.

Robocoin Selects Fujitsu’s PalmSecure Biometrics Technology for All Bitcoin Kiosks

Robocoin to use Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric authentication as part of their global network of Bitcoin kiosks. Robocoin CEO to deliver Keynote at ATM


We are very excited that a cutting-edge company like Robocoin in the burgeoning bitcoin space would select Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometrics technology for positive authentication of their account holders,” according to Randy Fox, vice president, currency handling and identification product solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.

Apple Mobile Payments At CVS and Walgreens

Apple’s new mobile payments system will use tokenization as well as contactless payment, 9to5 Mac reported, based on the new point-of-sale terminals installed in Apple’s own stores.


Tokenization eliminates the need to send payment card numbers between a point-of-sale terminal and a merchant’s transaction systems. The card details are replaced by one-time-use numerical tokens, making it much harder for card numbers to be stolen.

Automated lockers and self-service kiosks rule as Post Office hits digital age

Hi-tech revamps promise slicker service, video booths and click-and-collect convenience, but unions fear job losses


With click-and-collect one of the few areas of rapid sales growth for retailers, an ever-growing number of service providers are aiming to cash in. Logistics company ByBox is helping supermarket Waitrose install refrigerated collection lockers at Gatwick airport; Argos shoppers will be able to pick up eBay parcels from 650 stores by the end of this year; and London Underground and Network Rail have both announced plans to turn stations into pickup points for a host of retailers. Local independent shops are also getting in on the act via the CollectPlus network.

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