Bluegrass Cellular has recently launched iQmetrix’s POS + Retail Management Solution, RQ, as part of their Omnichannel initiative. I was lucky enough to sit down with Jason Raymer, Bluegrass Cellular’s Director of Sales, to chat about the key reasons why they chose RQ as their POS for their entire channel.
Drive through the downtown core and it can feel like there are just as many wireless retailers as there are gas stations or restaurants. The differences between each wireless retailer may not be immediately apparent, as many have similar product lines, stores sizes, staff mix, and target market. As a result, each independent outlet must make a concerted effort to differentiate themselves through the best customer service and technology in order to compete in a crowded market. Here are some of our top predictions for how independent wireless retailers will evolve in 2018:
Considering retail stores are becoming increasingly high-tech, incorporating digital signage into a brand's visual merchandising mix feels like a natural evolution. But digital signage isn’t just a different way to advertise in stores—it’s a better way to advertise. The right digital signage strategy delivers a healthy return on investment (ROI) by cutting long-term costs and maximizing sales opportunities. Here's how:
From January 9 - 12, 2018, the CES consumer electronics conference will heat up the otherwise cool Las Vegas sands. As expected, CES brings with it a plethora of content packed sessions and great keynote speakers. To help you take full advantage of the full event agenda, I’ve put together my top attractions for a wireless retailer, leaving you some space to fill out your schedule as you see fit.
Wireless payments are quickly rising in popularity, and since you probably have a mobile phone within reach right now, it's easy to see why. The smartphone has quickly become the go-to device for anything and everything. Now that smartphones integrate so many smart features into the fabric of everyday life, it's only natural to expect them to handle wireless payments as well. Mobile payments are helping to simplify the retail experience by making the buyer journey as seamless and easy as possible.
If you do any holiday shopping—and chances are you do—then you've probably noticed that the way you shop has changed in the last few years. Gone are the days of getting ads in the newspaper, scanning all of them for the best Black Friday prices, and heading to a store in hopes that they still have the one thing you want.
As one of the biggest shopping events of the year, the stretch between Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday serves as a microcosm of the entire retail industry. The massive transaction volumes over this period amplify existing consumer trends and can tell us much about the future of retail. Let’s look at the 2017 Black Friday metrics and trends to see how retailers can use them to their advantage moving forward.
It’s almost impossible to keep up with the ever-changing wireless retail environment. New trends are popping up every day and, with that, comes new buzzwords and terminology you must understand to succeed as a retailer. We have written articles like this before and this time we wanted to shift the focus and highlight some of the key players in wireless.
Effective Inventory Management begins with improving our visibility into actual inventory levels and Virtual Quantity.
Let’s dive into the processes that reveal true in-store sellable quantities through your POS data, and how to better leverage Virtual Quantity in relevant auto ordering and transferring tools.
Choosing a point of sale (POS) system is kind of like getting married—you want to know what you’re getting into before you tie the knot and commit. Will your POS system work for you long-term? Can it fit the needs of your business as you scale? Will it integrate with third-party offerings that enhance your customer service?
Neglecting to plan for Black Friday is like going rock climbing without ropes—it makes something that’s already difficult a whole lot harder. Black Friday is one of the most intense shopping days of the year, and the outcome for retailers can be spectacular or stressful depending on how well they're prepared. Set yourself up for success this holiday season with these seven simple steps.
The latest stats on EMV bring us good news about U.S. merchant chip card acceptance. The U.S. Payments Forum Fall 2017 Snapshot reports that 96% of the top 200 merchants are now fully EMV enabled and between 70 and 80% of small-and-medium-sized businesses are accepting chip-on-chip payments.