Star Micronics continues to grow their portfolio of certified software partners at a rate that outpaces the industry. When Jon Levin, Product Integration Manager, was asked why they continue to be the go-to channel resource for ISV’s, he had two reasons: “Our Software Development Kit and Software Partner Program are the best in industry.” Jon …

RAIN RFID

RAIN is a newly formed RFID alliance under the umbrella of AIM (Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility) charged with the promotion and global standardization of the UHF GEN2 RFID specification (ISO 18000-63).  RAIN is open to any organization looking to add members. It curently consists of: Google, Intel, Impinj and Smartrac as the founding members.  …

In an effort to increase sales, or sometimes simply compete, many companies resort to heavy discounting.   While this sometimes achieves the immediate goals of increasing sales revenues, the long-term consequence is a devaluing of the product within the channel and eroding margins. With your toughest competition a click away, the value of customer loyalty is …

I have had the opportunity to plan and execute many small-to-medium sized networking events. These events feature a product showcase as well as networking opportunities.  Through my experience in producing these events, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to effectively network. Real networking starts before the event.  Here’s a great example. One of my …

Scheduling “Think time” in our daily agendas doesn’t seem like a priority, however it is very important to assign time to do nothing but think so that you can understand and strategize about what is most important to you and your business. Earlier this month, I was reviewing what I had to complete for our …

Yesterday, Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, announced two new products: Office for iPad and Enterprise Mobility Suite. Both are exciting new products that reveal Microsoft’s dedication to leading the consumer and enterprise mobility space.  Office for iPad is getting the most press coverage because it shows a departure from traditional thinking as Microsoft is focusing on …

People love choices.  Choices increase competition and innovation.  This is happening in POS right now as there are more viable operating system options than ever before. Much of this is driven by the increased competition in the retail and hospitality spaces.  Companies are working harder than ever to win the sale.  Customer engagement is top …

By now, perhaps you have heard of the “Above the Line” and “Below the Line” accountability of the “Oz Principle”. This principle states there is a thin line that separates success from failure. Below the line lies excuse making, blaming, confusion and helplessness. Above the line is a sense of reality, ownership, commitment and solution …

As businesses grow and develop, it is very important that they form a strong team that can work well together. That is what happens at BlueStar, where we have a global team that is physically based in different regions but works very well together keeping up with the communication and generation of ideas to continue …

As a result of the recent Credit Card breaches announced by Target and Nieman Marcus, there appears to be strong push by the credit companies, retailers and banks to institute a counterfeit protection measure in the United where fraud seems to be rampant when compared to Europe and Asia. Most of the world has instituted …