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Trends in Play: Consumers Crave Convenience

money changing_handsWorldwide trends--toward convenience, rapid action, digital integration, and away from cash--in payment systems continue to play out in the latest news. Here are a few items that reinforce the movements "The Payoff" earlier described in more detail:


Amazon Grows Up, Pays Use Tax

amazontaxOne of Amazon's advantages over physical retailers has been that its sales have largely been free of state sales tax. That just changed.


Modest Ambitions

square-picture-300x283This week several news items speak to relatively modest ambitions of companies working in payment systems: rather than perfection over a wide domain, they seem to aim at incremental gains.


Qthru Aims for a Different Self Check-Out

qthru-1-300x237Convenience is consumers' paramount value, at least as it has appeared in recent installments of "The Payoff". Seattle-area startup Qthru offers a new variant on the in-store shopping experience, with a priority on convenience.


Innovation at check-out

checkoutline"I hate waiting in checkout lines" has its own Facebook page. So does "I Hate Self Checkout!!!" Are your customers stuck in those negative vibes?


JCPenney "all-in": RFID, M-POS, Self-Checkout, More

selfcheckoutJCPenney (JCP) CEO Ron Johnson promised to build on his successes as a retailer at Target and Apple to re-fashion the long-faltering department chain. Whether he's eventually judged successful or not, credit Johnson for a serious effort.


From the Top - Dennis Harrison

dennis harrisDennis Harrison of GS1 Food Services talks with Scott Koegler at GS1 Connect 2012 in Las Vegas, about initiatives underway to increase food safety and product information for food products destined for restaurants, institutions, and other crate-level delivery users.


From the Top - Scott Bolduc - SPS Commerce

scott bolducScott Bolduc of SPS Commerce talks about trends in EDI and Supply Chain activity with Scott Koegler, editor of, at GS1 Connect 2012 in Las Vegas.





Analysis of “Accounting for EDI Development Costs” Survey recently asked you to provide feedback regarding your view of development costs associated with EDI processes and systems. The results are interesting but not particularly surprising. What is disappointing about the overall results is that the majority of respondents talk about the negative aspects of spending rather than about the potentially enabling technologies they are putting into place.

Retail Payment Systems - Are You Ready?

nfcpaymentsYou're already on top of how your business works now; what you need is to know ahead of time how it will work in coming years. For that, study payment systems.


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