Many small businesses are ditching traditional POS systems in favor of mobile app-based technologies that offer convenience and flexibility at a low price. For food truck operators who are constantly on the move and small-business owners who may not have much in the way of startup capital, these mobile options may seem like a perfect solution. However, most app-based payment solutions lack the durability and extra features that full-featured POS systems offer. I interviewed Jared Isaacman, CEO of POS provider Harbortouch, about why mobile isn’t always the answer.
Why are mobile apps not a replacement for full-featured POS systems?
Most mobile apps only allow you to swipe cards for payment and offer limited capabilities beyond that basic function. POS systems, on the other hand, streamline a merchant’s entire operations while providing countless time- and money-saving features. POS systems deliver advanced reporting functionality to empower merchants with valuable information about their operations, enabling them to make more informed business decisions. (read more…)
Wendy’s is streamlining its corporate IT systems by integrating Esri Business Analyst into its reporting at new locations. The geographic information systems software will help the quick-service chain in conducting market analyses and selecting new sites. “The company’s decision to integrate GIS as a scalable technology within its existing systems means that any staff member, from marketing to design, can gain the benefits of mapping intelligence without any training and at any time,” said Simon Thompson, Esri’s director of commercial business.
The software utilizes customized analytics, Esri demographics data and server GIS applications to create a mapping interface that allows staff to have easy access to sales records, demographics and other reports from any of the more than 6,500 existing chain locations. The new system also gives the company the ability to create predictive models and analyze potential restaurant cannibalization at new and existing restaurants, which span across America, the U.S. (read more…)
It has been two years since the Institute of Medicine released its report on vitamin D that said scientific evidence supported its role in bone health but not much else. It quashed a multitude of early hopes that the sunshine vitamin might prevent cancer and improve health across a variety of medical issues, and for some time afterward, it was relatively quiet on the research front.
A new spate of studies has erupted recently, however, again suggesting vitamin D has a role in preventive and acute health care. A quick search of the SmartBrief archive turned up more than a dozen reports over two months linking vitamin D to strong gums, physical fitness, preventing long hospital stays, tuberculosis, diabetes, colds, prostate cancer, asthma and fractures.