New Shopify Point of Sale System for Small Business - Small Business Trends

New Shopify Point of Sale System for Small Business - Small Business TrendsNew Shopify Point of Sale System for Small Business - Small Business TrendsPosted: 08 May 2020 09:07 AM PDT The new Shopify point of sale system readies small businesses post-pandemic.It helps merchants adapt and rebuild the future of retail, they say. And, it assists merchants in building and refining a solid omnichannel strategy.Shopify's POS will bring in-person and online sales into one convenient location. The system helps sellers stay resilient and flexible, the company says.New Shopify Point of Sale SystemPost COVID-19, small retailers face an abundanceof changes. Issues related to employee and customer health and safety are not going to disappear overnight.Hence the importance for omnichannel retail solutions. Omnichannel retailing brings together a store's physical and digital shops. So, customers can connect to a retailer's online and physical shopping platforms seamlessly.Further, Shopify …

Millersville University Selects ACI's New Student Payment Portal™ to Simplify Payments - Associated Press

Millersville University Selects ACI's New Student Payment Portal™ to Simplify Payments - Associated Press

Millersville University Selects ACI's New Student Payment Portal™ to Simplify Payments - Associated Press

Posted: 08 Apr 2019 05:54 AM PDT

NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 8, 2019--ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ:ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time  electronic payment and banking solutions, today introduced the ACI Student Payment Portal, part of its UP Bill Payment solution, which enables students and parents to securely manage and streamline college payments. Millersville University will utilize ACI's solution to help simplify payments and improve security.

A long-time ACI client, Lancaster County, Pa.-based Millersville University already enables students to easily make payments at 25 locations around campus, such as the gym, library, or when loading campus cards. With the need for a simple and more modern way for families to pay tuition with real-time integration into Ellucian Banner, the university plans to deploy ACI's new Student Payment Portal to accept tuition payments online. The Portal allows students and parents to pay their tuition in full and easily view bills, all through a modern mobile and web experience that prominently displays Millersville's brand.

"Students and parents want easier ways to pay tuition," said Amanda Flurry, director, Student Financial Services, Millersville University. "That means a mobile-first design, fewer clicks and a modern look and feel. ACI's new Student Payment Portal meets our families' expectations for a simpler way to pay, and several of the features, such as easy access for multiple family members, just make their lives easier, all while keeping payments secure."

"Across higher education, institutions are challenged to keep up with new student expectations and fight off cyber-attacks—with smaller budgets," said Joyce Kim, analyst, Education Technology, Ovum. "We see many institutions embracing next-generation technology to raise student satisfaction while bolstering security."

ACI's payment processing exceeds the industry average for security according to a Verizon business security assessment. Moreover, the cloud-based Student Payment Portal reduces costs, such as development and licensing fees, and it reduces staff time spent on payments by 19 percent, according to TechValidate research.

"A recent Aite study showed that 49 percent of Americans made a late higher education payment in the last 12 months," said Andrew Sajeski, leader, biller solutions, ACI Worldwide. "By making payment plans more convenient for students and parents, we can increase the number of on-time payments and improve student satisfaction. This launch of the Student Payment Portal builds on ACI's 35 years of serving the higher education industry with easy payment options."

More than 300 higher education institutions trust ACI Worldwide for improving student satisfaction and payments security with its campus commerce systems. On average, higher education institutions report a 24 percent increase in student satisfaction after partnering with ACI Worldwide, according to TechValidate research.

Millersville University, ACI Worldwide and Ellucian will present on simplifying payments at Ellucian Live on April 9 at 1:45pm. Meet ACI at Ellucian Live at booth #209, April 7-10.

About ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide, the  Universal Payments  (UP) company, powers  electronic payments  for more than 5,100 organizations around the world. More than 1,000 of the largest financial institutions and intermediaries, as well as thousands of global merchants, rely on ACI to execute $14 trillion each day in payments and securities. In addition, myriad organizations utilize our  electronic bill presentment and payment  services. Through our comprehensive suite of software solutions delivered on customers' premises or through ACI's private cloud, we provide real-time,  immediate payments  capabilities and enable the industry's most complete  omni-channel payments  experience. To learn more about ACI, please visit You can also find us on Twitter  @ACI_Worldwide.

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Loop Media, Inc. Launches Loop TV for Commercial Businesses - MarTech Series

Posted: 08 Apr 2019 04:09 AM PDT

Commercial Media Solutions Leader Delivers First Affordable Streaming Service for Businesses of Any Size

Loop Media, Inc., an innovative streaming media company focused on premium short-form video for businesses and consumers, announced the launch of Loop TV. The new technology provides a complementary product to the company's current Loop Screencast hardware and downloadable media system by making Loop's entire content library cloud-based, allowing customers to receive automatic digital software and content updates via smart TVs and low-cost connected devices. Loop TV is currently available on the Amazon Appstore and will soon be available on Roku devices, along with more apps and device support to be delivered throughout the year. Loop Screencast, originally developed by ScreenPlay, will continue to be marketed to businesses requiring an enterprise level audio, video and advertising solution.

"Loop Screencast is already being successfully implemented by clients including Yard House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bubba's 33 and Margaritaville to provide a premium music video experience. It's a valuable and well-known product we continue to champion for venues requiring multi-zone experiences"

"Loop Screencast is already being successfully implemented by clients including Yard House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bubba's 33 and Margaritaville to provide a premium music video experience. It's a valuable and well-known product we continue to champion for venues requiring multi-zone experiences," said Jon Niermann, CEO, Loop Media. "Loop TV, using the online Loop Business Portal and Loop stick, moves the entire buying and customer experience online and delivers a low-cost, plug-and-play solution for any sized retail location. It's a new solution for businesses looking for an incredibly simple way to entertain and engage customers, and build brand loyalty."

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Loop TV's service starts at $89 per month (or $119 including public rights obligations) and allows businesses to immediately stream curated music videos through an admin-controlled mobile app, to choose from a variety of human-curated and up-to-date playlists, or create their own. The UI also gives venues the freedom to seamlessly transition between on-demand videos and playlists with live channels. Loop TV is offering a trial rollout to the first 1,000 venues that sign up.

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Loop Screencast includes scheduling, which lets venues program specific playlists to begin and end at scheduled times throughout the day or week; List Mixer, allowing venues to intelligently curate their music and videos based on genres, eras, BPMs, etc.; and the Digital Ad Creator, letting venues promote F&B specials or event details onto their screens while still playing back music video content. Businesses can easily upload their own creative assets or create them from a provided library of creative content.

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Portal 6-year-old makes barbecue sauce - WTOC

Posted: 03 Apr 2019 01:54 PM PDT

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CJ Lovett has more cooking experience than the average six-year-old. He's the spokesperson and co-creator of his own barbecue sauce.

Dawn Foods' new chief digital officer shares key insights on digital engagement - bake Magazine

Posted: 04 Apr 2019 07:40 AM PDT

Bob Howland calls it an incredibly exciting time to serve in his new role as chief digital officer for Dawn Foods. In this newly created leadership position, Howland will play an instrumental role in engaging customers with Dawn's digital solutions. He is responsible for developing the company's long-term digital vision, engaging customers with digital solutions and leading its broad-reaching digital initiatives, which includes the following:

  • Drive Dawn's e-commerce business development.
  • Drive digital capabilities within Dawn.
  • Develop Dawn's digital strategy to transform the company and the baking industry.

What excites Howland, who joined Dawn earlier this year, starts with helping Dawn's bakery customers realize the full potential of their digital journey. More consumers than ever before are engaging with their favorite shops on a "hyper local level," and the path for bakeries is wide open. 

"I've been doing this for more than 20 years, working in industries ranging from chocolate to home goods, and I believe it comes down to three words: people, process and technology," says Howland, who previously served as executive vice president and general manager of Blueport Commerce, a Boston-based e-commerce platform for furniture, used by the largest retailers in North America. "The big part of this effort is the people. It is about change management, helping people know the potential for what digital could mean to their business, and understand the differences of consumer behavior. The opportunity to change tends to be very rewarding."

Based on his lengthy experience, Howland says it's less about the online tools and more about the wealth of opportunities ahead to more fully engage with consumers.

"Bakers can have more customer engagement if they can enable customers in more ways to shop and engage with their bakery," he says. "Beyond their consumer website, we need to help them establish their local footprint. In today's world, there is much more mobile engagement between consumers and their preferred shops. Bakers tell us, 'I want to make sure my shop comes up as the top search result.' Social media is one example of a way to be more fully engaging with consumers, by giving a face to the baker that goes beyond the product."

Bob Howland, the new chief digital officer for Dawn Foods

In one key project announced earlier this year, Dawn is using the initial phase of its new Dawn Bakery Business Portal to test, learn and gain insights for a deeper dive into the next phase. The Bakery Business Portal was introduced in a test phase in the Chicago market where a group of 8 to 10 retail bakeries use this portal as a virtual storefront where consumers order fresh bakery products that they pick up and pay for at the retail bakery store.

"These efforts have gone very well. A few have seen a pretty significant percentage of orders made online, and still others are working to create more," Howland says. "At the end of June, we plan to expand the next phase to 30 to 50 bakeries, as we continue to learn more and partner more fully with Dawn customers. More deployments give us a richer understanding of who's doing it well, what's working and why. We are creating a community where bakers can share through Dawn, and I think that will go far."

So what has Dawn learned so far?

"The clear message I've heard from bakers is help me today," he says. "Bakeries focus on today and tomorrow, so it is important that we respect where bakers are coming from. They want to communicate with Dawn in real time, 24/7."

Bakers have expressed the desire to place online orders for bakery ingredients. This is another goal for Dawn to make happen. Howland says that many have stated their wish to order from Dawn just as they might do already from places like Amazon or Walmart: Create a list of needs that you add to your shopping cart, and simply click the order button when you are ready. "They tell us, 'I really want that with Dawn,'" he says. "Online ordering will free them to engage more fully with their Dawn rep."

As a result, Dawn customers will have more time to share relevant information and plan for key trends from Dawn consumer insights about where their business is heading. "By tying data into the experience, so many bakers have a handle on the opportunity ahead for them."

Digital transformation presents new opportunities for small and medium size businesses (SMBs), and according to a 2018 Visa study, 52% of consumers surveyed say they would prefer to shop exclusively online. Further, 80% mention that digital-related benefits such as an easy-to-use website and digital loyalty program are motivating factors when deciding where to shop.

Based on his experience, Howland says he would guess that even higher percentages of consumers would want such digital engagement with their local bakery.

Prior to Blueport Commerce, he held positions focused on e-commerce and marketing at companies such as Spencer Partners, GSI Commerce, The Vanguard Group, GE Capital and American Express. He holds a master's in business administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Looking ahead, Howland envisions an exciting future for bakers who embrace the wide-ranging capabilities of digital and the full power of change management.

"The world we live in is about having fingers on keyboards or screens, but the world we are quickly going to will be all around voice-activation," he points out. Thus, a consumer might speak into their phone, 'Does ABC Bakery have the products I want?'

"We are there today," Howland says. "The question for us is how does Dawn further that opportunity. It is so exciting to be in an organization that has its finger on the pulse at the ground floor. It's a phenomenal opportunity: How do we help shape the future of digital engagement in bakery?"


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