Work $marter, Not harder with backOffice Software™

July 20, 2017

An interesting read from NACS Daily as it speaks of Wal-Mart stores using a “machine” to count their currency as opposed to an employee. Nobody wants to see lost jobs, however our ‘machines’ can greatly improve the bottom line. Running a business is hard. Running a small business is even harder.  

“Small Business” is a term that I believe is relative.  I remember years ago my friend owned a 79′ Chris Craft Yacht and his young son felt oh so proud that his daddy had such a HUGE boat.  But when my friend took his boat to Miami the young son said,

“Daddy!  Look at that boat – it’s so BIG”.

Mr. H said “Son, there’s always a bigger boat”.  

This is true for so many things.  There’s always a bigger business, a bigger store or a bigger budget.  The goal is to be successful no matter the size of your business. 

So, what’s the point in all of this?  Like Wal-Mart, don’t pay an employee to do a job that can be done [in a fraction of the time, at a fraction of the cost] by a machine.  The machine you need for your business is backOffice™ Software from Insight Retail Software.   

Do NOT have an employee spending hours………..

  • receiving an order from your vendor – use our EDI Module.
  • entering and attempting to submit data to Altria for Scan Data Incentive – use our Scan Data Service
  • entering and attempting to submit data to RJR for Scan Data Incentive – use our Scan Data Service
  • changing 100’s of Cigarette prices one at a time – use our GROUP CHANGE feature
  • wondering if your margins are correct – use our backOffice™ Software Reports

……. and the list goes on and on.

Our backOffice™ Software [AKA The Machine] will pay for itself in a very short time. Remember, Wal-Mart started with one store in Newport, Arkansas. They were a “Small Business”.

Chief

 Call Chris @ 518-633-4111 x 108 for more information.


Article from Nacs Daily – click here

 

SO MAYBE THE ROBOTS REALLY ARE COMING

Increasingly, more retailers are automating certain workplace tasks.
July 20, 2017

​NEW YORK – When a Walmart store began using the Cash360 machine to count currency, and digitally deposit the money at the bank, the retailer also replaced a task previously assigned to a human, who made $13 an hour counting cash and tracking the accuracy of the store’s book, writes the Wall Street Journal.

“They think it will be a more efficient way to process the money,” the employee, who has worked with Walmart for a decade, told the news source.

Nearly 4,700 of Walmart’s U.S. stores have a Cash360 machine, notes the Journal, which is making thousands of positions obsolete. Employees whose job function has been replaced by the machine have moved to other positions or left the company. “The role of service and customer-facing associates will always be there,” Judith McKenna, Walmart’s U.S. chief operating officer, told the news source, adding, “there are interesting developments in technology that mean those roles shift and change over time.”

Meanwhile, some economists say that many retail jobs can and should be automated. A 2015 Citi Research report found that two-thirds of U.S. retail jobs are at “high risk” of disappearing by 2030. “The primary predictor for automation is how routine a task is,” said Ebrahim Rahbari, an economist at Citi Research. “A big issue is that retail is a sizable percentage of the workforce.”

The Journal writes that self-checkout lanes “can replace cashiers. Autonomous vehicles could handle package delivery or warehouse inventory. Even more complex tasks like suggesting what toy or shirt a shopper might want could be handled by a computer with access to a shopper’s buying history, similar to what already happens online today.”

Automation is filtering through the retail industry. For example, Home Depot has self-checkouts in most stores and is testing handheld scanners for larger items like lumber. “We want to simplify the stores so that we can free up our associates…so they can focus on selling,” Carol Tomé, CFO of Home Depot, told the Journal.

CNBC also reports that half of American jobs are at risk from automation, according to a new study by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research. “How Vulnerable are American Communities to Automation, Trade, and Urbanization?” combines several recent studies on employment trends to present a stark view of the future job situation for certain parts of the United States, notes the news source.


Budweiser Unveils New State Packaging featuring 11 States.

July 12, 2017

Budweiser announced it’s NEW STATE PACKAGING!  11 States will see their state name on Budweiser cans and bottles!  How cool is that?  Well it’s awesome for retail sales but the back office person may be thinking……..

“OH NO – Will these products have a NEW BARCODE?  

If so, this will take forever to enter!

What about my inventory?  This is a nightmare!”  

Nope, backOffice Software™ makes this task easy with our alternate PLU feature.  Although Budweiser doesn’t always change their PLU with a packaging change, this is a good reminder that you don’t have to fret over new products –  enter it, sell it, profit from it!  backOffice Software™  will handle these changes smoothly and report your sales accurately.

To our customers in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia, enjoy your cool cans!

Here’s the press release from Budweiser!


Budweiser Unveils New State Packaging Inspired by its 12 Local Breweries Across the Country

America’s Favorite Full-Flavored Classic Lager Extends its Patriotic Summer Packaging Lineup to Include State Bottles and Cans

NEW YORK (July 6, 2017) – Beginning today, 11 states will see their namesake on Budweiser bottles and cans as part of the brand’s latest evolution of its iconic summer packaging. Available today through the end of September, Budweiser’s newest look celebrates the local states Budweiser and its breweries call home.

Since 1876, Budweiser has been proudly brewed across America and its new state packaging pays tribute to the 12 breweries that relentlessly produce America’s No. 1 full-flavored classic lager. The packaging will be specific to California (featuring two Budweiser breweries), Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

“Our new state bottles and cans celebrate the homes of our breweries and the communities that support them,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “Since 1876, Budweiser has been proudly brewed across America, and this summer, we’re inviting local consumers to raise a cold one with us.”

On shelves from July to September 2017, 11 different states will enjoy their own custom packaging, each featuring custom copy changes as inspired by each local backdrop, including:

  • “Budweiser” on cans and bottles being replaced with each state name
  • The center medallion “AB” monogram updated with  state initials
  • “King of Beers” swapped to include  each individual state motto
  • “Anheuser-Busch Inc.” replaced with each state nickname

 

Read the entire Press Release from Budweiser here. [if you are over 21]

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Security Alert — WannaCry (AKA WannaCrypt) Ransomware

May 16, 2017

Thank you Sterling Payment Technologies for this information.

Security Alert — WannaCry (AKA WannaCrypt) Ransomware

May 16, 2017

Data security is top priority to Sterling.  We periodically send new and critical Data Security Alerts regarding security threats and best practices to help protect payment card data. Data Security Alerts may be useful in assisting stakeholders with valuable information for mitigating security risks.

On Friday, May 12, new malware was detected called “WannaCry.”  This malware is a very dangerous Trojan virus called “ransomware.”  The virus in effect holds the infected computer hostage and demands the victim pay a ransom to regain access to the files on his or her computer.

WannaCry is the most severe malware attack so far this year and is far from over.  The attack began sweeping globally last Friday,  and researchers estimate that nearly 57,000 computers in more than 150 countries were infected by end of day Friday.  As of this morning, more than 200,000 systems around the world are believed to have been infected.

What exactly does WannaCry do?  WannaCry works by encrypting most or all the files on a user’s computer.  Then, the software demands that a ransom be paid in order to have the files decrypted.  The software demands that the victim pay a ransom of $300 in bitcoins at the time of infection.  If the user doesn’t pay the ransom within three days, the amount doubles to $600.  After seven days without payment, WannaCry will delete all of the encrypted files and all data will be lost.

Unfortunately, there is no fix for WannaCry at this time.  Antivirus companies and cybersecurity experts are working to find ways to decrypt files on infected computers, but it is not available right now.

What you can do:  Ransomware spreads through malicious attachments in emails, so avoid clicking on links or opening attachments from unknown sources.

Regardless of which operating system you run, you should install  all available security updates immediately.  Specifically, Windows users with machines that run Windows XP, Windows 8 or Windows Server 2003 should immediately install the security update from Microsoft that was released on Friday.

 

For more information from Microsoft, please visit this link to learn more and find security patches: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/
For more information from the United States Department of Homeland Security, please visit this link: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA17-132A


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