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Small Business Insight

Who is VMS? What Can We Do For Your Business Today?

When it comes to running a business, the main elements business owners focus on are providing services to their customers, clients and employees to provide the necessary services needed. If your new or growing business never thought about the need for electronic payments, credit card processing or other mobile payment solutions, website or logo creation, that is where VMS comes in.

Why Online Ordering Is Better Than Uber Eats, Grub Hub OR Door Dash

Setting up your online ordering with your own delivery service for your restaurant will keep more money in your small business pocket, instead of paying the 30% to a delivery service like Uber Eats, Grub Hub or Door Dash. Setting up your online ordering from a website or even from a business facebook page or other social media is really simple. Another plus with online ordering is that the orders reliably get to your staff because there is no middle man. When the ordering is done directly to the restaurant, your business is directly interacting with the customer and building a relationship with them while having total control over everything, from getting the food ready to knowing where it needs to go. You can decide whether to put delivery drivers on-staff, or have one of your employees ready to go for delivery, when the calls come in, depending on the location and needs of your business. The great news is you can figure the delivery fee into the bill and pass that fee onto your customer(s) without ever losing any of your return on investment (Cost of food and time you put in preparing the food.)

Many restaurant owners are not aware of how beneficial online ordering would be for their restaurant and unfortunately they think their only option is to use a third-party delivery service to give their customers the convenience that they're interested in. If you have a menu that travels well and fits in with delivery cuisine, then online ordering is an option worth considering.

Clover™ Flex for Food Trucks – Payment As Convenient As Your Food Service

The food truck as we know and love it today has revolutionized the way we eat and seized the imaginations of thousands of small business owners across the country. From gumbo on-the-go to take-out tacos, street food has never been so popular and it's an industry that shows no signs of stopping.

Street food is as convenient as it is delicious, but if you aren't offering your customers a convenient way to pay, you could be losing more customers than you think. In a society that is becoming increasingly dependent on mobile payment services and less so on cash, it makes sense for any food truck owner to explore alternative payment methods that make life easier and attract more customers as a direct result.

There was a time when these services were prohibitively expensive and only a viable option for larger retailers. Today, thanks to advances in technology and mobile connectivity, POS systems have become faster, better and more affordable. Most importantly, they are now readily available for the mobile business owner.

The Square Versus a Traditional Merchant Services Company

Business owners have to be careful when choosing their credit card processing company. You need reliable, affordable service that offers excellent customer service, otherwise, you can lose customers of your own. Many small to mid-size businesses are choosing mobile credit card services like Square to handle their transaction processing. This choice offers a number of advantages but also comes with some drawbacks.

Are You PCI Compliant?

Payment Card Industry Compliance, or PCI compliance, is vitally important to anyone accepting payment through credit card, in order to avoid fines and protect customers. The PCI security standards council (PCI SSC) was set up to ensure that all customers' data is stored properly and encrypted to protect the integrity of your business, and the safety of your customers.

The Three Most Commonly Used Credit Cards

 
Do you love to travel? Do you carry a huge balance? Do you enjoy earning cash back on everything you purchase? There's a credit card for that. Actually, many, many, many of them. If you have a mailing address, you're well aware that you have options galore when choosing the right credit card for you. Out of all the credit cards out there, here are the three most commonly used credit cards in the United States, based on consumers' search patterns and the number of applications.

5 Differences Between Female and Male–Run Businesses

Both men and women today are capable of starting and running highly successful businesses. However, despite the success of both male and female-run businesses, there are many differences between the two, beginning with the reason men and women start businesses to the management style to the ultimate goals of the business.

While these differences between male and female-run businesses certainly don't always apply to every business, several studies, including studies from the SBA, have reported significant differences inherent in many of the businesses operating today.

Amazon Go - Why You Want It

The future of shopping has arrived with the help of Amazon Go. Thanks to this new innovative shopping technology, Amazon has literally made shopping easy for its Prime members and it's expected to expand up to 3,000 stores by 2021. These innovative stores require no checkout. Prime members can now go to these stores and pick up the items they want without talking to anyone. All they have to do is walk into an Amazon Go store and the technology automatically charges the payment method they have on file in their Amazon Prime accounts. The best part about Amazon Go is that it has much you can leverage. Here are a few key benefits of using Amazon Go:

Credit Card Processing Pricing: Are You Getting Value For Money?

The most common form of credit card processing pricing is the tiered option. Depending on the nature of the transaction, the applicable fee can vary greatly -- making cost forecasts exceptionally difficult.

But there's another option for merchants, and it makes projecting the cost of credit card fees a lot easier. It's called "interchange" or "cost plus" pricing, and it's growing in popularity around the world.

Artificial Intelligence and Marketing


Are You missing out on new technology?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has leaped from the pages of science fiction novels into the marketing mainstream. Twenty-six percent of marketers say AI is the next big marketing trend, and it's clear to see why. Machine learning algorithms, predictive analytics, speech recognition apps -- big brands use these technologies to maximize their marketing. It's no wonder, then, that the global AI market is worth a massive $7.3 billion, according to one estimate. But just how can you this technology to grow your business?