Total Eclipse

In case you hadn’t heard, (and you would have had to have been living on the moon to avoided the news) today is the total eclipse of the sun. In many parts of the country, across a 65 mile swath cutting across the US and the globe, the new moon will move between the earth and the sun, which’ll block out the sun’s rays and cast a giant shadow across the earth. It’ll be pretty spectacular and it’s a relatively rare occurrence, the first in 99 years!  

Read More

A Change is Coming

Starting this Fall, a big change is coming to the way we do business, transact money, use and consider coins. Pocket change, as we know it, is about to see a significant decline in your establishment and life, thanks to the new Pockit app. And this has nothing to do with the progressive and steady changes we’ve seen in the financial landscape, thanks to the proliferation of credit and debit cards over the last few decades. This is something new, entirely.

Read More

Giving Is Its Own Reward

You know the deep satisfaction you feel when you get something for free. Like, those coupons for $5 off anything you want the next time you shop, or a free cup of coffee or dinner on your birthday.  An upgrade to first class when you’re anticipating a long, cramped ride in coach. Buy three tires and the fourth one’s free. They may be marketing gimmicks, but they work.  Some are associated with loyalty programs like frequent flyer miles, and some are used to help move merchandise or bring you back to that  store. No matter the merchant’s motivation, you feel like you’ve gotten a little something extra and who doesn’t like that?

Read More

And by POS, I mean...

Have you noticed how many new types of point-of-sale systems there are out there these days? How many new and different ways to pay for things? The number of apps that enable transactional capabilities through your smartphone, or watch, fitness device, jewelry and even fashion. I’m dating myself, but I remember when all there were were cash registers.

Read More

Rewards Aren’t Just For Heaven

 

In honor of Mother’s Day and to all the moms who raised and nurtured us, Many Thanks for all you do and all you’ve taught and given us.

My mom always said ‘you’ll get your rewards …. In heaven!’ as a way to defer the ones I thought I deserved there and then. And although I now believe that mom DID know best, back then waiting for some day that sounded so far in the future seemed interminable, and just not my style.

Read More

Giving for Good

“CARE organized more than 75,000 Village Savings and Loan groups from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, with a total of more than 1.6 million members. Each member (70% are women) contributes as little as 10 cents to the pot each week, and the combined funds are then lent to fellow members to start businesses. Between 1991 and 2008 these Village Savings and Loans from 21 countries in sub-Saharan Africa lent $84 million, at an average of $25 per loan.”

Read More

Coins Count

It’s a wonderful thing to have so many payment choices but there are lots of good reasons to consider cash.  There’s the simplicity of it all.  It’s accepted virtually everywhere and it’s an excellent tool for managing your money. Put a $20 bill in your pocket and, (unless you cheat and pull out the plastic,) you’re virtually assured of spending no more than that in the course of your travels. There’s a more deliberate consciousness associated with cash because of its perceived and very real value.

Read More

Loyalty

It’s interesting to see loyalty at the very heart of today’s headlines as it’s not something that’s explored nearly often enough. We think about it in the context of our canine friends and figure, with enough treats and attention, we can assume their loyalty. Having even one ‘good and loyal’ friend, lets us consider ourselves blessed beyond belief. As an employer, it’s a comfort and relief to have employees whom you count on as reliable and loyal. As a merchant, there is nothing more valuable than a loyal customer.

Read More

If it’s FREE, it’s for me!

Something that drove me crazy when I had a small store were the fees you pay the banks and credit card companies for the privilege of taking a customer’s payments. It’s hard enough when you’re a small business owner; between keeping the store maintained, inventory and equipment management, operations, customer service, loss control, accounting and everything in between, feels like you’re working all the time with everybody else getting a share of the profits.

Read More

Pockit - Winter Park

Winter Park, Florida, near its more well-known sister city, Orlando, is one of the loveliest little areas in North America.  Elegant and full of cultural activities and experiences, this little slice of small town America offers everything from the world’s largest collection of Tiffany art to exquisite botanical gardens. From museums to sculpture gardens, scenic boat tours to amid historic landmarks, farmers markets and theatre, Winter Park is a small suburb with big city sensibilities.

Read More

Stash That Cash

As someone who has started a few entrepreneurial ventures, the good money is always on looking for new ideas and advances in technology that may help facilitate growth in business. These days, there’s so much development coming in the area of mobile technology that it takes a very special app to break through the clutter. Sometimes it's the simplest and most obvious solutions to everyday problems that become apparent once technology catches up to it.

Read More