Let the Revelry Begin!

We’ve been invited to Revelry and we couldn’t be more excited!

If you’re unfamiliar with the event, it’s an annual, national sales conference sponsored by RevelⓇ Systems in which they invite hundreds of trusted partners, clients and merchants to meet & mingle, showcase their brands, work together to solve day-to-day challenges and learn what’s on the horizon in future point-of-sale advances. And this year, that’s the Pockit app!

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

I could say a lot about the last week of my life in Florida. The relentless howling shriek of the winds Sunday night and the preternatural stillness of Monday. The next 5 days of hot, sticky weather and dark, powerless days and nights.  No hot showers or coffee. (AND it was my birthday!) Then the generators and chainsaws and the creative solutions to everyday occurrences done without power or running water (or toilets). And then, finally, the power came back on and the house cooled and the fridge started churning out ice again and all was right with the world.

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Labor Day

Labor Day has many meanings and manifestations, but only one origin in the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor reports our annual, national holiday is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Of course for many of us, there are the last days of summer BBQs and the amazing sales on virtually everything from fashion to furniture and, best of  all, a three day holiday weekend with that rare Monday off from work and school!

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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!  

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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