Call 1-800-348-5545 LinkedIn

Self-Checkout: Helping or Hurting?

April 17th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Remember when self-checkout lines were scary, foreign objects in your local supermarket? People’s opinions were typically “Why should I scan my own groceries when I’m paying cashiers’ salaries?” Well, that sentiment seems to be a thing of the past. Not only grocery stores but CVS, Home Depot, and even IKEA have recently implemented self-scan machines. (Home Depot’s self-serve checkouts even accept PayPal!) It seems Americans enjoy the idea of checkout independence. Many argue that it saves the customer time through shorter lines, and allows employees to be more effective by overseeing more registers and spending more time on customer service. A study published by NCR in 2008 showed 72% of […]

Read More >

Escaping the Password

April 10th, 2012 at 9:39 am

Let’s face it. We have too much to remember. There are days we all stumble out of bed and barely remember to grab the keys on the way to the car. The last thing we need is dozens of passwords to memorize, but we’re warned never to use the same one twice or use one that anyone could ever guess. Add to that the sites that have specific requirements – your password must be twenty characters long and include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and at least one ancient Egyptian hieroglyph – and we’ve got no chance of ever remembering them all. It’s no wonder so many people end up […]

Read More >

Come a Little Closer: The Rise of Near Field Communications (NFC)

March 13th, 2012 at 11:33 am

Near Field Communications (NFC) is quickly becoming commonplace in America. Most smartphone providers have enabled the application, and many businesses are utilizing its features, even to the point of mobile payments. So what exactly is NFC? NFC is a system that uses RFID (tags that are placed on physical items, or ingrained in images) and allows two way communication between endpoints. Data exchange and various transactions can take place using NFC, just by bringing these tags in the proximity (4cm or less) of an NFC enabled device – like your smartphone. The major difference between NFC and Bluetooth is that NFC has a shorter range, is slightly slower, uses less […]

Read More >

Mobile Wallets: Future or Fad?

February 28th, 2012 at 9:20 am

Near Field Communication (NFC) is quickly taking hold in the United States, and with it commerce has seen the rise of mobile wallets. What is a mobile wallet, you say? It’s an application for smartphones that allows a short, rapid transmission of credit card information to a receiving source, eliminating the need to swipe or even carry a credit card. We all know that people love their phones. To some they’ve essentially become an extra appendage. So naturally another excuse to show them off to the world seems to be met with praise and excitement. Using phones as temporary credit cards allows convenience for customers, faster-moving lines at cash registers, […]

Read More >

Search The Blog
View Our Resources
© M.M. Hayes Co., Inc. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Sitemap
M.M. Hayes Co., Inc.