Tech Thursday (10/18): QuickBooks POS Goes Mobile with GoPayment * Lenovo New ThinkCentre M78 * Visa’s 2012 Small Business Cash Management Survey * HP’s Two New LaserJet Printer Series

New QuickBooks Point of Sale Goes Mobile With GoPayment

 

Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 Delivers Big for Business with Advanced Processing Power

 

Visa’s ‘2012 Small Business Cash Management Survey’

 

HP Introduces Two New LaserJet Printer Series

 

 

New QuickBooks Point of Sale Goes Mobile With GoPayment

 

 

Liberates Small Retailers to Take Mobile Payments With Robust Tools to Run Brick and Mortar Stores


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. –– With QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013, small business retailers can now use the latest mobile technology to maximize sales both in and out of the store without sacrificing the powerful tools they need to run their business.

The newest point-of-sale product from Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) integrates with GoPayment, the company’s mobile payment processing application. Together, the products form one of the only robust mobile point-of-sale solutions specifically designed for the nation’s 2.8 million small retailers. Using QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013, retailers can:

  • Maximize sales by accepting credit cards in the aisle or on the go at street fairs and trade shows using GoPayment on the most popular smartphones and tablets.
  • Make better business decisions with detailed reporting and powerful tools to track inventory, sales, customers and employees.
  • Grow their business, giving brick-and-mortar retailers a new way to better serve customers while offering micro businesses room to expand from a mobile-only retailer to a store front owner.

Never Miss a Sale – In and Out of the Store

QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013 helps retailers never miss a sale by integrating with GoPayment. The free GoPayment app comes with a card reader that plugs into the audio jack of an iPhone, iPad and iPod
Touch as well as the most popular Android devices. Users can quickly swipe a card to process payment, send an email or text receipt with a map of where the transaction took place and automatically charge the correct sales tax using geolocation.

The sales and inventory data from GoPayment integrate seamlessly with QuickBooks Point of Sale, storing all current sales and inventory data in one spot. Users can also automatically populate inventory
items within QuickBooks Point of Sale into the GoPayment app, eliminating the need to do it manually.

Manage and Track Your Business

QuickBooks Point of Sale offers retailers the powerful tracking and management tools they need to effectively run their business and make smart business decisions. Retailers can:

  • Track inventory and set automatic re-order points
  • Manage customer’s contact information and send personalized emails and gift cards
  • Access business reports to get unique insight into how the business is doing
  • Track employees’ hours and pay commissions
  • Manage and monitor business results for up to 20 stores from one location
  •  Ring up sales faster with a complete set of optional, integrated retail hardware, including a receipt printer, bar code scanner, credit card reader and cash drawer

Pricing and Availability

QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013 software starts at $1,099.95 with the option to buy a complete set of integrated retail hardware. The free GoPayment app and card reader work on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as the most popular Android devices. Discount rates start as low as 1.64 percent.

 

Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 Delivers Big for Business with Advanced Processing Power

 

Affordable Desktop packages Performance, Security and Energy Savings



RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Lenovo has announced the latest addition to its flagship M Series desktop PC line – the ThinkCentre M78 – designed for medium to large businesses. Featuring the latest AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), the ThinkCentre M78 gives business professionals a reliable PC with powerful performance, a high level of security and energy efficiency.

“Professionals in medium to large businesses need dependable, productive and secure desktops to meet the day-to-day rigors of workplace demands,” said Su Lijun, executive director, global desktop marketing, Lenovo. “We built the ThinkCentre M78 to last, equipping it with great performance, security and energy-saving features in one device.”

Advanced Processing Technology

Equipped with the latest AMD A-Series APUs and up to 32GB DDR3 memory, the ThinkCentre M78 improves productivity in the workplace with accelerated performance for quicker web browsing, smooth video playback/ video conferencing and multitasking of software programs and applications.

Available in a traditional tower or small form factor, the ThinkCentre M78 features Lenovo’s RapidBoot HDD Accelerator, for speedy boot up times. Other productivity enhancements on the M78 include support for up to three independent monitors so users can run multiple programs simultaneously. The desktop can easily transfer data with four native USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, which delivers 10x the data transfer rate of Hi-Speed USB1.

The ThinkCentre M78 also provides users world-class security and dependability. It includes USB port disablement to defend against data theft and TPM 1.2 with enhanced data protection to help keep proprietary work files safe. With its Intelligent Cooling Engine, the ThinkCentre M78 operates quietly and stays cool to offer extreme reliability, ultimately helping to extend the PC’s life.

Pricing and Availability

The ThinkCentre M78 will be available starting this month through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com. Pricing starts at approximately $449.

 

Visa’s ‘2012 Small Business Cash Management Survey’


Survey of 600+ Small Business Owners reveals process of managing everyday finances and planning for the future keep business owners awake at night.

 

A survey recently released by Visa, the ‘2012 Small Business Cash Management Survey‘ takes a look into what small business owners think about their finances, cash
management, and outlook on sales.

In the survey, Visa found the following:

  • Nearly seven out of ten small business owners who accept and/or use payment cards say cards have improved their cash management process*, an increase of 23 percent since the survey was last conducted in 2010
  • Business credit/debit card use shows significant forward momentum, with *33 percent of respondents reporting they expect to increase their use of payment cards in the next 12-18 months

For more information on the 2012 Small Business Cash Management Survey, visit http://corporate.visa.com/newsroom/media-kits/small-business.shtml. To learn more about Visa’s suite of small business products and services, please visit www.visa.com/smallbusiness.

 

 

HP Introduces Two New LaserJet Printer Series

 

HP Improves Color Quality, Efficiency with LaserJet Printers for Small to Midsized Businesses


PALO ALTO, Calif., – HP today announced two new LaserJet printers designed for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) that allow them to easily create professional-quality color documents. Built-in document management features streamline business processes, saving SMBs time and
money.

The HP LaserJet Pro 200 color M251 Series

An asset to any SMB looking for a desktop printer to produce documents in brilliant color for client or internal use, all at fast print speeds. Easy-to-use features such as the touchscreen and walk-up USB port provide immediate access to print jobs, allowing users to manage documents directly on the device. The printer also simplifies wireless connection set-up with HP Auto Wirelessconnect.

M251 Series

The HP LaserJet Pro 200 color MFP M276 Series

Streamline paper-based tasks with built-in print, scan, copy and fax functionality, accessible directly from the device’s color touchscreen or the walk-up USB port. By scanning and saving documents to their network or email, users are given quick access to materials that are securely stored in the cloud.

Both devices increase overall office productivity and efficiency with features including HP Business Apps, which allow users direct access to web-content using the touchscreen display; HP ePrint,(2) for on-the-go printing from virtually anywhere; and Wireless Direct,(3) for direct printing from Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices. HP customer-focused innovations such as HP Smart Install(4) provides easy set-up without the need for a CD, and Auto-On/Auto-Off,(5) keeps energy costs low.

Availability of the HP LaserJet Pro 200 color M251 series and the HP LaserJet Pro 200 color MFP M276 series varies by country. Additional information about new HP imaging and printing devices is available at
www.hp.com.

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About Carolyn Crummey

Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (www.virtasktic.com), an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.