1. This Organization Is Thriving
Walking among the new member reception Sunday night, I was struck by the many new application developers focused on retail, loyalty, engagement, and more. Having new software companies focused on the most significant trends breathes new life into the organization and help the entire ecosystem rise to new levels.
RSPA mission is to connect the POS (point of sale) ecosystem. Software developers who care about retail need to get involved in this organization. Education, member benefits, and networking opportunities more than make up for the very low cost of membership.
2. Stats On The Industry
3. A Focus On Data Security
Because there’s such a need for security knowledge and subject-matter expertise, the RSPA just added as a member benefit — a data security adviser. Nathan Sweaney of SecureIdeas is now an on-call resource for members who need advice on security best practices, liability, encryption, etc.
4. Garcia Talks Negotiation
Negotiation expert Bill Garcia took the stage for a keynote. Garcia has graced the RSPA stage a few times over the past 10 years. He always provides great education on how to negotiate which is useful in both one’s business and personal life. You can find great Garcia videos on Youtube if you’re interested in hearing some of his stuff. However, a couple of my favorite quotes:
- “Defend your value!”
- “Expect more, get more. Expect less, get less.”
- “Henry Ford said, ‘Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right’.”
- “Expectation impacts outcome.”
- “We teach people how to treat us.”
5. Shark Tank
The RSPA’s Strategic Technology Solutions committee hosted a Shark Tank-like session today, which allowed four up-and-coming app developers to get on stage and pitch their solutions to the crowd. The panel asked follow up questions and then the audience voted for the best solution. In my opinion, all four ISVs were winners. First, they all had great solutions that addressed common pain points felt by retailers and restaurateurs today. Second, these companies were able to get on stage for 5-10 minutes each and pitch their products to a room full of potential resellers and distribution partners — for free. Great publicity for them and great for the overall membership to see some cutting-edge solutions. Participating ISVs were Como (customer engagement/loyalty), AfterWords (dynamic customer surveys), Shopic (self-service checkout via your own mobile phone), and TruRating (customer survey with retailer data analytics). They all did an amazing job, but ultimately, TruRating was awarded the prize.
6. Building a Reseller Channel
7. Socialnomics’ Erik Qualman Keynote
8. RSPA Vendor of Excellence Awards
9. Mark Fraker Inspires
BlueStar’s Mark Fraker became the new Chairman of the RSPA Board. In this speech to the RSPA members, he paints a great picture of how the parts of this ecosystem depend on one another. Fraker is a big believer in the power and value of software developers as part of the ecosystem. This great speech is definitely worth your time to watch.