We want to provide you an update to the Smart Card / EMV requirements that will be implemented October, 2015.
You may remember from our notice last December that the Payment Card Industry has mandated a shift to smart card technologies in an effort to better protect cardholder information. Smart cards, also known as “chip and pin” or EMV, rely on technology based on an imbedded microchip in credit and debit cards. These cards will require a reader that will retrieve the consumer’s payment information from the chip instead of the traditional magnetic stripe.
Historically, the card brands (Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express®, Discover®, et al) assumed liability for fraudulent transactions. Beginning with the implementation of the new requirements, liability for fraudulent cards will shift to those merchants who do not upgrade their hardware to read smart cards. Only those merchants who install the Smart Card technology will be shielded from this liability and the burden to prove the validity of each transaction.
We have identified a couple of different EMV card reader options that are currently being tested. The devices are “smart” and have programming built in. This means we have to work with the manufacturers to coordinate communication between the device and our software. Until we know this is working properly, we won’t identify the brand or model of the test units. We are still on target to have our internal development and testing done by the end of the first quarter.
Each point of sale station will have a consumer facing reader which will allow the cardholder to retain possession of their card, thereby increasing security for you and the shopper. While there is no charge for the software enhancements, you will want to budget around $250 to $300 per station for the hardware.
Our partnership with National Processing Company has been a valuable asset in evaluating and making this change. Their levelheaded approach contrasts sharply to those processors who use “the sky is falling” rhetoric in an attempt to scare merchants into rash and reckless decisions. Additionally, this relationship enables us to provide you with one stop support if you ever encounter a processing related issue.
RMS Version 8.00J Program Changes on the February 2015 Update
The monthly update disc you receive from BSMGR for RMS contains a current copy of the Christian Books & More® database, new images, music samples and program changes. Remember to run IVDC after installing your update to reflect retail prices changes for your store’s inventory items. When that program completes, you can use IVL to print labels with the new prices.
As a reminder, each month’s update disc also includes a folder titled “Manual” that contains the current RMS manual. The file is in Microsoft Word format, and there is a free Word viewer program in the folder in case you don’t have a copy of Microsoft Word installed on your computer. For your convenience, the RMS program changes on this update are listed below.
NEW PROGRAM TO CAPTURE PRODUCT IMAGES USING A WEB CAM.
COIN ROLL ENHANCEMENT – CHANGED “ADD ROLL” BUTTON TO “+” AND “-” BUTTONS ALONG WITH A COUNTER FOR HOW MANY ROLLS HAVE BEEN ADDED. ALSO INCLUDED ROLL COUNT ON THE PRINT OUT.
SOME FEATURES RELEATED TO ELECTRONIC ORDERING DON’T WORK PROPERLY WHEN RUN FROM A THIN CLIENT SETTING. ADDED A WARNING WHEN THE PROGRAM STARTS IF A THIN CLIENT SETTING IS DETECTED.
NEW PROGRAM – RECEIVED REQUEST TO HAVE A SINGLE LOCATION TO SAVE IMPORTANT CONTACT INFO. USING THE SFRPT PROGRAM TO SHOW THE INFORMATION THAT IS SAVED IN THE FILE HELPINFO.TXT. THIS CAN BE EDITED WITH NOTEPAD AND EASILY VIEWED FROM ANY BSMGR STATION BY TYPING IN “HELP”.
NEW PROGRAM FOR ADDING IMAGES TO BUTTONS FOR VARIOUS SCREEN RESOLUTIONS.
ALWAYS USED IVM01. NOW USES THE SELECTED INVENTORY FILE.
REPORT WAS NOT INCLUDING START DATE.
SEND OUT AGAIN FOR REVERSE SORT DATE ENHANCEMENT.
ADDED SUPPORT FOR A LOCAL IMAGE.
ADDED FULL ORDER STL STOCK CHECK. ADDED BUTTON TO PERFORM A FULL ORDER STOCK CHECK WITH STL. YOU CAN DO A FULL INGRAM STOCK CHECK BY CHANGING THE APPROPRIATE FLAG TO “5” AND SENDING THE ORDER TO SEE WHAT WOULD BE FILLED. THIS NEW FEATURE ALLOWS YOU TO MOSTLY MIMIC THIS WITH STL. THE DIFFERENCE IS THE DISCOUNT IS NOT SPECIFIC TO YOUR STORE.
CYCLE COUNT TRIES TO PLAY THE “C:\WINDOWS\MEDIA\TADA.WAV” SOUND WHEN ITEM IS NOT FOUND ON CYCLE COUNT #1. IT ALSO CLEARS THE ITEM FIELD WHEN NOT FOUND AND PUTS IT IN A LIST BOX ON THE SCREEN WITH A 0 COUNT AND “NOT FOUND”.
ADDED SUPPORT FOR IMAGES ON BUTTONS.
VITALD FILE WAS NOT BEING NAMED USING PROFILES.
ADDED SUPPORT FOR IMAGES ON BUTTONS.
REMOVED DEBUG LINE. WHEN YOU CLICK THE “VIEW IN WORDPAD” BUTTON, A DEBUG MESSAGE WAS SHOWN.
THE STL AND NEWDAY INTERNET STOCK CHECKS HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN PROCESSED THROUGH BSMINET. THEY ARE NOW DONE WITH POSTHTTP AFTER THE INGRAM STOCK CHECK COMPLETES. ALSO, REMOVED STL-WEST WAREHOUSE SINCE IT HAS CLOSED. ALSO, ADDED A LINE FOR THE NEW PRINT-ON-DEMAND WAREHOUSE IN FRESNO, CA THAT OPENED IN JANUARY.
UPDATED FOR VERSION 8.0. ADDED GRADIENT BACKGROUND AND SCREEN SIZE AUTO-ADJUSTMENT.
Please contact us if you experience problems installing your update.