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"How Retailers Are Taking Your Money This Holiday" ft. Visa

The title is a bit hyperbolic, but let's be honest with ourselves, when a retailer takes a payment with a Visa machine, they get paid, and they certainly get money if you use a Visa credit card.

It's a business.

So, let's see how they're taking your money this holiday season under the guise of a 'better experience'! Ho ho ho!

1. Stop Standing In Line, Start Leaving Today

From autonomous buying to virtual cuts, the time of lines is almost at an end if Visa has their way. Instead of a clunky POS system at a register, you can possibly interact with the customer from a mobile POS system with a decent and modern operating system (Like Square).




2. Consumers (Physically) In Retail-Land

Non-personal interactions are all the rage. Who wants to deal with someone who isn't being paid nearly enough to deal with you?

With improved checkout methods, retail associates are free to focus on the experience and really let their pro-people-personalities shine (Such as Disney Stores - Shoutout to the store in St. John's Town Center for exchanging my travel mug that I broke myself about two days after I got it).

3. Walking In An Online Wonderland

Still stuck online? Fair enough - With sites like Instagram and Tumblr, there are now instant "Buy this now!" links beneath a cool fishing line or cute sweater.

Such is the importance of having your tiny shop have a big social media presence (Such as Ma-Ka-Rohn in Miami).

4. Power To The Probably Underpaid

Also, Big Brother is Always Watching to see how he can sell to your customized tastes, using the now-empowered retail associate to act as a personal shopping assistant. Remember - Don't be a jerk to retail workers.

5. Santa Makes The Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs With Your Package

How quickly do you want your order if you made it online? Chances are - Right now. The retailers who win are the ones who do their best to get your goods in your hands quickly - Often at the cost of their own employees.


Author was not paid to promo any brands or services mentioned in this article, but would not mind working for any of them in an IT/Network Admin position.

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