We’re heading to New York City for “The Big Show” that is the National Retail Federation’s annual convention January 12-15. http://bigshow14.nrf.com We’ll be roaming the aisles to see and talk with people on the leading edge of retail technology in a number of areas that are relevant to restaurant operators. These will include Mobile Payments, Digital Menuboards, POS Terminals, Tablets, PCI Compliance, Data Tools and a whole lot more. Join us for our “Live from New York” Webinar Thursday January 16 when we’ll talk about the “Top 5 Things We Like the Best at NRF”. We’re hoping to have one or two special guests from retail technology companies join in for a live Q&A along with fresh video interviews from the NRF show floor.
PCI Compliance requires merchants to run currently-supported Windows Operating Systems on the computers on their PCI network. If their current Windows OS isn’t supported merchants must upgrade to a current supported version. End-of-life dates for various Windows OS as published by Microsoft: Windows XP – April 2014 Embedded XP – December 2016 Vista – April 2017 Windows 7 – January 2020 Please reach out to your CBS Account Manager if you have any further questions about PCI Compliance and your current Windows OS. CBS Account Managers: Jason Perovich 949-609-6715 firstname.lastname@example.org Anthony Gartung 800-551-7674 x254 email@example.com Cindy Milligan 832-452-7291 firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of you may be aware that in 2012, the IRS changed the distinction for forced gratuities on the guest receipts. These forced gratuities are now considered service charges and are entitled to be taxed and reported on. Please see the delineation on what is considered a tip on the National Restaurant Association Website. http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/IRS-grants-more-time-for-some-businesses-to-comply. With all of this being changed, the IRS gave some extra time for restaurants to comply if they didn’t have systems in place to report on these forced gratuities. Here are a number of articles that will provide more information: http://www.irs.gov/irb/2012-26_IRB/ar07.html http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/05/219290573/irs-to-count-automatic-gratuities-as-wages-not-tips http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/12/irs-tip-ruling-could-prove-taxing-to-servers-restaurants/2972869/ Within the POSitouch system, there is now newer software that can report the tax on the forced gratuities. This information shows on the Sales Journal report
Today’s Webinar about the NorthStar Order Entry Guest Self-ordering Features was a lively discussion. If you missed it, here’s the video. The Restaurant Technology Guys want to know what you think about our webinar series. Please feel free to share your thoughts in a comment below. Tell us what topics you would find valuable for upcoming webinar events and we’ll take it from there. And here’s a link to our upcoming webinar schedule.
Attention POSitouch Users: Any of your locations that do business in Texas, need to be aware of the mixed beverage tax changes. You can find more information on the law change at the links below. http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=9190012 http://www.seaytaxlaw.com/governor-perry-signs-big-change-to-texas-mixed-beverage-tax/ According to everything we have read, this does not affect Beer and Wine sales. Those items have always been taxed but the mixed drinks and hard liquor items will now be taxed to the consumer rather than be tax inclusive. Your Positouch system to needs to be changed as well. Below I’ve outlined the steps that will need to be taken within your Positouch system. REMINDER: CBS customers who have questions about making the necessary changes can call the CBS Support Department 24 hours per day, 7
This week I was at the CBS Dallas office to introduce our area clients to Gina Delbano, the newest member of Team CBS. Gina has joined CBS as an Account Executive and will be working with operators in the Dallas area. She brings a deep experience to our team having work in the area of retail and restaurant POS/technology for a number of years. Welcome to CBS, Gina! Another reason for the trip was to meet up with Patrick Purcell, Director of Business Development for Tekmark, Inc. to deliver a CBS Webinar about PCI Compliance. The webinar was a big hit, providing lots of valuable information about PCI and specifically tailored for restaurant operators. I’ve put a link to the video recording at the