Monday, March 29, 2021

The Aries 8 Payment Terminal from PAX Is PDC (Pretty Darn Cool)

Finally finally finally - a payment terminal manufacture has released a new next generation payment terminal that can be more than just a payment terminal (eg: run POS apps as well as processing payments).

This Aries 8 payment terminal from PAX has the potential to take off site sales to a whole new level! True curbside pickup that allows for a card present transaction and requires only one device.

I'm looking forward to getting some hands on experience with these new payment terminals. For now, a picture will have to suffice:

PAX Aries - Android Smart tablets

PAX Technology Inc. | PAX Aries8

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Shout Out to Some New Customers!

 A quick shout out to several retailers who recently signed on with me for point of sale hardware as well as the Cloud Retailer point of sale software:

  • EZ Mart in Idaho - Upgrade from Microsoft RMS to Cloud Retailer
  • Redmond Farms in Utah - New Point of Sale Hardware
  • Natures Grocery in California - Card Defender Plug In for Microsoft RMS

I am thrilled to be working with all of you!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

New POS System Advice: onsite installation or do it myself?

So this has been coming up quite a bit as I travel and meet with retailers across the US. Should I pay for onsite installation of a new retail point of sale system?

It boils down to a couple of factors but lets eliminate the iPad based retail point of sale programs as these solutions are designed for "do it yourself" setup.

For the other retail point of sale software programs on the market like Retail Management Hero, NCR CounterPoint, Cloud Retailer, and Retail Pro, you may or may not want to pay for onsite installation depending on the following questions:

  1. Are you somewhat tech savvy?
  2. Do you have the time?
  3. Do you have a local resource that could hired to help move hardware around?
  4. Are you happy trying to figure things out yourself?
  5. Is your store on the lower end when it comes to gross sales (under $1M in annual gross sales)? 
  6. Are you just upgrading software and not replacing any hardware?

Yes to most the above questions would indicate that you should opt out of onsite installation. Otherwise, you should seriously consider working with a point of sale company that it local to you and/or can provide onsite installation. 

Did I miss anything? Have suggestions or questions? Need some retail point of sale advice? Then please reach out to me at or 208-340-5632.






Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Online Resources for Retailers Using the Micrisoft Dynamics RMS Point of Sale Software

So, with only few a few months left before RMS goes end of life in July 2021, I'm still fielding calls and emails from retailers still using RMS as their point of sale software.  Since support will be very limited after July 2021 (unless you have a support contact through me/RITE), here are some general resources for "self help":

Official RMS Forum:

RMS Database Schema:

Windows 10 and RMS: 

RMS Tutorials: 

My YouTube Channel: 

Card Defender for Microsoft RMS:

RMS HQ User Guide:

RMS HQ Getting Started Guide:

Don't forget about the "help" option in RMS Manager as well as the user guides that came with the software. These are fairly in depth and very helpful for the average user.

RMS Replacement Options: and


If you have any additional resources that I should list above, please contact me at or 208-340-5632.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Point of Sale Software for Liquor Stores in Idaho and Oregon

So - it looks like there will soon be some more liquor stores in Idaho and Oregon who will be using the Cloud Retailer point of sale software. I'll have some more updates in a couple of weeks as to why these liquor stores choose Cloud Retailer over other POS software programs. 

You can find more information about Cloud Retailer by visiting