Microsoft Retail Management System delivers a complete retail solution that automates POS processes and store operations including sales transactions, purchasing, inventory management, staff reporting and many more.
Setting Product Pricing levels
In the Product Properties you can edit several parameters. Under the Pricing tab one can edit product price, cost or Sale price. If you need to set different price levels for different customers, you can use this area to complete this task.
Setting price calculation method
In the left top corner click File and Configuration. In the new window click Inventory tab and in the Price Calculation area mark second option: Use Level if it exists. Otherwise use minimum. Click OK to confirm. Now we have the price levels and calculations set up. In case if the product does not have required price level set up, the selling price will always be the Regular Price.
Assigning Customer to Price level
The last step is to set the Price Level for your customers. In order to do this you need to open the Properties window of the chosen customer. Within Customer Properties under Customer Options tab you can set the price level which will be assigned to this customer. He or she can now purchase products for the price set up in the related price level set in the product.
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Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail – Retail Essentials & Microsoft Dynamics RMS (Retail Management System)
First off, there has been a lot of speculation and what ifs about the future of Microsoft Dynamics RMS and where the product is going. Let us be clear on this Microsoft Dynamics RMS is going nowhere for the next six years, we have heard of alternative products and competitors selling horror stories to push their own agenda please be mindful of these businesses and products. Microsoft and Positive Solutions are fully committed to retail. Retail technology is one of the largest areas of focus for Microsoft and in turn Microsoft are releasing some really exciting products and solutions to make your business truly Omni-channel and customer focused.
Secondly Microsoft have a roadmap for current RMS users and they would like all of them to migrate to either Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail (larger chains or multiple locations/stores) or Dynamics AX Retail Essentials which is just the retail components of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Microsoft are also working on solutions for single stores and there are already alternatives out there or being built that you can migrate to, again this is not anything you need or should rush into you again have SIX years before Microsoft cease support for Microsoft Dynamics RMS.
Thirdly Positive Solutions are the first in Ireland to be certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX for retail & Retail Essentials having completed the training in London with Microsoft’s distributor and retail partner “Retail Realm” this not only makes us product experts and evangelists for Retail Essentials but shows our commitment to Microsoft retail technology.
As always our solutions using Microsoft Retail Technology encompass all aspects of your retail business. Retail Essentials is for retail businesses with more than two stores or locations it has everything you will ever need to maximise and grow your Omni-channel retail business. Retail Essentials can be both installed locally in your business or it can be deployed in the cloud using Microsoft Azure or as a hybrid using Azure as the infrastructure. Retail Essentials has everything you’d expect from an enterprise class solution, Including modern POS allowing tablets and smart phone type devices to be POS and stock management tools. It has full enterprise class stock management, Customer Management, Loyalty, Omni-Channel Integration to e-commerce & mobile devices. It has features such as real time stock and customer loyalty throughout your retail business. It features a fully customizable POS screen to allow you to customize the POS to your business requirements using AX retail essentials you can also customise screens for mobile devices making you a truly Omni-channel retail business.
Finally Positive, as you can gather are fully committed to Microsoft Retail Technology, we are also committed to Microsoft Dynamics RMS which we still consider the best POS solution out there for SME businesses. While over the next six years we will be moving customers to Microsoft Retail Essentials or a similar solution for single stores you can still be guaranteed the best support and advice from Positive Solutions for all of Microsoft’s Retail Solutions.
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Targeted Malware directly effecting ePoS running windows XP is out there and happening now.
While it my not pose a risk to you today, it will rear its head on your system. If you are still running Windows XP then you really need to get off it and do it today. Windows XP as you should be aware went end of life last April, yes that’s almost a year ago. Windows XP was last sold in 2008 so if you have equipment running it you have definitely got your monies worth. Our advise is to purchase either new equipment with Windows 8 or upgrade your software the first being the best an most obvious as there is no point upgrading old equipment.
Two notable malware infections are currently out, yes they are targeting payment processing but have the ability to clone your customer information even without you running a payment solution on your ePoS system.
1. In an interview with CNBC on Jan. 12, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel confirmed that the attackers stole card data by installing malicious software on point-of-sale (POS) devices in the checkout lines at Target stores. A report published by Reuters that same day stated that the Target breach involved memory-scraping malware.
This type of malicious software uses a technique that parses data stored briefly in the memory banks of specific POS devices; in doing so, the malware captures the data stored on the card’s magnetic stripe in the instant after it has been swiped at the terminal and is still in the system’s memory. Armed with this information, thieves can create cloned copies of the cards and use them to shop in stores for high-priced merchandise. Earlier this month, U.S. Cert issued a detailed analysis of several common memory scraping malware variants.
Target hasn’t officially released details about the POS malware involved, nor has it said exactly how the bad guys broke into their network. Since the breach, however, at least two sources with knowledge of the ongoing investigation have independently shared information about the point-of-sale malware and some of the methods allegedly used in the attack. (Krebsonsecurity.com, 2015)
2. Security vendor Trend Micro has warned of a new strain of point-of-sale (PoS) malware designed to lift and exfiltrate customer card data, which has managed to stay undetected since 2013. The analysts who discovered the malware believe this has been in use by criminals since 2013 and possibly even earlier. The malware has been named PwnPOS.
So how come it took so long for it to be spotted?
As the analysts explained “PwnPOS is one of those perfect examples of malware that’s able to fly under the radar all these years due to its simple but thoughtful construction,”
The malware is constructed from two components a RAM scraper binary and a binary responsible for data exfiltration – PwnPOS works similarly to most other known POS malware in that it enumerates all running processes, it searches for payment card data and dumps it into a separate file, then compresses and encrypts it, and exfiltrates it via an email to a pre-defined mail account via SMTP with SSL and authentication.
“Rather than utilizing a third-party executable to send email, it utilizes a known AutoIt routine that makes use of the Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) API suite that is built-in with Microsoft Windows,” Threats Analyst Jay Yaneza shared.
The malware ensures its persistence and hides on the machine by being able to add and remove itself from the list of services, to download and delete files as needed, to masquerade malicious files as benign ones and hiding them within the %SYSTEM$ directory, and to store the stolen data in a .dat file that doesn’t look out of place in the %SystemRoot%\system32 directory.
“While the RAM scraper component remains constant, the data exfiltration component has seen several changes – implying that there are two, and possibly distinct, authors,” Yaneza noted.
“We have seen PwnPOS operating with other PoS malware like BlackPOS and Alina, among small-to-medium businesses (SMB) within Japan, APAC (Australia, India), NABU (United States and Canada) and EMEA (Germany, Romania) running 32-bit versions of either Windows XP or Windows 7.”
The company has provided threat indicators and a YARA rule to detect the RAM scraper component.
Reference @TrendMicro also (Ronan MurphyCEO Smarttech & Chairman of the Board at it@Cork European Technology Cluster)
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