Friday, February 20, 2015

SSL no longer acceptable for data protection, PCI SSC says

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has announced that no version of secure sockets layer (SSL) technology meets its definition of "strong cryptography." Accordingly, it will need to revise its Data Security Standard and Payment Application Data Security Standards.
According to a PCI press release, the announcement was based on finding by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that the Secure Socket Layers v3.0 protocol is no longer acceptable for protection of data due to inherent weaknesses within the protocol.
With no known way to remediate vulnerabilities in the SSL protocol, the PCI SSC is urging organizations to work with IT departments and partners to determine whether they are using SSL and what options they have for upgrading to a strong cryptographic protocol as soon as possible.
Once published, PCI DSS v3.1 will be effective immediately, however, affected requirements will be future-dated to allow organizations time to implement the changes.

Monday, February 09, 2015

First Data, Capgemini announce tech development partnership

According to Retail Customer Experience, "Payment technology firm First Data Corporation and Capgemini, provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, announced they have formed a global alliance to develop next-generation payment technology software using First Data's VisionPLUS and AccessPLUS solutions. According to the companies, this collaboration will leverage Capgemini's global vertical industry and payments expertise and First Data's suite of payments solutions."

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Remote Sales Tax Simplification Bill Less Onerous Than MFA or State Initiatives

According to the American Catalog Mailers Association [all text is quoted from ACMA]: "Although some remote sellers would prefer to see the 1992 Quill v. North Dakota sales tax precedent remain intact indefinitely, last year nearly ushered in the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA). If passed, it would have been devastating. Fortunately, ACMA – and the TruST coalition we cofounded – fought hard so that enough lawmakers realized the Senate-passed MFA would have disastrous effects – and the House did not act.

"Unfortunately, our assessment is that Quill won’t hold up for much longer. Furthermore, in the absence of clarifying federal legislation, states are becoming increasingly creative and aggressive, ushering in the potential for a patchwork of contradictory state laws with the need to fight a multi-front war. 

"ACMA’s position has been to deal with this reality, working to find the best way towards 'fairness.' Throughout the past year, TruST and ACMA worked closely with Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.-6th), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on an MFA alternative. On January 12th, the Chairman began circulating adiscussion draft. You may prefer to read a section-by-section analysis the Chairman is also circulating. While not perfect, this bill is far better for catalogers than MFA.

Industry Must Step Up Now
"I’m coming to you for your support. When we launched TruST nearly three years ago, we received enough industry funding allowing TruST to stop the MFA freight train in favor of common sense. We used our contributions carefully, making them last twice as long as projected. We have now exhausted this money. Meanwhile, backed by Amazon and big-box retail, MFA proponents are gearing up to launch a new version of their flawed bill.

"Without your support, we can’t have continued success. So please go to ACMA’s Action Funds web page and make a significant donation today. Any amount you can muster will help. $25,000 or more will give you an (optional) seat on TruST’s steering committee."

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dydacomp Success Stories and Free Trial of MOM

Here's the latest on Dydacomp: two stories of customers that have realized success by automating their order and inventory management processes.
  1. You may know Out of the Box Publishing (OTB) by their popular board games like Word on the Street or Apples to Apples. This Dydacomp customer partnered with big box and online behemoths like Walmart, Target and Amazon to market its family games to a much broader audience. Through automation with Dydacomp’s M.O.M. solution, OTB not only gained 100-percent accuracy, but the assurance that shipments would arrive within their requested timeframe and avoid chargebacks. Read the whole story in a recent issue of STORES Magazine.
  2. The only way – fresh every day! That’s the promise at the Caroline Cookie Company, where gourmet cookies are always baked in the tradition of homemade Southern hospitality. Every Carolina Cookie is baked, packed and shipped by hand, because they know you wouldn’t have it any other way! Read the complete story to learn the details of how Dydacomp enables Carolina Cookie to track their multichannel orders, manage their diverse inventory, and efficiently ship their unique product, fresh the same day every day.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Avalara and Shopgate Form Global Partnership

Avalara, Inc., a provider of cloud-based transactional tax compliance solutions, and Shopgate, a software-as-a-service mCommerce platform, have announced a new global partnership to help merchants remain tax-compliant when taking mobile payments.
The partnership integrates Avalara’s AvaTax™ sales tax compliance solution with the Shopgate mobile commerce platform. The collaboration will allow Shopgate to offer its merchants fully-automated sales tax compliance services as it expands into North America, while continuing to support its 5,500+ merchants across Europe.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sanderson Wins Best Technology Solution Award

Sanderson, the publicly owned provider of multi-channel retail software, won the "Best Technology Solution" award at the Direct Commerce Supplier of the Year Awards ceremony held at Queens Club in London this week.

The Direct Commerce Supplier of the Year Awards recognize the best of the UK’s specialist suppliers to the direct commerce sector, acknowledging the outstanding contribution these companies make to the multichannel retail market.

The Direct Commerce Supplier Awards takes nominations from client companies, asking them to vote for the suppliers that have contributed the most to their businesses. Hundreds of nominations were made with 30 companies reaching the short list and 10 successful winners.

Monday, November 17, 2014

No Online Sales Tax Legislation On the Horizon

According to Website Magazine, "Legislators are apparently split over whether they should pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, which forces online retailers to collect sales tax in those states where they have no physical presence (or nexus).

"The bill is backed by national brick-and-mortar retailers (e.g. Walmart, Target), who have to collect sales tax on the Web because they have physical operations in the states that collect sales taxes. They often are competing against smaller Web shops that are located out of state and therefore are not required to collect sales tax under the existing Supreme Court precedent."

"A bipartisan group passed the Marketplace Fairness Act out of the Senate last year on a 69-27 vote, led by Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., but it has languished in the House."

Note, of course, that eCommerce merchants DO have to collect sales tax where they DO have any presence (HQ, call center, warehouse). 

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