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PA Beer Wholesale Distributor Industry Impact

PA Beer Wholesale Distributor Industry Impact

  • Creates almost 6,000 jobs throughout the state of Pennsylvania
  • Has a 6.6 million dollar impact on local communities through charities, local events and economic development
  • Provides a 2.5 billion dollar economic impact as a whole for the state of PA

Contributes to PA being a top 10 beer state year after year in variety and amount of beer available to the consumer

PA Beer Distributors will remain Open

The PA Beer Alliance has been advised by the Governor’s office that beer wholesalers and retailers in PA are NOT among those businesses that must close. Beer wholesalers supply much more than just alcoholic beverages, so they may stay open and deliver ALL their products to their customers.

 As always, our beer wholesaler members will continue to use extreme caution and take measures to ensure the greatest possible protection of life and health for all.

With the COVID-19 Cleaning your touch screen system is even more important

As touch screen terminals, kiosks, and tablets become increasingly frequent in the way retail stores and restaurants do business, and with COVID-19’s arrival in the United States, touch screens need to be frequently and thoroughly sanitized to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

Here’s how to clean a touch screen computer:

 Required Supplies

  • Lint-free or microfiber cloth
  • Cleaning solution: mix of 80% alcohol and 20% water

Step-by-Step Process for Cleaning Your Touch Screen Computer Properly

  1. Power off the system and disconnect it from the outlet.

Powering off the system and unplugging it from the wall is crucial. Drain any residual static electricity from the PC by touching a metal part of the case, not any of the components inside. Any residual static electricity has the potential to give you a shock or do permanent damage to the machine.

  1. Moisten a soft, lint-free or microfiber cloth with the cleaning solution.

NEVER spray the glass cleaner directly onto the display. The liquid will seep into the corners and in between the thin layers. This will cause black spots to appear on the touch screen. Never use ammonia-based glass cleaners, such as Windex, on your touch screen. The ammonia will destroy the screen membrane and cause permanent discoloration. In more severe cases, it will result in touch screens not working appropriately.

  1. Wipe the display surface in a circular motion to remove any dirt or residue from the touch glass.

Apply only slight, gentle pressure as you wipe the touch screen. The circular motion will ensure that any streaking is reduced as much as possible.

  1. Use a dry, clean, microfiber cloth to gently dry the screen.

Never dry with paper towels, facial tissues, or abrasive cloth. These items can cause tiny scratches in the touch screen. Always use a dry, clean, microfiber cloth to gently dry the screen.

Instead, use a soft brush to remove any small objects from between the glass and the bezel.

  1. Reconnect the power to the system and turn it on

Once complete and you’re certain that the surface of the touch screen is completely dry, reconnect the power and turn the touch device back on.

Cleaning Frequency

During crises, such as the COVID pandemic, it’s critical to sanitize your touch screen devices as often as possible. For devices like rugged tablets that are handled by staff members each shift, consider cleaning them at the end of each shift. For fixed-terminals or self-service kiosk, consider cleaning at least once a day.

**This article is courtesy of one of our hardware partners Touch Dynamic

Ditch the Spreadsheets!

When a new business is starting out, one of the easiest ways to get organized is to lay everything out in spreadsheets.  Most people have access to Excel, and until you get everything going, it seems easy enough, right?  Here’s the thing with spreadsheets- they are time consuming and only as good as the last time they were updated!  If you are running your business and tracking your inventory on spreadsheets, your valuable time is being consumed by the tedious, mind numbing pain of constantly updating all the minute details of your business, while hoping you remember to hit save.

What does this mean for you and your business?  One of two things:  Either you’re not present for day to day operations because you’re stuck in your office updating spreadsheets, which hurts your business.  Or, you have no life outside of work, because you spend your evenings and weekends updating and analyzing your spreadsheets, which hurts your personal life.  Neither of these options are very appealing.  Something always suffers when too much time is put in to things that can be automated.

Seems like a no brainer right?  So why don’t people automate?  Well, time and money is usually the answer to why someone doesn’t.  Is there an expense to automating?  Of course, both financial and time.  There’s no such thing as free, but what is it costing you to be inefficient?  And a little time now will save you a lot of time later.  Especially for small businesses, focusing on growing the business is necessary, but not possible, if you don’t have the right systems in place.

Like they (whoever “they” are) always say, you have to have the right people in place to get where you want to go.  The same is true for systems.  You have to have the right software in place to move your business to the next level, and the level after that, and the one after that.  So a little investment now, can be SO worth it in the long run.  And you know the best part?  Automation, will help you focus on growing your business, and if you partner with the right software company, the software will be able to grow with you.

It’s simple: If you have a business, you need software to help you run it efficiently.  Less time spent on messing around with spreadsheets equals more time growing the business.  A growing business means a growing bottom line.  Don’t be afraid of software.  It very well could be the best thing you do for your company.  Especially if you choose the right software vendor.  Pick a vendor who cares.  One who takes the time to learn about your business, and most importantly, one who is willing and able to be flexible so that your solution can move and grow with you.  Future-proof yourself!


If you’re looking for software for your business, check out what Pomodo Software has to offer: www.pomodosoftware.com

Signature optional for EMV Chip Cards

According to Visa as of April 14th 2018 EMV embedded merchants in the US and Canada will now have the option to stop capturing signatures as a method of cardholder validation those same Merchants will also no longer be required to retain and store transaction receipts.

Note: Non-EMV-enabled merchants and swiped only cards must continue to follow existing acceptance practices regarding cardholder verification and receipt retention.


For transactions on or after 14 April 2018, EMV-enabled merchants in the U.S. and Canada will not be required to fulfill retrieval requests. However, EMV-enabled merchants will still be responsible for responding to retrieval requests for transactions prior to 14 April 2018 based on prior existing rules. Note: Non-EMV-enabled merchants will continue to be responsible for responding to retrieval requests based on today’s rules. From 13 October 2018, issuers will be prohibited from submitting retrieval requests for transactions at EMV-enabled terminals in the U.S. and Canada.

EMV Liability

These changes will have no impact on disputes related to the EMV liability shift, including treatment of fallback transactions. Note: Merchants that are not enabled for contact EMV will continue to be liable for counterfeit fraud when it occurs on a chip-enabled card, regardless of whether there is a signature, PIN, or “no CVM.”


No More Signing on the Dotted Line MasterCard


American Express has announced that it will no longer require signatures for credit card purchases beginning in April 2018, joining Discover and MasterCard, which have also announced similar changes. … Unlike other card companies, American Express is doing away with signatures globally, instead of just in the US. Dec 11, 2017


 The material and information contained in our blogs is for general information purposes only. Pomodo will not be liable for any false, inaccurate, inappropriate or incomplete information presented in its blogs or on our website.

Sales Tax on Discounts, Coupons and Promos

When coupons or certificates are accepted by retailers as a part of the selling price of any taxable item, the value of the coupon or certificate is excludable from the tax as a cash discount, regardless of whether the retailer is reimbursed for the amount represented by the coupon or certificate.

With few exceptions, sales tax applies to the gross receipts received or gross selling price received from the sale of products or taxable services. The specific definition will vary by state but, for example, Georgia sales tax law defines the term “sales price” to be the selling price of the product less any “ discounts, including cash, term, or coupons that are not reimbursed by a third party that are allowed by a seller and taken by a purchaser on a sale.”

In layman’s terms, that means if the original price of something you sell was $100, but you offer a 50% discount, then the taxable price is $50.

Discounts-Percent and Dollar

Because discounts are generally offered directly by the retailer “store” and reduce the amount of the sales price and the cash received by the retailer, the sales tax applies to the price after the discount is applied. For example, your normal selling price is $30 but you are offering a 5 percent discount for first time customers. The tax base is $28.50. The same holds true if you are offering a dollar discount rather than a percentage discount. The normal price is $30.00 but you are offering a $5.00 discount for returning customers. Your tax base (prior to any taxable shipping) is $25.00.

If, however, the discount is sponsored by the manufacturer or the distributor and you will be reimbursed by either of these parties for offering the discount, the sales tax base is the full sales price and not the reduced sales price. As noted below with manufacturer’s coupons, because the tax base is the amount of receipts you receive for selling the product, the states generally don’t distinguish whether the payment comes from the customer or by some third party.   As noted above in the Georgia definition, coupons that are reimbursed by a third-party are NOT treated as a sales price adjustment. This rule is pretty uniform across the country.

The material and information contained in our blogs is for general information purposes only. Pomodo will not be liable for any false, inaccurate, inappropriate or incomplete information presented in its blogs or on our website.

Tell-tale signs you need to make a change and upgrade your credit card processing

Still using an “old school” swipe credit card reader?

Still using a separate terminal?

Not yet using “chip” EMV

You could be losing money and encouraging fraud

Prevent fraud and chargebacks by

Integrating credit cards direct within your software

No need for reconciliation

Signature Capture and easy recall to reprint receipts with signature

EMV “Chip Readers” are standard

Swipe credit card readers are not secure

Security starts here

End-to-end encryption (E2EE)


PCI compliant with Secure plus is available

Special Pomodo Software features

Under 50$ no signature required option

Tip control

Card on file for returns and Recurring billing

Gift Cards and Loyalty


Never again not be able to take a credit card

Store and forward feature allows you “store “capture the credit card when your internet is down and when your internet is back up “forward” send the card over for processing.

Pomodo offers a Virtual Credit Card Terminal on the Pomodo Cloud so you can take credit cards on your mobile device or PC anytime anywhere.

Pomodo Support

Because of our relationship with our preferred credit card processor we can offer one stop support calling.

Easy Integration means no finger pointing if you have technical challenges.

A full credit card Portal to see all statements and real time reports.

Hardware replacement option on credit card hardware.

All of this and more plus competitive rates.


* Some features listed maybe future released or options.

Don’t be fooled by some credit card processor just offering “cheaper rates”

Over 17 years ago and a customer asked “What’s your rate?” it was easy to simply quote a % + 20 cents. Wow has that changed.

Over the past decades MasterCard and Visa, in their infinite wisdom, has developed a daunting list of interchange rules based upon your type of business, what type of card is presented by the consumer, the amount of the sale, what type of data you enter into your terminal or software, and if you swipe or manually key in the sale.

In the 1990’s there were a limited  number of different interchange categories while today the list is over 100 pages long.

Interchange used to be a trade secret but now it is publicly posted on Visa and MasterCard’s corporate websites.

It is important to know that every merchant account provider is bound by the exact same interchange schedule. It is the markup from this schedule that determines what you will ultimately pay.

So when today a sales rep quotes you a tiered low rate you really have to ask for the rest of the picture as very few of your transactions will qualify for that rate.

As you can see from Visa and MasterCard’s corporate websites, Interchange cost for almost every category is higher including all rewards cards, business type cards and keyed cards. Therefore only swiped debit/check cards and small ticket sales in a limited number of business types have an actual lower cost.

Pomodo’s Preferred Credit Card Processor is Vantiv  

 What is the difference (technically) with Vantiv vs. other types of processors?

It’s a whole different game technically when you integrate credit cards into your software vs. using a standalone credit card terminal.

Vantiv’s setup is not the same as a “raw” setup.

Vantiv has made a conscious effort to support software developers and help them integrate to Vanity’s own back-end processing into the developers software.

Vanity’s integrated technology eliminates the need to purchase additional payment processing software, which can add up to thousands of dollars. It also reduces costs for technical support and gets rid of gateway fees.

 Pomodo + Vantiv Adds up to Reliable, Secure Integrated Payment Processing


Credit Card Surcharges

Beginning Jan. 27, 2013, merchants such as Goldstone gained that right. Under a federal court case settlement, they can put surcharges of up to 4 percent on Visa and MasterCard transactions — which account for about 70 percent of credit card purchases — to cover the cost of card interchange fees, or “swipe fees.” But few merchants plan to use their newly won right — not even Goldstone.

“It’s going to be used as leverage against credit card companies,” the president of ScanMyPhotos.com explained. “Just knowing that merchants can (surcharge) will keep them from raising rates.”

Goldstone, whose company digitizes old photos, is a lead plaintiff in an antitrust lawsuit that pits retailers against Visa, MasterCard and major card-issuing banks. The swipe fee rule that took effect Jan. 27 is one part of a preliminary settlement; the other part, a $7.25 billion cash payout to retailers, faces final approval later this year.

Expect no surcharge surge
Although the surcharge represents a big change in the rules of retailing, the reality at most checkout lines — and at e-commerce companies such as Goldstone’s — will probably remain unchanged, at least for now, according to retail experts and card networks. Merchants can use the threat of surcharges as bargaining leverage, but most of them don’t want to irritate customers with an actual fee, industry representatives said.

There are other hurdles. Laws prohibit the surcharge in 11 states that represent about 40 percent of the population. In addition, the rules governing retailers who also take American Express, which is not covered by the settlement, make it more difficult for merchants to impose surcharges.

Eleven states—
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine,Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas—and Puerto Rico have laws that prohibit merchants from charging consumers with surcharges on credit card transactions.

Merchants who accept American Express have something else to think about, according to the federation. To add the surcharge to Visa and MasterCard transactions, merchants must also add it to those on American Express transactions. But American Express rules prevent the addition of a surcharge to any transaction. So merchants who want to add the surcharge cannot do so if they accept American Express cards.

There’s another issue to consider. Let’s say, hypothetically, you fit the criteria to add the surcharge. You still have to ask yourself whether the financial benefits of charging it will outweigh the disadvantages.

Visa, MasterCard ask surcharges to register
Retailers are supposed to register with the card networks in advance if they intend to charge the fee. However, representatives for Visa and MasterCard would not comment on the number of retailers that have signed up. Visa referred all questions to the Electronic Payments Coalition, an industry group that said it lacked surcharge registration data. At MasterCard, spokesman Jim Issokson said the company considered the information proprietary. Generally speaking, “We don’t expect a lot of merchants” to surcharge, he said.

For more info on credit card surcharges and all things related to integrated payments call and talk to a Pomodo representative today.

The material and information contained in our blogs is for general information purposes only. Pomodo will not be liable for any false, inaccurate, inappropriate or incomplete information presented in its blogs or on our website.

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