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EMS Achieves Glassdoor’s OpenCompany Status

Electronic Merchant Systems is proud to announce it has achieved Glassdoor’s OpenCompany status. Glassdoor launched its OpenCompany program to recognize companies that emphasize transparency between employer and employee. In qualifying for OpenCompany status, EMS has shown it values relationships with current and prospective employees by encouraging reviews and feedback to improve the workplace.

The program has been adopted by high profile companies such as Cigna Healthcare, United Airlines and Deloitte. More and more industry leaders are embracing workplace transparency and putting an emphasis on socially engaging their employees. Electronic Merchant Systems is no exception.

Electronic Merchant Systems strives to create positive, open and healthy relationships with its employees. Achieving OpenCompany status is a testament to the transparent workplace EMS provides. EMS will continue to encourage employees to actively participate in the discussion. Social engagement in the workplace fuels company-wide growth and encourages best practices. EMS believes in an open dialogue in the workplace in order to retain, attract and improve its talent. 

Should you accept mobile payments?

Ah, the exchange of goods and services. It’s arguably one of the world’s oldest pastimes, and boy, it sure has changed. With the advancements in payment processing technologies, you no longer need to prime your best chicken for trade. In fact, to make payments, all you need to do is pull out your phone. Well, put down the chicken first, my friend, and let’s talk about how adopting mobile payments, specifically ,Apple and Android Pay can change the way you do business as both a business owner and a consumer.

Are mobile payments safe?

The first concern I always hear with mobile payment applications is that of security. People are right to worry that their transactions could be jeopardized, or even worse, that their card information or bank accounts can be accessed. Let me clear that up right now. Your card and/or banking information is not what actually appears on the phone. The applications create a virtual card, one that relies on a relationship between Apple/Android and banks to process payments. So in reality, vendors receive less information from their customers than ever before. There is no entering a PIN, no typing a zip code and no sharing of card information.

What’s the benefit of Mobile Payments?

On top of some added security and privacy, Apple and Android Pay offer customer convenience. The object our lives revolve around, the smartphone, is with us wherever we go no matter what we are doing. The ability to simply hover your phone over a machine and never have to dig for a wallet or sign a receipt is a mark of simplicity and modernity. At first glance, it feels like a novelty, but consumer reports suggest that as more vendors begin accepting Apple and Android Pay, it has the potential to become the norm. More and more customers are reaching for their phones at the register, so adoption of these services is imperative. Early adoption can help your business stay ahead of the curve and create a consistent experience at the point of sale.

EMS Race Team Secures Season Championship at the Finali Mondiali in Daytona

The pageantry, extravagance and overall brilliance of the Ferrari World Finals were on full display at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida on December 1-4, and the 2016 Finali Mondiali proved to be nothing short of spectacular. But when it came time to go racing with Ferrari Challenge competitors from all over the world, driver James Weiland and EMS Race Team were all business.

Throughout the three-day event, the Boardwalk Ferrari crew demonstrated the same heart and attention to detail they had all season long to put EMS in a position to succeed. Entering the weekend trailing by only three points in the North American Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli AM points standings, one mistake could cost EMS Race Team the season championship. Everyone in the garage understood the stakes, and everyone delivered.

“With 40 cars in a race start, our strategy was really to make it through Turn 1 unscathed—which Jim did a great job of today,” Coach Conrad Grunewald said, following a fourth-place finish for Weiland in Race 2 that secured the Trofeo Pirelli AM class season title by one point.

“After that, it’s see where he is, as far as Steve Johnson, who is our main competitor for the season championship. Then base our strategy off that. With Steve in front of (Weiland) in P3, there was no need to risk any overdriving or making a mistake. And it left us with a one-point lead for the championship. Couldn’t be more proud of Jim, he did a great job this season.”

Coach Grunewald was speaking from Victory Lane at DIS after a technically sound performance on Saturday from Weiland. Understanding how many points were needed during the final race of the 2016 season to win the championship, EMS Race Team drove free of mistakes. This followed a Race 1 effort that ended with Weiland and his reserve driver who helped prepare for each race on the first-place podium, earning enough points on Friday to move into the top spot overall.

Reserve Driver Max Weiland reviewing race strategy with Coach Conrad Grunewald

“As you can see it just brings a big smile to my face,” Boardwalk Ferrari Team Partner Rudy Courtade said in response to Boardwalk Ferrari and Ferrari of San Francisco teammates James Weiland (P1 Trofeo Pirelli AM), Matt Keegan (P1 Coppa Shell) and J.C. Saada (P2 Coppa Shell) all finishing in the top two spots in class during Race 1. “It’s incredible how these guys can just pull off a 1-1-2 finish, with Jim, Matt and JC here at the Daytona World Finals. Everybody is super excited and we’re stoked going into the second race.”

While some outside the Boardwalk Ferrari and Ferrari of San Francisco garages may have been surprised that Weiland moved from second to first overall on the final Ferrari Challenge weekend of the year, one racing analyst was not.

“I think Paris is going to bring home the W,” Beckham Harkins, a racing analyst and son of former NHL player Brett Harkins who has appeared on ESPN, Fox, and other sports media outlets said before Race 1 began. “Go fast. I think she’s going to bring another championship back to Cleveland.”

The ems+ Ferrari Challenge 458 EVO trimmed in blue did bring that championship back to Cleveland as Harkins predicted. But the victory would never be won without the group of mechanics who kept Paris in racing order on a challenging track at Daytona.

“Car and the driver are both really, really fast,” head mechanic Dave Cameron said prior to qualifying on Friday morning. “We have a solid piece of equipment, just did a solid inspection. Ready to bring our A-game at the World Finals.”

With Erin, the ems+ Ferrari Challenge 458 EVO trimmed in red, initially slotted to run in the Finals, her sister, Paris, was forced to step in. The blue ems+ car qualified second in class for Race 1 before securing the hard-fought victory on opening night. The win, coupled with a best lap point, allowed Weiland to be leading the Trofeo Pirelli AM class by three heading into Race 2. The Bass Pro Shops car, driven by Steve Johnson, entered the final race in second position before finishing the season on the podium, earning 12 points with a third. But the ems+ car finished fourth and earned 10—which was just enough for the one-point season advantage.

“I’m really proud to be part of this Boardwalk Ferrari team,” Weiland said following the racing action at the Finali Mondiali. “But that’s nothing new. I love how hard they work, love their passion for what they do, and it’s showed in our results all season long. Huge thanks to Ken Ambrose, Nathan Dunning, Emmanuel Turin,         Ryan Negri, Rudy Cortade, Dave Cameron, Daryl Cameron, Donald Cameron, Andrew Prendeville and my coach, Conrad Grunewald. To share this championship with those guys, it really makes it special. We all got together to raise as much awareness for PETA Cruelty Free and the Cornerstone of Hope Foundation as we could when the season began, and that’s what we did.”

Following the first-place finish Friday, and fourth on Saturday, EMS Race Team was back at it again on Sunday to compete for the World Finals. This race would be the first time that the Asian Pacific Series, European Series, and North American Series directly competed against each other, despite sharing a track throughout the weekend. EMS would receive rear contact on Sunday, however, and end the afternoon early. But they wouldn’t leave Daytona without the North American Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli AM championship trophy that the reserve driver required when the season began. 

For more behind-the-scenes coverage of the Finali Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway visit @emsRaceTeam on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vimeo.

Written by Brendan Bowers

The Shop Small® for 2X Rewards offer from American Express

Seven years ago American Express had the vision to proclaim the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday with the goal of driving holiday shoppers to small, local merchants. Through much hard work and promotion by American Express, the phrase now has the shopper mindshare equivalent to that of Black Friday & Cyber Monday. In 2016 American Express is expanding this concept to a season-long offering to benefit both local retailers and their customers.

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The 2016 Finali Mondali at Daytona International Speedway is up next for EMS Race Team

The Ferrari World Finals will be held on December 1-4 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The Ferrari extravaganza begins on Friday night with racing under the lights, and continues throughout Saturday and Sunday. During the first two days of action, Ferrari Challenge drivers from all over the world will compete for season championships in the North American, European, and Asian Pacific series. With more than 40 cars on the track for each race, the competition expects to be crowded and stiff. But EMS Race Team driver, James Weiland, and his crew from Boardwalk Ferrari are looking forward to the opportunity.

“It’s exciting to be hosting the Ferrari World Finals, in a sense, at a North American series location,” Weiland said of the upcoming races in Daytona, Florida. “We’ve traveled to compete in the Ferrari World Finals in places like Abu Dhabi and Italy in the past, and it was amazing. So I think it will be a very fun and entertaining weekend, and a great experience for everyone at Daytona International Speedway. Our team is certainly looking forward to the challenge.”

By Saturday night, a season champion will be crowned for each class and series. EMS Race Team is currently in second place, but has an opportunity to close out the season in first with some solid racing and a little bit of luck. On Sunday, the chance to compete for a world championship during a third race at Daytona will conclude a star-studded weekend of Ferrari racing for EMS and all those in attendance.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will also be driving their Ferrari F1 cars at Daytona during an on-track exhibition for the fans. Meanwhile, former NASCAR champion, Rusty Wallace, will be competing in the Ferrari races at DIS per the following release.

From Daytona International Speedway:

“NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace is going to return to the driver’s seat for the upcoming Ferrari Finali Mondiali on Dec. 1-4 at Daytona International Speedway. The 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will battle the twists and turns of the “World Center of Racing’s” 3.56-mile road course for the Risi Competizione/Ferrari of Houston team in the North America series of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. Wallace will practice on Thursday, Dec. 1 followed by qualifying and racing on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3.

“I hope that I can run strong in it and hopefully win but I’m realistic too,” Wallace said. “I haven’t been in a car in a long time. I’m going to have to knock a lot cobwebs off but I got the passion for it.”’

Wallace’s passion as a driver led to 55 victories and 36 poles during his NASCAR career. He along with Vettel and Raikkonen will infuse an already exciting event with even more energy, during a highly-anticipated weekend of racing.

“The Ferrari Finali Mondiali at Daytona will have a lot of eyes on it this year to be sure,” Weiland added, with respect to the celebrity drivers appearing as well as the Ferrari drivers from many different countries around the globe.  “So, hopefully we can represent PETA Cruelty Free and the Cornerstone of Hope as well as we can, and get onto the podium a couple times. If we happen to win a season championship along the way, that’s great too.”

For more behind the scenes race coverage throughout the weekend follow @emsRaceTeam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live updates. Also check out the Vimeo page as well for on-track footage following the race.

Does Your Small Business Accept Chip (EMV) Credit Cards?

Arе you ready to accept EMV Chip Cards?

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What’s New?

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EMS Race Team Earns Pair of Podiums at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Finali Mondali up Next

Champion driver Jeff Gordon once said, “When you’re in a race car, you’re going through so many different emotions throughout that race.” For EMS Race Team, while competing in the last regular-season event on the 2016 Ferrari Challenge North American schedule, there were many reasons for emotions to become a distraction at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. A solid showing there would create an opportunity to secure first place overall in the season points standings at the Finali Mondali next month. Meanwhile, a disappointing effort could make that next to impossible. But driver James Weiland and his crew from Boardwalk Ferrari refused to be overcome by those emotions.

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Electronic Merchant Systems Joins in the Fight Against Cancer

Electronic Merchant Systems, one of the leading providers of payment processing services, is proud to have successfully concluded our first annual “Swipe Out Cancer” fundraiser. All employee donations that were raised in the month of October – along with a company matching amount – are being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation – a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and finding a cure for breast cancer.

Since our beginning in 1988, we have endeavored to be benevolent in all our actions, giving back to important causes. We strive to creatively collaborate with nonprofit organizations to foster community, charitable partners, and nourish youth development. We have a great team of employees who take pride in this selfless task knowing that in our line of business, the way we treat others will dictate our results.

October has been tagged Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) which is an annual international health campaign organized by top breast cancer charities every October to increase both the awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and cure. The campaign also provides information and support to those affected by the disease.

With a goal to promote mammography as the most effective strategy to fight against breast cancer, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicked off, and since 1985 thousands of organizations throughout the world take part in it to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education, and research. A huge percentage of women around the world have benefited from this program as it has also raised millions of dollars in funding for research worldwide. In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation established the pink ribbon as its symbol which has now been adopted by the BCAM, as its symbol worldwide.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. Having funded over 10,876,960 hours of research since 1993 is currently the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S. with an A+ rating from Charity Watch. BCRF provides critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, metastasis, genetics, prevention, treatment, and survivorship.

Ferrari Challenge at Homestead-Miami Speedway up next for EMS Race Team as 2016 campaign nears conclusion

With only one competition to follow on the North American Ferrari Challenge circuit, EMS Race Team travels to Homestead, Florida this weekend for a critical test. Heading into the races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driver James Weiland and EMS are currently tied for the season lead in the overall Ferrari Challenge North American points standings. A solid showing on November 4-6 will inevitably put Weiland and the crew from Boardwalk Ferrari in an advantageous position as the Finali Mondali at Daytona International Speedway in December approaches. But even with all that on the line, Weiland isn’t looking back, or forward, and remains focused on the task at hand.
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New Technology Benefits Small Businesses

The Democratization of Technology refers to the process by which access to technology rapidly continues to become more accessible to more people. Thanks to the mobile revolution, never has this democratization happened at a faster pace and is resulting is a huge boon to the local retailer.

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Hyperlocal Marketing Series #5: Loyalty Programs

The way your customers earn rewards is changing. . .

We’ve all been stuck behind that customer in line at the grocery store. You know, the one rifling through her purse, then her coat, and finally her keychain to produce her rewards card. We all have them. We all go through the same stages of panic as we realize— often too late — that we will need to present them at the register in order to reap the rewards. Well, those days are over. Just as the way we swipe credit cards has changed, the way businesses offer rewards has changed, and mobile loyalty programs are the new king.

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Podium Finish in Fuji for EMS as Trophy Travels Back to States

It’s never easy traveling halfway around the world and doing anything, let alone driving at high rates of speed upon arrival in the Asian Pacific Ferrari Challenge. This most recent trip to the Fuji Speedway in Japan marked the third time that driver James Weiland and EMS Race Team competed in Asia this season. Previous stops included the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, and then the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Each race weekend presented its own set of unique challenges, and Fuji would be no different.

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All Articles

  • EMS Achieves Glassdoor’s OpenCompany Status
  • Should you accept mobile payments?
  • EMS Race Team Secures Season Championship at the Finali Mondiali in Daytona
  • The Shop Small® for 2X Rewards offer from American Express
  • The 2016 Finali Mondali at Daytona International Speedway is up next for EMS Race Team
  • Does Your Small Business Accept Chip (EMV) Credit Cards?
  • EMS Race Team Earns Pair of Podiums at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Finali Mondali up Next
  • Electronic Merchant Systems Joins in the Fight Against Cancer
  • Ferrari Challenge at Homestead-Miami Speedway up next for EMS Race Team as 2016 campaign nears conclusion
  • New Technology Benefits Small Businesses
  • Hyperlocal Marketing Series #5: Loyalty Programs
  • Podium Finish in Fuji for EMS as Trophy Travels Back to States
  • Hyperlocal Marketing Series #4: Social Media
  • Fuji Speedway in Japan is the Next Challenge for EMS Race Team
  • Hyperlocal Comes of Age for the Small Business Retailer
  • EMS Race Team Battles For Series Lead at Lime Rock Park
  • The Freedom of Selling Merchant Processing Solutions
  • The Lime Rock Park Ferrari Challenge Up Next for EMS Race Team
  • EMS Race Team Raises Awareness for PETA Cruelty Free and Cornerstone of Hope in Singapore During F1 Weekend
  • Electronic Merchant Systems Joins the Cleveland Indians Charities Community Partners Program
  • EMS Race Team Travels to Singapore for Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge at Marina Bay
  • Thanks to the Cleveland Indians for welcoming Electronic Merchant Systems to Progressive Field!
  • EMS Race Team Earns Podium Finish at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia
  • Next Stop for EMS Race Team is the Ferrari Racing Days at Sochi Autodrom in Russia
  • Momentum Keeps Moving Forward in Montreal for EMS Race Team
  • EMS Presents International Optimist Regatta
  • Riding Momentum of Back-To-Back Victories EMS Race Team Returns to Marquee Event in Montreal
  • EMS Race Team Earns Two Victories at Circuit of the Americas Ferrari Challenge
  • EMS Race Team Returns to Austin for the Ferrari Challenge at Circuit of the Americas
  • Recapping EMS Race Team’s Ferrari Challenge Weekend at Sonoma

  • EMS Race Team Hopes To Build on Suzuka Circuit Success at Sonoma Ferrari Challenge
  • Hyperlocal Marketing Series #3: A Responsive Website
  • Five Tips for Choosing the Best Merchant Services Agent Program
  • Hyperlocal Marketing Series #2: Local Directories
  • Electronic Merchant Systems at Transact 16
  • EMS Race Team Earns Two 1st Place Finishes at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan


  • Hyperlocal Marketing Series #1: How to Connect With Your Best Customers
  • A Foursquare Check-In Addict’s Story of Recovery
  • Next Stop For EMS Race Team is the World Famous Suzuka Circuit in Japan
  • EMS Race Team Earns Podium Finish at Daytona International Speedway to Begin 2016 Ferrari Challenge Season
  • Choosing the Right Time for a Working Capital Advance for Your Business
  • Facebook Advertising Guide For Small Business Owners
  • Kicking off the holidays with an amazing event at the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Updating your business for EMV and NFC is now a necessary step
  • Even with an active Facebook page you still need an updated website for your small business
  • How Adding a Web Commerce Store to Your Small Business Website Will Increase Online Exposure
  • The Importance of Loyalty and Gift Card App Programs For Your Small Business
  • Using Facebook’s Ad Platform to Promote Your Business
  • 5 Ideas for Creating an Effective Small Business Website
  • End of Landscaping Season Advice
  • Six Ways To Increase Visibility For Your Restaurant Or Bar
  • Electronic Merchant Systems Celebrates 10 Years of PCI Compliance
  • Four Ways To Grow Your Nonprofit Organization Through Social Media
  • Electronic Merchant Systems Partners with Womply to Offer EMS Insights
  • 3 Tips For Increasing Sales At Your Retail Store