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Industry News - July 10th, 2009



Honeywell Introduces New Mobile Computer

Honeywell introduces the Dolphin 6100 mobile computer, the newest addition to the Dolphin family of mobile computers. The 6100 expands Honeywell's mobility portfolio for retail and other light-industrial settings and features a lightweight and compact design. Equipped with the latest communication, data collection and imaging capabilities, the Dolphin 6100 provides users with increased productivity and mobility.

The entry-level Dolphin 6100 mobile computer delivers a heightened level of usability and reliability for in-store retail and light industrial settings. This pocket-sized device is ergonomically designed to provide easy, single-handed scanning, allowing enterprises to achieve enhanced efficiency and rapid return on investment.

The 6100's wireless performance helps users manage in-store and backroom retail operations including customer assistance, price and product look-up, merchandising, and inventory management. A long-lasting battery allows employees to work through a full shift without recharging the unit, eliminating unnecessary downtime. The intuitive device features a 28-key shifted alpha numeric keypad and precisely positioned scan-keys, allowing efficient and accurate type flow.

Honeywell Dolphin mobile computing products, the 6100 comes standard with Adaptus Imaging Technology which provides users with versatile, high-performance data collection. The Dolphin 6100 reads linear and 2D bar codes and captures digital images, including electronic signatures, enabling workers to do more with a single device.


afterBOT Awarded Patent for Digital Receipt System

afterBOT has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,552,087, entitled "Electronic Transaction Receipt System and Method" from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its system that generates and stores digital sales receipts from multiple retailers in a central repository. With this invention, consumers can securely access, view and download their own electronic receipts from multiple retailers using their computer or mobile device. Additionally, since afterBOT's system allows the digital receipt data to be securely parsed, stored and de-identified from individual consumers, the same system can use data from aggregated sales transactions across multiple retailers to perform detailed market performance analysis for retailers and their suppliers.

This patent helps strengthens afterBOT's TransAccess solution, which extends the NRF ARTS XML Digital Receipt schema to provide a "real time retailing" solution that stores, analyzes and transforms transaction data into actionable insights across the extended retail enterprise, inclusive of both customers and suppliers. TransAccess leverages an atomic-level POS post sale transaction management database to deliver secure, unique views of POS data to customers, employees, and suppliers.


Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Adds Sales Audit Platform

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers selects Epicor's Sales Audit software to validate and relay accurate and timely transaction information throughout the enterprise. To support today's tech-savvy student consumers, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers offers college partners advanced digital solutions to merge with their existing campus operations. To strengthen store operations and auditing -  and to increase flexibility and integration between bookstore sales channels -  Barnes & Noble College Booksellers sought an enhanced technology solution to bolster its campus offerings.

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers chose Epicor Retail Sales Audit as the central repository for all sales transactions. The validation tool bridges the gap between the enterprise and sales channels, helping to improve store operations and auditing productivity. Sales Audit is part of the Epicor Retail Audit and Operations Management suite, designed to help multi-channel retailers manage transaction data verification and investigation. The solution accepts transaction data from across channels - Point-of-Sale (POS), kiosk, Web or catalog - checks for anomalies, and then feeds the clean and accurate data to downstream systems. Additional modules within the suite include Loss Prevention, Employee Productivity and Commissions, Credit Settlement Interface, and Voucher Management (Gift Cards).

"The Epicor Retail Sales Audit application is recognized as a best-of-breed solution providing an extremely flexible foundation and advanced functionality and scalability," says Stephen Culver, Vice President and CIO, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. "Fully integrated with our POS system, Epicor's Retail Sales Audit streamlines communications between stores, Web sites, home offices and financial processors while providing a seamless customer shopping experience.

"This tool delivers improved visibility to sales, shortens timelines to close financial periods, and by working based on exceptions it allows financial departments to increase efficiencies," says Culver. "Our booksellers can extend beyond the boundaries of the bookstore to facilitate transactions from offsite locations such as university, student and sporting events - wherever our partners want to set up shop."


Duane Reade Adds Photo Publishing Software

Duane Reade plans to install HP Retail Publishing Solutions throughout its stores. Following a successful 2008 pilot program in key stores, Duane Reade plans to add HP Photo Center solutions in more than 200 locations in the greater New York City area. The Duane Reade pilot stores achieved up to 50 percent year-over-year improvement versus the chain-wide average in the in-store photo category.

HP Photo Center solutions will enable Duane Reade customers to conveniently order vibrant, lab-quality photos and create a variety of photo products such as photo books, calendars, greeting cards and posters - all while they shop for everyday items to make their lives easier.

"Our brand is all about New York living made easy," said Joe Magnacca, chief merchandising officer, Duane Reade. "Making this level of quality digital photofinishing convenient through HP kiosks and full-service counters across 200 of our stores is one more way we can be relevant and helpful to our customers on a daily basis. We're very happy when we can partner with the best to make life easier for New Yorkers."

Under the agreement, Duane Reade is installing a customized mix of HP Retail Publishing Solutions across its stores. In middle- to high-volume stores, the HP Photo Center provides front and back of counter operations to allow customers to order instant 4 x 6-inch and 5 x 7-inch prints, 8 x 10-inch enlargements, and creative products such as photo books, calendars, greeting cards, posters and 100-year archive DVDs.

In non-photo lab stores, Duane Reade can use the HP Photosmart Express instant-print kiosk - a standalone, self-serve solution designed to produce 4 x 6-inch prints and photo CDs.


Opterus Announces New Store Ops-Center

Opterus announces the release of Store Ops-Center Version 2.2. Opterus Store Ops-Center is an on-demand retail portal designed specifically to create content, ensure message delivery to stores, monitor task execution and enforce operational compliance.

Offered as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, Store Ops-Center is delivered in an on-demand, Web-based retail portal that improves employee productivity with full compliance monitoring of what, how and when tasks are completed and communications are read.

Key enhancements in V2.2 include the following:
- Store Calendar provides stores with a calendar view of their assigned tasks and an event scheduling solution for store-generated and personal entries. All levels of operational management can be configured to have the ability to enter, view and track upcoming store events.

- Survey Creator allows the head office to quickly and easily create store surveys that can be targeted to specific stores, groups of stores, or individual roles within the stores. Survey results can be retrieved and are available in various formats including csv, xml or via Web services.

- Task attachments allow stores to attach files (spreadsheets, documents, pictures, etc.) when completing a task. This could be used as an additional step to validate that the assigned tasks have been completed as per the corporate request.

- Location properties provide an extension of the retail hierarchy, allowing retailers to target tasks and communications at groups of stores based on store attributes. For example, store communications can be targeted based on unlimited attributes such as store size and format, the distribution center that services the stores, the types of services offered within the stores (pharmacy, deli, etc.), and other user-defined criteria.


Dean Street Deploys ERP Suite

Dean Street Group implements Jesta I.S. Vision Merchandising and Vision Financials. Dean Street Group went live on the Jesta I.S. platform in just three months time.

Englewood, NJ-based Dean Street Group LLC is an importer and retailer of affordable footwear. Founded in 2008, its principals bring many years of successful product development and retailing from the branded, and make up channels of the footwear business.

Dean Street Group operates as a "shop in a shop" and manages the entire footwear business at 840 Rite Aid Pharmacy locations on the west coast of the United States. Dean Street Group is responsible for all footwear assortment and merchandise planning, procurement and fulfillment.

"From our initial meeting through successful go-live the Jesta I.S. team has proven to be a valuable and professional partner that understands our business requirements," says William Lenich, president for Dean Street Group. "There are many reasons why Jesta I.S. was identified as the right partner for Dean Street, however rich functionality and speed to go-live were the two of major factors."

"We have been able to quickly reap the benefits of the Vision Suite. This integrated offering eliminates the need for re-keying information and will provide management with great visibility," says Margaret Reed, COO for Dean Street Group. "Vision Merchandising is now running our business allowing us to focus our time on critical management decisions. We expect to be live on Vision Planning in the coming months and look forward to even greater rewards from this integrated suite."

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