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Industry News - July 31st, 2009



Digital Media Kiosk Offers Millions of Downloadables

A new interactive digital download media kiosk from Frank Mayer & Associates offers access to more than one million music tracks, movies, TV shows, ring tones and games.  The kiosk features custom retail and product branding, touchscreen interface, retail integration and a variety of payment options. Frank Mayer & Associates partnered with MediaPort, a digital media retail distributor, to create a custom kiosk where customers can mix and create custom CDs, DVDs or personalized downloads with artwork and messages. "The Retail Digital Media kiosk offers a host of intuitive options at the touch of a finger and within minutes provides customer satisfaction and loyalty," says Ronald Bowers, vice president of new business development, Frank Mayer & Associates.


Pocket-Sized Multi-Functional Mobile Computer

A pocket-sized mobile computer, Datalogic Memor, features a 2D imager, voice and data transmission making it possible for retailers to communicate, check inventory, perform markdowns and process payments. Datalogic Memor includes the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, an imaging bar code scanner, increased memory and a high speed processor. Memor also features a Bluetooth wireless device manager. Connections can be established with GPS receivers for route planning, printers for receipts and headsets for hands free communication. Memor supports VOIP push to talk technology and offers built in signature capture functionality. Memor's scanning technologies support GS1 DataBar.


Next-Gen Enterprise Tech

The future of retail technologies is looking bright if these emerging technologies are any indication. As technologies become more advanced, retailers are gaining products that are compact, multi-functional and easy-to-use. For instance, the new PowerScan PM8300-DK from Datalogic is cordless and offers a mobile-phone like keyboard providing ease of use to the operator. 

Motorola's new set of RFID readers can be installed virtually anywhere in the retail store whether it's the POS counter, a wall or even the ceiling. The reader can perform item-level tracking, retail inventory management, file tracking and   asset management.

An innovative technology that can potentially help retailers scale back on their workforce is the new mobile merchandising tool from Avery Dennison and Scanbury. This 2D barcode technology transforms camera phones into in-store sales assistants that communicate with consumers while they shop.

Global Bay unveils its GBmobile which manages the synchronization of data and application updates. Retailers use the app to develop customized mobile applications in a Wizard-driven environment with a variety of scripting options.

1 Cordless Laser Scanner
A cordless laser scanner from Datalogic, the PowerScan PM8300-DK, is designed for inventory management applications and offers a full mobile phone-like keyboard. The 4 lines x 16 characters display allows for the manual entry of unreadable codes and inputting quantities. The alphanumeric keyboard also enables the operator to manually enter data that is not encoded into the bar code and offers enhanced host interactivity. www.datalogic.com

2 Multi-Functional RFID Readers
Motorola unveils a new series of fixed RFID readers. The Motorola FX7400 series supports Gen 2 technology and is capable of hosting third-party, retail-driven embedded applications. As a compact, lightweight RFID reader, the FX7400 can be installed under POS counters, behind walls or on ceilings. The reader is especially designed for item-level tracking, retail inventory management, file tracking and asset management applications. www.motorola.com

3 Mobile Sales Assistant
A mobile-merchandising tool that uses 2D barcode technology from Avery Dennison and Scanbuy enables camera phones to function as in-store sales assistants. The system connects Avery Dennison's line of retail labels with Scanbuy's ScanLife Client application and ScanLife Code Management Platform to allow retailers to communicate with consumers while they shop. The system also gives sales suggestions for accessories or compatible items. www.averydennison.com, www.scanbuy.com

4 In-Synch Data
GBmobile from Global Bay manages the synchronization of data and application updates, mobile user interface, local data storage and integration to back-end systems. The platform allows retailers to develop customized and mobile applications in a Wizard-driven environment with scripting options. Retailers can integrate GBmobile into the existing proprietary or commercial back-end systems as well as make real-time adjustments to mobile applications. www.globalbay.com


Honeywell Upgrades Dolphin 9900 Series with Microsoft Windows Mobile

Honeywell announces two advancements in the Dolphin 9900 product line: the availability of Windows Mobile 6.1 for all models in the Dolphin 9900 series, and the new Dolphin 9951 mobile computer with support for long-range bar code scanning. 

Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6.1, is now available for all Dolphin 9900 models. The second enhancement to the Dolphin product line is the release of the Dolphin 9951 mobile computer. The new device incorporates three long-range laser options - High Performance, Long Range and Advanced Long Range - to provide scanning functions from five up to 30 feet.

The rugged design of the 9951 includes the following features:

- An ergonomic pistol grip to facilitate comfortable single-handed data collection that is easy to hold over extended shifts;

- Shift-PLUS power management technology that ensures uninterrupted battery performance for 10 or more hours, eliminating the need to replace batteries during most work shifts;

- Three keypad configurations designed to match a variety of end user scenarios, including: 

- A 35-key numeric keypad with shifted alphabetical functions for basic retail use;

- A 43-key alphabetical keypad with shifted numeric functions;

- A 56-key full alphanumeric keypad for warehouse and distribution environments.


Epicor Awarded PCI DSS Compliance Certification

Epicor Software announces that its Retail Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted solution has been awarded compliance status with the Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard version 1.1 (PCI DSS). Epicor is now on the VISA Global List of PCI DSS Validated Service Providers.

The certification was achieved after an extensive independent audit of Epicor Retail's hosted infrastructure operations and processes conducted by Trustwave, a third-party qualified security assessor from the PCI Security Standards Council.
The PCI assessment process focuses solely on the security of cardholder data, whether Epicor has effectively implemented information security policies and processes, and if there are adequate security measures to comply with the requirements to protect cardholder data within the hosted environment. Additionally, the assessment reviewed whether Epicor is employing payment industry best-practices and provides recommendations for remediation of any non-compliant policies, processes, procedures, system configurations or vulnerabilities.


Nordstrom Adds Oracle Retail Planning Application

Nordstrom selects Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization to help align merchandise in the right sizes to meet customer demand. Nordstrom plans to use the Oracle Retail planning application to more effectively analyze historical sales data to create unique store size profiles for its apparel merchandise. These analytically determined size profiles are expected to help the retailer better align purchase order quantity details with customer demand.

"We have always viewed our technology efforts as customer service initiatives to improve our merchandise offering and the way we serve customers," says Jan Walsh, vice president and business information officer, Nordstrom. "We believe the Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization application will help us improve how we assort merchandise for our customers, helping to ensure we have the right merchandise at the right time for customers."

Nordstrom also will use the system to improve insight into the right amount of each size to order and the optimal amount needed in each store location. By helping to ensure that inventory is aligned to customer demand using appropriate size profiles, Nordstrom can achieve cost savings through reduced markdowns and inventory levels. The profiles that Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization creates can also be used to inform assortment planning and allocation systems.

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