Industry News - September 6th 2014
RETAIL AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS
PayPal Extends Mobile Offering with Inventory Management
A suite of business intelligence and inventory management tools will be added to PayPal's mobile payment solution, PayPal Here. The suite will be provided by Shopventory, a solution that helps small businesses using mobile POS to increase sales through automated inventory management and business insights.
"We've been looking for solutions to help our small business customers get a handle on managing their inventory and help provide them with deep actionable insights about their businesses," said Carolyn Groobey, vice president of global products at PayPal. "Shopventory shares our passion for bringing simple but powerful solutions to small business owners to help them sell more."
PayPal Here enables merchants to accept nearly any type of payment, anywhere. Together with Shopventory, the solution helps small business owners can run and grow their businesses more effectively.
Benefits of Shopventory integration include:
- Monitors sales and automatically deducts the appropriate quantities for each item sold – no more manual recounts
- Instant access to reporting and real-time alerts around the most up-to-date inventory
- Automatic analysis of the data generated by PayPal Here as well as actionable insights.
Pizzeria Improves Performance and Minimizes Losses with Video Surveillance
Hideaway Pizza, a popular dine-in and takeout restaurant chain in Oklahoma, has selected March Networks’ next-generation retail solution to enhance security, reduce shrink, and optimize operations. Hideaway Pizza has already started deploying the video surveillance solution, which includes new March Networks 8000 Series Hybrid Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and MegaPX WDR MiniDome IP cameras. It is using the high-quality video to help improve loss prevention (LP) efforts, as well as increase store performance and profitability.
Working with SageNet LLC, an experienced systems integrator and March Networks certified partner, Hideaway Pizza has already installed the retail solution in several of its newer restaurants. It will also deploy the platform in other locations as required to replace a Windows-based legacy system that cannot be centrally managed. Hideaway Pizza equips each location with as many as 25 cameras, ensuring extensive coverage of its kitchens, cash drawers, bar areas, entrances, exits and parking lots.
The retailer's new March Networks solution includes the 8532 S Hybrid NVR, which delivers crystal-clear video and supports as many as 32 IP cameras or a combination of IP and analog cameras, enabling Hideaway Pizza to cost-effectively transition to high-definition IP video even as it continues to take advantage of its existing analog devices.
The retailer is also deploying MegaPX WDR MiniDomes to ensure clear, high-definition video capture in varied lighting conditions. Completing the solution is March Networks' Visual Intelligence software. The powerful software provides real-time system health monitoring and centralized video management that enables any number of restaurant managers, regional managers and executives to view video records onsite or remotely.
Target Mobile App Updates In-Store Experience
To boost the mobile experience, Target is rolling out a series of updates to the Target app this fall, including location-based and in-store features designed to enhance the in-store experience. The updates include a new weekly ad section that uses the customer's location to provide the weekly deals section at the local Target store.
The weekly ads also link to product pages for more information, to shop the product online or to find the in-store aisle where the product is located. The new section allows customers to view special services or features for each store and connect to Target's Guest Wi-Fi network. In-store Wi-Fi also helps the retailer to determine what kind of content customers are looking for while shopping.
The retailer is also testing a new shopping list feature within its mobile app that allows consumers to add or delete items that are linked to a store. To use the feature, consumers set a store location to create a personalized shopping list. Gesture-based technology, allows the customer to swipe vertically and horizontally to add and remove items.
SecureNet Payment Systems Launches Mobile PayOS App & Card Reader
SecureNet Payment Systems has announced the launch of Mobile PayOS, the latest in mobile payment technology empowering merchants of all sizes to turn any iOS mobile device into a secure mobile payment solution. Mobile PayOS enables business owners to quickly and easily accept payments and manage their business on-the-go. SecureNet’s mobile solution includes a free mobile application and fully encrypted card reader, available for mobile iOS devices today, and soon Android.
SecureNet offers 24/7 live, U.S.-based support and makes it quick and easy for merchants to get started using Mobile PayOS. Providing businesses with more sales opportunities, Mobile PayOS gives merchants the ability to accept debit and credit card payments and track cash payments everywhere in the U.S., using any iOS mobile device. Customizable inventory, tax, sales reporting and staff management settings allow business owners to configure their mobile store exactly how they desire.
SecureNet’s Mobile PayOS enables business owners with multiple employees and locations to quickly manage, sync and share inventory and business settings across multiple Mobile PayOS devices and sleep soundly knowing their data is backed up in the cloud. In-app sales reports and business analytics allow merchants to quickly gain an overall snapshot of their business, wherever their business demands. The app helps speed up the customer checkout process with smart inventory sorting, one-tap sales ticket creation, customized tipping amounts and instant email receipts with transaction geo-location. Mobile PayOS also lets merchants and employees initiate full and partial, hassle-free refunds right from the app.
Through a single, full-service merchant account, SecureNet merchants can securely accept point of sale, online and mobile payments as their business grows and needs change. SecureNet’s scalable merchant accounts allow business owners to manage all aspects of their business from a single location and eliminate accounting headaches with comprehensive reporting and consolidated statements that make reconciliation a breeze.
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