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Industry News - December 19th, 2008



Smart Card Alliance Introduces New Contactless and Mobile Payments Tools 

Smart Card Alliance Contactless and Mobile Payments introduces new tools for retailers accepting or thinking about accepting contactless and mobile payments. Retailers can now access a model to calculate return on investment (ROI) for accepting contactless payments, as well as an online discussion forum to interact with and ask industry experts questions and post comments about contactless and mobile payments.

The model asks retailers to enter data specific to their business, such as revenue, store information, payment transaction information (volume, type and cost of transactions), transaction speed, expected changes in transaction volume and speed after contactless payments are accepted, and implementation costs.

With this information, the model then calculates an ROI based on increase in revenue, savings from fewer chargebacks, reduced cash handling and improved operational efficiency and incremental costs of implementing contactless payments.


CipherLab Releases 1660 Pocket-Size Scanner

CipherLab launches the CipherLab 1660 Pocket-size Scanner, a BT wireless-enabled device designed to increase employee productivity and data capture accuracy in the field. The CipherLab 1660 is a small and lightweight wireless barcode reade. When paired with a portable computer, smartphone or PDA, it provides remote workers with mobility and helps boost the efficiency of data collection applications.

The CipherLab 1660 Pocket-size Scanner can be used with many standard mobile devices, such as the Windows Mobile Pocket PC and the BlackBerry. It offers the following features:

-A working range of up to 10 meters (32.8 feet)
-100 scans per second
- 256 KB of data memory
- Weight of 50 grams (less than two ounces)


Honeywell Introduces New Long-Range Laser Scanning

Honeywell announces that its latest release, the Dolphin 7850 Mobile Computer now features long-range laser scanning options that bring distant or hard-to-reach bar codes into the user's hands.

The 7850 is compact and lightweight and has an upward angled screen for viewing and an integrated pistol grip. The rugged chassis, composed of an internal magnesium alloy frame, can endure multiple drops onto concrete from 1.5 meters and over 2,000 tumbles from 1 meter.

The three new scanning options available for the 7850 - high performance, long range and advanced long range - provide usability from five to up to 30 feet, meeting the requirements common in warehouse and distribution environments where bar codes residing on shelves, pallets and loading docks can read from various distances.

The mobile computer, running Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and featuring integrated 802.11 b/g WiFi communication, provides real-time access to information between the enterprise and the mobile worker while providing a standardized platform for application development. With the incorporated Shift-PLUS power management technology, the 7850 can perform for 10 hours or more on a single charge.


The Pantry Licenses Test & Learn Software

The Pantry licenses Applied Predictive Technology's Test & Learn Management System, Test & Learn for its sites.

The Pantry chose APT after a brief pilot where analyses was conducted across the organization, including: food service installations, human resource management programs and product pricing. The team at APT was able to demonstrate the value of institutionalizing a Test & Learn process across the network and plans are in place to continue and expand the breadth of testing.

"Especially in this economy, gaining insights into costly programs before rollout is an excellent means of maintaining a true competitive advantage," says Frank Paci, CFO of The Pantry. "APT's Test & Learn Suite allows us to quickly and easily investigate the success of programs, tailor them to maximize profits and then roll them out across our stores - generating enormous valu


Tomax and Revionics Announce Strategic Partnership for Optimizing Workforce

Tomax and Revionics announce plans to partner together in two key areas of need for grocery retailers: Workforce Optimization and Price Optimization.

Under the agreement, Workforce Optimization, will be offered by Revionics on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis. In addition, Tomax will offer the Revionics Advanced Pricing System (RAPS) to supplement and enhance its Revenue Management portfolio.

The scope of this partnership includes joint marketing and sales, technical integration, implementation coordination solution delivery and enhanced technical support.


Spartan Stores Deploys Retalix Dock Scheduling

Spartan Stores deploys the Retalix Dock Scheduling software application at two of its distribution centers.Retalix Dock Scheduling uses appointment-scheduling functions to optimize resources, predict labor demands, facilitate carrier scheduling via the Web and streamline the flow of goods through the distribution center. The solution tracks due dates, forecasts estimated loading and unloading durations, and recommends the appropriate warehouse dock and door.

"Our Retalix Dock Scheduling implementation has been a big success," says Tom West, traffic manager for Spartan Stores. "We have found it to be extremely user-friendly, which has contributed to an overwhelming carrier acceptance. This acceptance has led to a significant increase in our Web scheduling and allowed us to streamline our appointment process and cut our manned appointment line-hours in half."

Spartan Stores is also a long-time user of Retalix Traffic Management, which provides freight management for planning, procurement, execution, settlement, visibility and supplier control. The company also recently licensed Retalix Yard Management, which automates the yard and dock management process through advanced, predictive logic and optimization algorithms.

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