January 14, 2014
NEWS FROM NRF ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPO
Ingenico, Starmount partner to offer retailers a joint mobile chip & PIN solution
NEW YORK –-Ingenico has announced a strategic partnership with Starmount, a provider of mobile software solutions that helps retailers engage with customers across channels by delivering a more personalized shopping experience.
Starmount's Engage™ mobile selling assistant application and Connect™ omni-channel commerce platform are now successfully certified to run on Ingenico’s iSMP mobile payments solution for the iPod touch® and iPhone®, as well as the iSMP Companion for iOS, Android or Windows-based tablets and smartphones.
“Ingenico is experiencing an explosive growth of innovation and demand for integrated mobile payment solutions as more retailers are introducing mobile technology to enable customer-data driven personalized service and secure checkout,“ said Rod Hometh, Vice President of Market Development, Ingenico North America. “By combining Ingenico’s significant footprint in retail and EMV-ready payment products with Starmount’s mobile software platform enables us to create a new way for retailers to service their customers. Our joint solution is designed to free store associates from a cash register, to service and transact with customers in the aisle without ever leaving the customer’s side. ”
The new mobile POS solution grants store associates instant and convenient access to the latest product information, reviews and stock availability across all channels.
“Starmount is pleased to be among the first mobile POS providers to deliver a secure mobile EMV-enabled solution in partnership with Ingenico,” said Greg Davis, Vice President, Product Management, Starmount.
Retailers are able to view and test the joint mobile solution at Ingenico’s booth #3339 at the NRF2014 BIG Show in New York this week.
The Royal Canadian Mint and Ingenico offer a sneak peek into the future of digital currency
Now retailers will, for the first time, be able to accept digital cash from customers conveniently, affordably and securely.
At the 2014 National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & EXPO, happening in New York this week, Ingenico is introducing the first proof-of-concept of the Royal Canadian Mint’s new MintChip digital payment R&D technology.
The solution is first of its kind, enabling MintChip on a POS retail system.
Developed by the Royal Canadian Mint, MintChip is a secure protocol for holding and transferring digital value. Easy to adapt to any recognized national currency, MintChip has many of the attributes of real cash. Its transactions are instant, irrevocable, easy and inexpensive for both consumers and retailers.
During the show, the Royal Canadian Mint will discuss its work on the MintChip platform and demonstrate how retailers can accept cash digitally at an Ingenico point of sale device.
Fujitsu improves self-checkout point of service economics for retailers
Today at the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & EXPO, Fujitsu demonstrated their new second generation U-Scan® Genesis® Retail Solution that enables North American retailers to offer faster self-checkout, while improving PoS economics. The new solution drives store efficiency with its highly-competitive scalability, flexibility, reliability and usability functions.
To help mass merchandisers, do-it-yourself (DIY) stores, drugstores, convenience stores and other retailers achieve these objectives, the compact U-Scan Genesis II solution offers:
• Best-in-class cash handling tools: includes an easier-to-maintain
coin and note dispenser that offers higher capacity, faster and more
accuratevalidation, lower energy consumption and remote capabilities.
• Improved ergonomics: better placement of note and receipt devices, stereo high-fidelity audio, ADA/ANSI compliant, and acclaimed engineering design in self-service.
• Barcode scanning technology choices: Honeywell's newest 2D hybrid image/scanner with integrated produce scales and security tag deactivation technology. Consumers can redeem e-coupons or access loyalty programs from a smart phone bar or quick response (QR) codes.
• LED brilliant blue light bars help direct consumers with their transactions, are synchronized with the U-Scan user interface test, and contain animations and audio guidance.
• Modular security technology: U-Scan Genesis carousel is available in various formats and platform versions, and there are several height bag riser options and expandability up to eight bags, making the modules secure and efficient to meet a broad range of requirements.
• U-Scan 5.0 software: features Windows 7 support, an enhanced mobile that are required for a truly flexible retail system.
"Self-checkout is an important part of the Point of Service mix, particularly for mass merchandisers, and the U-Scan Genesis II solution enables retail establishments to stay ahead of the competition and maximize their return on investment, while exceeding customer expectations," said Brian Yates, director of retail product marketing at Fujitsu. "We continue to build our footprint in the industry by providing self-checkout solutions and services that will support retailers' performance objectives and their commitment to customers."
The U-Scan Genesis II solution is available to retail customers in North
America through Fujitsu, and will be introduced into other international
markets from spring 2014.