Self checkout

Pay Tower Solutions

Wincor Nixdorf, Inc.

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Self-Checkout Solutions

Wincor Nixdorf, Inc.

BEETLE /iSCAN- Self-Checkout Solutions.   +MORE

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Self-checkout Solutions

ITAB Shop Concept AB

Interest in new methods for reliable checkout and payment in shops has increased in recent years. As an alternative to staffed checkouts, ITAB has developed efficient self-checkout solutions which mean that consumers can quickly, conveniently and reliably check and scan items for themselves at the checkout. ITAB’s self-checkout concept provides for cash payment, customer support, surveillance and exiting. The system produces costs savings and frees up resources. The self-checkout solutions are available in several alternatives. One for a high flow that is adapted for larger retail chains, and one for local shops that often use shopping baskets and fewer items. ITAB’s software is compatible with most known POS systems today. +MORE

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Self Checkout Solution

GK Software

GK/Retail Self Checkout is an optional version of GK/Retail POS. It is based entirely on the GK/Retail standard and can be used seamlessly in conjunction with other GK/Retail POS versions. The solution is fully integrated into the GK/Retail background systems and can be used on hardware combinations that can be freely chosen by retailers. This eliminates the need to purchase costly conventional self-checkout hardware and to integrate it into the respective IT landscape. +MORE

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Customer-Facing Technology Solutions

DirectSource

Go the extra mile with in-store customer support tools and digital displays that are engaging and informative. Whether you want to share customized marketing messages or simply give customers better tools for decision-making and payments, Direct Source delivers systems and solutions designed with your customer in mind. +MORE

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Self-Checkout

Fujitsu

The Fujitsu U-Scan® Genesis offers retailers new features, flexibility, scalability, reliability and usability. With its new compact, space-saving footprint, U-Scan Genesis is expected to rapidly expand into new markets in addition to the traditional grocery sector, where Fujitsu has led for many years. Retail formats from larger stores such as mass merchandisers, do-it-yourself (DIY) and warehouse stores, to more space-constrained convenience stores, drugstores discount and specialty retail stores, find the new features and compact design a significant improvement over other self-checkout options. +MORE

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Making Sense of Tech Solutions

Katie Martin, Progressive Grocer Independent

CART’s website is a one-stop shop for retailers looking for the latest technology advances. Technology, and the pace at which it changes, can be overwhelming, especially for independent retailers who are often juggling multiple roles as CEO, COO and CTO of their companies. But technology is also the future, and retailers must hop on the train if they want to succeed. For those that don’t know where to turn, CART (Center for Advancing Retail and Technology) has set up a website, www.advancingretail.org, to act as a conduit for retailers, solution providers and brand manufacturers. +MORE

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In-Store Mobile Marketing Platform

Aisle411

Aisle411’s proprietary, first-of-its-kind indoor retail product location service and mobile platform which allows shoppers to easily navigate through retail stores to find exactly what they want quickly by collecting, organizing and monetizing retailers’ product inventory, location data, and enterprise software space planning systems and store maps. Aisle411 has also partnered with leading indoor positioning technology providers to provide shopper positioning services that drive merchandising insights and allow for engaging shopper experiences. The service ultimately drives higher customer satisfaction and a deeper level of engagement between the retailers and its customers by —simplifying the shopping experience. +MORE

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Customer Self Check Out

Howell Data Systems Inc.

Self scanning solutions are no longer a tool reserved for giant chains. Single store operations running nexPOS are benefitting right now from the introduction of the HDS Self Scan software and hardware platform. +MORE

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CART Weekly Report 8/15/19

CART, Advancing Retail

AMAZON DELIVERY ROBOTS ARE OFFICIALLY ON THE STREETS OF CALIFORNIA | ZDNeT Gary’s Take: Amazon is taking robots to the street as it rolls out a test of last-mile delivery robots in Southern California. Amazon is joining other companies like Starship Technologies and Refraction AI in using automated robots to do home delivery of products. Amazon’s entry into this space will do nothing but speed the transformation of delivery. Supermarkets are an ideal launching point for robotic delivery as the stores are already in the neighborhood and near to shoppers. Watch for this space to begin moving fast. ALEXA, TIME FOR CLASS: HOW ONE UNIVERSITY PUT AN ECHO DOT IN EVERY DORM ROOM | CNET Gary’s Take: Amazon being Amazon is pushing hard in many directions simultaneously as shown by its aggressive deployment of Alexa in a fast growing number of sectors. Already well established in homes, Alexa is moving into cars, the workplace, apartment buildings, libraries, hospitals, and now university dorm rooms.  Amazon’s goal is to make Alexa ubiquitous - the idea being that you are surrounded by ‘Alexa’ throughout your day wherever you are and wherever you go. Voice is on its way to becoming the next primary user interface replacing keyboards. Are you ready? CASHIERLESS STORES MAKE INROADS IN U.S. | Wall Street Journal Gary’s Take: Amazon Go-like technology is beginning to spread fast as Amazon opens new Go stores, Sam’s Club and Giant Eagle test AI driven frictionless shopping and more retailers are entering the space. The technology is potentially game-changing, eliminating a major labor cost and creating a very new shopping experience. According to the article, an estimated 100 retailers around the globe are said to be testing or piloting the technology. AMAZON GETS SERIOUS ABOUT BEING YOUR PERSONAL STYLIST | FORBES Sterling’s Take: The key to Amazon is their relentless pursuit of change. This is probably a good move for Amazon, but it’s not an end game. I’m sure they’re going to continue to evaluate their progress into fashion and continue to iterate. One move isn’t likely to make a dramatic difference. However, continuous evaluations/adjustments over time do. WILL THE NEXT BIG THING SINCE STARBUCKS BE RUN BY ROBOTS | RetailWire Sterling’s Take: I don’t think there’s any question that robotics will play a more prominent role in coffee and foodservice in the future. But that doesn’t mean humans aren’t ever involved – it starts to free people up to focus on things that humans are just better at: customer interaction, developing the experiences around the robots, etc. The unrelenting march of technology will continue on. It’s up to us to make sure we’re using them to improve human experiences, not just replace them. WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY: THE RETAIL APOCALYPSE CONTINUES | Gary Hawkins RETAILERS: HOW DO YOU EVALUATE NEW INNOVATIVE SOLUTION PROVIDERS | Gary Hawkins SOLUTION PROVIDERS: WHAT PROBLEM ARE YOU SOLVING? | Gary Hawkins HAPPENINGS: UPCOMING RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION DAYS/EVENTS WAKEFERN - August 21, 2019 IMPERIAL DISTRIBUTORS - September 5, 2019 CGA STRATEGIC CONFERENCE 2019 - September 29-October 1, 2019 RETAIL REVOLUTION AT PORTLAND STATE - October 24, 2019 THE DISINTERMEDIATION CHALLENGE In this new Retail Tomorrow podcast, recorded at GMDC’s annual GM conference in Denver, the focus was on the ways in which startups are working to disintermediate traditional retailers … how retailers can turn these innovations to their own advantage … why cultural resistance within companies can be the ultimate enemy of progress … and even brainstorm about a business model that could’ve made Toys R Us relevant again. You can listen to the Retail Tomorrow podcast here, or on iTunes or GooglePlay. The Retail Tomorrow podcast series is a production of GMDC, the Global Market Development Center. Featuring : • Patrick Fore, CEO and co-founder of Fleat. • Sterling Hawkins, co-founder of the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART). The host: Kevin Coupe, MorningNewsBeat’s “ContentGuy.” Pictured, left to right: Patrick Fore, Kevin Coupe, Sterling Hawkins E-COMMERCE IN THE AGE OF ‘i’ [Webinar Recap] Retail expert Gary Hawkins reveals how Amazon sellers must leverage new innovations and customer centricity to provide personalized shopping experiences. By Natalie Taylor August 7, 2019 GROCERYSHOP - September 15-18, 2019 at the Venetian in Las Vegas ​MINDING THE GAPS - CGA STRATEGIC CONFERENCE 2019 - Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, September 29-October 1, 2019 GMDC SELF-CARE SUMMIT - October 3 thru 7, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN X/SPECS 2019 - October 15 thru 17, 2019 at the Waldorf Astoria, Orlando  Store Design in the Age of “I” - Wednesday, 11:30am-12:15pm THE RETAIL REVOLUTION at PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR RETAIL LEADERSHIP - Portland, Oregon - October 24, 2019 12:30-5:00pm SPECS SHOW 2020 - The ForeFront of Physical Retail - March 15-17, 2020, Gaylord Texan, Dallas CART COMMUNITY. GET ON THE INSIDE. MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS.  Become part of the epicenter of retail innovation exclusive network. The place where retail decision makers and solution providers come together to advance retail into the future. ✔️Blogs ✔️Newsletter ✔️Webinars ✔️Accelerator ✔️Pitch Events ✔️Solution Spotlights  ✔️Innovation Programs ✔️Educational Content FOR RETAILERS>> Proven programs to advance your business FOR SOLUTIONS>> Your growth engine into retail VIEW ALL SOLUTIONS HERE CONTACT US TELL ME HOW TO GET MY SOLUTION ADDED TO CART Get the CART Weekly Report delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. Quote of the Week: Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. ~William Pollard +MORE

CART Weekly Report 5/2/19

CART, Advancing Retail

AMAZON’S PROFIT MORE THAN DOUBLES ON 17% RISE IN SALES | Wall Street Journal Gary’s Take: Some readers will remember in the 1980s when then President Reagan harnessed the powerful US economy to burgeoning military innovation, triggering an arms race that eventually bankrupted the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War. This strategy became known as the Reagan Doctrine. Well today we have the Amazon Doctrine. Jeff Bezos has linked his company’s massive financial resources to tech innovation in a bid to completely disrupt many sectors of retail. Amazon’s just released record profits, linked with investing in speeding delivery to 1 day for Prime members, is the Amazon Doctrine in action. While other companies have tried to base strategy on tech what is different now is the point in time we are at: We are at the inflection point on the exponential growth curve of technology and Amazon is opening up a growing gap with competitors. Speeding up delivery is a ‘prime’ example. WILL SHOPPABLE ADS HELP WALMART’S VUDU COMPETE WITH AMAZON AND NETFLIX | Retail Wire Sterling’s Take: Free content will most always be a draw to some degree. And if the shoppable content is easy to use and meaningful to users, it will only add to it. Sounds like many brands have already bought in … but Walmart has some catching up to do with regards to original programming. Amazon and Netflix are so far ahead in creating really great (sometimes viral) content — it remains to be seen if Walmart can carve out a viable niche with “basic-cable” content. AI-POWERED, VOICE-CAPABLE CHATBOT HELPS SHOPPERS MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE IN STORES | RetailWire Sterling’s Take: To me it’s a question of where they can add meaningful value, and I think BevMo! has found a use case here with SmartAisle. It’s something that (especially at this stage) isn’t appropriate for all retail verticals or chains, but I can definitely see them complementing more sales associates in the not too distant future. WHAT’S REALLY DRIVING DISRUPTION? (HINT: IT’S NOT TECHNOLOGY) | RetailWire Sterling’s Take: 100% — innovation + disruption has very little to do with technology and everything to do with our thinking (decoupling or otherwise). It’s why Steve Jobs could take an invention from Xerox 20 years prior and create the personal computer industry. Or why RC vehicles were my favorite as a kid, but today we call them drones and they’re doing everything from delivery to military duty. Technology is the enabler and sometimes the result — not the disruptor in and of themselves. The biggest thing missing amongst retailers and brands today is an innovation culture, a group of people that can cultivate new ideas and perspectives beyond the status quo — and execute on them. Labs, innovation groups, etc. can help, but they tend to be siloed. What we can do is bring that kind of “startup” thinking, self starting and exponential aims into the entire organization. Is it confronting? Maybe … Does it work? Definitely. KOHL’S GOES ALL IN ON AMAZON RETURNS | RetailWire Sterling’s Take: My mom used to have a saying for this — “it’s cheaper to milk a cow than buy one.” That is, if everything Amazon is looking for from Kohl’s comes at a low cost, why do they need to move forward with anything else? I’m sure Kohl’s is keeping their fingers crossed for a deeper relationship, but Amazon will only drive from the data, numbers and performance that makes sense. FEATURED BLOG OF THE WEEK:  PERSONALIZATION AND RELEVANCY CAN BE A GAME CHANGER FOR INDEPENDENTS by David Kiehle, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Smart.Market, Inc HAPPENINGS: COMMERCE IN THE CONSUMER AGE: HOW HUMANITY AND TECHNOLOGY COME TOGETHER TO CREATE A NEW VISION FOR RETAIL - Criteo Commerce Forum May 9, 2019  CREATING ROI IN THE FUTURE OF AR/VR IN RETAIL: HOW RETAILERS ARE USING VR/AR TO ACHIEVE GROWTH, PROFITABILITY, AND CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE GOALS - May 14, 2019 Questions? Contact Retail and eCommerce Committee Event Co-Chair, Sterling Hawkins via email:sterling.hawkins@advancingretail.org DISRUPTIVE LEADERSHIP & THE SELFCARE REVOLUTION​, Boston Immersion Event  Apply to present at Retail Tomorrow Labs: Boston - Applications due June 15th, 2019 Full Agenda Get on the Inside - CART Community Become part of the epicenter of retail innovation exclusive network. The place where retail decision makers and solution providers come together to advance retail into the future. FOR RETAILERS>> Proven programs to advance your business FOR SOLUTIONS>>Your growth engine into retail VIEW ALL SOLUTIONS HERE CONTACT US TELL ME HOW TO GET MY SOLUTION ADDED TO CART Get the CART Weekly Report delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. +MORE

Smart shopping carts are changing the future of brick and mortar supermarkets

Eduardo Sanchez-Iriarte, Director Of Operations, Caper Labs

It’s offline grocery shopping; you want to go in, shop fast, save money and have a good time. However, the only thing standing between you and your dinner is a 30-minute line. Both owners and customers agree it’s not a pleasant experience; the former is losing money, the latter is wasting time. This is where shopping cart and A.I. converges. Although that may sound like the movie I, Robot in a grocery store, smart shopping carts are already changing the future of brick and mortar supermarkets. (Be at ease, there is no risk that an army of brainy carts are going to rise against humanity.) According to an article published by Chain Store Age last summer, “almost all Americans say someone in their family shops for groceries in person at least once a month, with 83% going at least once a week.” That’s a big number of shoppers to catch. And store owners know the toughest win is not the first visit as much as their loyalty. “I love this store. It offers great variety of products and an amazing shopping experience” is the kind of comment I hear people say when they visit a supermarket that cares about shopper experience. Friction at the last touchpoint – long wait at the cashier – defeats that perfect experience. What happens, then, when a store is equipped with Caper Carts? A regular shopper - Jamie - is running late to prepare a pecan pie for a dinner party, but she’s right on time to hit rush hour in the closest supermarket. Let’s follow along with her: Upon arrival, aware of the long lines waiting for her in every cashier lane, she takes a Caper Cart knowing it’s a self-checkout cart that will make her experience faster. Jamie starts shopping using Caper. Jamie wants to buy pecans. There’s a green button on the Caper cart screen: Add Produce. She taps it, types pecans’ PLU and tosses the bag of pecans into the Caper cart. Pecan is priced by weight, and (thankfully) the entire Caper cart is a scale! Jamie can directly weigh the item by tossing the pecans into the cart, and click “Add to Cart”. Easy! Time to go to dairy. As she walks around the store heading to the dairy section, Nearby Deals and promotions are popping on the screen making it easier for her to discover Domino Sugar has a 33% discount. Jamie scans the Domino Sugar’s barcode, and puts it into her cart. The item is registered into the list. Now she’s looking for crust. Jamie taps Find Product on the screen, types “pie crust”, and finds it in Aisle 4. Good for her - all the staff are busy dealing with the long lines! As Jamie scans and tosses products in the basket, she’s also bagging; the basket is equipped with bagging rails to make the shopping process easy as scan, bag, go. She’s done gathering her ingredients. She’s ready to pay: taps Checkout, makes sure all the items are correctly priced in the list and accepts. Since her information is stored from previous visits, Jamie chooses to send the receipt to her email with one tap on the screen - going paperless! What would have been a 45-minute trip to the neighborhood store took only 10 minutes. She even walked out with a bigger bag of sugar thanks to the discount she discovered. It’s as easy as it sounds. Moreover, while Jamie was shopping, the smart shopping cart was collecting hundreds of images and information on each purchased product. This data will soon help enable the scanless version where the shoppers can just toss products in the basket (no scanning needed!), pay and go! On the data side, supermarkets are on the winning team. Collecting information has proven to be not only used for inventory decisions, but also for restructuring product and shelf location, optimizing shopper’s critical path, and upsells. In the grocery industry, it means keeping track of what time they come, what aisles they visit the most, what promotions they like, the average time they stay, what products they buy frequently, and etc. Increasing the basket size is no longer a challenge if grocers can show tailored recommendations to shoppers. Why wouldn’t I buy an extra box of my favorite cereal if I see on the Caper screen that I’ll get $1 off today if I buy two? The race to catch up with technology is a tough one for brick and mortar supermarkets. Caper can enable all of this experience with a plug-and-play solution. No need to renovate the store or change its operations. Bringing in Caper Carts is the way to take a store’s shopping experience to the next level! +MORE

Atomo

Atomo

Atomo solves the problem of collecting data on customer interaction with a brick and mortar retail store. Every day 3.4 million people go to work to sell billions of products across a 2.3 trillion dollar industry. Each product has a story. The key to selling that product is telling the right story at the right time to the right customer. Amazon figured out two decades ago the key to telling the right story is gathering data, iterating, improving with each shopper. With 3.4 million sales staff brands, distributors, and stores have no way to gather that data. No way to iterate and improve their story, no way to learn what works and what doesn’t. The brick and mortar store is treated like a black box with only binary data, a product sold or it didn’t. Atomo solves this problem. Pulling back the curtain on the black box. For the first time stories, distributors, and brands can look at what stories converted and what didn’t, what caught attention but didn’t sell, what is the missing link. No process can be optimized if it is not first measured. Atomo allows the in-person sales experience to be measured. +MORE

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Atomo in store augmented reality for engaging and learning from customers

Atomo

Atomo solves the problem of collecting data on customer interaction with a brick and mortar retail store. Every day 3.4 million people go to work to sell billions of products across a 2.3 trillion dollar industry. Each product has a story. The key to selling that product is telling the right story at the right time to the right customer. Amazon figured out two decades ago the key to telling the right story is gathering data, iterating, improving with each shopper. With 3.4 million sales staff brands, distributors, and stores have no way to gather that data. No way to iterate and improve their story, no way to learn what works and what doesn’t. The brick and mortar store is treated like a black box with only binary data, a product sold or it didn’t. Atomo solves this problem. Pulling back the curtain on the black box. For the first time stories, distributors, and brands can look at what stories converted and what didn’t, what caught attention but didn’t sell, what is the missing link. No process can be optimized if it is not first measured. Atomo allows the in-person sales experience to be measured. +MORE

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Mobile App Development - Octal IT Soltuion

Octal IT Solution

Octal IT Solution owns a professional team of mobile developers having 10+ years experience in industry with proven record of 10,000+ applications delivered. You can hire dedicated mobile application developers from our team at best price. We are committed to provide best solution with in definite time frame promising 24x7 supports. +MORE

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The Innovation Imperative: Register for the CART Retail Innovation Pitch Event

Center for Advancing Retail and Technology, CART

The supermarket industry is increasingly driven by innovation - one has to look no further than Amazon’s impact as a catalyst to the industry moving online, new services, and capabilities. Self-shopping, in-home and in-car delivery, voice-based commerce, and more are all areas of innovation that are transforming the industry. One of the major challenges traditional retailers of any size have is simply trying to be aware of what new innovation is coming into the industry. To put this in perspective: Walmart recently created a new subsidiary called Store No. 8 to focus on discovering and investing in new key technologies like AI and automation. The Store No. 8 team reviews around 750 new solutions each year. The CART team is currently reviewing an estimated 1,200 new solutions each year - about 100 per month. That’s the pace tech-fueled innovation is moving at and every day that goes on the innovation gap is growing larger. One way CART is helping traditional retailers learn about powerful new capabilities is through the twice a year Pitch Event. This year we’re doing something new, opening up the pitch event as a live webcast to members of the industry to participate. Held this year in partnership with Winsight Grocery Business and sponsored by dunnhumby, the CART Retail Innovation Pitch Event will be held Tuesday, May 15, at 2pm Eastern.  CART has sorted through the hundreds of applicants to the pitch event to focus in on a handful of compelling and powerful new capabilities for retailers. This is a great way for all members of the industry - retailers, wholesalers, and brand manufacturers - to learn about new capabilities coming into the industry and have an opportunity to hear directly from these innovators as they pitch their solutions. Supermarket retailers now find themselves on a new playing field, competing with some of the world’s leading technology companies and having to respond to fast consumer adoption of new technologies. The CART Retail Innovation Pitch Webcast is the way to efficiently gain insight to what’s coming. We look forward to having you join us for this special industry event! +MORE

ShoppiGo

Shoppi

Being non-customer-centric is the biggest threat to any business. Join Shoppi Shoppi is an innovative mobile commerce and social media platform that allows you to sell to and mesh with a mobile, on-the-go audience. It also operates as a ‘Point of Sale’ software, allowing you to accept face to face payments through in-store hardware. With ShoppiGo, you can access a wealth of active shoppers without any need for additional SEO or marketing budgets; our software handles all this for you. The Shoppi marketplace breaks from traditional online shopping, allowing you to engage with audience via multimedia content, such as videos, blogs and images. This way, you can contemplate current, and attract new audiences. Shoppi stores all sales, traffic and other key data, and presents it to you in the form of info graphics, so that you gain simplified and vital insights into your business. Streamline your sales process and increase your business agility, all with Shoppi.   +MORE

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Delightle

DeliTreat AB

We empower retail businesses and brands to build the ever lasting personalised customer relationships that power effortless marketing, loyalty, mobile payments, self-checkout, growth, and overall success. We believe that every size businesses should enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology that allows them to offer valuable, relevant, and engaging personalised customer experiences. This is what the core of our innovation and driving us to deliver success stories.  Delightle offers brick and mortar retailers a completely new innovative technology for making real-time personalized loyalty marketing requiring no integration with the POS to drive customer retention.  +MORE

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Bleu Payment

Bleu Tech Enterprises, Inc.

Bleu uses Bluetooth technology to consciously harness data in order to deliver enhanced mobile payment experiences for people. We are the only out of the box, plug and play, point of sale solution, using cutting edge technology to keep the merchant future proof for the lifetime of their business. The Bleu point of sale accepts all traditional forms of payment like cash, credit or debit, new forms of payment, like chip cards and mobile phones and all future forms of payment over Bluetooth, which could mean lower fees for the merchant at the point of sale. +MORE

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Triden Systems Restaurant Order Solution

Triden Systems Inc

Triden Systems provides quick-serve restaurants with self-service kiosk ordering hardware and software, and a connected online/mobile ordering solution, that enables restaurants to accelerate and simplify the ordering process while reducing their labor costs.  Here are the three separate but connected platforms: 1.In-store: Our primary focus is the self-service kiosk.  Customers use it to place and pay for their order.  It consists of a 21 inch touch screen monitor, an ITX computer, a thermal printer and a credit card terminal which takes credit cards including EMV and contactless payment. 2.Online: We provide restaurants with a portal that has a standard layout.  Restaurant simply upload their menus and logos, customize as needed, then invite their customers to start ordering. 3.Mobile: This is an adapted version of the online portal.  Our iOS and Android apps enable customers to order their food directly through their smartphones.  Triden Systems will provide each store with a POS unit.  All orders received, whether via kiosk, online or mobile are routed through the POS.   The POS is also able to accept cash for walk-in customers who do not wish to use credit cards. +MORE

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Retail Innovation Report: 2016 Trends, Insights & Analysis

CART

2016 is the year that retail hit an inflection point, technology fueled innovation exploding across the industry, transforming and disrupting every step of the supply chain. And for those executives who are shell-shocked at the pace of change, it is only going to increase. There are no time-outs. Faster and cheaper computer processing is powering growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. These capabilities in turn feeding on massive big data, and powerful new capabilities delivered to even the smallest merchants via the cloud. Technology is becoming democratized, sophisticated solutions no longer the sole province of the largest companies. Indeed, we are entering a period where smaller companies can leverage their ability to move fast, unencumbered by large organizations and legacy infrastructure. Technology is fundamental to retail success and piloting new innovations is fast becoming a required discipline for retailers, wholesalers, and brand manufacturers. Industry innovation is now being driven by consumer adoption of new technologies, an uncomfortable place for many retail executives as they grapple with power shifting to the end consumer/ +MORE

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Payment Acceptance

NDMS

We enable your business to authorize and transmit payment transactions by credit cards, debit cards, private label cards, gift cards, business cards, and other electronic payment methods. We settle the transactions through the MasterCard® and Visa® networks (American Express & Discover also included) and deposit the funds directly into your business checking account. The NDMS platform is comprehensive and can securely and reliably process billions of credit and debit transactions every year. From authorization and capture, clearing and settling services, to critical customer support functions, our goal is to deliver total value that meets our clients' needs and exceeds their expectations – becoming a long-term, trusted adviser and preferred processor. +MORE

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Retail Innovation Report: Q3 2016 Trends, Insights & Analysis

CART

The future is coming into focus as the economics and operational benefits of emerging technology become more clear. What is also clear is just how fast technology-fueled innovation is moving and the grand visions that Amazon, Google, and others have for marketplace transformation. As the digital and physical worlds of retail meld, industry executives in even staid sectors like supermarket retailing increasingly realize that they ignore innovation at their own peril. The Q3 2016 emerging technologies, drones and 3D printing, offer no better example of the industry transformation we are on the cusp of. Retail industry executives must keep in mind that we have entered a time of exponential technology growth and innovation may appear to move slowly but then quickly hit a tipping point and explode across the market. Consider that Amazon has been in business twenty years but has tripled in size in just the past five years. Or Uber quickly becoming a multi-billion dollar company in less than five years.  +MORE

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Transparent Touch-Screen

taptl

taptl invented a transparent touch-screen. Think of taptl’s technology as a giant transparent iPad. Anything you can do on a TV or computer monitor, you can do on a taptl unit. The technology connects via HDMI and USB, and can include custom features such as Bluetooth, wifi, cameras and speakers. When installed into a storefront, retailers can work with their vendors to advertise on the window (via sublease), sell items directly from the window (stores are never closed), and collect data from the window. This technology truly ushers windows into the internet of things era. +MORE

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PeaCube

PeaCube Communications, Inc.

"Word of Mouth" is the most effective form (judged by actual purchases completed) of advertisement by a large distance.  Reference The Boston Consulting Group, September 2015 Report "What Really Shapes the Customer Experience" - Exhibit 1, Page 7.  In the retail sector, customer service is assessed to be almost as important as price in influencing the purchase decision.    PeaCube solves the problem of a) capturing and b) broadcasting / scaling "Word of Mouth" advertising from individual shoppers who have visited a physical store.  As a proxy or barometer for "word of mouth", we use a 5-star rating model that mimicks the experience of rating an UBER or Lyft ride.   The Solution is a software that PeaCube provides to the store, so the shopper does NOT download anything, and which enables the store to message the shopper to rate their experience AFTER they have left the store.  +MORE

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Retail Innovation Report: Q1 2016 Trends, Insights & Analysis

CART

With more than 45,000 users, the CART platform provides powerful insight to what technologies and innovation the industry is focused on. “eCommerce remains the top priority but we’re seeing retailers taking a collective breath to understand implications and integrations to other systems before jumping in,” said Gary Hawkins, CEO of CART, “what’s new is the fast growing interest we’re seeing in virtual and augmented reality and IoT.” The Q1 2016 report also speaks to the growing innovation-implementation gap as the industry is increasingly challenged to keep up with and implement new innovative capabilities. +MORE

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Retail Innovation Report: 2015 FMCG Trends, Insights & Analysis

CART

The eCommerce buzz is becoming reality as FMCG retailers push online shopping solutions to the top of the CART Composite Index with a score of 4.31, reaching 215% above the average. FMCG retailers are also focused on in-store marketing, inventory management and self-checkout amongst several other major trends.  The CART Composite Index measures search activity and solution engagement from more than 30,000 users representing retailers in every state in the U.S. +MORE

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