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The future of blockchain within the supply chain

December 6th, 2019

Hundreds of businesses are jumping into what blockchain has to offer. Early investors have come to find that there is tangible proof surrounding the positive benefits of how blockchain is integrating itself into supply chain management. Companies using blockchain will likely save more money, by losing fewer products/items and be...

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What drives consumers’ loyalty?

December 2th, 2019

As a retailer, getting your customers to be loyal to your brand is the holy grail. However, in an increasingly mobile centric world that has fundamentally changed the way consumers shop, does the traditional points scheme still tick the boxes or is loyalty dead?  

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Why your customers deserve more than just another price checker

December 2th, 2019

The path to purchasing items for shoppers is more complicated than ever before. With shopper preferences and multiple channels, it is harder for retailers to track this process than it used to be. Many retailers and grocery stores have introduced the use of price checkers in their stores, allowing their customers to find out the...

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4 Reasons retailers should upgrade to area imagers

December 2th, 2019

Out with the old and in with the new. Traditionally speaking, the days of laser scanners reading linear barcodes is nearly out the door. Though this advancement greatly simplified the checkout experience, there are new updates around the corner, especially with the massive power of Area-Imaging scanners and how they are taking o...

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Is your mPOS keeping up with you?

October 28th, 2019

With the mobile payment market still growing well, some people asked us “Do you have anything less breakable than an iPad for payments?”. The answer could not have been anything else than “of course”!

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Digital marketing and loyalty apps grab a hold of new retail technology

October 25th, 2019

In convenience stores, fast food restaurants, pharmacies, jewellery stores, and boutiques counter space is limited. To complete the transaction, cashiers lean on their experience and decide to move the items to the scanner or grab the scanner and move it over the items. Simple, right? In theory, yes. However, making a scanner th...

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Reinvent store operations with staff enablement

October 23th, 2019

The cycle of change in retail today is accelerating faster than ever before. Retail stores are always trying to compete with internet shopping, which provides customers with faster access to the products they are looking for and is more accessible. 

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How having a POS system can help grow your small business?

October 23th, 2019

For most shop owners, the sound of the cash register opening is music to their ears. But today most stores have changed from the original cash register and moved to "Point-of-Sales" (POS) system. The reason POS systems have grown so popular in today’s retail world is that they do not just ring up sales. POS systems keep track of...

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Staying relevant in the retail industry

October 23th, 2019

Retailers must continuously adapt to shoppers needs and desires to stay relevant within the industry. Associates have to acquire new skill sets. Technology must contain in-store and supply chain updates to keep customers interested. You need to be the hero everyone needs, and work with your retail-faced end users to ensure they ...

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Aisle to aisle increasing retail efficiency

October 23th, 2019

Look at where we've come from the days of scavenging through aisle upon aisle of products and waiting in a long line at the checkout counters. We've entered a more modern age of shopping with the best of the best technological advances popping up around every corner. According to a 2019 study by Store of the Future, approximatel...

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What needs to be done to improve shopper satisfaction

May 24th, 2019

With the booming of e-commerce, which makes purchasing items faster and with better deals, more and more customers try to buy most things online.However, physical stores are still going strong due to consumers want to see and feel the products they are purchasing. Even though, physical stores are struggling to keep up with the e...

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What to consider when choosing a POS printer for your business?

May 24th, 2019

No matter the type of business you are working in, hospitality, retail, or something else, your main goal is to keep you customer satisfied by making the order and check-out process as convenient as possible. In an era where almost everything can be purchased online, you need to provide ultimate customer service in order for the...

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Winning the future of frictionless: 5 key areas of retail transformation to consider

May 24th, 2019

Both physical and online stores have their strengths and weaknesses. Online, you can’t touch and feel merchandise; offline, it’s harder to compare products and prices between limitless brands and choices. With mobile, you can always be connected to the two channels, but sometimes these channels don’t connect experiences or conte...

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Brick & mortar – but no walls!

May 24th, 2019

Create an ideal retail experience by breaking down barriers. From the moment your customers’ customers interact with their marketing campaigns, throughout their store, until the point-of-sale, and product pickup or delivery, they need to provide an unforgettable experience. How? By employing the right IoT tools and data insights...

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What’s trending in Retail Tech?

May 24th, 2019

Below we present to you the 7 top trends in the retail tech, which will help you stay ahead of the game. 

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Self-service sells!

May 24th, 2019

Self-service is growing exponentially in all areas of retail, hotels, restaurants, healthcare, and banking environments. Customers increasingly expect self-service technology options and traditional brick-and-mortar stores are no exception. Retailers are looking for ways to implement technology to enrich customer experiences by ...

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3 Top tips on Social selling for ISVS and VARS

May 24th, 2019

What is social selling?   Social selling is the process of creating an online relationship and supporting potential customers on various social platforms, with the purpose of directly helping individuals to purchase your product. The biggest key in being successful in the last part of the sales funnel is through social selling. ...

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Interactive kiosks for an optimal shopping experience

March 25th, 2019

Today's connected consumers have higher expectations than ever before. They want seamless and enjoyable experiences, and they want to choose how they research, shop, and fulfil their purchases. While the retail industry is witnessing the undeniable rise of digital channels, the physical stores remain at the heart of the shopping...

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4 Top Challenges in Retail

March 25th, 2019

When it comes to retail, trends keep changing and evolving, and sometimes they take you by surprise finding you unprepared for the new reality. That is why you always need to be up-to-date and ready to face any new challenges. Below you can find the 4 top challenges in retail and suggested solutions, which will help you determin...

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Is there a future for loyalty?

March 25th, 2019

  The way that we shop is changing and consumers simply do not want to have a purse or wallet full of loyalty cards anymore. Customer loyalty needs to go beyond having a points-based scheme, it needs to have the customer front and centre. In a world where 85% of us have a smartphone, the whole concept of swiping a card at the ti...

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Digital Workplaces and ISVs

March 25th, 2019

Will software applications remain as relevant as the digital workplace evolves? This is a question that many ISVs find themselves asking as we push forward in the digital age. As a demand for updated software and hardware solutions is heightened in the workplace, ISVs will need to find ways to allow end-users to conduct business...

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How to manage losses from self-checkout

December 5th, 2018

The ECR Community Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group (OSA) together with NCR launched a comprehensive report that assesses the potential impact of self-checkout (SCO) technologies on retail loss and provides best practices and guidance on how to address and balance risks. This report identifies a variety of best-practice ...

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Personal Shopping Solution: Scan as you shop

December 5th, 2018

Research conducted by our partner Zebra shows that almost two-thirds (64%) of shoppers want an improved shopping experience. Some within the organisation may understand the benefits of self-scanning hardware but will be less familiar with the additional benefits of a fully integrated Personal Shopping Solution (PSS). The gathere...

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Take cloud printing to a new level

December 5th, 2018

The range of cloud printing applications is endless and can include customer online ordering within retail and hospitality as well as corporate print tasks such as warehouse order picking:

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Case study: UK retailer modernizes its outlet price markdown process

December 5th, 2018

The challenge As everything is being digitally transformed and becomes more modern, any industry and store need to keep up with these changes and adapt to new technologies. The same was the thought process of a UK high street retailer, who decided to modernize its price markdown system.

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How to build a smart city: The case of smart Santander

December 5th, 2018

Before going into how a smart city can be built, let’s first try and explain what a smart city is. Although there is no precise definition of a smart city, there are some components that are vital for one. A smart city first and foremost should engage the society. There is no smart city without an engaged citizen. A smart city a...

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Cashing in on the mobile barcode revolution

November 9th, 2018

Over seven and a half billion mobile phones are in service around the world. With more mobile subscriptions than people on the planet today, the mobile phone is the one device that virtually all your customers of all ages carry, all of the time. Your customers are always looking for new ways that this little device can make thei...

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The 7 benefits of having a cloud-based POS system

November 9th, 2018

Traditional POS systems have been proven very beneficial for any industry. However, as technology is evolving so do the needs of both businesses and consumers. Part of this next-generation way or working is also the cloud-based POS. More than 35% of operators have stated that “cloud POS is a priority for their next POS upgrade”....

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Frictionless checkout: Delivering "just right" experiences for the customer

November 9th, 2018

Based on the Goldilocks principle, everyone keeps looking for things that are “just right” for them. Similar to Goldilocks, who within the family of bears tries to find what she considers “just right” for her, every customer seeks an experience that fits perfectly in their lives and expectations. As the role of physical stores i...

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How digital transformation is shaping the retail landscape: A global retail research study

November 9th, 2018

Digital transformation is the single most disruptive driver of retail change. In this age of digital transformation, retailers are increasingly faced with the challenge of delighting and engaging customers “at the moment” by providing a seamless experience — both online and in-store. A research conducted by Honeywell and YouGov ...

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Android: The big migration has started

October 31th, 2018

“When creating solutions, always keep in mind that everything is and should be connected. That is what takes the customer experience to the next level. We, in Google, are creating an Operating System, partners are creating the devices, and the key in this solution is how these can be used together to be able to deliver better ex...

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Here's how the first fully automated 'Cash and Carry' was launched in Denmark

October 18th, 2018

Introducing an automated system into a retail store represents a cutting-edge project that needs the right technology in place if it is to be a success.

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Meeting expectations with frictionless commerce

October 18th, 2018

Adapting to meet customers expectation through the latest checkout solutions is a key goal for many businesses.

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Taking the customer focussed path to multi-channel success

October 18th, 2018

Did you know that four out of five customers use a smartphone while they shop? And that 80% would prefer a more mobile-optimised shopping experience?

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Taking advantage of Tablet POS

October 18th, 2018

It’s becoming well known that tablet POS offers the advantages of versatile cloud-based software alongside compact, low cost hardware.

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BlueStar POS - What your solutions distributor can do for you

October 18th, 2018

Think of us your warehouse as we work with you, so you can concentrate on your key goals.

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The Omni-Channel World is Stressing Operations

October 18th, 2018

Operational intelligence doesn't happen in the cloud – it happens on the ground. In your business, every minute of every day. Not only do you want to get there, you want to get there smartly. Honeywell delivers the solutions that get you to your goals. In a connected world, our ergonomic, high performance devices work together s...

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How to be a retail innovator

October 18th, 2018

Did you know that physical stores still account for more than 90% of retail sales, according to Forbes? It’s a surprising statistic given the rise of online shopping, but it does demonstrate how traditional stores are still at the heart of the best retail experiences.

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The lowest cost receipt printer now comes with even more benefits

October 18th, 2018

Did you know that Star Micronics has replaced its TSP143U printer with the new TSP143IIU ECO? The TSP100 futurePRNT series from Star Micronics successfully combines a high-performance POS printer with ground-breaking software, four-year warranty including print head and cutter.

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A deep dive into data for global retailers

October 18th, 2018

Retailers and merchants are looking to invest in business intelligence and analytics technology solutions to take data insights to new heights. For example, did you know that 73% of retailers in a Zebra survey rated managing big data as important or business critical? Or that 58% of retailers surveyed are budgeting for big data ...

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How the Joya Touch revolutionised selling at sea

October 18th, 2018

Making a short shopping experience as quick and enjoyable as possible is a big challenge, but Estonian shipping company Tallink found an effective solution. Tallink is one of the largest passenger and cargo shipping companies in the Baltic Sea region and operates the fast ferry Star, connecting Helsinki (Finland) to Tallinn (Est...

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What were the top PoS trends in the last year?

October 18th, 2018

Although 2018 is well underway, it’s still useful to take a step back and look at some of the big Point of Sale (PoS) trends over the past year. It’s a useful exercise and will help to understand issues that have grown or expanded into more complex solutions, such as the continuing trend towards mobility and cloud-based solution...

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How to create the perfect retail customer experience

October 18th, 2018

In today’s omni-channel world, retailers must rise to customers’ expectations immediately, or risk losing sales in the process. The challenge is made tougher as in many cases the customers are already omni-channel experts. How many times have you seen a customer in front of a product display tapping her smartphone screen? Is she...

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Innovative printers help to solve tablet POS challenges

October 18th, 2018

The introduction of tablet Point of Sale (POS) devices has had a significant impact on all sorts of businesses, from high street retailers to pop-up stores and restaurants. Reduced investment costs, easy setup and flexibility to immediately react to market changes, not to mention greater efficiencies, are just a few of the undis...

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Omni-channel customer experience gets enriched with RFID

October 18th, 2018

Enhancing customer experience through the latest RFID solutions is a smart way to boost your business In fact, the best strategies being used in today’s retail environment are implementing RFID within an omni-channel approach, offering customers a more satisfactory experience. This also allows the retailer to provide a much more...

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Enhance customer experience with mobile POS and line busting solution

October 18th, 2018

In today’s retail world, customers are more demanding than ever before, and it's unlikely they will be willing to wait more than a couple of minutes to checkout. In the past, they may have been willing to wait longer. But with customer experience so key to creating positive shop vests and locking in loyalty, retailers need to mo...

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Cashing in on the mobile barcode revolution

October 18th, 2018

There are over seven and a half billion mobile phones in service around the world, representing a massive opportunity for the mobile barcode market. In fact by 2021 75% of retailers say they will know when their customers are in store, and 79% expect to be able to personalise the store visit. But retailers have work to do to cat...

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Using mobility to unlock personalised shopping experiences

October 18th, 2018

A key challenge for retailers in 2017 and beyond is creating a joined-up shopping experience for their customers. After all, we're all now more connected than ever before and we expect a similar experience whether we are in-store or online, or even a combination of the two. It’s almost become second nature to check prices online...

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Revolutionise the retail experience with smartphone practicality

October 18th, 2018

Anyone in the retail business will tell you that the shopping experience is key if you want to secure customer loyalty and build a brand. But with competitors, online shopping and flash sales to compete against, how do you go about offering a personalised experience? After all, many shoppers now make the majority of their purcha...

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How every touch point can become a Point-of-Sale

October 18th, 2018

Shopper demand for integration between online and offline channels is continuing to grow, increasing the need for retailers to install digital touchpoints in-store. This digital revolution is leading retailers to look for new ways to integrate digital options into their stores to offer customers the experience they are looking f...

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The future is now: the five keys to success in the new era of retail

October 18th, 2018

The introduction of exciting new technology over the past few years has meant that the world is more connected now than it ever has been before. In fact, the word ‘connectivity’ has become a buzzword associated with almost all new technology. But it’s true that the latest devices have made a huge difference to the way retailers ...

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Omni-channel: five steps to capitalise on the opportunity

October 18th, 2018

Omnichannel is a revolution that is impacting retailers and the different technologies they currently use as well as those they are considering investing in for the future. What is Omnichannel? Omnichannel means a better integration of technology to improve the customer journey, and above all to provide true continuity in the sh...

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Can Point of Sale (POS) solution keep up with customers’ expectations?

October 18th, 2018

In the past, a customer may have been willing to wait five minutes at checkout. Today, he or she is likely to tolerate less than two minutes. As a result, the speed and accuracy of retail scanning are critically important to the customer experience.

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The evolving role of mobile computing in retail

October 18th, 2018

In order to cope with the pace of change in 2017, retailers are having to reassess their business models and customer service processes.

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Driving innovation in London’s black cabs

October 18th, 2018

In cooperation with iZettle, BlueStar provides taxi payment solutions for black cabs in London to help drivers comply with recent regulations.

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How direct printing from tablets is impacting the POS

October 18th, 2018

Retailers today often have to choose between traditional fixed Point of Sale (POS) solutions or the newer and more innovative tablet POS, which has taken great strides in providing more flexibility and mobility – especially in hospitality environments.

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Three steps to profitable Click and Collect

October 18th, 2018

Today, nearly all retailers understand the reasons why they should offer a Click & Collect service, which include increased online conversion, the opportunity to sell an extended product range online and the chance to upsell at point of collection.

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Is it time to move to mPOS?

October 18th, 2018

Sitting in between an old-fashioned cash register and a full ePOS (Electronic Point of Sale) system, mPOS (Mobile Point of Sale) technology creates a fully mobile solution that offers huge flexibility to businesses of all sizes.

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What you need to know about intrusive interstitials?

October 18th, 2018

Like any company, Google continually changes and updates the way it functions and ranks websites. The Google algorithm, sacred and highly secret, is the key to creating quality SEO organically, but there’s always an air of uncertainty to it. Some changes come along because they are improving their techniques. Some are because th...

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What is a smart city, and why should I care?

October 18th, 2018

Each new day often brings a new buzzword, so it’s important we fully understand new terms as they quickly become part of our language and used on a daily basis. One such term that has joined some of the big buzzwords like IoT and Big Data is ‘smart city’. But what does a smart city actually look like?

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An ISVs guide to navigating the channel

October 18th, 2018

If you’re an ISV and have decided that it’s time to broaden your business opportunities and grow your business then you’ll no doubt be considering the channel. The channel is a great way to look for new business through dedicated partnerships, and can bring great long-term success.  But it is highly competitive so it’s important...

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Are you selling secure tablets?

October 18th, 2018

Did you know that enterprises are set to make up 18% of tablet purchases in 2017, according to the Global Business and Consumer Tablet Forecast? For some, it may not be a surprise to hear that tablet use in enterprise markets is on the rise. After all, the settings in which tablets are used are often just as varied and unique as...

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IoT: what to expect when we connect

October 18th, 2018

The internet changed the world; It touches all aspects of our lives. It allows us to connect on social media, video chat with friends and colleagues and even read this blog right now. Now, there is a push to connect every device to the internet. While this provides new functionality and convenience, there are also some potential...

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Selling recurring media: A guide to growing profits

October 18th, 2018

Every business student knows about the ‘blade and razor’ model - the idea that when you’re selling razors, you can just about give away the handle because you make your real money on the blades.

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Three trends that are impacting business in 2017

October 18th, 2018

Every year, there are new trends to examine, new ideas to consider, and fresh perspectives that can affect a business. 

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