Panasonic said it would demonstrate it latest retail technology solutions at NRF 2015 in the U.S.
These retail solutions include mobile and fixed point of sales devices and smart shelving technology. The company will target retailers and sub markets including big box retailers, department stores, supermarkets, table service restaurants, quick service restaurants (QSR), Hotels and more.
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Retailers can increase sales, improve efficiencies, reduce shrinkage, expand insight into customer habits, reduce technology downtime and aid in the creation of an omni-channel customer experience by utilizing Panasonic’s retail solutions.
The new Panasonic Stingray III, Point of Sales (POS) workstation, is compatible with a variety of Microsoft Windows operating systems. The Stingray III’s design features interchangeable touchscreens, allowing easy customization to meet individual retailer requirements with unlimited mounting options.
The Stingray III offers a variety of display options depending on the application with 15-inch XGA (1024×768) and 17-inch SXGA (1280×1024) that feature clear viewing and durable touchscreen capability.
These screens can be tilted from 20-90° angles with a 15° lateral swivel for improved user comfort while a secondary screen, with an optional touchscreen and customer-facing camera, is available to enable promotional video, advertising or order confirmation to be displayed to customers. The Stingray III is compatible with existing Panasonic POS cabling and peripherals, making the transition to an upgraded workstation simple for operators.
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-R1, a 7-inch mobile POS tablet on Windows 8.1, will assist retailers to better customer experience. It features EMV reader with PIN pad, mag stripe reader and NFC compatibility. Intel-based Toughpad FZ-R1 can handle electronic payment.
Brendan O’Meara, managing director, Worldwide Retail and Consumer Goods at Microsoft Corp. “Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-R1 mobile POS solution running Windows 8.1 will give retailers the expanded capabilities they need on a familiar platform for their employees, with an innovative, fully-integrated EMV card reader implementation in a mobile POS tablet.”
Toughpad FZ-R1 enables retailer’s to assist customers with product comparisons, check inventory or change an item’s style color or size right from the sales floor in real time.
Panasonic will promote Toughpad FZ-R1 via a 3D projection mapping demonstration, created with Panasonic projectors for NRF attendees.
The Stingray III offer several processor options. Options include: Intel Core i5-4590T vPro Processor (6 MB cache, 2.0 GHz up to 3.0 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology), Intel PentiumProcessor G3320TE (3MB Cache, 2.3 GHz) or Intel Celeron Processor N2930 (2MB Cache, 1.83 GHz up to 2.16 GHz). Depending on the processor, the workstation also includes Intel HD Graphics chip.
“Intel Celeron processors enable the media and graphics performance needed for the Toughpad FZ-R1 to drive customer interest, increase customer loyalty and turn showrooming into sales,” said Joe Jensen, general manager, Retail Solutions Division, Intel. “The staff is empowered with an omni-channel mobile platform and, with a few taps or swipes, customers can adjust the design, size, color of an item and more.”
Pansonic said Powershelf brings the online and mobile shopping experience by combining electronic shelf labels (ESLs) with applications that will help brands and retailers drive consumer engagement and loyalty.
Powershelf features technologies that help retailers reduce labor and material costs, ensure regulatory compliance, enable omni-channel marketing, drive sales with targeting advertising, create new revenue streams and more. The Powershelf complements Panasonic’s Toughpad tablets for inventory management and direct store delivery within grocery environments.
Security and Surveillance
The booth includes a variety of surveillance solutions optimized for retail applications, including the FacePro Facial Search and Recognition System and the new ULTRA 360 panoramic dome cameras.
FacePro Facial Recognition is a software-based solution that automatically performs identification of a person’s face using digital images captured by Panasonic i-PRO Cameras. Captured face images can be used to match against a database of enrolled target faces or to search previously recorded video and provide notification of positive matches. The system is ideal for alerting store managers to the presence of known shoplifters.