Back to school 2018 retail outlook

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We expect US back-to-school sales to increase by 3.0%–4.0% this year. A largely positive economic backdrop frames this year’s back-to-school shopping season. Perhaps unsurprisingly, online is set to be the big winner this back-to-school season. Rates of online shopping are set to be around 10 percentage points higher than last year, at 55% of shoppers.

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POS System Essential for Omnichannel Retail

Article | July 12, 2022

“Software-led payments is more than just ecommerce or online invoicing, as many software platforms are starting to offer solutions for card present transactions.” - Caleb Avery, CEO of Tilled The omnichannel retail marketplace has been witnessing a surge in recent years. A buyer has a natural tendency to check the details of the products or services on the internet. But a single purchase may involve different channels like apps, websites, store walk-ins, etc. For example, a customer may conduct online research and purchase an item before picking it up from a retail store; or, conversely, he may go to a nearby mall and inspect the product first before purchasing it online. Therefore, retailing has become increasingly about providing multi-channel or cross-channel experiences to customers. If the merchant misses out on his goods being offered on any channel, it will harm the customer experience (CX). In such a circumstance, deploying a POS system built for multi-site store networks that takes care of the maintenance of the website and all the locations in the chain simultaneously is a blessing for the retail sector. The point of sale is now an important part of an eCommerce plan for a business and a key part of its ongoing marketing strategy. Drive Loyalty and Sales Using Your Omnichannel POS A retailer's point of sale is the hub of every business action, wherein sales, marketing, inventory, customer management and customer service merge. But what many still don't realize is its powerful role in unlocking customer loyalty and higher revenue. With a modern and adaptable point-of-sale system, lengthy transaction times are minimized and may be boosted while simultaneously processing more consumers, enhancing the customer experience. Your omnichannel POS should permit the configuration of several payment methods. Customers can choose various payment methods, such as credit cards, digital wallets, PayPal, and cash. POS data should be utilized in all company decisions in today's society. Additionally, POS data is essential for merchandise planning. For example, if a product is not selling quickly enough, sell-through and sales-by-margin analytics can influence your pricing decisions and allow you to adjust accordingly. A common misconception about POS is that it is only a point of contact between your clients and your business. However, when its tremendous capabilities are utilized, it becomes a tool that helps you understand your clients, enhance their experience, and guarantee you are prepared to meet their demands. Importance of Using POS and Ecommerce Integration Combining CRM and POS software enables staff members to review and update client information instantly. You can develop new sales methods based on customers' interests and previous purchases. The omnichannel point of sale integrates with Tally, Quickbooks, etc. You may export order receipts from all channels directly. With omnichannel POS, your firm is accessible to customers 24 hours a day. Customers can purchase at one store and receive delivery from another, as well as other choices designed to improve the shopping experience. A retail eCommerce platform with seamless integration benefits both businesses and customers. Bottom Line Innovation in omnichannel retailing and investment in the POS system's digitization helps track and fulfill online, and offline customer needs. It goes without saying that the future of POS and retail are closely intertwined. In the coming years, POS will see a radical shift. Now is the optimal time for laggards to catch up or risk falling behind.

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A pivot to customer and supporting the shopping journeys

Article | June 30, 2022

ABC Fine Wine & SpiritsOracle Retail Cross Talk is our favorite event of the year. Across the 2.5 days, we create authentic connections across our retail community so you can learn from each other. We recruit 25-30 global retailers to share their experiences in case studies, panel discussions, or fireside chats. We are thrilled to host a panel discussion with ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Estee Lauder. Delivering a great omnichannel retail experience takes the right people, process, and technology to earn shopper loyalty by offering engaging and seamless experiences across more than 70 unique customer journeys. Widespread curbside pick-up, flexible store environments, buy online, pick-up in-store (BOPIS) protocols–these new norms have dramatically accelerated in-store adaptation and innovation. As brands dive deeper for new ways to maximize the customer experience—and adapt to the rapidly changing world—they must lean into agile technology. Join this discussion to hear how ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Estee Lauder are tackling today’s challenges and planning for the future. Estee Lauder Platform Discussion: Stores and Omnichannel As customers continue to evolve the omnichannel retail journey, you can provide them with engaging, seamless experiences while refining operations across point-of-service, ecommerce, and order management systems. Join us at Cross Talk to learn how Oracle Retail’s omnichannel modern retail solutions bridge the productivity gaps between the online and traditional point-of-sale functionality, improve store associate effectiveness, increase sales, and ultimately personalize the customer experience.

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Digital Payments – Preferred Way To Exchange Money

Article | July 26, 2022

In the past several years, the evolution of the payments industry has been remarkable. The digital payment business is expanding fast and is an open area for competitors. Globally, the emergence and implementation of digital payment solutions results from diverse requirements. The digital payments ecosystem is being propelled by three significant factors: technology, customer demand, and regulations. Insights Into Digital Payments Evolution The Internet of Things, APIs, point of sale (POS), mobile wallets, and tokenization create a seamless payments ecosystem by digitally connecting every industry with the payments environment. Consumer demand drivers can be broken down into subcategories, such as real-time payments, a better user experience, and personalization. In 2021, the market for digital payments was estimated at USD 7.36 trillion. It is expected to reach USD 15.27 trillion by 2027, with a CAGR of 12.38% between 2022 and 2027. The technical improvements of smartphones, digital payment cards, and point-of-sale terminals in retail stores are driving the expansion of the industry. According to American Express, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted cardholder spending. Companies are offering contactless payment options to attract customers. This has made the contactless function a global competitive advantage for companies. In light of the preceding progress and development, let's explore what 2022 has in store for you. Look closely at any changes to digital payment methods that could be important in 2022. The Most Prevalent Digital Payment Trends – 2022 Biometric Authentication In 2022, biometric authentication will increase as a trend in the digital payment industry. Biometric authentication utilizes a person's biological and anatomical traits. In addition to fingerprint scanners, face recognition, iris recognition, heartbeat analysis, and vein mapping, the verification process also incorporates fingerprint scanners. It is a very secure payment system based on the unique qualities of each individual. Additionally, it helps establish consumer loyalty and trust. Contactless Payments Customers may make contactless payments by just waving their smartphone in front of the reader. Thus, the payment method becomes faster and more convenient than card insertion. Contactless payments are more secure due to the rapid transfer of encrypted data to the point-of-sale gadget. Mobile Point of Sale Mobile-point-of-sale (mPOS) is a breakthrough technology since it liberates retailers from storefronts and in-store payments. Instead, it is a portable register that operates on a tablet, smartphone, or mobile device. Mobile POS has significantly altered a store's payment procedure by making it more efficient and adaptable. According to Global Market Insights, mPOS will grow at a 19% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. Mobile Wallet Transaction According to Juniper Research, digital and mobile wallet usage will surpass 4.4 billion by 2025. Mobile wallets do not require a real bank account and keep all payment information securely and compactly. This is enabled through Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows devices in close proximity to communicate and share data quickly. With the rise in demand for contactless payments, NFC has become a prominent term in digital payments. Final Word There are many proven ways to send money around the world. It is essential to consider how money moves across borders. The answer depends on the payment's context. Today's businesses want diverse and straightforward methods for international money transfers. The choices available to enterprises range from SWIFT and ACH transfers to digital wallets and cheques to credit cards and even crypto money. Digital payments enable organizations to conduct money transfers efficiently, transparently, and cost-effectively. This will encourage the global economy to continue expanding and strengthening further.

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Top Reasons Businesses Choose Cloud-based POS Systems

Article | May 20, 2022

Digital innovations make a significant impact on the payment business. Point-of-sale is one such innovation that eases the payment mode. Traditional POS systems face several obstacles, such as data storage on local servers, higher upfront payments, limited access to the data, and higher costs. On the contrary, a cloud-based POS system is easier and offers more agility and access, making the payment process seamless and less time taking. Customer expectations are constantly changing regarding seamless online and offline payment processes. Cloud-based POS systems ensure the best possible customer experience while staying relevant to the rapidly evolving technology. Making the lives of the customers easier is the primary goal of the payment service provider. Deciding Between Getting a Traditional or A Cloud-Based POS System? POS software has improved over the past decade, and many firms have hopped on the POS system bandwagon. There are different types of POS systems available, and you may get confused, especially if you are new to POS. Purchasing a POS system is a long-term investment and should not be made without extensive research and knowledge. It would be best to compare the pros and cons of traditional and cloud-based POS options. Identify your business's needs and select the right POS system. On-site or existing POS is an old method. The data is stored on local servers and in closed networks. It is commonly known that standard POS systems can be complex and time-consuming. Also, installing large hardware adds to the cost of getting started. If you use older methods, you might be able to access data on-site, but you could lose it. A cloud-based POS is easy to use and easy to get to. The cloud-based POS system is adaptable and can easily add new modules or apps from other corporates. The software is rented by the month or year. Methods that use the cloud allow mobile access which means you can leverage the functionality of mobile POS without fully implementing a mobile POS system. POS software that runs in the cloud is also automatically backed up. Cloud-based POS software offers incredible benefits for your business. Reasons for Opting for a Cloud-based POS System Cloud POS Systems Are More Secure A cloud-based POS system lowers all types of risks due to stringent security standards. Cloud technology allows the POS software to automatically backup the data and sync via remote servers. The regular updating of the system increases the security level of the software. Remote System Access Switching to a cloud-based POS system allows you to access your back-office functionality from anywhere. This capability gives you the ability to receive important updates regarding inventory or vendor issues on your mobile or home computer. You will also benefit from the security of cloud backup for your data. Cost-effective Cloud-based POS may appear to be more expensive than conventional POS systems. Nevertheless, cloud-based technologies are preferable for SMBs. In contrast to traditional POS systems, cloud-based SaaS has no upfront costs and has low monthly rates. Automatic software updates are delivered, and the system can update itself. Better Customer Service Cloud POS is compatible with various payment options and can send invoices through email or SMS. This enhances the purchase experience for your brand's customers. Customers interested in simple technology like simple processes are thus satisfied with the commercial services a POS system delivers. By choosing a cloud-based POS system, you'll always be able to meet customer needs quickly. Also, remember that you can get updates, which are meant to change some features to fit how people use them. Conclusion We’ve seen a few reasons that why you should consider transitioning to a cloud-based point-of-sale system, but the list is unlimited. If you have not considered implementing a point-of-sale system, now is the time to do so. The most prominent upside is that a sound POS system facilitates sales and increases the capacity to attract more clients.

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Toshiba's Retail Division Opens Innovation & Incubation Hub in Frisco, Texas

Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions | August 09, 2022

The retail industry is evolving, and retailers seek new and innovative ways to meet consumer demands across channels. Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is establishing a strategic presence in Frisco, Texas, to attract high-tech talent and technology partners for developing new solutions and incubating future innovation. As a hub for the company’s initiatives to meet the growing demand to reimagine the store of the future, the expanded footprint will: Accelerate the company’s growth strategy through investments in cloud development, computer vision and retail IoT Increase the company’s commitment to technology partnerships to incubate new retail innovation Broaden capital investments, including a new team dedicated to mergers & acquisition "As a recognized leader in digital transformation in the retail industry, we are focused on providing scalable, customer-centric solutions that deliver optimized experiences to meet consumers when, where and how they shop, While many tech companies are cutting back, we are investing significantly and expanding to meet new demand created by our commerce platform recognized for accelerating digital transformation to deliver an exceptional retail experience." -Rance Poehler, president and CEO, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. Supporting its investment in digital retail transformation, Toshiba is recruiting people with cloud, microservices, and edge computing skills to drive innovation and development of its ELERA™ unified commerce platform, enabling the evolving technology needs of the world's largest retailers. The company is also expanding its collaboration with innovators who have best-in-class solutions that demonstrate unique value to retailers. "We are nurturing the incubation of ideas to innovate and advance our industry-recognized retail solutions like ELERA, Toshiba's open, modular platform for unified commerce. Its core value is its ability to help retailers become more agile and resilient in the face of change, Part of our strategy includes engaging emerging startups in the region to expand our ecosystem. Our investments in IoT, data analytics and computer vision enable retailers to provide a consistent, compelling experience for consumers, whether they shop in-store, at curbside, on their mobile device, or at home." -Mike Yeung, Executive Vice President and CTO, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. Toshiba will initially bring 50 new jobs to the area in 2022, with plans to triple that number over the next two years. "We are thrilled to welcome Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions to Frisco," said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. "Toshiba's research and development expansion brings new corporate innovation jobs that will provide great opportunities for Frisco residents and further expand our tech ecosystem. This is a big win for Frisco and adds another internationally recognized brand to our rapidly growing portfolio of top-tier companies." With 150 new jobs planned over the next two years, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions’ new innovation hub in Frisco is great news for North Texans looking to capitalize on exceptional tech opportunities offered in our state, said Governor Greg Abbott. “Texas is the top state for high-value business investments because companies like Toshiba are attracted to our unmatched business climate and highly-skilled, diverse workforce. I look forward to working alongside Toshiba as we further cement Texas’ position as a global leader in technology and as the top state for tech jobs growth in the nation. The company's Durham, North Carolina location continues to serve as the global headquarters driving these global investments and growth strategies. The greater Dallas area was a strategic choice for the company's expansion because it is a central hub enabling rapid connectivity to our other development centers in Raleigh/Durham, Guadalajara, Mexico, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and cities across Europe. The Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions office is in Hall Park – 3201 Dallas Parkway, Suite 600, Frisco, Texas 75034. The sixth-floor 14,341 square foot space features 15 offices, four conference rooms, 51 workstations, a break area, and a lounge. Additionally, employees will have access to Hall Park's amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness facility, cafe, lounge, walking trails, electric vehicle charging stations, and more. About Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is a global market share leader in retail store technology and retail’s first choice for unified commerce solutions. Together with a global team of dedicated business partners, we advance the future of retail with innovative commerce solutions that enhance customer engagement, transform the in-store experience, and accelerate digital transformation.

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HiStone Launches New ERA HK960 POS Device to Revolutionize the Retail and Hospitality Markets

HiStone | August 08, 2022

ERA HK960, its next-generation POS model, built to drastically improve customer satisfaction via enabling businesses with more flexible, efficient, and secure POS services. Enhanced feature-rich functionality of HK960 coupled with high-end design are geared to meet employees' and customers' expectations while driving better user and shopping experiences. The flagship HK960 POS product has been developed to achieve the core retail and hospitality business goal — to avoid long hours of operations making the customer service faster than ever. "Customers evolve as they need more secure and personalized services that drive more value to their shopping experiences, This new paradigm stimulates us to deliver the most efficient, market-ready POS solutions that generate business growth and bring customer satisfaction." -Alex Barannik, Business Development Director at HiStone. Ultra-thin bezel combined with high brightness The ultra-thin bezel of just 1.1 cm makes the screen look stylish and corresponds with the time. The model edges are 1cm and 1.5 cm only; this is why the screen ratio is 82% — HiStone offers your staff the highest possible field of view. The technology update is more comfortable for the eyes Next-level power features inside a small, elegant box The model gets Intel Tiger Lake UP3, the 11th generation of Intel's CPU. The i3-1115G4E with a clock speed from 2.2 GHz to 3.9 GHz is powerful enough, being much more efficient for everyday operations in the long run. HK960 has one of the highest turbo speed (up to 4.2 GHz). Furthermore, the tech innovative model receives enhanced DDR characteristics: clock speed of 3200 MHz and bandwidth of 31 Gb/s. The response speed is among the core characteristics of POS machines - a few seconds are entirely enough to open the app, display pages, and complete settlement. Ultra-secure usage HiStone understands the importance of the highest, watertight security; this is why the flagship model utilizes a dual LAN Port connection. HiStone equipped its ultramodern POS machine with 50 000 hours of Mean Time Between Failure. And that sounds quite impressive. About HiStone: HiStone is among the top world-known developers of retail and hospitality solutions with more than 30-year-experience on the market. All-in-one POSs, box and mobile POS systems, self-checkouts, and other products are available for business.

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Real Time Technologies acquires InComm Agent Solutions, adds critical payments technology and extends retail footprint

InComm Payments | August 04, 2022

Real Time Technologies, Inc (RT²), a leading enterprise software platform company delivering retail activation, point-of-sale (POS), business intelligence and inventory management solutions to the wireless industry, has completed the strategic acquisition of InComm Agent Solutions, Inc (IAS), a subsidiary of InComm Payments, an innovative global payments technology provider. IAS, formerly Qpay, originally launched in 2002 specializing in customizable payment and technology solutions. It quickly became the payment processor of choice for retailers, master agents and wireless carriers before being acquired by InComm Payments in 2010 and rebranded as IAS in 2015. IAS joins RT² having improved the prepaid and payment landscape for three very important groups over many years – retailers and agents, wireless carriers, and consumers. IAS is set to be elevated as a core pillar in RT²’s value proposition, augmenting its existing flagship POS, business intelligence, and inventory management solutions to bring innovation, choice, and certainty to wireless carriers, retailers and agents, and consumers in more places. Real Time Technologies (RT²) RT² started in 2001 as a proprietary POS solution for a national wireless retailer who sold all four U.S. National Carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon). This national multi-carrier retailer faced unique challenges managing all of the different business rules and commissions reconciliation for each carrier. RT² was able to customize a solution that would later set the stage for its flagship POS product. Fast forward to the end of 2021 and RT² was ranked No. 1,981 by Inc. magazine on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. With the addition of IAS, RT² solutions will be provided in over 13,000 wireless retailer locations nationwide where $10 billion of commerce is done each year, making RT² the largest wireless retail management provider in the U.S. The purchase of IAS immediately expands RT²’s geographic serviceable areas with their technology solutions beyond the U.S. into Canada and Puerto Rico. This transaction catapults RT² into the leading position to deliver a fully integrated, real-time, software-defined solution for the thousands of wireless retailers and agents looking for an edge on operational efficiency and customer experience. “We are both excited and grateful to have the opportunity to bring these two critical technologies together under the one roof. We now have end-to-end visibility of the customer transaction, closing an important gap in the market, This deal allows RT² to be a one-stop enterprise commerce solution for carriers, retailers and distributors alike, helping them productively ignite new business. One of our core commitments to customers is to enable them, through best-in-class real-time software solutions, to spend more time in their business than on their business. Adding this critical FinTech platform via IAS takes that commitment to a new level that we are excited to deliver, We would also like to welcome the team from IAS, who are joining us on the next part of their professional journey. RT² prides itself on having the strongest team in the business, and the IAS team is no different. I’d like to sincerely thank InComm Payments for their trust, support, and cooperation throughout this deal and I look forward to continuing our friendship well into the future.” -Omar Azrag, CEO of RT². This transaction brings us one step closer on our path to ubiquity in the wireless industry, said Ali Koumaiha, Founder of RT². As we develop the next generation of financial technology solutions and grow our payments platforms into new industries, we sought a business that would enable IAS to continue delivering quality service and expertise to wireless carriers, agents and consumers, said Stefan Happ, President of InComm Payments. We thank the IAS team for their dedication and look forward to seeing them grow under RT2. About Real Time Technologies (RT²): RT² offers the most flexible cutting-edge Retail Management Solutions that encompass sales, inventory management, frontline employee management & engagement, business intelligence, and digital automation tools for the wireless space. We support Fortune 500 companies unify their customer experience and remove pain points across multiple retail touch points. RT² prides itself on fostering a family culture and a dynamic work environment where team members are set up to make meaningful contributions across the organization. About InComm Payments: InComm Payments is an innovative global payments technology provider. Leveraging dynamic technology and proven expertise, InComm Payments delivers enhanced end-to-end payment platforms and emerging financial technology solutions through a single integration, helping businesses grow across a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare, tolling & transit, incentives, mobile payments, digital currencies and financial services. By enabling omnichannel connections and alternative payment options to an ever-expanding consumer base in an increasingly digital ecosystem, InComm Payments creates seamless and valuable commerce experiences across the globe. With three decades of experience, over 525,000 points of retail and online distribution, 420 global patents and a presence in more than 30 countries, InComm Payments leads the payments industry from its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

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Toshiba's Retail Division Opens Innovation & Incubation Hub in Frisco, Texas

Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions | August 09, 2022

The retail industry is evolving, and retailers seek new and innovative ways to meet consumer demands across channels. Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is establishing a strategic presence in Frisco, Texas, to attract high-tech talent and technology partners for developing new solutions and incubating future innovation. As a hub for the company’s initiatives to meet the growing demand to reimagine the store of the future, the expanded footprint will: Accelerate the company’s growth strategy through investments in cloud development, computer vision and retail IoT Increase the company’s commitment to technology partnerships to incubate new retail innovation Broaden capital investments, including a new team dedicated to mergers & acquisition "As a recognized leader in digital transformation in the retail industry, we are focused on providing scalable, customer-centric solutions that deliver optimized experiences to meet consumers when, where and how they shop, While many tech companies are cutting back, we are investing significantly and expanding to meet new demand created by our commerce platform recognized for accelerating digital transformation to deliver an exceptional retail experience." -Rance Poehler, president and CEO, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. Supporting its investment in digital retail transformation, Toshiba is recruiting people with cloud, microservices, and edge computing skills to drive innovation and development of its ELERA™ unified commerce platform, enabling the evolving technology needs of the world's largest retailers. The company is also expanding its collaboration with innovators who have best-in-class solutions that demonstrate unique value to retailers. "We are nurturing the incubation of ideas to innovate and advance our industry-recognized retail solutions like ELERA, Toshiba's open, modular platform for unified commerce. Its core value is its ability to help retailers become more agile and resilient in the face of change, Part of our strategy includes engaging emerging startups in the region to expand our ecosystem. Our investments in IoT, data analytics and computer vision enable retailers to provide a consistent, compelling experience for consumers, whether they shop in-store, at curbside, on their mobile device, or at home." -Mike Yeung, Executive Vice President and CTO, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. Toshiba will initially bring 50 new jobs to the area in 2022, with plans to triple that number over the next two years. "We are thrilled to welcome Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions to Frisco," said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. "Toshiba's research and development expansion brings new corporate innovation jobs that will provide great opportunities for Frisco residents and further expand our tech ecosystem. This is a big win for Frisco and adds another internationally recognized brand to our rapidly growing portfolio of top-tier companies." With 150 new jobs planned over the next two years, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions’ new innovation hub in Frisco is great news for North Texans looking to capitalize on exceptional tech opportunities offered in our state, said Governor Greg Abbott. “Texas is the top state for high-value business investments because companies like Toshiba are attracted to our unmatched business climate and highly-skilled, diverse workforce. I look forward to working alongside Toshiba as we further cement Texas’ position as a global leader in technology and as the top state for tech jobs growth in the nation. The company's Durham, North Carolina location continues to serve as the global headquarters driving these global investments and growth strategies. The greater Dallas area was a strategic choice for the company's expansion because it is a central hub enabling rapid connectivity to our other development centers in Raleigh/Durham, Guadalajara, Mexico, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and cities across Europe. The Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions office is in Hall Park – 3201 Dallas Parkway, Suite 600, Frisco, Texas 75034. The sixth-floor 14,341 square foot space features 15 offices, four conference rooms, 51 workstations, a break area, and a lounge. Additionally, employees will have access to Hall Park's amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness facility, cafe, lounge, walking trails, electric vehicle charging stations, and more. About Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is a global market share leader in retail store technology and retail’s first choice for unified commerce solutions. Together with a global team of dedicated business partners, we advance the future of retail with innovative commerce solutions that enhance customer engagement, transform the in-store experience, and accelerate digital transformation.

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HiStone Launches New ERA HK960 POS Device to Revolutionize the Retail and Hospitality Markets

HiStone | August 08, 2022

ERA HK960, its next-generation POS model, built to drastically improve customer satisfaction via enabling businesses with more flexible, efficient, and secure POS services. Enhanced feature-rich functionality of HK960 coupled with high-end design are geared to meet employees' and customers' expectations while driving better user and shopping experiences. The flagship HK960 POS product has been developed to achieve the core retail and hospitality business goal — to avoid long hours of operations making the customer service faster than ever. "Customers evolve as they need more secure and personalized services that drive more value to their shopping experiences, This new paradigm stimulates us to deliver the most efficient, market-ready POS solutions that generate business growth and bring customer satisfaction." -Alex Barannik, Business Development Director at HiStone. Ultra-thin bezel combined with high brightness The ultra-thin bezel of just 1.1 cm makes the screen look stylish and corresponds with the time. The model edges are 1cm and 1.5 cm only; this is why the screen ratio is 82% — HiStone offers your staff the highest possible field of view. The technology update is more comfortable for the eyes Next-level power features inside a small, elegant box The model gets Intel Tiger Lake UP3, the 11th generation of Intel's CPU. The i3-1115G4E with a clock speed from 2.2 GHz to 3.9 GHz is powerful enough, being much more efficient for everyday operations in the long run. HK960 has one of the highest turbo speed (up to 4.2 GHz). Furthermore, the tech innovative model receives enhanced DDR characteristics: clock speed of 3200 MHz and bandwidth of 31 Gb/s. The response speed is among the core characteristics of POS machines - a few seconds are entirely enough to open the app, display pages, and complete settlement. Ultra-secure usage HiStone understands the importance of the highest, watertight security; this is why the flagship model utilizes a dual LAN Port connection. HiStone equipped its ultramodern POS machine with 50 000 hours of Mean Time Between Failure. And that sounds quite impressive. About HiStone: HiStone is among the top world-known developers of retail and hospitality solutions with more than 30-year-experience on the market. All-in-one POSs, box and mobile POS systems, self-checkouts, and other products are available for business.

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Real Time Technologies acquires InComm Agent Solutions, adds critical payments technology and extends retail footprint

InComm Payments | August 04, 2022

Real Time Technologies, Inc (RT²), a leading enterprise software platform company delivering retail activation, point-of-sale (POS), business intelligence and inventory management solutions to the wireless industry, has completed the strategic acquisition of InComm Agent Solutions, Inc (IAS), a subsidiary of InComm Payments, an innovative global payments technology provider. IAS, formerly Qpay, originally launched in 2002 specializing in customizable payment and technology solutions. It quickly became the payment processor of choice for retailers, master agents and wireless carriers before being acquired by InComm Payments in 2010 and rebranded as IAS in 2015. IAS joins RT² having improved the prepaid and payment landscape for three very important groups over many years – retailers and agents, wireless carriers, and consumers. IAS is set to be elevated as a core pillar in RT²’s value proposition, augmenting its existing flagship POS, business intelligence, and inventory management solutions to bring innovation, choice, and certainty to wireless carriers, retailers and agents, and consumers in more places. Real Time Technologies (RT²) RT² started in 2001 as a proprietary POS solution for a national wireless retailer who sold all four U.S. National Carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon). This national multi-carrier retailer faced unique challenges managing all of the different business rules and commissions reconciliation for each carrier. RT² was able to customize a solution that would later set the stage for its flagship POS product. Fast forward to the end of 2021 and RT² was ranked No. 1,981 by Inc. magazine on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. With the addition of IAS, RT² solutions will be provided in over 13,000 wireless retailer locations nationwide where $10 billion of commerce is done each year, making RT² the largest wireless retail management provider in the U.S. The purchase of IAS immediately expands RT²’s geographic serviceable areas with their technology solutions beyond the U.S. into Canada and Puerto Rico. This transaction catapults RT² into the leading position to deliver a fully integrated, real-time, software-defined solution for the thousands of wireless retailers and agents looking for an edge on operational efficiency and customer experience. “We are both excited and grateful to have the opportunity to bring these two critical technologies together under the one roof. We now have end-to-end visibility of the customer transaction, closing an important gap in the market, This deal allows RT² to be a one-stop enterprise commerce solution for carriers, retailers and distributors alike, helping them productively ignite new business. One of our core commitments to customers is to enable them, through best-in-class real-time software solutions, to spend more time in their business than on their business. Adding this critical FinTech platform via IAS takes that commitment to a new level that we are excited to deliver, We would also like to welcome the team from IAS, who are joining us on the next part of their professional journey. RT² prides itself on having the strongest team in the business, and the IAS team is no different. I’d like to sincerely thank InComm Payments for their trust, support, and cooperation throughout this deal and I look forward to continuing our friendship well into the future.” -Omar Azrag, CEO of RT². This transaction brings us one step closer on our path to ubiquity in the wireless industry, said Ali Koumaiha, Founder of RT². As we develop the next generation of financial technology solutions and grow our payments platforms into new industries, we sought a business that would enable IAS to continue delivering quality service and expertise to wireless carriers, agents and consumers, said Stefan Happ, President of InComm Payments. We thank the IAS team for their dedication and look forward to seeing them grow under RT2. About Real Time Technologies (RT²): RT² offers the most flexible cutting-edge Retail Management Solutions that encompass sales, inventory management, frontline employee management & engagement, business intelligence, and digital automation tools for the wireless space. We support Fortune 500 companies unify their customer experience and remove pain points across multiple retail touch points. RT² prides itself on fostering a family culture and a dynamic work environment where team members are set up to make meaningful contributions across the organization. About InComm Payments: InComm Payments is an innovative global payments technology provider. Leveraging dynamic technology and proven expertise, InComm Payments delivers enhanced end-to-end payment platforms and emerging financial technology solutions through a single integration, helping businesses grow across a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare, tolling & transit, incentives, mobile payments, digital currencies and financial services. By enabling omnichannel connections and alternative payment options to an ever-expanding consumer base in an increasingly digital ecosystem, InComm Payments creates seamless and valuable commerce experiences across the globe. With three decades of experience, over 525,000 points of retail and online distribution, 420 global patents and a presence in more than 30 countries, InComm Payments leads the payments industry from its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

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