NRF Big Show 2011: Breakthrough Technologies For Retailing
The National Retail Federation's "Big Show" in New York highlighted scores of cutting-edge retail technologies, from mobile devices and digital signage to point-of-sale systems and store-management applications. Tablet computers were everywhere, of course, though more often featured as a raffle prize designed to draw booth visitors and gather business card leads. Several exhibitors demonstrated iPad-native "clienteling" apps designed to help salespeople demonstrate and explain complicated (or ou
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Fujitsu demonstrates a high-speed checkout scan tunnel developed as a prototype for Kroger grocery stores. The tunnel has 12 cameras that scan barcodes from any direction, including below the high-speed belt. Kroger has tested the device at a store in Ohio, calling it "Advantage Checkout." The device is said to match the throughput of two to three conventional checkout lines. Customers can quickly dump items on the belt (without careful placement) and then complete the transaction in self-service fashion.