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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Once items clear the scan tunnel, a conventional order separator (the plastic bar you place on the belt to separate your items from the next customer's) triggers a gate that channels goods onto one of two bagging lines. Possible wrinkles? There was no sign of a weigh station for unbarcoded produce, and the technology doesn't change the physics of bagging, so you better be quick about it!