EuroShop 2020

Revealing innovative retail technologies at EuroShop 2020

The world’s no 1 Retail Trade Fair – EuroShop has recently closed its doors, after a five days retail design innovation and cutting-edge digitalization solutions display in Düsseldorf, Germany.

2.300 exhibitors from over 60 countries showcased the latest technology innovations for the retail sector, from green hangers and cards to AI-based scanners for retailers’ food court optimization.

Smart ID top retail experts, Elena Ghinea and Gabriel Georgescu, took the pulse of this year’s trendsetting retail trade fair EuroShop.

They were also watching for more connections and ideas on how to help Romanian retail players transform their businesses in the long run, through digitalization.

We’re following their steps and provide you the details on some of the areas where the future of retail is already happening, backed by industry leaders such as Avery Berkel, NCR, or Ses-Imagotag.

Taking in-store transformation to the next level

Amongst this years’ exhibitors, we find NCR, one of Smart ID traditional partners. ARS is their leading-edge point of sale solution purpose-built for global, multiformat retailers.

The advanced Point-of-Sale software, independent from any operating system, captures attention through its robust, resilient, and feature-rich construction. And the flexibility of its POS functionalities is a guarantee of a protected investment.

A single ARS is used for multiple types of clients, in multiformat markets and is managed by the same server. Is also supports the growing necessity of blending offline and online sales operations, with a sharp analysis of customer trends. When brought together, these details add up to lowered maintenance and support costs and increased ROI.

Another novelty in the NCR portfolio that we were glad to see at EuroShop 2020 is SmartAssist. The intelligent video item tracking system that helps customers and employees, by scanning and recognizing the real need for human intervention in the self-checkout process.

NCR SmartAssist uses real-time video analysis and intelligent object recognition of non-scanned items. Therefore, personal objects don’t trigger false alarms during self-checkout, with significant benefits in theft risk resolution.

The system also notifies shop assistants immediately in case of product substitution, ensuring that each case is addressed and solved on the spot.

SmartAssist allows retailers to adjust security levels in peak hours for checkout time optimization. By tuning the existing weight security system, NCR SmartAssist is particularly useful as a secondary system for monitoring self-checkout transactions, like the ones enabled by NCRs FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout solution. Thus, it’s easier to create faster and better shopping experiences.

Edge virtualization technology for intelligent retailers

It’s not cloud-based, and it’s not a traditional software either. It’s the retail edge software suite developed by Zynstra, NCR’s most recent acquisition, offering high-grade customer and employee experiences.

NCR is thus extending its Software Defined Stores concept that can cut deployment time by up to 90%, thanks to virtualization. The specific virtualizations include store, POS, mobile POS Tablet, Kiosk, Self-Checkout, and Enhanced PCI-DSS Compliance.

Reviving the store shelves with revolutionary price tags

There’s no doubt that IoT disrupted the retail sector. One of the most performant uses of IoT points directly to the store shelves, where customers look for prices and product information.

Ses-Imagotag has found a creative solution to this problem, with its groundbreaking Electronic shelf labels (ESL). The ESL is, in fact, a micro web page, easily integrated with any in-store existing pricing system.

The electronic shelf labels, using wireless communication, are a powerful tool for retailers that want accurate pricing displayed, as well as omnichannel integration for superior customer experience.

And since we’re talking experience, we have to mention VUSION Rail. The new, interactive, Full High Definition screens enhance the in-store shopper experience and optimize store operations.

In the search for sustainability in the retail sector

The climate worrying evolution is a concern for every business, but in retail, where customer-facing operations are a majority, it’s a priority.

And it’s one of the reasons behind Avery Berkel‘s latest innovations that include our favorite “Zero Waste” scales.

But what makes these scales so unique, you might wonder? They are designed for retailers that wish to align with customer values, such as improved environmental awareness, reduced waste, pay for what you need, and more control over shopping choices.

Consequently, businesses can engage communities and provide an impressive retail theatre while meeting their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

The Xs scales range is also perfect for stores looking for queue avoidance solutions. Customers love these bright-screen scales, with cash drawers and barcode scanners, that perform two operations in one step. Meanwhile, stores can provide a faster service and build brand trust at the same time.

Lightweight, versatile wearable scanner

We couldn’t have missed Zebra‘s stand this year, either. They’re already a preferred choice in the retail sector when it comes to productivity wearables.

The newest addition to their range of ring scanners, the tiny, versatile RS5100, is a best friend to employees. Featuring point-and-shoot simplicity scanning, it aids employees for improved inventory management and on-shelf availability of products.

Moreover, for high-volume operations or fast-moving environments, the RS5100 ring scanner can be paired with any other Zebra mobile device for seamless scanning, labeling, and printing.

 If you’re looking for a specific insight from this year’s EuroShop retail trade fair, ask away!

Our expert colleagues Elena Ghinea and Gabriel Georgescu, are happy to offer competent answers.

The practical solution to securing Zero Waste targets in the retail sector

Every day, consumers become more conscious of the waste they produce. Ocean life suffocates in plastic, yet, single-use packaging is still the central delivery system used in the FMCG industry in the whole world.

Roughly1/3 of the food produced in the world is either lost or wasted. Meanwhile, packaging and containers, especially paper, cardboard, and plastic, continue to be the principal source of waste in the retail sector.

Several issues arise from this matter for retail companies. First, waste management is costly and can harm a company’s profit projections. Second, the buyer is looking towards cleaner stores, especially food stores, where they spend most of their daily budget.

Therefore, in the past 4-5 years, companies in the retail chain value have been searching for sustainable paths to waste management.

These are now globally assembled under the Zero Waste initiative.

On the path to achieving Zero Waste in your retail business

Zero Waste is building momentum worldwide, and it’s already the goal of an extensive European Union program.

In Romania, the first step towards that target is a new legislative package affecting the retail sector that has come into force in 2018. The law requires companies to adopt a “pay-as-you-throw” business model. However, it’s just a small-sized measure in the larger scheme of global pollution.

Worldwide, some organizations from the FMCG sector are trying to support Zero Waste through recycling solutions or eco-friendly materials manufacturing. That requires long-term investments in new production lines as well as changing the entire distribution chain.

A faster way for food stores to become Zero Waste actors is by encouraging new consumer habits. That includes using technology advancements, such as intelligent scales, and introducing novel shopping programs.

Thriving retailers adapt to customers’ demands

Supermarket chains are already trying to follow plastic-free trends. To respond to market demands, Avery Berkel has developed the intelligent Zero Waste and Bring Your Own Container scales.

Two hundred years of innovation stand behind this new range of scales meant to support the journey towards reducing and eliminating packaging and food waste.

With a futuristic and space-aware design, the XTi scales series from Avery Berkel helps retailers improve environmental awareness, as well as meet their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

The XTi intelligent scales have been developed with the support of Biocoop, the French nationwide retailer, as well as with the input of smaller European retailers.

Customers tare their home-brought containers, and the scale issues a label, recording the taring information.

Nuts, seeds, cereals, dried pasta, rice, dried spices, dehydrated fruits, olive oil, and cleaning products are favorite Zero Waste items in supermarkets.

The intelligent scale accurately weighs the filled containers, using the tare details, and prints the final price label for the check-out.

Avery Berkel’s Zero Waste and Bring Your Own Container scaling technology currently includes three models.

The monobloc, self-service XTi100 / XTi101 scales, have a 10.1″ operator touchscreen, lack the rear display, and are ideal where vertical space is limited. The XTi300 has a large 18″ operator touchscreen, for easier and faster customer input.

All three models include a cassette label printer with a linerless option and have a 15kg AVR capacity.

Ready to join the Zero Waste movement?

For shoppers, intelligent scales and reusable containers are ethical solutions to reduced waste and control over purchased goods. They also promote a more conscious usage of single-use plastic.

From a business perspective, eco-friendly retailers are moving up the customers’ list of preferences, resulting in increased brand trust and profitability.

Avery Berkel’s innovative scales are now available in Romania in Smart ID’s retail solutions and product portfolio.

Ask our retail experts for more information on Zero Waste and Bring Your Own Container scales line!

The brand new Memor 20 PDA from Datalogic, available now for Pre-Orders

We’re excited to offer the latest details available on Memor 20, Datalogic’s brand new industrial PDA designed for the most challenging operating conditions.

Smart ID team was present during this year’s edition of the NRF 2020, where Datalogic introduced the latest full touch display, rugged and Android Enterprise recommended PDA.

Memor 20 PDA from Datalogic – just like a smartphone, only smarter

We’ve seen the Memor 20 at work and it’s quite impressive. Compared to its predecessor, Memor 10, the new industrial PDA from Datalogic features a 5.7″, Full HD 1080 display, similar to Apple and Samsung smartphones.

That’s one of the reasons behind retail employees’ excitement over using the new Memor 20 PDA. It’s slim, compact, and intuitive as a regular smartphone, only much smarter and robust!

The new PDA in the Memor series benefits from Datalogic’s cutting-edge scanning technology. The 2D ultra-slim imager, featuring the patented “Green Spot” technology for good-read confirmation, is the thinnest industrial scanner on the market.

And considering the two cameras, front and rear, compared to its predecessor’s single front camera, Memor 20 makes the perfect candidate for the retail sector operations. That includes price checks, inventory management, click and collect fulfillment, order entry, ticketing, delivery, and many more critical uses.

Memor 20 is always online, wherever your mobile team is

Connectivity is no longer an issue for this top-performing mobile device. Having a dual SIM card, Memor 20 automatically identifies the best carrier and can maintain high-level connectivity indoors and outdoors.

One of the novel traits of Memor 20 is the secondary 2″ display for notifications. It is the first industrial device in the world to feature this additional screen. The main benefit for mobile workers in field service and delivery is that they can retain focus on their activities, without having to access the device.

The new device comes equipped with Qi-compatible wireless charging – any Chee wireless charger will work. Furthermore, the 4000 mA hour swappable battery ensures continuity in operations at all times.

For safety, the new Memor 20 includes Android’s Biometric Security functionalities. Enhanced with Datalogic’s exclusive accessories, such as the Smart Dock, this PDA offers a unique locking function that secures the device to avoid unauthorized use, loss or theft. It also increases the accountability of each employee.

With Memor 20 you will get all the great features of Datalogic’s Memor series – ruggedness, productivity, power and performance, and much more!

“We designed the Memor 20 for enterprises that have the most demanding mobile requirements, such as retail distribution, where employees are up and down aisles and using forklifts; retail stores for assisted shopping, mobile POS, inventory management and price verification; transportation/logistics where drivers are out on the road and required to log each package during long delivery days,” said Tom Burke, vice president of Mobile Product Marketing at Datalogic, in preparation for the NRF 2020 preview.

Smart ID is introducing the new Memor 20 in its portfolio of industrial PDAs starting March 15th, 2020.

But you can pre-order your stock of the brand new Memor 20 right now.

Contact our team of experts for details and acquisition support!

Zebra SmartSight - Retail Robot

Retail trends for 2020 as seen through the lens of NRF 2020 Vision. What it will take for retailers to succeed

We’re only two weeks into the anticipated 2020 and the rush for new ideas in the retail sector has already begun. The U.S. is paving the way, yet again, with the NRF 2020 Vision, National Retail Federations’ annual conference in New York City.

As expected, artificial intelligence augmented reality and other robotics innovations dedicated to the retail sector have dominated the event and news headlines. But amid that, there’s something more interesting going on: a growing focus on retailers’ employee experience, equalizing the customer journey.

Our colleagues, Daniel Boangiu and Gabriel Georgescu, captured a few of the big ideas from this year’s NRF 2020 Vision that are most likely to change retail businesses all over the world.

We have entered a “technology intense era” for retailers

In it’s opening note for the NRF 2020 Vision show, Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella underlined once again the importance of technology adoption in the retail sector.

“Every retailer will need to build their own tech intensity,” says Nadella, who’s stressing on how important it is for each retailer to find their own way when it comes to the digitization of stores and supply chains.

There’s plenty of options out there, for retailers of all sizes.

The buzz this year was Zebra’s new SmartSight, a robot that can scan shelves and report stock availability back to human associates. The robot uses Zebra’s EMA50 mobile automation technology, resulting in a combination of computer vision, machine learning, and workflow automation which is said to increase available inventory by 95%.

From the human workers’ point of view, it will free up to 65 hours of manual inventory per week. This time can be instead invested by employees in the direct connection to shoppers, an aspect which has gained more ground in the past years, especially for physical stores.

“Leveraging Zebra’s deep retail experience and market leadership over the last 50 years, SmartSight provides brick and mortar retailers a performance edge by autonomously prescribing corrective actions to associates based on what is happening at the shelf while also freeing up more of their time to focus on providing the best service to shoppers,” said Joe White, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Zebra Technologies.

In the US only, 10,000 SmartSight robots will start operating in Office Depot stores, according to Zebra’s announcement. The cooperation between the two companies is much bigger though.

Office Depot has also adopted Zebra’s AR technology designed for warehouse management. The head-mounted display can make life a lot easier for mobile workers, as well as for companies struggling with employee onboarding and warehouse operations optimization.

Retailers are giving more power and intelligence to their employees

Staying on the same note, NRF 2020 was more than usual about people, customers and employees alike. In the U.S., Walmart is the biggest employer, with 2.2 million workers, and this is also a reality on the Romanian market, with Profi and Kaufland taking the lead in recent employment rankings.

With major employee retention and training problems, retailers are forced to reconsider their position. It’s not all about the pay, it’s also about a better job. Or, as John Furner, Walmart’s new CEO said in its NRF 2020 session, entitled “Why Retail Jobs Can Be Good Jobs”, it’s “a matter of giving the people the path and the ability to learn, train and develop”.

Simply put, for retailers to grow, they need to foster their human assets too. The payment is still a decisive factor, but it won’t solve retention. And that’s where technology can make a difference.

“The jobs are changing. I was in a Walmart store a few weeks ago that has this wonderful store pickup business in grocery click-and-collect. There are over 60 people in that department. Five years ago, that wasn’t a job that existed”, Furner added.

Innovations like Zebra’s smart glasses, self-checkout or queue busting are meant to assist the retail sector employees to do their jobs better, faster and with more satisfaction.

The software options for supermarkets have also evolved immensely, with mobility and interaction in focus. See for example NCR, who’s been named leading POS (point-of-sale) software provider in the world in the RBR Global POS Software 2019 study. Also present in the retailers Big Show in New York, was NCR’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Global Retail, David Wilkinson.

“We are in a new era for retail technology and we have to look at a new cost curve for retailers. We have to change the old paradigm and become API-first, use community-sourced software, use common tools, and leverage the cloud,” said Wilkinson.

Their newest solution, NCR R10 Enterprise, is a next-generation retail store architecture that supports a retailers’ entire enterprise connecting to customers through multiple touch-points. These include POS stations, self-checkout, self-scanning, information, and other interaction kiosks, mobile commerce and e-commerce, thus taking the shopper experience and satisfaction to a whole new level.

Omni-channel is key to surviving the e-commerce revolution

The online shopping was more than once said to kill the physical stores. We’re still waiting for it to happen and chances are – if things are done right – it never will.

The solution is omnichannel. NRF Chairman Christopher Baldwin addresses this issue at NRF 2020: “Retailers are taking the lead in personalization, new technologies that will give the consumer even more power”.

More than 60% of consumers say retail innovation has improved their shopping experience, and 80% for online shoppers think so”, Baldwin said, underlining the fact that shoppers see and appreciate the retailers’ efforts.

The store aisles are the best place to learn about consumers’ behavior. A brand new shopping experience, using high-tech and well-trained employees can revive the retail business.

A way to do that is the electronic labels, yet another NRF 2020 star after SES-imagotag, the global leader in Electronic Shelf Labels (ESLs) and digital solutions for physical retail, announced it will do the biggest rollout of ESLs in all stores for a top US retailer.

The Red Dot awarded VUSION aims at resolving retailers’ efficiency problems, like pricing automation and accuracy, product geolocation and automatic stockout detection. The real benefits are seen in the customer experience.

Its unique technology allows shoppers to get connected to products on shelves in a new way, as well as collect more information directly in-store. And with its ability to combine the digital experience with mobile payment systems, the circle in the customer journey is complete.

There are other indicators that omnichannel is worth the investment. According to Adobe’s holiday shopping report, “BOPIS” (Buy online, pick up in store), grew 35 percent year over year, and the business model also knows variations.

Take Kohl’s for example. The American department store retail chain partnered with Amazon in an innovative service: buy online, return in store. While the results after launch were less than anticipated, the idea behind it was quite solid, if we judge by Amazon’s results – 2019 was their best holiday season ever.

The beauty of it all in this continuously struggling sector is that it’s dynamics embrace the change. Customers want more or everything, and they are forcing retailers to adapt. On the way, great experiences can be created by those who dare to innovate and step outside the drawn lines.

Inspired by these insights? Add a comment, ask a question or simply share these thoughts in social media to help all those interested to find more about what’s new in the retail area in 2020.

Smart ID Dynamics received the recognition “Zebra Technologies Partner of the year 2018” in SEE & CEE

Bucharest 3 July 2019. Smart ID Dynamics, the Romanian market leader in enterprise mobility solutions, received the recognition ‘Partner of the Year in 2018” for Central and Eastern Europe at the Zebra Technologies Regional Partner’s Summit organized this year in Viena. This represent the recognition of the financial results the company registered in the Romanian market at the end of 2018 fiscal year – turnover, innovation, expertise, flexibility and loyalty.

Central and Easter Europe’s leadership position represent also the investment made during last years in building an innovative business model in the Romanian Market. This innovation allow Smart ID to build further on internal competitive advantage, in fast business processes and in a portfolio of solutions developed by our Technology Hub from Romania and Moldavia, hardly to copy paste by our main competitors.

At external level, we have always believe in flexibility and agility, on speed in taking action that meet the market dynamics needs, customer continuously changing needs and “me to” competition. We strongly believe that we are among few companies in the market that obtained incredible competitive advantages due to our ability to anticipate changes in market and further bringing continuously innovation in our business model” Daniel Boangiu, Managing Partner Smart ID Dynamics Romania & Moldova declared.

Smart ID is the recognized IT leader in the Romanian industry. We have built a reputation of the most important provider and integrator of high technologies that makes intensive environments great, ahead of times. The company offers connected, real time applications for customers to succeeding in the hybrid digital-physical environment. The company was set up in 2010 by two visionary entrepreneurs, Daniel Boangiu and Romeo Iacob, mobility and automations experts with over 20 years of experience, reach a turnover of over 15 mil Euro in 2018 and a net profit of over 1.3 mil Euro.

The company has over 100 employees and collaborators, a great certified team of stable certified experts following a smart program of team development and investment in teams, over the 8 years of acting in the Romanian market.

The  Smart ID teams of consultants is specialized in the development of enterprise solution for extreme environments, e.g. data collection in real time applied in industrial IOT, track and trace, stock and asset management, incident management, warehouse control systems, fiscal solution for retail applications etc.

“We enjoy the greatest recognition at the Zebra Regional Technology Summit in Viena that reinforce our lider position in the market, confirm the success of our strategy focused on innovating and customer needs in the markets we cover in this moment. We thank you our customers, multinational and local companies for trusting us during our collaboration

 

About Smart ID

Smart ID is the recognized IT leader in the Romanian industry. We have built a reputation of the most important provider and integrator of high technologies that makes intensive environments great, ahead of times. The company offers connected, real time applications for customers to succeeding in the hybrid digital-physical environment.

To reduce customer’s fulfillment cost Smart ID bring in knowledge and experience from complex implementations, process simplifications, mobility, automation and robotizations, all sustained by a in-depth understanding of digital transformation.

 

The company was set up in 2010 by two visionary entrepreneurs, Daniel Boangiu and Romeo Iacob, mobility and automations experts with over 20 years of experience, reach a turnover of over 15 mil Euro in 2018 and a net profit of over 1.3 mil Euro.

About Zebra Technologies

Zebra empowers those on the front line in retail, healthcare, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and other industries to achieve a performance edge – an edge that translates to delighted customers, good patient outcomes and superior business results.

As the pioneer at the edge of the enterprise, our products, software, services, analytics and solutions are used to intelligently connect your people, assets and data. With decades of industry experience, we design with front-line users and workplaces in mind, giving you the best-action guidance needed to optimize in-motion operations and make business-critical decisions.

With over 10,000 partners across 100 countries, we are committed to delivering industry-tailored solutions that help our customers capture their edge

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www.softlead.ro – SMART ID DYNAMICS ROMÂNIA isi intareste pozitia de leader in verticala de retail. Parteneriatul cu NCR va aduce noi oportunitati pentru 2018

Compania Smart ID Dynamics specializată în dezvoltarea și implementarea de soluții end to end pentru automatizarea proceselor din Retail, Productie, Logistică, Distribuție și Utilități, anunță semnarea parteneriatului cu liderul mondial în soluții de POS (Point of Sales) hardware și software, NCR Corporation

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