The VDC AutoID team’s second day at NRF was just as busy as the first, and was packed with vendor meetings, new product briefings and walking the show floor. Since our previous post focused on broader trends and observations gleaned from NRF 2013, this blog is dedicated to sharing some of the key vendor announcements and product introductions made during the event:
- NCR and PayPal announced a partnership whereby NCR will leverage PayPal’s leading cloud-based payment technology to augment the functionality of its mobile solutions targeted at hospitality enterprises, particularly restaurant/dining operators. Initially, NCR will integrate PayPal with its NCR Mobile Pay and NCR Aloha Online Ordering applications, giving customers an alternative to using credit/debit cards via enabling smartphone-based online (i.e., PayPal) payment. Besides the convenience and security benefits, PayPal will also bring social commerce features to the apps, including online check-in and reviews. Eventually, NCR also plans to integrate PayPal into its Convenience-Go (C-Go) and Endless Aisle applications. The NCR-PayPal partnership demonstrates NCR’s commitment to “making everyday transactions easier” for the consumer and merchant as well as PayPal’s leadership in the digital payment ecosystem.
- Zebra announced a new line of mobile receipt printers targeted at retailers and other B2C merchants that increasingly leverage consumer grade i-Devices (i.e., iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) as mPOS platforms. The new iMZ220 and iMZ320 are designed for easy integration with mPOS devices (including consumer grade offerings, such as those from Apple) and are among the first Link-OS-enabled products the Company plans to launch during 2013. Link-OS is a new operating system designed for use with Zebra devices which includes a SDK and core software applications that the company believes will make its hardware easier to integrate, manage and maintain from any location.
- HP debuted several new retail-focused POS products that address merchants’ increasingly strong interest in sleek, aesthetically-pleasing stationary terminals and rapidly growing demand for tablet-based mPOS solutions. For retailers seeking a more attractive alternative to clunky, traditional stationary POS terminals, HP introduced its RP7 and RP3 Retail Systems, both of which combine a sleek, modern appearance with the robust connectivity and build quality retail and hospitality operators require. HP also showed its new ElitePad along with a line of peripherals designed specifically for use with the tablet.
As usual, NRF delivered again in 2013 with many great exhibitors, vendor briefings and new product announcements. We look forward to attending next year’s edition, but until then, stay tuned to this blog for more AutoID-related news and opinions. Also be sure to listen to our upcoming NRF Quickcast, in which we will further discuss key takeaways from this year’s Big Show.