HP Touting POS Solutions at National Retail Federation Event
Now that CES 2012 is in the history books, there are quite a few events worth paying attention to, including this week’s National Retail Federation convention at the Javits Center in New York City. If point-of-sale (POS) technology is more your speed, HP is on the scene touting its latest and greatest. What’s the total, and how can partners cash in? Here’s the bill …
HP is showcasing and unveiling “retail-focused product and services” at the National Retail Federation convention, which include POS technology, managed print services and digital signage solutions. All the solutions are designed to “engage with the customer” in a way that gives the customer a shopping experience, instead of a shopping hassle (Think: Apple Store).
So what solutions is HP tallying up for partners? The HP Slate 2 is available with a combined barcode scanner and card reader for mobile POS services. That’s something HP had planned to do with the Slate 2 from the beginning, but this seems like the first official rollout. HP also has an update to the HP IX (interactive experience) kiosk modules, which goes nicely with its upgraded HP CX (customer experience) self-checkout technology, which also is on display.
If a big gorgeous screen is what you’re after, HP can compliment your new POS hardware with the HP LD4730G, a 47-inch display designed for large-scale advertisements. If 47 inches isn’t enough for you, HP also has a VantagePoint-powered version that combines six 47-inch units to form a mega-wall of digital signage with touch-screen capabilities for interactive adverts.
There seems to be a bit of crossover for the channel between the POS market and the mobile device management market. If you’re an MDM VAR working the channel, there could be opportunity to provide POS compliance. POS VARs who have managed mobile retail and payment solutions can parlay that knowledge of compliance and security for mobile sales into the corporate world. In both cases, players in these channels also could take on the healthcare vertical, which in some ways is a mix of both mobile device management and privacy-focused technology.