Freedom Shopping... one RFID/NFC solution that simplifies and enhances self checkout for SMB's.
There are three lines. I have one item. I'm in a hurry. I don't have time to chat with the cashier. I know what I want. I don't have any questions for the salesperson on the floor. I just want to take my purchase and checkout. Please. Why do I need to wait in line, or do I?
Depending on the store you're in, especially if it's a big box retailer like Walmart, self checkout may be an option... for many a welcome one that large organizations invested in, and continue to expand to reduce labor costs and customer wait times and improve the customer experience. However, self-checkout has been a less viable option for small and medium size businesses and specialty retail chains because of the high costs associated with the hardware investments, and the inconsistency and difficulty with consumer adoption. Problems often occur with scanning barcodes on some items and with the weight and scale confirmation activities that accompany them which results in consumer frustration and then requires assistance from a "self" checkout sales associate.
Get Your NFC On ...
NFC contactless solutions ... wearable, pair-able, and on the runway to success.
Hip hipsters wearing NFC! For early adopters using the new NFC technology it started early in Italy, were the idea of using your clothing to connect socially with your friends through touch seemed like the next logical step. Put NFC in the pocket of jeans so those in the know can "tap", touch hips, and share their social contact information—that was the idea the then popular fashion company Angel and Devil had. They reached out to the NFC event specialist' at Poken, the NFC touch company that "collects people and things with a touch" and together they created "Angel and Devil Touch" jeans, which let wearers communicate by tapping their NFC enabled hip-pockets together. It gave a whole new meaning to the term bump.
Excitement is rising as many anticipate seeing the NFC companies and new NFC products that will be on hand tomorrow at WIMA in San Francisco: Click Here
One of these companies is Near Field Solutions and...
Stop by and say "Hi!"
and one of these products is Tagomatic.
Tagomatic is an innovative product which synchronizes dynamic NFC messaging and information with digital signage displays. This connectivity allows content and data to be changed in real-time providing new opportunities for interactive consumer engagement.
Visit WIMA and stop by the NFS booth to see it for yourself.
Most of us who travel, especially for business, have experienced, and are far too familiar with the feeling of dread or frustration that sweeps over us when we realize we've lost our luggage or forgotten something valuable or important while on the road.
There can be more associated with this simple act than the costs we incur from the monetary or sentimental value of the item itself. Emotional and financial costs can extend to include secondary problems like the loss of time and missed opportunities, appointments, cabs or even worse, a connecting flight.
And ahh, the stress. "Lost luggage is leading cause of stress for business travelers"
Restaurants are poised to reinvigorate the dining experience. It all starts with enhancing guest engagement through the ability to create connections between guests and their food—as well as between their wallets and the tablet.
Restaurant fun has just begun as tablets take to the table, moving from backroom inventory and kitchen display to the associate's apron and the guest's fingertips. In all, mobile apps, the cloud, and virtual POS (point-of-sale) systems are on the menu for how tablets will be used in restaurants.
Tablet options in the restaurant business are being extended to include surveys for product development, gaming options, and even for search and brand activities, such as registering for loyalty programs and sharing check-ins, tips, and menu items on social media sites, aka location-based services.
Restaurants across the country are experimenting with tablets in a myriad ways, from using them to create interactive menus and virtual POS systems, to helping manage inventory, or even promoting DIY (do it yourself) ordering capabilities. In each case, it is all about the data and what information can be of most value to a restaurant. From the ability to expand marketing and customer service via real-time engagement, to creating new opportunities for improving product, operations, and businesses intelligence, powerful capabilities are certainly in store.