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The National Grocers Association (NGA) and retail checkout products manufacturer Pan-Oston have developed two state of the art mobile Innovation Centers showcasing the latest in front-end technology. The “Utopia Across America Tour” kicked off April 26 at NGA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and will carry on throughout 2010, making stops at the corporate offices and stores of independent grocers across the U.S.
“The Innovations Centers provide NGA members a unique hands-on opportunity to learn about technology available in the industry today, and also find out about future trends,” notes Frank DiPasquale, EVP for the trade group. “The technology solutions demonstrated are being driven by customers as an enhancement to the customer experience, but can also positively impact businesses’ bottom lines.”
The goal of the Utopia Across America tour is to provide access to the latest technology from MEI, Pan-Oston, Microsoft, Dell, CED, Rockwell Automation, and others. The Innovation Centers feature: the Utopia Self-Checkout, an affordable PCI (MTXEPS) supportive solution that is easily integrated to 99% of available POS systems, innovative cash-handling technology, and assistive listening devices, as well as ergonomic checkout lanes and revolutionary counter systems.
Also on board are two never-before-offered tools developed by Pan-Oston: the Self Checkout Cost Savings Calculator, which provides independent grocers with a means to evaluate self-checkout cost savings based on their particular operating objectives, and the Front-End Optimizer, an aid to determine the most cost-efficient and productive checkout solution based on sales, staffing, wages, and customer service.