ArmorActive Announces Partnership with EMS Software for Conference Room / Hoteling Workspace Solutions

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DENVER, CO–(Marketwired – September 08, 2016) – EMS Software™, the leading provider of meeting and room scheduling software, today announced it has partnered with ArmorActive, a global leader in hardware solutions for tablet deployments within business applications, to provide complete digital room sign solutions for customers.

“Our customers appreciate how EMS-enabled room signs contribute to a seamless digital office experience and help differentiate their brand and impress clients, employees and prospects,” said PG Bartlett, vice president of product for EMS Software. “We’re making it even easier for customers to realize these benefits by bringing the hardware and installation expertise of ArmorActive to the table.”

For their part of the partnership, ArmorActive provides hardware kits consisting of their Optica Pro LED™ wall-mount enclosures and commercial tablets with a choice of the iPad mini 4, Samsung Tab A 8″, and Minno 8″ for Windows. ArmorActive also offers configuration and installation services. Multiple mounting options are available to support all types of material — including drywall, glass and wood. Read the full article here


Ellie ArbanasArmorActive Announces Partnership with EMS Software for Conference Room / Hoteling Workspace Solutions

4 New Ways to Use Retail Tablets

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Tablets are game changers for small business owners seeking a more cost-effective way to handle retail sales transactions. But if that’s all you’re using these devices for, you’re missing out. There are a slew of other opportunities to deploy store tablets to improve your retail enterprise.

1. Tablet Kiosks

Expand inventory without taking up another inch of space using tablet stands and mounts to create an “endless aisle.” Through this digital portal, customers can order out-of-stock items, look at options and upgrades, specify sizes and colors, or place special orders.

Store tablets can also be used as a new take on retail store displays. Research from the National Retail Federation Foundation found that two-thirds of Millennials and Gen-X shoppers use mobile devices to read product reviews in store; so do 40 percent of Baby Boomers. Putting tablets in the aisles makes it easy for customers to access the information they need to make buying decisions quickly. It’s also a great way to share product demos and testimonials from other buyers and users. And, if you’re into multi-tasking, you can use store tablets as signage to attract customers to sale racks or new merchandise.

2. Market Research

“We use tablets to collect customer feedback in the hopes of catching issues before they end up on Yelp,” says Adi Bittan, co-founder and CEO of OwnerListens, an online reputation management company in Palo Alto, CA. Employees ask shoppers waiting to check out to make comments about their experience on the tablet.

3. Clienteling

This is just a fancy term for using customer data you already have (or can easily collect) to build a more personal sales experience for your customers. By gathering and accessing this information via store tablets, salespeople can use preferences, purchase history and more to help shoppers make decisions, steer them to complimentary items or let them know about special promotions.

4. Training

You can even use these devices to train your staff. Load product demonstration or procedure videos onto your own (or someone else’s) tablet to provide staff with initial instruction or a refresher course.

Read the full article here


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Ellie Arbanas4 New Ways to Use Retail Tablets

Wearables Boost Best Buy’s Q2 Sales

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Best Buy Inc. reported a surprising positive same-store gain in the second quarter, thanks in part to strength in fitness wearables.

In its domestic business, Best Buy’s same-store sales grew 0.8 percent versus guidance of approximately flat comps. This was on top of comparable sales growth of 3.8 percent last year. Similar to last quarter’s trends from an overall merchandising perspective, Best Buy said it saw year-over-year sales growth in health and wearables, home theater and appliances partially offset by continued softness in mobile phones and gaming.

Asked about the strength in wearables in the Q&A session, Corie Barry, CFO, said, “There was a reason we listed it first. It was very impactful overall to our business and again I think highlights a nice partnership for us,” inferring to Fitbit, the leader in the fitness wearables space. Read the full article here


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Ellie ArbanasWearables Boost Best Buy’s Q2 Sales

The Device-as-a-Service Model Beckons Companies as They Deploy PCs, Tablets

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Small business owners and IT leaders have an array of tasks, including managing inventories and avoiding cyberattacks. By outsourcing device procurement and lifecycle management to their vendor partners and IT solutions providers — a trend known as Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) —small businesses (and even larger firms) may experience some relief and save money in the process.

The idea of DaaS is relatively new, but in recent months, large IT firms like HP Inc. and Microsoft have embraced the trend. For businesses, there seems to be a great deal of upside to DaaS, allowing companies to scale up or scale down device deployments as the needs of their employees change. Using the DaaS model also means that organizations can refresh devices more quickly, upgrade to new technologies more easily, and won’t be saddled with the responsibility for managing and maintaining devices in the first place.

Device-as-a-Service should not be confused with Desktop-as-a-Service, even though the acronyms are alike. “Despite the matching acronyms, the two are notably different,” Tom Mainelli, an analyst at research firm IDC who manages the company’s Devices and Displays group, wrote in a recent opinion column on technology news site Recode.  Read the full article here


Ellie ArbanasThe Device-as-a-Service Model Beckons Companies as They Deploy PCs, Tablets


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Retail point-of-sale (POS) systems, which long ago made a big leap beyond the cash register, are again evolving to the next level.

The latest technologies in the space not only track sales and inventory, but will also work hand-in-hand with retail marketing and merchandising initiatives and customer relations. Mobile, omni-channel and cloud-based POS systems are other fast-growing trends in the space. And then there are the new EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chip card reader security protocols, which haven’t been the smoothest of rollouts here in the United States.

So with plenty to talk about, we checked in with some of the top POS providers in the active lifestyle retail space to see where they predict the trends are heading for this year and beyond.

Beyond The Sale
Today’s POS systems do much more than track a sale and update inventory. Now, an entire suite of accompanying software and systems can help retailers make decisions about when they should reorder based on seasonal trends, or which customers need a nudge.

“They’re all things to make the retailer more efficient,” said David Albert, president at Retail Control Systems (RCS), which sells and services the NCR Counterpoint POS system. Read the full article herecustomer pos


ECM evolution: Improving efficiency and patient care in the healthcare industry

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is one example of an IT solution that is having a great impact on the healthcare industry and how it operates.

ECM is a tool to capture, store and manage content across an organization. ECM started as a departmental document management solution in administrative and financial departments. What was initially referred to as “imaging and document management,” ECM concentrated on scanning and electronically storing paper content to help departments reduce storage costs and recover valuable space. Over time, it grew to include workflows, business process management and case management capabilities that help to accelerate business processes, saving time and resources.

The introduction of ECM not only has an impact on efficiency for a healthcare organization, but also on patient care. It’s still a familiar sight to see medical office staff hand a patient a clipboard of forms. It’s not very common though for patients to receive a mobile tablet device that contains electronic versions of all of the relevant forms they need to review, complete and sign.

However, increasing access to mobile platforms, tablets and smartphones are driving the growth of the mobile health market in Asia-Pacific. A report by P&S Market Research states that the market of mobile health in the region is expected to witness the fastest growth globally between now and 2022.  These devices are helping to deliver content that auto fills the forms with the patient information that’s already on file, so patients do not have to input redundant information, making for a better experience. And, because ECM electronically captures the content, complete and accurate patient information is instantly available. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasECM evolution: Improving efficiency and patient care in the healthcare industry

McDonald’s Spending €500 Million To Bring ‘Restaurant of the Future’ To Germany

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The Golden Arches are about to get a little more golden in Germany as McDonald’s has announced a €500 million ($557 million) initiative to remodel its locations into the ‘restaurant of the future’.

Modeled after the company’s flagship German store in the Frankfurt airport, the renovated restaurants will take on a more modern design all around, including the kitchen, ordering process, dining area and even a children’s area with games and digital offerings.

Read the full article here published by German Pulse


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Ellie ArbanasMcDonald’s Spending €500 Million To Bring ‘Restaurant of the Future’ To Germany

How Tablet Computers Changed the Construction Industry

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Robert Kipp’s must-have tool when he steps onto a construction site isn’t a walkie-talkie or a hard hat, though you’ll never spot him without them. It’s an eight-inch Apple iPad Mini on which he stores blueprints, field documentation, and other relevant information.

“Carrying blueprints under your arm while climbing up a ladder at a dangerous, high-story construction site just wasn’t practical,” says Kipp, 36, a supervisor and project manager for construction giant Tutor Perini.

At a site like the -17-million-square-foot Hudson Yards project in Manhattan—Kipp’s latest assignment and the largest private real estate development in the history of the U.S.—paper is quickly disappearing. The former U.S. Army captain is just fine with that. “It minimizes errors in construction because you can see the documents clearly,” he says. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasHow Tablet Computers Changed the Construction Industry

Samsung’s HITEC Hospitality

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NEW ORLEANS–Samsung Electronics America, a hospitality solutions leader, is sharing its latest innovations at HITEC 2016 designed to empower hoteliers to offer the ultimate hospitality experience for their guests. Samsung is showcasing a lineup of products for the hospitality market featuring advanced technology, including its new lineup of hospitality SMART TVs featuring the world’s first built-in DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, elevating the in-room experience for guests.

“Samsung is raising the bar in the hospitality market by delivering solutions for hoteliers to elevate their guests’ stay with cutting-edge technology that is cost-efficient, easy to use, and easy to install,” said Jonas Tanenbaum, Vice President of Samsung’s Hospitality TV Division. “From check-in to check-out, Samsung solutions provide hotels with technology that transforms properties with simple, yet impactful, results that will drive greater guest loyalty and satisfaction, no matter the existing infrastructure.”

HITEC attendees will be fully immersed into the “Smart Hotel Room” with an opportunity to interact with the new 40- and 50-inch Samsung ND694 TVs featuring the world’s first built-in DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem. The SMART TV technology works with any existing hotel cabled infrastructure, providing over-the-top (OTT) content offerings for guests and operational content management control for hotel staff. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasSamsung’s HITEC Hospitality

World’s biggest Apple Store in travel retail in Dubai..where is it?

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Apple last week unveiled its largest travel retail stores in Dubai, just in time to cash in on the expected summer vacation rush at the airports.

On June 14, Dubai Duty Free (DDF) officially opened two Apple store programmes at Dubai International T3, with the stores representing the largest Apple experience in travel retail.

DDF sold close to 50,000 iPhones and iPads in 2015 (38,057 iPhones and 10,657 iPads), and the world’s largest retailer in terms of sales announced sales of Dh6.892 billion ($1.888 billion) for 2015. The retailer’s iPhone sales made up for almost 30 per cent of its overall mobile phones sales while iPads accounted for almost 35 per cent of all tablet PCs sold by Dubai Duty Free in 2015.

Two big dedicated stores, therefore, make perfect sense for DDF, with the retailer saying it believes Apple brand’s sales could contribute as much as Dh220m ($61m) in sales by the end of this year, according to Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO. Read the full article here

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Ellie ArbanasWorld’s biggest Apple Store in travel retail in Dubai..where is it?