Retail trends at the international exhibition EuroCIS 2018
EuroCIS 2018 was held in Dusseldorf, Germany - an international specialized exhibition of technologies for retail trade. A delegation from the Pilot also took part in it. We tell you what technologies impressed and pleased us.
Toshiba POS Computers
Toshiba is a well-known and proven manufacturer of reliable POS-computers (cash registers). At EuroCIS 2018, the vendor demonstrated its advanced solutions:
- Toshiba Self Checkout self-service checkout counter with modern design. The model has advanced color indication functionality, which simplifies the customer’s interaction with the self-service system. Compared to previous models, the Toshiba Self Checkout has become more compact. But it has retained the brand's inherent reliability, performance and modular design, providing flexibility.
- Toshiba D10 compact system unit based on AMD processors ( see video ).
- TCx Dual Station Printer, which allows you to print receipts and labels much faster ( see video ).
- The TCx Elevate e-commerce platform, which helps retailers recoup their investments faster by innovating towards digital business transformation.
TSD, scanners and mobile computers from Zebra
Zebra Technologies booth showed scanners, data collection terminals (TSD) and mobile computers. Among the new products:
- Model MP7000 Scanner Scale - quickly scans and features high uptime and low power consumption: save up to 60% compared to similar models in its class.
- Mobile computer TC20.
- Desktop Label Printer ZD420.
- The new universal Android-based TSD 3000-series, which can work both at short distances and at considerable distances ( see video )
Cash desks from Vimana
The Polish company Vimana has gained popularity due to its innovativeness, reliability and reasonable price: its self-service solutions are 20-30% cheaper than models of famous competitors.
At EuroCIS 2018, Vimana arrived with:
- Self-service station with an oversized weight platform (78 by 65 cm) for large purchases.
- Self-service system with cash payment: in addition to the size (45 by 80 cm), it also boasts quick cash processing. For example, a model may take small things in handfuls. And the function of recycling banknotes and coins can reduce the retailer’s collection costs.
- Non-cash self-service system in a new modular design. It has a small footprint of 47 by 50 cm. Due to the lack of expensive cash handling components, retailers can reduce the cost of ownership of the system (ROI).
Electronic price tags
At EuroCIS, manufacturers demonstrated a number of electronic price tags , among them:
- Hanshow - new models with a yellow display, as well as already familiar frost-resistant electronic price tags with LED-bulbs.
- French SES Imagotag - tag models of electronic price tags for fashion retailers.
- Opticon are models of LCD price tags and a power system that transmits current directly through the mounting rail. Such price tags do not need a battery.
Chinese POS systems
Despite the fact that the exhibition was held in Germany, at times it resembled the Shanghai market: there were so many “Chinese partners” on it, as it is commonly called now. The Chinese are very successfully trying to enter many niches where previously only large vendors played.
The Chinese can see solutions of both very decent and very poor quality. The latter are targeted at small convenience stores. By the way, it was near the second stands that one often saw the Russian “manufacturers” of POS systems.
The Chinese showed:
- Touch and mobile cash registers.
- POS computers.
- Printers of checks.
- TSD and barcode scanners.
- And even self-checkout counters!
Typically, manufacturers of self-service systems offer not just equipment, but a full-fledged software and hardware complex. Alas, the Chinese colleagues are still weak in this. Outwardly, their models look decent, but the hardware and software remains raw. And this can cause difficulties in integration with the existing infrastructure of the customer.
We summarize. EuroCIS 2018 highlighted the following trends:
- Moving away from industrial design, towards elegant style.
- Reducing the size of devices - all manufacturers are trying to play on saving floor space.
- Omni-channel solutions are gaining momentum.
- In the near future, Android (Fuchsia) will take the place of one of the main players in the OS market for POS-systems - more and more cash desks, through the efforts of Chinese partners, are released on Android.
- Integration of all self-service systems into the overall omnichannel scheme.