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NRF 2016 NEWS: Purpose-Built Tablets Drive Mobile Innovation for Panasonic

Panasonic showcased new technologies at the 105th annual National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, including new mPOS and rugged tablet devices. These new solutions target retailers of various sizes as well as supermarkets, table service restaurants, quick serve restaurants (QSR) and build upon the company’s 30 years of experience in the retail sector.
New solutions include:
Rugged Mobility Solutions
New to NRF this year, the Toughpad FZ-Q1 is a 12.5” semi-rugged tablet with POS, mobile POS, kiosk and mobile dashboard applications for retail. Purpose built for mobile workers, the tablet features a full HD, 350nit, 10-finger touchscreen, while providing the ideal level of durability for retail work. With a shock absorbing case and a magnesium alloy chassis, the device can withstand falls from 2.5’ – ideal for handling associate drops and wear and tear. The Toughpad FZ-Q1 also features a fanless design resistant to dirt and dust, making it the perfect mobile solution in a retail environment where minor ingress is a concern.
Built for mPOS, the Toughpad FZ-R1 is an all-in-one tablet running Windows 8.1 for retail environments to meet changing omni-channel customer expectations while providing secure transaction capabilities. With its integrated EMV reader with PIN pad, mag stripe reader and NFC compatibility, the Intel®-based Toughpad FZ-R1 can handle all forms of electronic payment, giving retailers and their customers’ confidence that financial data is secure while providing the omni-channel experience they have come to expect.
The company will also showcase the its wide range of rugged Toughpad tablets powered by Windows, including, 20” Toughpad 4K, 7” Toughpad FZ-M1, 5” Toughpad FZ-E1 as well as tablets running AndroidTM such as 7” Toughpad FZ-B2 and 5” Toughpad FZ-X1. Additionally, Panasonic will showcase its fully-rugged Panasonic Toughpad tablets equipped with Ingenico iCMP mobile payment terminal. A Toughpad FZ-R1 and Stingray III POS terminal will demonstrate the FreedomPay Advanced Commerce Platform. The complete line of Toughpad tablets offer retailers the mobility and flexibility they need to boost sales, engage customers and manage operational efficiency from the sales floor to the warehouse.
The Panasonic booth will also include the world’s first fully rugged detachable laptop[i], the Toughbook 20, an ideal solution for managers to use in back office operations as well as front of store for increased flexibility.
Stingray III POS
The Panasonic Stingray III is an enterprise-grade POS device featuring an all-in-one flexible, modular design, and is compatible with a variety of Microsoft Windows operating systems. The Stingray III’s versatile design features interchangeable touchscreens, allowing easy customization to meet individual retailer requirements with unlimited mounting options. The increased modularity of the Stingray III also makes servicing and replacing parts a simpler process, allowing the workstation to be easily maintained, reducing total cost of ownership and increasing ROI. The Stingray III is compatible with existing Panasonic POS cabling and peripherals, making the transition to an upgraded workstation simple for operators.
Clearview by Panasonic
Purpose built for the food and retail industry, Clearview by Panasonic is a highly flexible and scalable web-based software solution for financial management, inventory cost management, and labor management. The solution is used by thousands of restaurants to optimize and automate food orders, cash management, scheduling, financial tracking, reporting, and much more, maximizing profits from every dollar earned and providing unprecedented business insight for multi-unit operators and franchisors at both individual store and collective levels.
Digital Signage Solutions
Panasonic will also exhibit its new Space Player. This new type of lighting equipment combines the functions of traditional lighting and video projectors to create engaging, projected visuals with a wide variety of applications for restaurants and retail stores. For example, retailers can display descriptions and other information while lighting products or a restaurant could project a menu along with images of each option.
Additionally, the company will showcase other digital signage solutions, including video walls, which enable retailers to highlight promotions, boost sales, entertain and direct customers.
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