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APG Cash Drawer releases Bluetooth interface

BY Dan Berthiaume

Minneapolis — APG Cash Drawer LLC is releasing the BluePro Bluetooth interface for cash drawers. Now available for purchase through APG’s distribution partners, the BluePro Bluetooth interface will enable cash drawer control via Bluetooth communication and allows retailers to wirelessly synchronize and create a one to one relationship between the cash drawer and tablet.

The BluePro interface plugs into most printer-driven cash drawers so it can pair with a tablet via Bluetooth connection. The range of this communication is purposely limited by the BluePro device so that retailers can be assured of having only attended cash transactions.

The BluePro Bluetooth interface is Apple MFi certified to work with iOS devices such as iPhone, iPod, and iPad. APG will provide the necessary software development kit for integration on the Android and iOS platforms, with a Windows solution coming soon.

"We are excited to offer this solution to our customers," said John Meilahn, VP global sales. "APG’s BluePro Bluetooth interface is designed with the small, independent retailer in mind. The Bluetooth interface is a cost effective choice that will enable cash transactions wirelessly from a tablet."

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StopLift introduces self-checkout security tool

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cambridge, Mass. – StopLift Checkout Vision Systems is introducing the Self-Checkout Accelerator, which is designed to immediately flag unscanned merchandise at the checkout and alert the attendant before the customer leaves the checkout, improve customer service at the self-checkout, and prevent false alerts and interventions.

Self-checkout companies such as NCR and Fujitsu have already been working with StopLift to directly integrate their self-checkouts with the Self-Checkout Accelerator system, which also prevents false alerts, e.g. a purse on the conveyor belt.

StopLift’s Scan-It-All system finds any incidents of scan-avoidance, where merchandise is not scanned or rung up before being given to the customer. This includes incidents which could be mistakes by the cashier or customer at self-checkout, as well as items left in the shopping cart.

As soon as a scan avoidance incident occurs, StopLift, which constantly monitors 100% of the security video, flags the transaction as suspicious. It reports the incident, identifying the cashier or customer. The technology eliminates human review of video, reduces and deters fraud at the checkout, and improves profitability. StopLift develops targeted applications to address the specific needs of retailers from different sectors including general merchandise, grocery, and specialty retail.

“Retailers always suspected that self-checkouts would be highly prone to scan-avoidance, and our technology has certainly found this to be the case,” said Malay Kundu, founder and CEO. “Using the incidents detected from their own stores, retailers are now able to train staff on the signals indicating when customers are either having problems using the self-checkout or are exhibiting suspicious behavior.”

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Prilosec enlists Larry the Cable Guy for sweepstakes

BY CSA STAFF

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy has teamed up with Prilosec OTC to show racing fans that “You Can’t Beat Zero” by offering them great “Zero Experiences” at two top stock car races and a chance at winning Prilosec OTC’s hottest wheels: a “monster” utility vehicle.

“Racing is one of the best sports in America, and it’s best enjoyed with die-hard fans and tailgate food. When I’m out on the track all day I don’t let heartburn get in the way of a good time," Larry the Cable Guy stated. "That’s why I love Prilosec OTC. One pill a day gives me zero heartburn for a full 24 hours, and trust me, you can’t beat zero heartburn.”

Larry the Cable Guy will kick things off at the Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by another race at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 6. At each stop, Larry will show fans why you can’t beat zero by hosting Prilosec OTC’s first ever “Zero Burn Games.” Game participants will be rewarded, and visitors will have the chance to fill up their tanks on “Zero Cost Concessions,” courtesy of Prilosec OTC.

Fans across the country will be able to keep up with Larry’s racing adventures by visiting FoxSports.com/PrilosecOTC to watch video highlights. Fans will also have the opportunity to win the ultimate tailgate accessory — a “monster” utility vehicle — and set off on an ultimate zero experience of their own by entering the You Can’t Beat Zero Sweepstakes.

From Feb. 20 until May 30, participants can enter at YouCantBeatZero.com for a chance to win the vehicle and a trip for two to a stock car race of their choice courtesy of Prilosec OTC. One winner will be chosen at random to receive the prize pack, which includes two tickets to a 2014 stock car race, a “monster” utility vehicle, travel and accommodations (a two-night hotel stay and air transportation for each destination), and one $1,000 gift card.

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