Motorola debuted the MC17 mobile computer at the recent ERI eXchange, sponsored by the Retail Systems Alert Group. The third-generation handheld solution is designed to speed up the checkout process, locate items, check product pricing, suggest complementary products, and deliver personal recommendations and tailored promotions. It can also serve as an associate productivity tool by supporting applications including inventory management, price verification and line busting. In addition, the MC17 can be used for gift registry in department and specialty stores.www.motorola.com
ADT Security Services, a division of Tyco Fire & Security, launched a new wide-exit detection system that allows retailers to detect anti-theft alarms and collect operational data. The Sensormatic Ultra-Exit AMS-1121 Detection System provides the retailer with almost 8 ft. of coverage between pedestals. The solution can also be integrated with other operational devices such as people counting to provide retailers with additional store-operations data. The system is also compatible with the company’s SmartEAS solutions.www.adt.com
Hand Held Products and Auto-Star Compusystems have created a new kiosk solution that merges Auto-Star’s Star-Plus point-of-sale and retail-management software applications with Hand Held Products’ Image Kiosk 8560. The result is a solution that checks product prices and loyalty-level status. It features a customizable user interface that enables retailers to add consistent branding messages.www.handheld.comwww.auto-star.com
Coca-Cola names chief marketer
ATLANTA The Coca-Cola Company has appointed Joseph Tripodi to the position of chief marketing and commercial officer, reporting to president and coo Muhtar Kent. Most recently, Tripodi was the senior vp and chief marketing officer for Allstate Insurance Co., where he was responsible for the structure, strategy and execution of all of their marketing efforts.
In his role, Tripodi will lead a new function consisting of the combination of the company’s global marketing and commercial organizations. In addition to overseeing all aspects of marketing, he will be responsible for coordinating and leading the company’s strategic direction in commercial leadership.
Prior to joining Allstate in 2003, Tripodi was chief marketing officer for The Bank of New York. He served as chief marketing officer for Seagram Spirits & Wine Group from 1999 to 2002. From 1989 to 1998, he was the evp for global marketing, products and services for MasterCard International, where among other achievements he was a chief architect of the acclaimed “Priceless” campaign. Previously, he spent seven years with the Mobil Oil Corp., where he gained considerable international experience in roles of increasing responsibility in planning, marketing, business development and operations in New York, Paris, Hong Kong and Guam.
Whole Foods takes top spot on EPA list
WASHINGTON Whole Foods Market took the top spot this quarter on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 10 Retail Partners in its Green Power Partnership program. Other major retailers on the list include Kohl’s (2), Staples (4), Lowe’s (6) and Office Depot.
According to its profile on the EPA Web site, currently, Whole Foods Market is purchasing or generating 100% of its total national power load from green power sources.
The Top 10 Retail Partners in the Green Power Partnership is released quarterly and represents the largest completed annual green power purchases of all Retail Partners within the Green Power Partnership. According to the EPA, the combined green power purchases of these organizations amounts to an estimated 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 140,000 average American homes each year.