Griffin Technology chooses Revel Systems Ipad POS solution for U.S.-based stores
San Francisco — Revel Systems, a provider of iPad point-of-sale solutions, announced that its cloud-based POS system has been chosen by Griffin Technology and is now live in its five United States-based MicroStores.
Revel Systems’ POS solution connects the retail locations through its cloud-based system so that data can be easily pulled in real-time, a major benefit over other server-based solutions.
"Griffin prides itself on being a technology innovator, so we had very high expectations for every aspect of our new MicroStores," said Jeff Herrick, Information Systems Manager at Griffin Technology. "After reviewing our vendor options, we found Revel Systems’ iPad point-of-sale systems to be the most customizable solution, especially with the convenient integration to our existing back-end system. We’ve truly enjoyed the POS installation with Revel and are quite satisfied with the end result at our MicroStores."
The Griffin MicroStores, which opened in San Jose, Seattle, San Francisco, Nashville and Annapolis, are Griffin’s first U.S.-based stores and currently have the Revel POS systems live with plans to expand to additional Griffin stores in 2013.
Pitney Bowes wins big postal contract
STAMFORD, Conn. — Pitney Bowes has landed a six-year contract with the U.S. Postal Service.
In accordance with the contract, valued at up to $32 million for meters and meter supplies, Pitney Bowes will provide USPS with support and maintenance of its network of postal meters. USPS will be able to nationally standardize its meter needs using a single leading edge design. The contract also includes the provision of systems and support to meet the U.S. Joint Military Postal Command’s needs nationally and internationally.
Pitney Bowes will provide 24/7 web support as well as a dedicated call center support for the postal service. An automated electronic ordering and invoicing system will be implemented to ensure effective deployment and reduce manual processes.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to provide the U.S. Postal Service with precisely the automated technology it requires to meet the needs of today’s retail customer as well as the men and women of the military,” said Pat Brand, president, North American Mailing, Pitney Bowes.
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Crisis averted, supply chains rebound in December as 2013 trouble looms
Cargo volumes at U.S. ports are forecast to increase 3.9% this month following a 5.6% decline in November. That’s the good news, but now retailers and suppliers have to worry about the possibility of a strike at East coast ports.
The strike by workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach negatively affected container volumes in November, but resolution of the strike after eight days meant disruption in December was limited to just two days, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report compiled by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates
"After a strong kickoff on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holiday season is looking good and these numbers reflect that," said Jonathan Gold, NRF vp for supply chain and customs policy. "Nonetheless, we narrowly avoided what could have been a long-term disruption with the strike in Los Angeles and Long Beach and don’t want to run that risk on the East Coast and Gulf Coast. NRF is continuing to urge labor, management and lawmakers to do whatever is necessary to keep our nation’s ports running smoothly," he said in reference to the possible disruptions at East coast ports if agreements aren’t reached with organized labor prior to the December 29 expiration of a contract extension.
U.S. ports followed by Global Port Tracker handled 1.22 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in November, down from 1.39 TEUs in October. A TEU is one 20 foot cargo container or its equivalent. The November figures was 5.6% below the same month the prior year, but the December forecast for 1.27 million TEUs will see traffic rebound 3.9%.
Looking ahead, forecasted volume of 1.31 TEUs in January would represent a 2% increase followed by February at 1.15 million TEUs, up 5.9%, March at 1.27 million TEUs, up 2% and April at 1.35 million TEUs, up 3.2%.
However, those forecasts could be in jeopardy if labor agreements are not reached due to differences with the situation that occurred on the West coast.
"While the strike led to some diversion of cargo to Oakland and ports further afield, we believe much of the cargo destined for LA/Long Beach will simply arrive at the port later as vessels adjust their rotations," said Hackett Associates founder Ben Hackett. "As we look ahead into the coming months of 2013, the main threat to cargo flows through the ports would be a strike on East Coast and Gulf Coast. There is little option for diversion."
Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Long Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast.
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