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Hawaii-based KTA Super Stores upgrades Symphony EYC G.O.L.D.

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hilo, Hawaii — KTA Super Stores, a six-store supermarket chain serving the main island of Hawaii, has finalized upgrading Symphony EYC G.O.L.D. to the latest software version. The new capabilities including direct store delivery (DSD) and invoice reconciliation are the first step in KTA’s incorporation of the latest enhanced version of Symphony EYC’s merchandise management system, which is planned to be implemented across all of its island stores.

“The addition of direct store delivery and invoice reconciliation helps KTA both expand its options for customer shopping and streamline its financial processes,” said Lon Taniguchi, VP, IS of KTA Super Stores. “Looking forward, KTA anticipates that the rollout of the latest Symphony EYC Merchandise Management and Master Data Management solution across all six grocery stores will make us the grocery of choice for the island of Hawaii.”

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Italian hypermarket retailer Bennet implements Checkpoint EAS

BY Dan Berthiaume

Montano Lucino, Italy — Italian hypermarket retailer Bennet has completed the rollout of electronic article surveillance (EAS) loss prevention solutions in its stores in Italy. The solution involves the installation of 1,000 P20 EAS antennas from Checkpoint’s Evolve solutions, as well as radio frequency (RF) tags, Alpha high-theft solutions and point-of-sale deactivators, in addition to the rollout of an RF source-tagging program aimed at increasing on-shelf availability, improving open merchandising while reducing labor costs and inventory shrink.

As part of the partnership, EAS labels will be applied to the merchandise during the manufacturing process, resulting in the items arriving in-store shelf-ready. This enables store associates to focus on customer-centric activities rather than attaching security tags. The program is being run through Checkpoint’s dedicated Source Tagging Evaluation Center, which considers technical, packaging and supply chain requirements when recommending the application of the most suitable EAS labels to the different types of merchandise.

“Checkpoint’s support has been invaluable,” said Luigi Forgione, director of the Bennet Group. “The company has worked closely with our technical team to create a solution that offers superior merchandise protection without affecting the store aesthetics. We are delighted with the final installation and look forward to extending our collaboration with Checkpoint, a company which shares our goals of being at the forefront of the retail industry by offering the greatest variety of products, ensuring our stores’ security in a new, modern and welcoming manner.”

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Motorola releases personal shopping device

BY Dan Berthiaume

Schaumburg, Ill. — Motorola Solutions Inc. has released a personal shopping device designed to enable customers to quickly scan items with faster checkouts. The MC18 Personal Shopper is Motorola’s fifth generation personal shopping device and provides shoppers with real-time discount coupons for items they are purchasing and suggestions for complementary merchandise.

The MC18 includes an advanced imaging engine that enables the instant capture of virtually any 1D or 2D barcode, whether it is printed on paper or displayed on the screen of a mobile phone, without having to orient the barcode. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy technology and can be used for gift registry applications and product picking by store associates processing online orders, as well as for price audits, inventory management and price

“The MC18 Personal Shopper represents the fifth generation of our retail solution that has been deployed in more than 65 retail chains and has transformed the shopping experience of customers around the world,” said Joe White, VP of enterprise mobile computing, Motorola Solutions. “The MC18 can help retailers minimize shoppers’ frustration with long lines at checkout, and more efficiently deploy staff to focus on customer service tasks – helping boost customer satisfaction, basket size and sales.”

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