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Motorola releases pocket-sized scanner

BY Dan Berthiaume

Schaumburg, Ill. – Motorola Solutions Inc. has introduced the new Symbol CS4070 wireless handheld Bluetooth scanner that can pair with any Bluetooth-enabled tablet, smartphone or laptop to provide enterprise-class 1D and 2D bar-code scanning. The CS4070 works with all Android, iOS and Windows tablets, laptops and smartphones.

An integrated MFI chip and Apple certification ensure compatibility with all Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad. The CS4070 scanner is ergonomically designed to be worn on a lanyard around the neck or fit naturally in the hand. The field-replaceable battery also holds enough power for a full 12-hour shift and an LED indicator lets workers know how much charge is left.

The CS4070 can scan bar codes both near and far and omni-directional scanning eliminates the need to align the scanner with the bar code. It is designed to quickly capture virtually any barcode with Motorola’s most advanced imaging engine, whether it is displayed on the screen of a mobile phone or printed on paper and damaged, scratched or dirty. Green and red light indicators can also be mixed and matched with audio to provide scanning feedback in any environment.

Intended uses include mobile point-of-sale (MPOS), merchandising, end-to-end track and trace, real-time ordering, route accounting, inventory management, and repair service. Motorola’s Service from the Start Advance Exchange support provides coverage for normal wear and tear, as well as accidental breakage.

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ARC Group names marketing head

BY Dan Berthiaume

Lafayette, La. – ARC Group Inc., owner, operator and franchisor of the Dick’s Wings & Grill concept, has named Chris Perrella has joined the company as its director of marketing.

Chris Perrella brings more than 17 years of marketing experience to the company. As director of marketing, Perrella will be supervising the design and implementation of the company’s marketing and advertising campaigns, and will be responsible for directing and implementing all marketing initiatives for the company’s current and future brands. Prior to joining the ARC Group, Perrella served as the marketing director of Buffalo’s Cafe and was the owner and operator of the Buffalo’s Cafe restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Michael Kors Q1 sales, profit soar

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Michael Kors Holdings Ltd’s first-quarter net income surged 50% amid strong sales overseas. The luxury retailer earned a better-than-expected $187.7 million for the three months ended June 28, up from $125 million from a year ago.

Net sales jumped 44% to $887 million. Total revenue — which includes licensing revenue — climbed 43% to $919.2 million. Global same-store sales for the quarter rose 24.2%.
"In North America, revenue increased 30%, with comparable store sales growth of 18.7%,” said Michael Kors CEO John Idol.

“In addition, the 30% growth in our North American wholesale segment reflects ongoing momentum in our brand as well as the continued benefit from our shop-in-shop conversions. In Europe, we were extremely pleased with our revenue growth of 128%, which was driven by a comparable store sales increase of 54.2%, as well as strength in our wholesale business. Lastly, revenue in Japan increased 89%, driven by comparable store sales growth of 48.8%."

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