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Motorola Solutions unveils tablet built for enterprise users; first solutions focused on retail

BY Marianne Wilson

Schaumburg, Ill. — Motorola Solutions on Monday announced the first tablet computer built from the ground up specifically for enterprise users, the Android-based ET1. With the first solutions focused on retail, the new tablet will be available in fourth quarter 2011.

Similar in appearance to a consumer tablet, the new ET1 is designed to leverage the sleek design and user experience of a tablet with the applications, durability, security, device management and lifecycle-support needs that are specific to the retail environment.

“Retail stores have very specific requirements,” said Sheldon Safir, director of global product marketing, Motorola Solutions. “The ET1 was built from the ground up with the kind of security and durability that is required in a retail environment. It is extremely durable, for example, and built for the bumps and drops that can happen in the in-store space.”

Along with enhanced durability, the new tablet features an optional barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader, hot-swappable battery packs, and secure system software.

“The security that is built into a consumer tablet is not at the level that a retailer requires,” Safir said.

Among other things, Motorola has added a data encryption device to the table so that retailers can be assured that customer-information data is secure as it is transferred over the data network.

The WiFi-enabled ET1 tablet is password-protected so it can be easily shared and instantly provisioned for each employee according to his or her level of responsibility and access rights. Based on log-in information, managers can automatically control and monitor use of approved applications to help ensure on-the-job productivity is not compromised.

According to Motorola, retailers can seamlessly and securely run a variety of applications developed by the company’s partner and independent software vendor (ISV) community, including:

  • Assisted selling;
  • Mobile point of sale (mPOS);
  • Manager electronic dashboards;
  • Planogram management and compliance; and
  • Item locator

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Subway to install MasterCard’s PayPass contactless payment system

BY Marianne Wilson

Purchase, N.Y. — MasterCard Worldwide announced that Subway, the nation’s largest sandwich chain, will accept MasterCard’s PayPass contactless payments at more than 7,000 U.S. locations by the end of first quarter 2012.

Consumers will now have the option of paying for their meal by simply tapping a MasterCard PayPass-enabled card or device at the register. PayPass does not require customers to sign receipts for purchases under $50.

“Our fans are accustomed to having choices when they walk through our doors,” said Tony Pace, senior VP and global chief marketing officer, Subway franchisee advertising fund. “Now with MasterCard PayPass, they’ll have another payment choice that is convenient and easy to use."

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Stop & Shop co-sponsors food benefit outreach program

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — Supermarket chain Stop & Shop will work with Foodshare to sponsor events at its stores in Hartford, Conn., to help qualifying residents access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit.

About 70% of Connecticut residents who qualify for SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program, actually receive the benefit, Stop & Shop said. This is because of such issues as language barriers, lack of transportation or lack of knowledge of the program.

Foodshare works with End Hunger CT! to increase SNAP participation rates by assisting in the application process and ensuring that benefits are accessed in a timely and efficient manner. Stop & Shop is owned by Netherlands-based supermarket operator Royal Ahold, which also owns the Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle chains and the Peapod grocery delivery service.

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