Nebraska Book Co. teams with Daily Systems for mobile POS
Paso Robles, Calif. — Daily Systems said Tuesday that college bookstore chain Nebraska Book Co. has implemented its iAPS payment sled for iPhone and iPod touch, which will enable NBC to sell merchandise in seasonal pop-up stores that are set up close to the dorms in the beginning of the semester.
The mobile POS solution is also used to increase check-out capacity in the regular stores during peak periods. Additionally, NBC now has the ability to accept credit card payments at off-site events such as book signings and stadium sales during football games.
The iAPS sled fits any generation of the iPhone and iPod touch and turns these into complete mobile POS terminals with an integrated magnetic stripe reader, smart card reader, bar code scanner and receipt printer – all built into one device.
During check-out the merchandise is scanned and the iAPS device has access to live inventory and pricing information. The credit card is swiped and the customer can sign for the purchase directly on the screen. The device can also handle cash, gift cards, coupons and more. Receipts are printed directly on the spot.
“We were looking for a mobile POS solution that enabled us to sell more where the students are instead of waiting for the students to come to our stores,” says Kevin Wright, VP application services, NBC. “The demand for our merchandise is very seasonal, and the iAPS solution allows us to quickly set up seasonal pop-up stores and add more check-out capacity in our traditional stores without taking up valuable floor space.”
NBC developed the touch-based mobile POS application, which has all the features of the in-store POS. The iAPS solution also handles traditional back-office tasks such as inventory management and receiving. The software is distributed via iTunes and so are software updates.
Metropolitan Furnishings Association selects TD Retail for private label credit
Mahwah, N.J. — The Metropolitan Furnishings Association said it has selected TD Retail Card Services’ Renovate Card private label credit program for use by the organization’s 75 retail members in New Jersey.
Under the agreement, the Mahwah, N.J-based business unit of TD Bank, N.A., will offer participating members the full range of services, custom financing options and other benefits associated with the Renovate Card. Created specifically for the home furnishings sector, the Renovate Card is a revolving private label consumer credit card that can be used for purchases of products or services at any merchant participating in the program.
Retailers participating in the program are able to offer their customers a variety of special financing options, including six no-interest programs, as well as low-APR programs.
Shopko launches mobile pharmacy app
Green Bay, Wis. — Shopko said Tuesday it has launched a mobile pharmacy app, allowing users to refill and manage pharmacy prescriptions from their smartphones.
The free app, available on the iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms, allows Shopko pharmacy customers to request refills, review active prescription details — including expiration date, refills remaining and overdue refills — set up dosage reminders and receive email/text notifications when a prescription refill is ready.
Additionally, the mobile app includes a “Pharmacy Locator” feature so customers can locate and get driving directions, while also checking hours of operation for the nearest Shopko pharmacy.
“This app is in direct response to consumer demand and we’ve worked hard to develop the features most important to our customers,” said Paul Jones, Shopko president, chairman and CEO.