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ShopKeep POS rolls out mobile device

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – ShopKeep POS is introducing ShopKeep Mobile, a handheld point of sale device that will use Griffin Olli hardware with the ShopKeep POS app. Designed for the iPod touch, ShopKeep Mobile features an encrypted credit card swiper and high-speed laser barcode scanner to ring up sales right from the showroom floor.

ShopKeep Mobile also comes with all the functionality of the ShopKeep POS app, including: a full suite of reports, inventory management, employee timekeeping, customer database, email receipts, and support for ticket and receipt printers.

“This is a complete handheld POS that is connected to the cloud. It’s everything you need to run your store in your pocket,” said Jason Richelson, founder & CEO, ShopKeep POS. “It also removes one of the worst parts of the retail experience for shoppers, which is waiting in line; and creates a more personal customer interaction by removing the counter as a barrier. This is groundbreaking technology that will bring the customer experience you get in the Apple store to small businesses everywhere.”

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Corner Bakery Café expanding in Sacramento area

BY Marianne Wilson

Dallas — Corner Bakery Cafe rounded out 2013 with a multi-unit restaurant development agreement and plans to open eight new restaurants in the Sacramento area with new franchise partner East Bay Restaurants, Pleasanton, Calif.

East Bay Restaurants, which owns and operates 48 Burger King and seven Taco Bell restaurants, plans to open its first cafe in 2014 and the remaining sites over the next five years.

"We’re thrilled to wrap up 2013 with this great news regarding our latest agreement," said Gregg Koffler, VP of franchise sales for Corner Bakery Cafe. “Sacramento is the perfect place to continue our expansion plans as the brand looks to numerous new locations and even more fans on the West Coast."

Currently, Corner Bakery has more than 160 company-owned and franchised locations in 17 states and Washington, D.C.

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L’Oréal’s Matrix teams up with Google Glass

BY CSA STAFF

Matrix, a professional hair care and hair color company that is a subsidiary of L’Oréal USA, is aiming to transform the professional hair styling experience with a new program that features Google Glass.

The "Matrix Class for Glass" initiative is an ongoing program throughout 2014 that features a three-phase rollout, including an exclusive blogger video series, The Matrix Eye for Style Google Glass Salon Chair and a salon professional education platform. Also coming in late spring, the first Professional Google Glass App will house an exclusive library of content that can be downloaded by consumers and professionals.

"This new initiative will completely transform the hair styling experience," said VP, Matrix general manager Paul Schiraldi. "Wearable technology is the next frontier — poised to revolutionize the way we live and work, in the same way that smartphones and tablets have done. We’re extremely excited to be leading the way in professional and consumer hair education with this initiative.”

Blogger Video Series
Using Google Glass technology and expertise from Matrix celebrity stylist, George Papanikolas and Matrix artistic director, Ammon Carver, tutorials will capture styling sessions directly from the eye of the stylist. These videos will offer a new view from behind the chair and power the styling experience. The "Matrix Class for Glass" video series will showcase a cast of bloggers as they explore the latest trends and share their experience. Videos will live on matrix.com, youtube.com and blogger social media channels.

The Matrix Eye for Style Google Glass Salon Chair 


Launching later in the year, Papanikolas will introduce the Matrix Eye for Style Chair at The Andy LeCompte Salon in Los Angeles. Consumers can take advantage of exclusive appointments with Papanikolas, who will capture each person’s style and finish service via Google Glass and will subsequently email the video to the client to serve as a personalized at-home tutorial.

"Salon clients and women around the world have long lamented the fact that they’re unable to have their talented hairstylists at their side to recreate their favorite salon hairstyles at home," Papanikolas said. "Now, thanks to the technology of Google Glass and Matrix, the salon experience is forever changed."

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Furthermore, "Matrix Glass for Class" will strive to raise the bar in salon professional educational tools. Beginning in April, Matrix will showcase this artist perspective through a series of classes across the country lead by Matrix artistic directors, Nicolas French, Chrystofer Benson and Carver. The experience will be captured online as artists lead tutorials focusing on key salon techniques and styles in cutting, coloring, styling and finishing.

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