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StopLift introduces self-checkout security tool

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cambridge, Mass. – StopLift Checkout Vision Systems is introducing the Self-Checkout Accelerator, which is designed to immediately flag unscanned merchandise at the checkout and alert the attendant before the customer leaves the checkout, improve customer service at the self-checkout, and prevent false alerts and interventions.

Self-checkout companies such as NCR and Fujitsu have already been working with StopLift to directly integrate their self-checkouts with the Self-Checkout Accelerator system, which also prevents false alerts, e.g. a purse on the conveyor belt.

StopLift’s Scan-It-All system finds any incidents of scan-avoidance, where merchandise is not scanned or rung up before being given to the customer. This includes incidents which could be mistakes by the cashier or customer at self-checkout, as well as items left in the shopping cart.

As soon as a scan avoidance incident occurs, StopLift, which constantly monitors 100% of the security video, flags the transaction as suspicious. It reports the incident, identifying the cashier or customer. The technology eliminates human review of video, reduces and deters fraud at the checkout, and improves profitability. StopLift develops targeted applications to address the specific needs of retailers from different sectors including general merchandise, grocery, and specialty retail.

“Retailers always suspected that self-checkouts would be highly prone to scan-avoidance, and our technology has certainly found this to be the case,” said Malay Kundu, founder and CEO. “Using the incidents detected from their own stores, retailers are now able to train staff on the signals indicating when customers are either having problems using the self-checkout or are exhibiting suspicious behavior.”

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Prilosec enlists Larry the Cable Guy for sweepstakes

BY CSA STAFF

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy has teamed up with Prilosec OTC to show racing fans that “You Can’t Beat Zero” by offering them great “Zero Experiences” at two top stock car races and a chance at winning Prilosec OTC’s hottest wheels: a “monster” utility vehicle.

“Racing is one of the best sports in America, and it’s best enjoyed with die-hard fans and tailgate food. When I’m out on the track all day I don’t let heartburn get in the way of a good time," Larry the Cable Guy stated. "That’s why I love Prilosec OTC. One pill a day gives me zero heartburn for a full 24 hours, and trust me, you can’t beat zero heartburn.”

Larry the Cable Guy will kick things off at the Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by another race at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 6. At each stop, Larry will show fans why you can’t beat zero by hosting Prilosec OTC’s first ever “Zero Burn Games.” Game participants will be rewarded, and visitors will have the chance to fill up their tanks on “Zero Cost Concessions,” courtesy of Prilosec OTC.

Fans across the country will be able to keep up with Larry’s racing adventures by visiting FoxSports.com/PrilosecOTC to watch video highlights. Fans will also have the opportunity to win the ultimate tailgate accessory — a “monster” utility vehicle — and set off on an ultimate zero experience of their own by entering the You Can’t Beat Zero Sweepstakes.

From Feb. 20 until May 30, participants can enter at YouCantBeatZero.com for a chance to win the vehicle and a trip for two to a stock car race of their choice courtesy of Prilosec OTC. One winner will be chosen at random to receive the prize pack, which includes two tickets to a 2014 stock car race, a “monster” utility vehicle, travel and accommodations (a two-night hotel stay and air transportation for each destination), and one $1,000 gift card.

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eBay acquires virtual fitting room provider

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eBay has acquired PhiSix, a computer graphics company that creates 3-D models of clothing from photos, pattern files and other sources and simulates the behavior of the garments.

PhiSix’s technology allows consumers to see how clothes fit, look and move in different environments without actually having to try them on, and can be used in online and offline environments.

In a blog post, eBay said PhiSix technology may be utilized for omnichannel commerce so users can shop anytime, anywhere, from any device. eBay also said it believes it can integrate the PhiSix technology to power various online and physical store shopping experiences.

“PhiSix’s innovative technology can help solve one of the common problems online shoppers face — fit and look,” said eBay in the blog post. “With a virtual fitting room enabled by PhiSix technology, shoppers can determine fit with physically accurate simulations of the garments. The technology is able to recommend a size for the user’s body based on basic measurement inputs. All of this points to an immersive shopping experience that enables consumers to try on clothes virtually before buying online, which the company believes will reduce returns and enhance the overall shopping experience. PhiSix technology may be utilized for omni-channel commerce so users can shop anytime, anywhere, from any device.

“The technology could also be integrated across the entire eBay Inc. portfolio to enable a more immersive and compelling user experience so consumers can make informed choices whether at home or in a store.”

According to media reports, eBay hopes that PhiSix technology can help reduce the frequency of customer returns, and intends to deploy the solution both in stores and online by the end of 2014.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to bring PhiSix’s expertise to one of the world’s leading commerce platforms,” said Jonathan Su, founder of PhiSix and a former Intel scientist. “We believe today’s acquisition will help us better scale our expertise and meet the needs of digitally-minded shoppers and create new customer experiences for the eBay portfolio.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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