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Survey: Global PC-based POS market up

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — The global PC-based point-of-sale market grew a solid 6.9% in 2010, according to new research from IHL Group, a global research and advisory firm.

Shipments grew in all four major worldwide regions (North America, Europe/Middle East Africa, Latin/South America, and Asia/Pacific). Strong double-digit growth in the Asia/Pacific region was driven by new shipments in China, India, Korea, and Indonesia, according to the research.

"It was a strong year overall, but several threats appear on the horizon for this market," said Greg Buzek, president of IHL Group. "New mobile devices, inspired by the Apple iPad price point of $500, are a significant threat to the traditional POS market, particularly for specialty stores and hospitality establishments. Our recent research studies found that upwards of 50% of specialty retailers are looking to deploy handheld POS devices to replace many of their standard POS systems."

"In addition, increasing oil prices due to unrest in the Middle East will sap consumer’s wallets, which will challenge retail sales in other segments beyond fuel," added Buzek. "Every penny of sustained increase in fuel prices takes $1.6 billion annually out of the pockets of consumers in the U.S. alone. If we go to a sustained $4.00 a gallon price point for a year, that is over $100 billion lost from the retail economy within the next year. That’s the equivalent of Macy’s, Staples, McDonald’s, Publix, and Pizza Hut being removed from the U.S. economy. Worldwide, the impact could be far greater, all putting a drag on retail and ultimately POS spending."

Other key findings of the research include the following:

  • The shipshare of POS units with embedded operating systems from Microsoft increased to 34.1% worldwide.
  • Overall, 87.4% of POS terminals shipped were on DOS or Microsoft Windows platforms.
  • The shipshare of Linux terminals dropped from 10.1% in 2009 to 8.4% in 2010 worldwide but remains a popular choice in China, Russia, and several other countries around the world.

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Food Lion launches private label push

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SALISBURY, N.C.— Food Lion is promoting its private labels by offering its loyalty club members the opportunity to earn up to $10 in free groceries when they buy private brand products through March 29.

According to the company, customers who purchaseat least four Food Lion, or Home 360 products using their Food Lion MVP card, they earn a money-saving coupon.Customers get $1 in coupons for the first four private brand products they purchase and 25 cents back for each additional private brand product they buy – up to $10 – during the promotion.

"Food Lion wants to put money back in customers’ pockets by rewarding our loyal customers," said Shavonne Clark, Food Lion’s director of director of retail marketing and innovation. "Our sales trends show consumers are using more private brand products, and this is one way we can thank customers who use Food Lion and Home 360 private brand products. We also want to provide additional incentive for customers who may not have tried our private brand products."

The coupons are redeemable on customers’ next grocery bill. The promotion is available in all markets except certain stores in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Savannah, Ga.; Greenville/Spartanburg S.C.; and Eastern Tennessee.

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Publix comps up in Q4 and FY

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Tuesday reported fourth-quarter sales of $6.4 billion, a 4.4% increase from last year’s $6.1 billion. Comparable-store sales for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 3.2%.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $342.1 million, compared with $284.2 million in 2009, an increase of 20.4%. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter increased to 44 cents for 2010, up from 36 cents per share in 2009.

For the fiscal year ended Dec. 25, 2010, Publix reported sales of $25.1 billion, a 3.3% increase from last year’s $24.3 billion. Comparable-store sales for 2010 increased 2.3%.

Net earnings for 2010 were $1.3 billion, compared with $1.2 billion for 2009, an increase of 15.2%. Earnings per share increased to $1.70 for 2010, up from $1.47 per share in 2009.

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