NEC beefs up its retail solutions


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By GABEY GOH bytz@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: NEC Corporation has launched the G5 and G7 models of its TwinPos G series of point-of-sale (POS) product line to cater to the changing demands of the local retail market.

These new additions to the enterprise technology solutions provider’s family of POS terminals are touted to reduce total cost of ownership for customers through its serviceability, reliability and power conservation.

“With rising disposable incomes and a strong tourism industry driving the growth of the Malaysian retail industry, NEC is leveraging its experience to support our retail and service industry customers through our G Series,” said Daisaku Takeuchi, managing director of NEC Corporation Malaysia.

According to the Malaysia Retail Report Q4 2011 by Business Monitor International in August, total retail sales are forecasted to grow to RM279.83bil by 2015, from the current RM182.44 bil.

NEC general manager Lawrence Ang noted that the company hasn’t been active in the retail sector until now despite already having the products and services to serve the unique requirements of the industry.

“However, we feel that this is very much a high growth industry and are ready to actively move into the retail space. We aim to be in a Top Three position in the country within the next two to three years,” said Ang.

The brand currently holds an estimated 15% market share in the retail segment and has retail brands Isetan, Aeon, Best Denki, 7-11, Uniqlo and Genting Malaysia on its list of clients.

Tough and cloud-ready

Aimed at retail chain stores the G5’s crisp design with dual built-in LCD touchscreens, offers environmental durability with a space-saving footprint.

Key components servicing is engineered for completion within five minutes, reducing labour and minimising technician levels.

For higher volume retail environments such as hypermarkets, NEC is offering the G7, which boasts screwless component removal, a choice of four energy-efficient Intel Core-i CPUs, and a guaranteed five-year supply of key components.

There is also an optional remote monitoring service, where NEC will be able to detect failed parts and issue a replacement without the need for an onsite visit.

Both models are also optimised for cloud computing, and NEC is slated to officially launch its full suite of Cloud Retail Solutions next year.

“As more and more people ride on the Cloud and cloud-related services, we expect our customers to change their mode of operations from the conventional methods of managing their workflow and data from a localised system, and move their operations onto the Cloud,” said Takeuchi.

According to Ang, the company is currently testing the local market for its cloud-based solutions.

“We have gotten many queries due to all the recent activity surrounding cloud computing and NEC does offer a total end-to-end solution for businesses,” he said.

++++ www.nec.com/pos

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