HP on May 2 announced a new generation of point-of-sale (POS) and kiosk systems to help retailers manage, secure and enhance the sales process at every consumer touch point.
The new HP rp5800 Retail System running Windows 7 Professional, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows XP, the rp5800 boasts advanced point-of-sale performance, manageability and security features that fit into existing IT infrastructures and provide rich experiences for both sales associates and their customers. It features a variety of connectivity options, allowing the system to interface with digital signage, as well as a wide variety of peripherals, including receipt printers, monitors, cash drawers and scanners.
HP also announced a new line of HP Self-Service Kiosks, expected to be available beginning May 23 in the US, Canada and Latin America, which run Windows 7 Professional and integrated Virtual Sales Assistant software. Retailers can personalize the user interface, upload custom assets, manage content remotely, and assign locations and playlists. To provide customers with an interactive, touch-based platform for product information and personal assistance, retailers can place the kiosks in any customer-facing environment to run in-store promotions, provide directions, or share news and product information. The kiosk creates more flexibility for retailers to offer products beyond their current in-store inventory.
To complement the existing HP Point of Sale systems in its boutiques, the retailer chose the Windows 7-based HP TouchSmart 9100 Business PC for deployment to nearly 1,100 of its boutiques throughout the US to run a variety of new management tools and systems with a kiosk-like interface.
The TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business PC is another example. Running Windows 7 Professional, this PC, as part of HP's Self Service Kiosk system, can integrate seamlessly for back-office business processes, as well as customer-facing experiences. The advanced "reclining" feature -- integrated into a sleek ergonomic design -- adjusts the all-in-one PC for greater comfort when interacting with the multitouch display.
More information on HP's retail solutions is available here.
[Source: Microsoft Press]