NCR’s financial services and retail solutions win four 2017 GOOD DESIGN™ Awards

NCR’s financial services and retail solutions recognized for excellence in product design

DULUTH, Ga., 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced that it has won four 2017 GOOD DESIGN™ Awards. Founded in Chicago in 1950, the awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious for design excellence worldwide.

NCR’s SelfServ 80 Series, an award-winning family of ATM solutions launched in 2017 designed to re-invent the banking experience for consumers and financial institutions, and NCR’s FastLane SelfServ™, retail technology providing consumers with convenient checkout options, were recognized for their excellence in product design and innovation category. NCR will showcase the award-winning self-checkout technology at NRF 2018 Retail’s Big Show at booth #3121 from January 14 to 16, 2018.

“NCR has consistently invested in innovations to deliver built for purpose smart edge devices that, in conjunction with our software and services, deliver exceptional customer experiences, and these awards are another recognition of this,” said Bob Ciminera, NCR’s executive vice president, Hardware Product Operations. “We are committed to continuing to develop products and solutions that set the standards in connected financial and retail technology that will enable new levels of productivity gains for our customers.”

NCR won a total of four awards for the following designs. Each category and description of the award can be read here:

In 2017, the award program received submissions from several thousand of the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms representing the most important and critical mass of influential corporations in the design industry from over 55 countries. This year marked the most significant year for GOOD DESIGN™ with foremost design firms comprising critical mass from FORTUNE 500 companies participating.

All awards are posted on the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design’s  websites at www.good-designawards.comwww.chi-athenaeum.org and www.europeanarch.eu

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across the financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with about 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its website which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

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BlueStar Europe becomes two-tier distributor for NCR’s retail solutions

Duluth, Ga. / London, 2016-Oct-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (October 27, 2016 ) announces that BlueStar Europe has joined its roster of distribution providers as a two-tier distributor for NCR’s retail solutions.

BlueStar works exclusively with value-added resellers (VARs), providing them with complete solutions, business development and marketing support. NCR and BlueStar’s expanded relationship will enable them to distribute NCR’s complete portfolio of omni-channel retail technologies including Assisted POS, Peripherals, RealSCAN Scanners & RealPOS Printers. As a two tier distributor, BlueStar’s services extend beyond simple distribution to a range of services that provide greater flexibility and extended support for VARs reselling NCR technologies. This will include the provision of credit facilities, marketing assistance and extensive technical support.

“BlueStar Europe has a deep presence across Europe and vast experience within the point of sale and data capture industry,” said Matt Thatcher, Global Distribution Channel Leader, NCR. “It’s the ideal partner in helping to deliver and build on NCR’s technology for VARs across Europe.”

“For NCR, BlueStar Europe will provide the opportunity to scale and offer in-depth localised service, allowing us to keep regional inventory readily accessible for our partners and reduce shipping time for forecasted projects,” continues Thatcher. “BlueStar Europe, along with our other two-tier distributors, will greatly enhance our ability to deliver services to the highest possible standard across the region.”

BlueStar Europe joins NCR’s roster of pan-European distributors and will offer services in the UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and the Nordics.

Laurent Berger, VP of Sales, BlueStar Europe, concludes “BlueStar has built a wide range of partnerships with leading brands in retail technology and we’re delighted to add NCR that group. This partnership will allow us to continue to offer VARs the best possible products, accompanied by the best possible service.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. The company encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contacts:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation
770.299.5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

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POD Retail Displays Have Launched Their Innovative New Website With Hundreds Of Retail Display Products

POD Retail has branched out from the exhibition industry into the retail industry with their wide range of glass display cabinets. They have gone on to incorporate a range of picture and poster display for point of sale, cable and rod mounted displays for effective window displays, queue management systems including point of purchase display stands and outdoor retail display products.

POD Retail Displays

Not only can POD Retail Displays now provide a greater choice of retail display products, but also information displays, exhibition stands and outdoor display equipment.

Joe Plosky commented on the new website developments “Over the past few months we have been working really hard to get a functional, user friendly, informative website to display our great range of retail products. Our display cabinet range has been a huge success, and we know our other retail products add great value to retailers. We know all of our customers are going to benefit from the changes.”

The careful selection of all these retail display products has resulted in a great choice of quality shop displays at reasonable prices. We have selected high quality retail products that provide value for money, but that will also stand up to the strains that a public environment can put on display products.

The range of retail display products include light box displays, cable mounted displays, freestanding display stands, literature stands and in queue management systems.

In this difficult period for many retailers, it is good to have a company that can provide small shops and stores to large corporate companies with the retail displays they need to effectively promote their products and services.

A Boards, Pavement Signs, Forecourt signs, Promotional counters and Picture and poster displays are just some of the retail display equipment that can help retailers advertise and promote their goods. All these display products and more can be found on POD Retail Displays website at http://www.pod-retail-display-systems.co.uk.

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Celerant included in the CPA Advisor’s 2009 Retail/POS Review

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, was included in the CPA Advisor’s 2009 Retail/POS Review. Celerant Command Retail received top scores in all areas, including ease of use, modules/scalability, features/functionality, integration, tracking/reporting, and retail value.

“We are proud to have received such exceptional feedback from the CPA Advisor’s Software Review,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO. “The results are indicative of the quality of the Celerant product, as well as our commitment to developing and implementing advanced software that provides retailers with a complete retail management solution. The detailed report delves into Celerant Command, explaining a number of different features and functionality within the system.”

The CPA Advisor’s 2009 Retail/POS Review provides an overview of Celerant Command Retail, referring to it as “A sophisticated, fully integrated real-time retail management system. More than just a point-of-sale (POS) product, Celerant offers users a series of integrated modules.” It goes on to say, “For retailers who want a web presence and have multiple locations, Celerant Command Retail is a product that should be seriously considered.”

The review also discusses the software’s advanced reporting functionality, saying “Command Retail’s CRM Module is impressive, with the ability to track customer purchasing profiles, monitor purchases for rewards and loyalty card programs, and even track family shopping habits. The Data Mining module provides a tool to analyze data stored in the system to spot trends and performance issues. The Reporting and Analysis module provides users with excellent reporting capabilities throughout.”

Celerant Command Retail provides retailers with a complete software solution that fully integrates the point of sale on the front end with back office functionality, inventory control, warehouse, distribution, allocation, advanced reporting and E-Commerce. Command goes beyond these functions by integrating with professional third-party accounting software, including QuickBooks, MAS 90, and Great Plains, in addition to its own integrated general ledger that will soon be available. For more information, go to http://www.celerant.com/financial_applications.cfm.

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Displaysense Has Been Carrying Out Big Changes To Its European Online Advertising Campaigns In Order To Meet The Demands Of Its International Customers

According to Displaysense, the UK’s leading supplier of display cabinets and mannequins, many companies are not tackling all of the issues surrounding international language barriers and could be missing out on business as a result.

Due to the success of the company’s European website Displaysense.com, Displaysense has been bombarded over recent months with more and more seemingly unusual enquiries for products, which has largely been due to poor translation and misunderstanding of products and their purpose.

The company’s sales team has faced strange requests over the past year, including a customer from France searching for a ‘naked female model’, when they meant mannequin, and a lady from Germany enquiring “if your Fach came with screws”, with ‘Fach’ meaning ‘shelf’ in German. They have also dealt with partial translations from European customers, such as the Polish customer who was looking for some cack stands, when they meant cake stands.

In order to better service their international customers and avoid further embarrassment to the Displaysense sales team, keyword translations are to be added to the website’s search tool. As in the example of the shelving unit, the search tool will direct foreign users who use such phrases or words to the correct product and provide the facility to pay in Euros rather than sterling.

Steve Whittle, the marketing manager at Displaysense commented: “This is only the start of our international “driving business forward” campaign, where we shall aim to optimise our European site to offer the best in customer search results and the products put before them. Eventually we would hope to offer domain specific sites that are fully translated, but that is some time off yet.”

With changes in global trade impacting upon all forms of businesses on a day to day basis, Displaysense has recognised that it is now more important than ever to ensure that communication barriers are broken down and businesses focus their strategies upon the wider world.

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Displaysense Is Introducing A New Range Of Hanging Body Form Busts After Significant Demand From Customers

During this recession, businesses are learning that they must adapt quickly as well as work smarter and more efficiently in order to make the most out of every pound. Such companies are hoping the strategy of supplying more to customers in the way of product choice and services will ensure they are leading the UK’s economic recovery.

Displaysense, the country’s leading supplier of display cabinets and leaflet holders believe they are doing their part in offering more to businesses and consumers by introducing more than 200 new products over the past month alone as well as offering more in the way of information to existing and prospective customers.

One such new product launch that is offering more to the companies customers is their new range of hanging body form busts. This range is a first for Displaysense who are now supplying value sale packs in the form of “mega deal” packs as standard across the range of busts that offers greater savings to customers.

The company has already received a number of enquiries for the mega deal packs of hanging busts throughout August, from a number of clothing retailers through to a paintball centre wanting to use the items for training and target practice, which has made the company think broader when it comes to promoting these products

Steve Whittle, the marketing manager at Displaysense, commented on this new wave of product launches by saying “We are incredibly proud of every new product that we introduce as we fully understand that in a market such as this we cannot afford to stand still for very long. We are hoping to launch further mega deal packs in the future that could offer even greater savings, which is a much needed considering the current fragile nature of the retail sector.”

Not only have the company been introducing new products on a regular basis, but Displaysense has also been improving its new website with a faster site search function, allowing for easier customer access to products such as business card holders and whiteboards. The business has also embraced customer self service as another area to improve efficiencies, with the introduction of service forms, so customers can make enquiries or raise issues at any time of the day.

With new customer feedback and returns processes also recently introduced by the company in a bid to aid their customers, proving that Displaysense is not only pushing the message of economic recovery, but are also far from going bust anytime soon.

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Equal Strategy Helped New Balance To Project A Total Sensory Experience With A Retro ’50’s And ’60’s Look And Feel In Their World’s First New Balance Experience Store In Beijing

Asia’s leading ‘environmental branding consultancy’ Equal Strategy has helped New Balance to project a total sensory experience with a retro ’50’s and ’60’s look and feel in its World’s first New Balance Experience Store in Beijing’s historic Qianmen Avenue.

Equal Strategy Helped New Balance To Project A Total Sensory Experience With A Retro '50's And '60's Look And Feel In Their World’s First New Balance Experience Store In Beijing

The store, New Balance’s first ever Experience Store™, showcases the company’s century-long heritage over two floors amidst framed archival photographs, vintage New Balance advertisements and brand paraphernalia dating as far back as 1910.

A DNA ribbon which extends from the first floor entrance all the way to the second floor takes the consumer through a chronological journey documenting the brand’s rich past, present and future. The detail in the overall store design is further complimented by audio, visual and olfactory experiences throughout the store including the unique smell of natural woody notes, with a touch of leather, reminiscent of a shoe store’s scent from the mid-20th century.

What does New Balance sound and smell like? To create the right atmosphere for the brand product highlights, Equal Strategy’s sensory marketing guru Simon Faure-Field deployed a woody scent coupled with 1950’s style “be bop” music. Customers can“bop while they shop” to the supplied sounds of Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In addition, Equal Strategy’s programmed in-store messaging directs customers to check out the store’s second floor merchandise and repeatedly highlights New Balance’s unique Performance DNA concept. Scientific research has found that 40% of shoppers who listen to in-store audio messages are influenced in their purchasing decisions.

According to Equal Strategy, Scientific studies found the sense of smell is the only sense directly connected to the brain’ centre for memory and emotions. More than 80% of customer decisions are influenced by what we smell! Scientific olfactory studies conducted in the United States found that training shoes which had been lightly scented with a barely-perceptible fragrance sold more pairs and for a higher premium than unscented trainers.

Bob Neville Regional Retail Manager for New Balance in Asia Pacific commented “we are very pleased with the way the music, messaging and specially formulated New Balance ‘aroma’ integrate within the built three dimensional aspect of the New Balance Experience Store. We want to create a brand experience that is totally reflective of the brand essence and as such this has to go beyond what you see and encompass all of the human senses. This first Experience Store in Beijing marks the first of a global role out and will for the first time see, hear and smell the New Balance brand in an integrated and total experience”

About Equal Strategy
Equal Strategy delivers “music”, “fragrance” and “recorded telephone messages on hold” to businesses in a scientific way that enhances the overall customer experience of the brand and causes the customer to stay longer and buy more! Equal Strategy is the only company in Asia that specialises in deploying “music” and “fragrance” solutions to business where the two senses are stimulated in synergy with each other.

Sound and smell deliver stimuli directly to the memory centres of the brain, influencing behaviour and creating suggestion at both the conscious and unconscious levels. Decades of behavioural research into the habits of consumers has found that “consumer arousal” can be either stimulated or suppressed through the use of mood settings like music and fragrance.

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Displaysense To Sell Relaxation And Motivation

Displaysense, the Hertfordshire-based retail display provider, is looking to play its part in stimulating the UK by sourcing office display equipment that provides a healthier, enjoyable working environment.

Displaysense To Sell Relaxation And Motivation

Displaysense, the country’s leading supplier of shelving units and display cabinets, is encouraging businesses around the country to create more home like environments for their employees to work in, in order to encourage productivity and increase motivation.

To do this, the company is launching its “Late Summer Break Out” campaign that will see the introduction of ergonomic computer desks as well as other display items that might be expected at home such as plants, comfy sofas, paintings, lamps and other relaxing display equipment.

In order to spread the “Late Summer Break Out” message, Displaysense will also be sending leaflets out to a selection of their business customers highlighting the importance of a relaxed, fun working environment. The leaflet will show how they can make the most out of their office space by using some of the new Displaysense display systems, as well as ideas to assist in motivating the workforce.

Steve Whittle, the marketing manager at Displaysense, commented on the concept, “A lot of people spend the majority of their days at work and constant exposure to these stressful environments can not only lead to a loss in productivity, but also serious health issues. Having fun is a basic human requirement and we believe that businesses should do more to make employees comfortable and provide a slice of home and pleasurable places to escape within their office environment.”

Motivational theorist, Abraham Maslow, noted in the 1940’s that employees have certain criteria that need fulfilling in the work environment and the basic psychological needs, such as having fun, are the most important requirements of all.

Regardless of the size of the business, the UK is reportedly working longer hours than other countries in the EU, emphasising the need for a more relaxed workplace.

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The UK’s Leading Retail Display Provider, Is Hoping To Tap Into The Wave Of Celebrity Success By Launching A “Celebrity I-Doll” Mannequin Competition For The Summer

Displaysense who sells a wide variety of literature holders and other shop fittings, has received requests in the past for alternative mannequin styles such as mannequins with bigger rear ends, but never has the company considered celebrity style imitation mannequins.

The retail display provider is set to launch the competition over the coming months by emailing existing customers, encouraging them to email and write in to Displaysense and state which celebrity they would most like a mannequin designed to look like and their reasons why.

The idea for the competition came about after an eager customer who had previously purchased a display cabinet from Displaysense, wrote in half way through July asking if a Marilyn Monroe mannequin could be created so he could kiss and fantasise over the fibreglass celebrity imitation.

Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense commented on the unusual competition by saying “We are hoping that our customers will see the funny side of the celebrity I-doll competition, especially during the summer holidays where kids are also encouraged to take part, although we feel that it is the parents that might be more occupied with the competition than the kids. As for the inspiration behind the competition, we are happy that customers are using our mannequins for a number of uses but we do not recommend getting too personal with a mannequin as there could be some undesired side effects”

Once the competition winner is announced, Displaysense will be contacting the celebrities agent to discuss the possibilities of producing mannequins of the celebrity.

According to numerous online celebrity polls, Displaysense could expect to receive requests for the likes of Megan Fox, Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney and Jude Law mannequins, thanks to their award winning legs, bums, tums and good looks. There can however only be one winner in the search for the UK’s first and only “celebrity I-doll” mannequin competition and entrants who feel they can supply Displaysense with that star quality, will need to email or write in to see if they can be this year’s winner.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of more than 5,000 displays for retail, exhibitions, office and home. The range is now hugely diverse including literature displays, display cabinets mannequins, office displays, exhibition stands, catering supplies and even items for the home.

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Blackwell Launches Online eBook Store

Blackwell has announced the launch of its new online eBook store. The store will open with over 45,000 titles available for customers to download directly to their eBook reader or to view on their computer.

The new store has meant the creation of a partnership between Blackwell and Gardners in the UK. This involves the utilisation of the Gardner digital warehouse to ensure the file formats available cover all major eBook readers currently available including Adobe pdf & epub versions.

Jessica Armishaw Head of Online for Blackwell said “We’re excited to be able to offer our customers the ability to buy eBooks from blackwell.co.uk. Academic publishers have been quick to embrace this new technology and as such the number of academic titles available for customers is impressive and perfectly compliments our instore and online offer. While the number of trade titles is growing daily we expect our eBooks sales to grow significantly over the coming months.”

Bob Jackson, commercial director at Gardners said, “We’re pleased to be working with Blackwell.co.uk and their team. With 45,000 titles available today and UK publishers increasingly creating digital books alongside their physical books the range of books available will grow considerably and quickly”

Blackwell are also delighted to be launching a partnership with Endless Ideas of the Netherlands and their BeBook eBook reader. Blackwell will be launching the BeBook1 for sale in the UK at the beginning of August

Kamiel Keeris Managing Director for Bebook said, “BeBook is very proud to welcome Blackwell as one of the partners for the UK. Today Blackwell UK is the leading academic bookshop in the UK and has over 45 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. Its staff continue to be renowned for their expertise, depth of knowledge and love of books. The presence of Bebook ereaders in the Blackwell stores offers exceptional visibility to the Bebook throughout the UK and marks a significant first step in the presence of the product on the consumer mass market.”

About Blackwell Ltd:

Blackwell is the leading academic bookseller in the UK with 44 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on High Streets and in university campuses up and down the country. Blackwell is also a leading supplier of academic books to Libraries across the world.

In 1995, www.blackwell.co.uk became the first transactional online bookstore in the UK. In 1998, Blackwell opened its central London flagship store in Charing Cross Road, the book-lovers’ Mecca. Since this time, two flagship stores, Broad Street and Charing Cross Road, have both won Chain Bookseller of the Year at the Nibbies, the annual British Book Awards and also The Bookseller – Bookselling chain of the year and Retail chain of the year 2007.

Renowned specialist in medical books, law books, business books and science books, Blackwell has now been trading for over 130 years from its world-famous flagship store at Broad Street in Oxford. Its staff continues to be renowned for their expertise, depth of knowledge and love of books since the first Blackwell shop opened its doors.

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Displaysense Equip Retailers In Their Fight Back Against Shop Lifters

Displaysense has reported a large rise in demand for its security related products as retailers seek security equipment and alternative preventative methods that can be introduced to aid in the fight on crime.

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In better times, retailers would be happy to see products ‘flying off the shelves’. However, the recession has lead to an increase in the reported cases of shop lifting, which is costing the economy billions of pounds a year.

In order to stop shop lifters in their tracks, retailers are turning to companies such as Displaysense, for security equipment and alternative preventative methods that can be introduced to aid in the fight on crime.

The Hertfordshire company, which sells a variety of shop display equipment through to lockable security display cabinets has reported a 46% increase in the demand for security related products over the past year, emphasizing the changing demands on retailers.

After receiving numerous requests f r o m customer, Displaysense has recently introduced a new range of security equipment including safes, locks and security mirrors that should help act as a deterrent in the nations’ stores against would be thieves.

Steve Whittle the spokesperson at Displaysense commented on this worrying trend by saying, “The demand for security related items has really shot through the roof, with a large proportion of these products being purchased by retailers who had previously never had to worry about protecting their wares. We are looking to source further security products based on the types of customer enquiries we have had, but the worrying thing is that a lot of people are looking to go far beyond the solutions we currently supply”.

Steve went on further to say, “We have even seen an increase in demand for our range of sign holders and snap frames f r o m the likes of supermarkets, who have had an equally tough time f r o m shop lifters as of late with increasing petty theft, and are presumably having to warn customers about their policies on theft”.

Not only have retailers had to contend with the obvious drop in sales associated with a recession, but are now having to invest extra into security, reducing their profit margins even more – a worry for any store manager and company director during these critical times.

It is hoped that with these extra security measures in place, the threat of shop lifting could decrease dramatically and allow retailers to concentrate more on stock shifting rather than shop lifting.

About Displaysense

 

 

Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 5,000 displays for retail, exhibitions, office and home. The range is now hugely diverse including literature displays, display cabinets, mannequins, office displays, exhibition displays, catering supplies and even items for the home.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities and even home consumers.

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Blackwell, The UK’s Leading Academic Bookseller, Has Unveiled The Launch Of The 2.0 Espresso Book Machine (EBM) At Its Flagship Store, 100 Charing Cross London

It is the first bookshop installation of its kind within the UK, allowing any book to be selected f r o m an inexhaustible network of titles and prints on demand in just 3 minutes f r o m a digital file onsite, online at www.blackwell.co.uk, or uploaded in person f r o m CDs or flash drives.

The new Blackwell EBM, created by On Demand Books (ODB), uses revolutionary technology that allows publishers to offer titles through a novel channel of distribution at point of sale to the customer. It is able to print, bind and trim library-quality paperback books at 112 pages per minute, complete with four-colour covers, identical to factory made copies.

The arrival of the EBM in the UK is the result of an exclusive partnership between Blackwell and ODB and is anticipated to be welcomed amongst publishers, retailers and consumers alike. The Charing Cross EBM is hoped to be the first of many to be rolled out by Blackwell. Its debut at the flagship store will be followed by an appearance at the London Book Fair (April 20-22) before returning to its central London home permanently.

The EBM marks a new era for publishing and book retailing. It will enable publishers to cut out supply chain costs, match consumer demands and therefore eliminate unwanted returns. The EBM also removes the need for transportation, adding green credentials to the already impressive list of benefits saving on CO2 emissions and the pulping of unwanted books.

Blackwell predicts the EBM will increase shop sales due to being able to provide a far greater variety of books and popular titles to customers. Books needn’t be out of stock again and the need to wait for books to arrive f r o m a publisher should be a thing of the past. In addition, the EBM is able to bring rare texts back into production. As a committed supporter of small & independent publishers, the EBM allows Blackwell to provide a distribution channel for smaller publishers and hopes to attract a new audience of eager, budding authors and self publishers keen to see their work in print.

Andrew Hutchings, CEO of Blackwell, commented: “F r o m the first instance we read about the Espresso Book Machine we were very keen to see it in action. F r o m a retailer’s and book supplier’s point of view this is a fantastic opportunity for Blackwell. We are very much looking forward to working with ODB.”

Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books commented: “Blackwell is a superb partner of choice for us to launch in the UK market. It has an outstanding pedigree of book history behind it with a reputation to innovate. Blackwell’s academic books and specialist credentials both here and overseas are well suited for demonstrating the extent of the Espresso Book Machine’s capabilities and we believe together we can maximise this exciting development in the book market.”

Consumers can go to Blackwell’s Charing Cross book store f r o m April 27th onwards to witness their book printed on the spot, or order a print on demand book online through the Blackwell site.

About Blackwell Ltd:
Blackwell is the leading academic bookseller in the UK with over 50 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on high streets and in university campuses up and down the country. Renowned specialist in medical books, business books and law books, Blackwell has now been trading for over 125 years f r o m its world-famous flagship store at Broad Street in Oxford.

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Displaysense discover illegal stowaway, as a standard product return ends in a hair raising experience

Displaysense the UK’s leading supplier of retail displays usually does not have to worry about illegal stowaways, but got quite a shock at the beginning of August as one of their products was inadvertently returned with an unexpected traveller on board.

The company which sells a wide range of retail display products from literature holders to display cases deal with returns on a daily basis and it was business as usual until one customer returned more than just their undesired product.

The customer, a clothes shop owner who lives in Lille, France, returned a mannequin on a next day courier service after purchasing the wrong gender of display and unbeknown to him, accidentally returned his pet cat as well.

It is believed that the cat must have been quite taken by the packaging used for the mannequin, climbed inside the box and fell asleep. The owner didn’t realise this when he re-sealed the box and the cat then endured a 200 mile journey and arrived at theDisplaysense head office destination in Hertfordshire, England.

Upon opening the box, the warehouse staff got quite a shock as a cat burst out of the box and hid behind some of the companies flat pack glass display cabinets.

Luckily the cat was eventually coaxed out and inspected for any injuries. Stuart Parnis the Warehouse manager at Displaysense described the young cat as being a little shaken by the experience but seemed to be enjoying all the attention and products around the warehouse, with lots of boxes and display cabinets to climb in and investigate. It is believed that the cat simply climbed inside the mannequin box as its owner repackaged the unwanted retail display.

A blue collar was found around the cats neck and it turns out she was affectionately named “etoile” which is the French for “Star”, accompanied by a return address clearly written on her collar. After Star had calmed down and eaten some food, the customer was contacted and made arrangements for the cat to be collected.

Stuart Parnis commented “It is true what they say, cats really must have 9 lives, but at least Displaysense were around to give its next life the purrrr-fect start.”

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 1500 displays. The range is now hugely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.


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Welcome to EPR Retail News

EPR Retail News is a new blog, part of EPR Network, that is going to be focused on and will be covering the retail news and stories from press releases published on EPR Network.

EPR Network (EPR stands for express press release) is one of the nation’s largest press release distribution networks on Web. The EPR’s nationwide network includes 12 State based PR sites, one major PR forum and a number of industry specific PR blogs and what started as a hobby on Internet years ago turned out to be a rapidly growing business today. EPR Network is also known as one of the most trusted (human optimized, published, edited and monitored, spam/scam/low quality PR content free) PR sites on the web with more than 10,000 company and individual press releases distributed per month. EPR Network is putting your press releases on top of all major search engines’ results and is reaching thousands of individuals, companies, PR specialists, media professionals, bloggers and journalists every day.

EPR Network has thousands of clients around the world including global 500 corporations like Hilton Hotels, Barclays Bank, AXA Insurance, Tesco UK, eBay/Skype, Emirates, just to name a few. The network’s PR web sites are currently reaching from 150,000 to sometimes 500,000 unique visitors per month while our viral reach could possibly go to as much as 1M people per month through our presence across various social media sites. EPR Network was established in 2004 and as of May 2008 it had more than 800,000 press releases (pages) published on its network.

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