Lenovo launches ThinkStation S20 and D20

Australia: Lenovo has unveiled two workstations, lenovo the                                              ThinkStation S20 and D20.

It also has an e-commerce platform, the Lenovo         eLounge, to give customers an interactive way to       experience computing solutions online.

“Designers, engineers, developers and scientists require the highest levels in computing performance to help them produce breakthrough innovations,” said, Matthew Steele director, Server and Workstation Sales, Lenovo A/NZ.

“The new ThinkStation workstations will deliver not only the utmost in performance, but also a user-centric design with an emphasis on quiet operation, even during heavy processing.”

The workstations include Xeon processors, NVIDIA Quadro line of graphics cards or optional ATI FirePro graphics and preloaded Windows Vista with support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.2.

Both workstations using 50 percent recycled content. In the ThinkStation D20, nearly 30 percent of the recycled content comes from post consumer recycled content.

They also meet the Energy Star 5.0 criteria taking effect in July.

The eLounge e-commerce platform merges customer service with online shopping.

For example, a father and son who live in different cities can shop for a PC together and receive answers in real-time from Lenovo representatives to pick the right technology.

Source: CRN

Falabella Hypermarkets to Upgrade POS at 200+ Stores

falabellaFalabella S.A.C.I., a Latin American retailer with more than 200 supermarkets, department stores and home improvement stores throughout the region, plans to install a new point-of-sale in more than 1,700 POS lanes in its Supermarket Division in Chile and Peru as part of its push for state-of-the-art technology throughout its operations.

The retailer will install the Retalix StoreLine POS system for the implementation, which also includes Fujitsu TeamPOS 3000 XL POS terminals and Datalogic hand-held scanners.

“This rollout with Retalix is part of an aggressive investment plan to implement state-of-the-art, world-class information technology to offer the best levels of security, agility and efficiency in all our operations,” said Cesar Hashimoto, CIO of Falabella’s Supermarket Division. “Our IT investments are helping us to increase efficiencies at the point-of-sale to enhance customer service and the shopping experience, as well as procurement, distribution and inventory in our supermarkets — all to the benefit and satisfaction of our customers.”

The StoreLine application contains advanced POS functionality that supports customer loyalty, self-checkout, fuel management, QSR and a variety of electronic payment services.

Retalix is working with Bell Tech in Chile and Peru to provide hardware, project management and ongoing support for new store openings.

Falabella operates department stores, home improvement centers, grocery hypermarkets, financial retail operations and real estate ventures in Chile, Peru, Argentina and Colombia. The company achieved consolidated revenues of more than $5.7 billion in 2007, while investing a record of more than $600 million in capital expenditures.

South African retailer to introduce interactive tech in Store of the Near Future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Shoppers frequenting The Foschini Group stores in South Africa could soon have access to the latest touchscreen technology and interactive kiosks to check the status of their accounts and browse the latest clothing ranges.

In a news release, Mauro Mercuri, Managing Director at Tactile Technologies, says the company is showcasing its technologies at The Foschini Group Store of the Near Future, a three-day event initiated by The Foschini Group (TFG) to display the readily available IT solutions in the retail industry to its Board and trading managers in its various divisions.

“The group is evaluating implementing Tactile Technologies’ touchscreen kiosks that will serve as virtual interactive sales associates or as self-service account information kiosks. This forms part of TFG’s decision to use technology to grow turnover, increase customer satisfaction and curtail operating expenses,” says Mercuri.  Read more ….

Microsoft Australia drops prices on peripherals

Microsoft Australia has realigned the pricing structure of its PC hardware range, effective immediately.

The price drop covers select products across Microsoft’s range of mice, webcams, keyboards and Internet communication devices.

Sean Davis, sales director (AUS/NZ) of Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division said the new recommended retail pricing framework allows retailers who stock its hardware range to maintain a competitive offering in a tough economic climate.

“We have a great range of products across various price-points and now with our new recommended retail pricing can offer an even more compelling value proposition for retailers to pass onto consumers across some of our best-selling products,” claimed Davis. Continue reading

World’s Fastest Integrated Touchscreen Computer With Intel C2D Processor

J2 Retail Systems USA, a leading manufacturer of PC-based touchscreens, LCD touchscreen monitors and Point-of-Sale (POS) hardware to the retail, hospitality and leisure industries, recently announced the availability of the J2 650, the industry’s most powerful and versatile POS touchscreen computer.

“The J2 650 represents the next generation in POS performance and versatility, delivering a flexible platform with a reduced carbon footprint and lower overall cost of ownership,” said Alexander Nelson, chief executive officer, J2 Retail Systems USA. “With a compact design and robust feature-set, the J2 650 provides customers with a powerful solution to meet the needs of their POS environments.”

The J2 650 supports multiple operating systems including Microsoft Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Vista, Microsoft Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS), Windows CE 5.0 and 6.0, MS-DOS, and Linux. Power options for the J2 650 include a wide variety of Intel socket 775 processors ranging from an Intel Celeron Core1.60GHz processor to an Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz processor. With the ability to hold up to 4GB of high-speed 800MHz memory, and two hot-swappable 2.5-inch high-speed SATA drives that can be configured as a 0 or 1 RAID array, the J2 650 is designed to handle the most demanding applications that require a large amount of storage capacity and performance. The design of the J2 650 is based on the Intel embedded processor and chipset roadmap, delivering a seven-year product lifecycle, which reduces the overall cost of ownership.

Power Savings
The J2 650 incorporates power savings technology found in today’s notebook PCs, using the least amount of power possible, without sacrificing the necessary performance. Software utilities are also included, allowing users to configure the J2 650 power settings. In fanless operations, the J2 650 includes an energy-saving “green mode,” which turns off the fans and powers down the Intel Celeron Core processor speed to 1.0GHz, reducing power consumption by up to 25 percent. The J2 650 also features a built-in ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts to the ambient light for optimal viewing, while reducing power consumption.

Smart, Space-Saving Design
The J2 650 features a sleek compact design. Packaged in a small footprint with a 15-inch LCD display, the J2 650 features an “all in the head” design that fills the role of a countertop or wall/pole-mounted computer in the same unit, and is ideal for space-constrained environments.

The smart design of the J2 650 also allows for ease of maintenance and a lower total cost of ownership. The 650 uses a zero cable system that allows the motherboard to be upgraded in less than two minutes without unplugging any cables. Users can upgrade memory in less than one minute and upgrade the processor in less than 10 minutes. A hard drive hot-swap can be completed in 30 seconds.

Expansion Ports and Options
With five USB 2.0 ports and three serial ports, the J2 650 is ready to connect to a multitude of optional peripheral devices such as an integrated MSR, fingerprint reader, 2 x 20-line customer display, 8.4-inch secondary LCD, and 2D and 1D Omni-directional barcode scanner. The J2 650 also comes standard with two cash drawer ports, a printer power port and Gigabit Ethernet.

Pricing and Availability
The J2 650 is available now with suggested list pricing starting as low as $1,499, depending on the configuration. For the value-added reseller (VAR) community, standard industry reseller discounts apply.

SOURCE: J2 Retail Systems USA

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