A perfect shopping experience, satisfied customers, efficient processes: That is the slogan under which Wincor Nixdorf is presenting its forward-looking portfolio at EuroCIS 2016. Apart from mobile applications, as well as enhancements in attended and self-service checkouts and reverse vending machines, the particular focus this year is on solutions that enable consistent and transparent processes for retailers across all sales channels.
Omnichannel strategies. Wincor Nixdorf is showcasing TP.net 6.0, a new version of its modular software platform. The main feature of TP.net 6.0 is its clear business logic, i.e. the availability of consistent data and information for all sales channels. Data is available across customer touchpoints at the stores (e.g. the POS, kiosk, self-checkout, tablet, etc.), as well as for enterprise functions, such as the interfaces to the merchandise management system, e-commerce platforms or CRM systems. The software platform with its individual applications (including TPiShop for controlling mobile self-scanning processes, and TPOMM for accessing inventory data in merchandise management and orders in real time) enables:
- Comprehensive support of cross-channel customer service concepts
- A seamless shopping experience across all sales channels
- Selective, personalized addressing of customers
- Reliable data analysis (business analytics).
Mobile solutions. On the basis of its software platform TP.net, Wincor Nixdorf offers solutions for store employees who wish to serve their customers not only at the checkout, but throughout the entire store as well with the aid of tablet PCs. All POS functions are available on the tablet. The solution is thus particularly suitable for specialty retailing, where shoppers often want sound advice. Employees can obtain supplementary information on articles and prices, for example, and so respond competently and flexibly to customers’ wishes. If there are too many customers having to wait at open stationary checkouts, the mobile solution can help out and so reduce lines (“queue busting”).
Customer journey. A “real” store environment at EuroCIS will demonstrate how Wincor Nixdorf makes the entire shopping process more convenient, efficient and faster for customers with its solutions comprising hardware, software and services. This demonstration includes stationary and mobile scanning and payment solutions, as well as various self-checkout applications from Wincor Nixdorf.
Lifecycle management. With its “Store Lifecycle Management,” Wincor Nixdorf will present an end-to-end IT service solution for retailers at EuroCIS. Throughout a store’s lifecycle – from opening to operation to restoration of its original condition –, Wincor Nixdorf supports retail companies with consulting, project management, rollout and controlling of all service providers. The scalable solution offering also comprises operation of the store IT and application management, as well as ensuring smooth IT-based business processes.
Store modernization. To modernize stores, Wincor Nixdorf has developed scalable solutions to gear the concept and look of a store to modern requirements. The solution comprises detailed consulting, technical construction planning, as well as organization and supervision of the building work. That also includes IT rollout and well as repair and maintenance services (availability services) to optimize system availability.
Reverse vending. Wincor Nixdorf will present its new background and compaction solutions in the reverse vending arena. With a footprint of just under one square meter, the new modules offer greater flexibility in planning, a far greater compaction rate and quick and easy “one-touch” cleaning and operating processes. As a result, retailers can boost efficiency and save a lot more space behind the scenes.
Wincor Nixdorf will present its solutions at EuroCIS (Düsseldorf Exhibition Center, February 23 through 25, 2016) at Stand C 26 in Hall 9.
Wincor Nixdorf will also play an active role in the presentation program accompanying the trade show. Sabine Grün, Head of Retail Industry Marketing at Wincor Nixdorf, will give a talk on the subject of “Creating a new store experience with mobile solutions,” for example. Users will also talk about their experience with Wincor Nixdorf solutions. Claude Gerber, Head of IT at Calida AG, will present the SAP Order Management solution Wincor Nixdorf has installed at the global clothing group. And Dr. Alexander Bradel from s.Oliver will hold a presentation on the omnichannel concepts of the international fashion company.
Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England
LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.
Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.
The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.
Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.
Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.
Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.
“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)
UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.
Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.
“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.
“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”
Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.
He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.
“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.
Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.
“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of Stateâ€™s (Dowden’s) assertion that the governmentâ€™s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.
Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.
It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.
The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.
Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)
Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit
By Huw Jones
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.
“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.
Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.
Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.
The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.
“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.
Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.
The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.
It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.
“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.
“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”
Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.
“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.
A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.
“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.
The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).
“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.
($1 = 0.7064 pounds)
(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)
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