Toshiba launched a major e-commerce platform designed to move giant retail customers from their legacy IT solutions to a next generation e-commerce architecture based on micro-services and new retail technologies. The ELRA Unified Commerce Platform from Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions has been four years in development and was announced at the National Retail Federation conference. It launches with an initial group of 30 microservices with more to follow. Here's a look at 10 point-of-sale systems to consider for your business. Toshiba is one of the world's largest suppliers of point-of sale-and retail systems.
Stores have advantages over online rivals. Online retailers have been thriving for many years, helped by sales tax exemptions in their early years, and then bolstered with their own advanced technologies of commerce. Traditional bricks & mortar retailers have struggled but times are changing. A well capitalized online retailer, with a great user interface, and petabytes of customer data, can enter new markets, and new geographies very quickly. It still needs to build out a logistics infrastructure of warehouses, etc – but it won't need to scout for physical retail locations, build or rent stores, then equip and staff those locations.
Your supermarket and department store know who you are, what you've bought and where you're shopping next. That may sound invasive, but if it allows you to check out faster and get the products you want cheaper, is it a fair trade-off? Ethan Chernofsky, VP of marketing at Placer.ai, one of the Israeli companies vying to change the brick-and-mortar shopping experience, says yes. Big stores like Target and Walmart already had access to this kind of data through less technical means such as reviewing Mastercard sales reports, Chernofsky tells ISRAEL21c. Emerging technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning will have a strong "democratizing influence that levels the playing field."
Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions launched its new Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner Program, significantly expanding its Global Commerce Alliance Program for third-party retail solution providers. "With its comprehensive resources and expertise, Toshiba is extending our ability to offer retail clients fast, flexible and affordable commerce solutions that immediately improve the checkout experience and optimize their labor models by adapting to business needs in real time." The new ISV program gives software vendors the opportunity to join Toshiba's extensive partner ecosystem of top resellers, distributors, and integrators across the retail industry. Program partners will also gain access to the company's global resources including technology and engineering support, joint marketing, along with the opportunity to collaborate with other leading independent Toshiba retail solution providers. "Toshiba is a partner-driven company," said Rance Poehler, president and CEO, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions.
Satellite operator and service provider Inmarsat has launched Inmarsat ELERA; a global narrowband network that is said to be ideally suited to the rapidly evolving world of the Internet of Things (IoT) and for global mobility customers, including aviation, maritime, governments and select enterprises. "ELERA is perfectly suited to the needs of the connected IoT world," said Rajeev Suri, CEO, Inmarsat. "Global reach, extraordinary resilience, faster speeds, smaller and lower cost terminals are all part of ensuring that we remain ahead of others in meeting the needs of our customers." "ELERA is a further sign of a company with true momentum and one that is delivering new innovations and strong performance," continued Suri. "I expect that Inmarsat will grow strongly in 2021 compared to the previous year, and that growth will span most of our business units. Our progress was evident in the first half, where we saw strong growth in revenue and EBITDA and robust cash flow. We have sharpened our strategy to focus on driving growth, accelerate decision making, launch new innovations, and are creating a more commercially focused, customer-centric culture."