Star Micronics’ ETA TRANSACT 2017 Recap

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Star Micronics recently exhibited new mPOS technology at the ETA TRANSACT show in Las Vegas from May 10th through the 12th, and would like to thank all of those who visited our booth. For those who couldn’t make it to the show this year, we want to provide a brief recap of what you missed and where to find more information on Star Micronics’ peripherals.

New mPOP™ peripheral options!

Star Micronics showcased our popular all-in-one mPOP™ peripheral for mobile point of sale that combines a cash drawer and 2-inch receipt printer. This year, Star has decided to make our mPOP even better with more functionality for mobile point of sale. We’ve added optional peripheral support for a customer-facing line display, 2D bar code reader, three scale options, and an extra cash drawer to our mPOP. This allows users to transform their mPOP into a complete point of sale hub, making it a more versatile option for mobile POS.

Faster, Easier, Better!

Throughout 2016, Star Micronics began rolling out our TSP100III series of thermal printers – the faster, easier, and better solution for POS receipt printing. At this year’s TRANSACT show, Star Micronics debuted our TSP100IIIU! The TSP100IIIU is Star’s intuitive “plug and play” USB printer for iOS, Android, and Windows. With faster print speed, easier connectivity, and better features, the TSP100IIIU is guaranteed to make a splash in the point of sale world. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y40VyDkFPLc

SM-L300: Receipt, Label, & MAXStick® Portable Printer

Star’s new SM-L300 Bluetooth low energy (BLE) portable printer offers ultimate versatility for any mPOS application! The SM-L300 portable printer allows users to connect to any Apple iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod touch® BLE compatible device without having to pair to it, making it the perfect solution for any BYOD (bring your own device) environment. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJdLcSYOgGE

Booth Partners

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Star Micronics is always happy to feature a number of our software partners in our tradeshow booths. At this year’s TRANSACT show, Star hosted Biztracker, who demoed their solution with a Star TSP650II receipt printer. Doublebeam showcased their solution on Elo’s I-Series and Wallaby flip-stand along with a Star TSP700II receipt and label printer. We also provided demos of Star Cloud Services’ free digital receipt and customer engagement solution through Vend’s retail software and a Star TSP100IIIBi receipt printer.

Star Cloud Services is offered for free with any Star Micronics receipt printer and allows users to offer digital receipts to their shoppers through the AllReceipts™ app. Learn more: https://www.starcloudservices.com

Star Sightings

Star Micronics spotted several of our printers around the show floor! Thank you to Paradise POS, Pioneer Solutions, MS-Cash Drawer, USAePay, and POS Portal who showcased Star technology in their ETA TRANSACT 2017 booth!

Star thanks everyone again for taking the time to visit us and learn more about our point of sale peripherals at ETA TRANSACT 2017. We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Star Cloud Services Introduces the Micro Receipt

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Star Cloud Services (SCS) is proud to introduce the Micro Receipt service, available to use with the AllReceipts™ or Itemize app.

What is the Micro Receipt?

The Micro Receipt is a printed 2D barcode (QR code) paper receipt. This QR code can be scanned by any smart phone using the AllReceipts or Itemize app to claim a digital copy of the full length, itemized receipt. The Micro Receipt allows retailers to create a reduced paper receipt, printing only the store name, time stamp, and the AllReceipts QR code.

Who can use the Micro Receipt?

The Micro Receipt is an additional service offered by Star Cloud Services. Star Cloud Services is free to install for any retailer using a Star Micronics thermal receSCS certifiedipt printer. SCS can either be easily downloaded with the Star futurePRNT Windows driver or integrated with the StarPRNT SDK for iOS and Android. In addition to the Micro Receipt, Star Cloud Services offers a full suite of digital receipting and customer engagement tools.

Star has made it easy for retailers to know which point of sale software has certified Star Cloud Services. Simply look for the “Star Cloud Services Certified” logo on any POS software page or on the Star Micronics Software Partners page.

Benefits for the retailer

Retailers are now looking for an eco-friendly and simple alternative to offering lengthy paper receipts. The Micro Receipt allows retailers to reduce the paper size of the receipt up to 80% from its original length. With the Micro Receipt, retailers can actually include more information on the receipt while saving on paper! In addition to the transaction information, SCS allows retailers to utilize the back of the digital receipt with its Receipt Flip service. Receipt Flip enables users to include coupons, promotions, terms and conditions, and more on the back side of the digital receipt. Once the receipt is scanned in the AllReceipts app, the shopper can use the Flip feature to access these promotions or conditions.

Retailers can now include store information, coupons, promotions, terms and conditions, bar codes, and more, all while saving on paper!

Benefits for the shopper

People are beginning to be less accepting of lengthy paper receipts. It’s no secret that long paper receipts can be obnoxious and inconvenient for the shoppers. Often times, shoppers are opting to received email receipts as opposed to the standard paper receipt. The only problem with email receipts is that they are not anonymous. Once a retailer has your email address to send a paper receipt, they can then access more of your personal information, or spam your inbox with unwanted emails.

Star Cloud Services digital receipts are 100% anonymous for the shopper, and the AllReceipts digital receipt app doesn’t require users to give any personal information upon download. With the customer engagement tools such as Receipt Flip and Engage Now, customers can choose when they want to engage with the retailer, rather than being bombarded with emails.

In addition, users only need to scan their receipt once in the AllReceipts app, and the receipt is kept as a digital copy forever. You never have to worry about misplacing or accidentally throwing away a receipt! On the flip side, if the shopper does need to hold on to the paper receipt, the Micro Receipt takes up significantly less space in they shopper’s purse or wallet due to its vastly reduced paper size.

Learn more about the benefits of the Micro Receipt at www.starmicronics.com/star-micronics-cloud/micro_receipt or www.starcloudservices.com.

What to Expect at NRF 2017

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Everyone in the point of sale industry knows that NRF is the biggest trade show of the year! As always, Star will be there exhibiting with our entire team of Star Sales, Integrations, and Marketing professionals at booth #3731. In 2016, Star released a number of new products including our TSP100III series and TSP650IIWLAN printers, our new CD3 Cash Drawers, and our PassPRNT, cloudPRNT, and StarPRNT SDK technologies. We’ve also built a number of great partnerships with point of sale software and retail technology providers.

Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll see at the Star booth at NRF 2017:

mPOP™ Your Way!

While mPOP™ has been around for a couple of years now, Star is continuously making updates and improvements to our all-in-one peripheral to make it the best ergonomic mPOS solution on the market. This year, we are going to be showcasing the mPOP as a point of sale hub with optional accessories including a 1D or 2D barcode scanner, customer display, scale, or a DK port to connect an external cash drawer to the mPOP.

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CloudPRNT is Star’s lastest advance in point of sale technology, allowing users to print to Star printers directly through a cloud service. With cloudPRNT, retailers and restaurateurs can easily accept and print online orders with no need for an extra tablet to communicate with the printer. See a live demo at our booth!

Star Cloud Services Introduces the Micro Receipt™!

Star Cloud Services (SCS) is making huge strides in the digital receipt market! With new features in 2016, including Receipt Flip and Data Facilitation, retailers are now offered more services for the same cost – NOTHING! SCS is free to retailers using Star receipt printers and allows them to better engage with their customers and offer digital receipts through Star’s AllReceipts™ app (which is also free to download in the App Store and Google Play).

This year, SCS is proudmicro-receipt to introduce the Micro Receipt™. We all know that receipts are a necessary, yet sometimes annoying piece of paper that often goes missing or gets thrown away. That is why SCS has created the Micro Receipt!

The Micro Receipt contains all of the same information as a full-length receipt, but allows the retailer to save paper by only printing their store name or logo, time stamp, and an AllReceipts™ scannable QR code. Customers can then scan the QR code on their smartphone using the AllReceipts™ app and gain access to all of their purchase information along with coupons or promotions on the digital copy. SCS will be showing demos of the Micro Receipts, AllReceipts app, and all of their additional free services at the Star booth.

 

 

Now, let’s meet our Star partners who will be at NRF 2017:

itemize-color-logo-1Itemize and Star Micronics have partnered to revolutionize the digital expense receipt market. Itemize is an app that allows users to capture data from their receipts for expense purposes. They have now integrated AllReceipts™ QR capability for a more clean and legible digital receipt, ensuring more accurate data capture.

 

dorDôr and Star Cloud Services have partnered to help retailers know their business inside and out. With Dôr, retailers can see how many customers are visiting their store, compared to how many customers are making a purchase. Retailers can now optimize staffing, improve marketing spending, and be everywhere with Dôr and SCS.

 

 
thirdshelf-logoThirdshelf, another new partner of Star Cloud Services helps retailers to build and nurture customer relationships. Combined with Engage NOW from Star Cloud Services, retailers can create branded loyalty programs to start marketing like a pro. With Thirdshelf and SCS, retailers can make every sale the start of their next.

 

nclose-3d-logo_09252012-300x227nClose, a long time partner of Star Micronics, will be exhibiting in Star’s booth, showcasing their protective tablet enclosures and mobile credit card readers for POS. With stands and enclosures for Apple iPad®, Samsung, and Windows tablets, nClose designs pair perfectly with any of Star’s mPOS peripherals.

 

 
largecolinlogo-300x75MoZONE offers a unique omnichannel and proximity marketing solution for all smartphones with no apps required. Using Star’s TSP100ECO printers, MoZONE allows customers to order and pay from any smartphone, tablet, or computer, while notifying customers of deals and promotions based on the customer’s location.

 

emobileposStar and eMobilePOS will be showcasing their point of sale solutions for retail and hospitality with Star’s mPOP™, and SM-T300i and SM-S220i mobile printers. In addition, eMobilePOS and Star will be showcasing our latest solutions with Elo’s iSeries. Visit the eMobilePOS partner counter in the Star booth for a live demo!

 

Visit our mPOP™ table!

The mPOP is Star’s first hybrid for tablet POS that combines a cash drawer and printer peripheral. Over the past few years, the mPOP has redefined the mPOS market, and many software providers have partnered to support the mPOP with their point of sale software solutions. Make sure to stop by our mPOP table in NRF booth to see a full display of software and stand options for the mPOP.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

RSPA RetailNOW 2016 Recap

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RSPA RetailNOW 2016 has just come to an end and Star Micronics would like to thank all of those who visited our RetailNOW 2016 booth! We always enjoy connecting with customers and partners, and forming new relationships at industry events. In case you missed it, here are a few highlights from the show.

Our mPOP™, combination cash drawer and printer peripheral stole the show! As our mobile point of purchase solution continues to gain popularity among the POS industry, we have more and more partners integrating software support for the mPOP. The peripheral was displayed in Star’s booth with partners such as Quetzal, Hike POS, retailcloud, and Keystroke. The mPOP was also spotted in a number of partner booths including BlueStar, ScanSource, MS Cash Drawer, eMobilePOS, Pioneer Solutions, iVend Retail, Logivision, TeamSable, Anywhere Commerce, and more!

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AllReceipts®, Star’s free digital receipt application, supported by Star Cloud Services (SCS) continues to be a hot topic at RSPA RetailNOW. Star Cloud Services showcased their services along with AllReceipts in Star Micronics’ booth. VARs were lining up to register for SCS right there. Star and SCS are continuing this promotion to make it possible to register more resellers for Star Cloud Services solutions. The idea being to encourage resellers to implement the AllReceipts digital receipt solution into their retailers’ stores who are already using Star printers.

“We are proud to announce that we will offer a $30 per printer promotion for VARs who enable retailers to connect their printers to deliver AllReceipts digital receipts and other services offered by SCS to their customers”

 – David Salisbury, VP of Sales & Marketing for Star Cloud Services

For more information on the reseller promotion, please contact Pete diCoio – pdicoio@starmicronics.com.

Our own David Salisbury from Star Cloud Services participated in The Future of mPOS panel at RetailNOW 2016. David, along with other experts from the industry, discussed where mobile point of sale is headed and how the large shift to digital will help to shape the future of mPOS.

Star thanks everyone again for taking the time to visit us and learn more about our point of sale peripherals at RetailNOW 2016. We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Star Technology Day Recap

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Star Micronics would like to thank everyone who attended our very first Star Technology Day event hosted in Mexico City! Star Micronics had a wonderful time catching up with our customers and partners, and showing off all of Star’s newest technology. We’d like to share some of the highlights from the show for anyone who may have missed out.

IMG_2506While Star has a reputation for attending a variety of trade shows and events throughout the year, this was our very first Star-hosted event for distributors, resellers, end-users, and software partners. We were very excited to host our own event and showcase some of our newest products and technology.

Star Micronics spent the day showing off our newest TSP100III thermal receipt printer, now available with Wi-Fi connectivity and simple “Push ‘n’ Connect” WPS connection, making it the easiest wireless set-up in the industry. Also featured was Star’s all-in-one mPOP™, mobile point of purchase solution with built-in cash drawer and printer peripheral for tablet POS. Star was also showcasing our very own digital receipt application, AllReceipts™, which allows customers to store digital copies of their receipts, and provides more customer engagement for retailers with new features such as Engage NOW and Receipt Flip.

Star was proud to host a number of our software partners, allowing them to demonstrate their POS and mPOS software in conjunction with Star products. Software partners included GoNet, iPOS by Ivan, iZettle, Pacific Soft, MSP, National Soft, MyBusiness POS, SkyPOS, and Touch Bistro.

Thank you again to all who attended and we look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Star Cloud Services Introduces Receipt Flip

Star Cloud Services introduces a brand new feature to the AllReceipts™ digital receipt app, called Receipt Flip. Receipt Flip is the first two-sided, color digital receipt option for retailers. It is free to use for all retailers with a Star Micronics printer.

Why is it Important?

Receipt Flip provides retailers with a technology that allows them to take advantage of the back side of digital receipts – as they could on printed receipts – to display terms and conditions, store policies, promotions, marketing material, and more. Receipt Flip helps retailers create a better in-store experience for shoppers by making returns and exchanges drastically easier, as well as offering valuable promotions to keep them coming back.

What are the Benefits for Retailers?

For retailers, receipts are vital for three departments: financial – to know what was purchased, loss prevention – to know under which conditions items can be returned, and marketing – to get shoppers back in the store.

Often times, there is a large gap between digital solutions and loss prevention, causing confused and disgruntled customers and staff. Receipt Flip helps bridge that gap by ensuring the customer has a complete digital copy of their receipt. Loss prevention departments no longer have to worry about digital receipts not containing important terms and conditions or store policies. This also means customers have everything they need on their smart phone, and do not have to worry about keeping their physical receipt in case the retailer does not accept the digital copy. In addition, coupons and promotions are readily available to the customer without needing to keep track of a paper receipt, therefore increasing the likelihood of returning shoppers.

How does this Solution Stand Out?

Up until now, digital receipts have only encompassed the front side of the receipt, but not the back. Having access to the back gives customers the capability to go completely digital with their receipts, as they now have an exact replica available at their fingertips, helping to facilitate any return or exchange without friction.

With other digital receipt solutions, such as receipt apps that require customers to take a picture of their receipt, shoppers are not able, or encouraged to take a picture of the back of their receipt, therefore creating missed opportunities for marketing departments, and stress for loss prevention departments. Additionally, email receipts require shoppers to give up personal information, which is something that many shoppers do not want to, or are unwilling to do.

 

AllReceipts NRF“Star is very proud to take this important step in the new wave of retail marketing. When Star Micronics first released futurePRNT in 2005, the idea of low-cost customer engagement was born. Now 10 years later, we know that the physical transaction is becoming less important, while the focus is being put on the return of the shopper. Being able to provide not only retailers, but also shoppers with a reliable, digital receipt solution that is built to increase customer engagement, has been a personal dream come true!”

– David Salisbury, VP Sales and Marketing for Star Cloud Services

 

Visit www.starcloudservices.com for more information.

NRF 2016 Recap

 

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Star Micronics would like to thank all of those who visited us at NRF Big Show 2016! We had an amazing time interacting with our customers and partners, building new relationships, and sharing information on our newest products and technology. We’d like to share some of the highlights from the show for anyone who might have missed it.

For Star, trade shows are a way to connect with our customers and partners on a more personal level. We were fortunate enough to have not only a number of partners featuring Star products in our booth, but all over the show floor. With both traditional POS and new mPOS technology and solutions being displayed, Star was able to reach a wider audience and show off both our classic, and our most innovative solutions for the POS and mPOS technology industry.

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Our new all-in-one POS solution, the mPOP, was the star of our show this year! The mPOP, Mobile Point of Purchase, is Star’s first hybrid for tablet POS that combines a cash drawer and printer peripheral. Along with the number of mPOPs showcased in our own booth with our partners’ software and tablet mounting cases, we found them across the entire show being featured at Intel, Microsoft, MagTek, Celerant, Armor Active, and more!

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For the first time, Star Micronics showcased our newest POS thermal receipt printer, the TSP100III, at NRF 2016! Star anticipates the TSP100III to be one of our hit product of 2016. The POS thermal receipt printer is perfect for retail and hospitality with simple “Push ‘n’ Connect” WPS set-up, WLAN connection, USB power source for tablet or mobile device charging, high-speed printing, and tons of other great features.

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Star Micronics is also expecting big things for AllReceipts in 2016! From Star Cloud Services, AllReceipts, is a free digital receipt solution available on all Star Micronics printer models. With complete demos and free giveaways, people flooded the AllReceipts stand to learn more about how to digitally manage their receipts.

 

Star Micronics also had the pleasure of welcoming our Latin America team to the show. It was a great opportunity for us not only to connect with our own team, but to meet the many partners and customers that they have been working closely with as well.

Overall, it was the wonderful combination of our customers, partners, and our own Star Micronics team that helped to make NRF 2016 a successful show. Thank you again to everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

 

Brianna Moriarty

Marketing Communications Associate

The True Value in Printed and Digital Receipts

Have you ever lost a needed receipt to a purchase? With the release our AllReceipts™ App, it is important to understand the value and differences between printed receipts and digital receipts. Our new eBook will help you manage your receipts easier by guiding you into the transition of digital receipt management. Printed paper receipts complement their digital counterparts and this blog post will preview our eBook and explore why.

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Think about the many times a bank statement or credit card statement has verified a payment that you were unfamiliar with. Certainly, you want to reference the purchase on your printed receipt; but if the printed receipt was faded or was lost over time, it is always a safe solution to have a digital copy on your preferred mobile device.

Receipts are critical for many scenarios such as:

  • Refunds- proof to merchants to issue an amount back to your account
  • Reimbursements- business travel costs, work-related purchases
  • Tax deductions- deductible expenditures on IRS returns
  • Warranties- proof of item purchased for coverage

Always keep in mind; rather it is ‘short term’ or ‘long term’ reasoning for keeping your receipts, receipts play a major role in your life! There is no escaping the need for receipts, both printed and digital. We all know it can be difficult to remember your receipt, that’s why Star Micronics is here to help!

Click here to read the full eBook ‘The Value of Receipts: Printed and Digital”.

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Star Micronics, AllReceipts™ Digital Receipt Solution

To find more information on AllReceipts™, Star Micronics FREE digital receipt solution, visit http://www.allreceipts.com/.

Star Micronics and MMF POS Cash in on mPOS Solution

MMF POS, a leading supplier of cash drawers and accessories, has chosen Star Micronics to help strengthen its mobile POS (mPOS) cash management solution.  Star Micronics’ DK-AirCash units will enable wireless control of MMF cash drawers, including the Advantage® ADV-INABOX Drawer as well as the VAL-u Line® Series drawers.

MMF’s  Advantage® ADV-INABOX Drawer is a robust printer-driven 24V Cash Drawer with Star® Interface Kwick Kable bundled all INABOX. This package also comes standard with the patented LockIt™ feature, a hidden locked compartment beneath the currency till for safe storage of larger bills. In addition to its Advantage® ADV-INABOX Drawer, MMF’s VAL-u Line® Series 13”x16” and 13”x13” drawers (Electronic 24Vdc version) offer customers a cost-effective and compact cash management solution with durable construction and high-quality standards.

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“We chose Star Micronics because of their progressive mPOS technology,” Phil Oyos, Sales and Marketing Manager, MMF POS, said. “Integrating the DK AirCash enables us to offer a complete, robust mobile solution and empowers our customers to keep pace with the rapidly growing trend towards mobility.”

Once integrated, Star’s DK-AirCash enables communication from a tablet device and mobile printer with the cash drawer. Traditionally, cash drawers are controlled manually (key operated), by a wired connection to a PC or through a wired connection to a printer. The DK-AirCash enables the control of the cash drawer either directly through an Ethernet, Bluetooth or MFi certified Bluetooth connection. Star’s DK-AirCash makes wireless operation of cash drawers possible. With MFi certification from Apple®, Star’s DK-AirCash is compatible with popular Apple® devices such as iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® in addition to devices running on Android and Windows platforms.

Star Micronics Announces Exclusive Partnership with Sanei Electric Inc.

Star Micronics America is pleased to announce its exclusive partnership with Sanei Electric Inc. to expand its kiosk solution offerings with two-inch (SK1-20 Series), three-inch (SK1-30 Series) and four-inch (SK1-40 Series) thermal kiosk printer series as part of the company’s continued commitment to the growing kiosk market.

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The SK1 line of thermal kiosk printers provides dependable, maintenance-free printing with a quick speed of up to 200mm/sec with 203 dpi resolution. The diverse SK1 Line of kiosk printers provides horizontal, vertical and drop-in loading paper formats for the SK1-20 Series and SK1-30 Series and horizontal paper format for the SK1-40 Series. Presenters are available on select models for the entire SK1 Line of kiosk printers. Additional options include large paper roll holder and bezel paper detector for the SK1-20 and SK1-30 Series.

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The SK1 line of thermal kiosk printers offer a variety of features, accessories, and sizes to meet virtually every kiosk application, including gas pumps, airline e-ticket/boarding passes, ATMs, bus/rail tickets, gift registries, Internet access terminals, lottery/gaming, and maps/direction kiosks.

To learn more about Star Micronics printers, visit www.starmicronics.com.