SOURCE: IBM

December 06, 2005 08:00 ET

IBM Unveils Next Generation Self Checkout Systems

Ergonomic Design Incorporates Innovative, First-to-Market Features

RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 6, 2005 -- IBM announced today its next generation of IBM Self Checkout solutions, including new models and significant lane design improvements designed to help make self checkout faster and easier for shoppers. IBM's new portfolio offers retailers the flexibility to implement popular self checkout in more store formats.

IBM's comprehensive self checkout offerings now include five models -- the versatile Model 171 conveyor belt model and four scan-and-bag models, all with a variety of bagging options. These systems can be customized for retailers looking for specific colors or formats.

Highlights of the announcement include:

--  Improved ergonomic design across product line -- for the first time,
    all components are located above the counter and are organized for a more
    logical, intuitive transaction flow, helping make self checkout even easier
    and faster to use.
    
--  Improved cash management -- Cash replenishment and management is now
    even easier with a new retail friendly bill/note cassette and dispenser as
    well as an optional high-capacity coin hopper.
    
--  New sleek design with improved durability - Stainless steel and curved
    corners for an updated consumer friendly look combine with more durable
    hardware components to help enhance reliability.
    
--  Flexibility and innovation in model offerings -- Additional bagging
    options and new model configurations, including the Model 151 unit with a
    carousel attachment, help retailers optimize throughput in numerous store
    sizes and layouts.  The ability to place units back-to-back gives retailers
    additional flexibility in implementing unique checkout configurations.
    
"Self checkout is becoming mainstream across a wide variety of retail formats," said Tom Hawk, General Manager, IBM Retail Store Solutions. "These new models offer shoppers additional conveniences while delivering more options for retailers as they incorporate self checkout into their overall operation to transform store operations and enhance the shopping experience."

IBM offers innovative features like the placement of all devices, including cash acceptors and dispensers, at or above counter level within easy reach of the shopper, helping make it even easier and faster to use, and helping reduce the possibility of leaving change or cash behind.

The new models range from large systems for warehouse environments to small models that can fit in remote departments:

--  IBM Model 171 is an any-size-order, belted solution that works well in
    retail environments ranging from warehouse stores to small shops that
    handle both large and small orders. The model 171 is also ideal for
    traditional, lane-based, front-end configurations.
    
--  IBM Models 151, 152, 153 are ideal for retailers with a high
    percentage of express to midsize orders and limited front-end space. The
    new model 151 with a carousel attachment allows for even larger orders to
    be processed in space-constrained areas.
    
--  IBM Model 131 is designed for small spaces and is ideal for retailers
    with limited front-end space, very small orders, or remote departments
    inside stores.
    
About IBM

IBM, the world's largest information technology company, is a leader in providing the retail industry with a full range of e-business solutions, including: point-of-sale systems, automated self checkout systems, other hardware and software technology, consulting focused on business transformation, IT strategy and planning, store operations improvement, and supply chain optimization, and with services, such as outsourcing, managed operations, systems integration, and application development and design. For more information on IBM Retail Solutions, please visit www.ibm.com/industries/retail/store

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