News | November 4, 2011

HP Introduces Mobile Point-Of-Sale Tablet For Retailers

HP Slate 2 with barcode scanner and card reader speeds checkout and engages customers

HP recently announced the company's first mobile point-of-sale solution for retailers, helping them to deliver a personalized shopping experience to their customers.

The HP Retail Mobile Point-of-Sale Case attaches to the newly announced HP Slate 2 Tablet PC, adding an integrated magnetic stripe reader (MSR) and a barcode scanner.

Salespeople are able to complete customer transactions anywhere in the store, reducing long lines at fixed checkouts and boosting sales and productivity.

Retailers also can use the HP Slate 2's integrated Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wireless technology to check product availability, find alternate colors and styles, track orders and email customer receipts.(1) The 8.9-inch screen is ideal for employees wanting to share videos or inventory selections with their customers.

"Providing customers with memorable, differentiated shopping experiences is a key to building loyalty and driving repeat purchases," said Ray Carlin, general manager and vice president, Retail Solutions, HP. "The HP Slate mobile POS solution achieves these goals by increasing the efficiency of the checkout process, engaging customers and offering better, more personalized services."

Coupled with the HP Slate 2, the HP Retail Mobile POS Case offers retailers:

  • Bidirectional, three-track magnetic stripe reader that allows processing of credit, loyalty or gift cards.
  • Advanced security in the MSR that can be used in encrypted (2) or unencrypted mode and supports Triple DES encryption and DUKPT key management.
  • 1-D and 2-D omnidirectional bar code scanner that scans merchandise, coupons or ads.
  • A choice of familiar Microsoft Windows® 7 OS, including Windows 7 Premium and Windows 7 Embedded editions, making it easy for retailers to integrate the HP Slate 2 into their existing application and hardware infrastructure.(3)
  • A single, flexible platform that also can be used behind the scenes for gathering inventory, running reports and transmitting data wirelessly.(1)

"The purchase of tablets for store employees is the biggest trend we are seeing in retail since the stores added internet as retailers look for ways to help associates engage customers at a deeper level in the store," said Greg Buzek, president, IHL Group, a leading research firm for the retail industry. "An advantage of a Windows-based tablet, such as the HP Slate 2, is that it could provide a smoother integration with retailers' existing software infrastructure and applications, thus lowering their cost of adoption."

The HP Retail Mobile Point-of-Sale Case is planned to be available in early December in the United States and Canada.

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  1. WLAN only. Wireless access point and Internet service required and sold separately. Availability of public wireless access points is limited.
  2. The MSR is shipped in unencrypted mode so that data is transmitted in clear text. Encryption mode may be enabled by customer using separately purchased injection service from Magensa. See Additional service fees may apply to process payment transactions.
  3. Sold separately or as an optional feature.