By Lisa Johnston
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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — Merchandise Support (MSI) has launched OnTheSpot, a real-time, wireless reporting system utilizing a handheld device that provides the fastest in-store reporting capability in the industry. The system was developed based on a request by Eastman Kodak Company to create and implement a faster method of communication between its merchandising management team and MSI's field representatives.
Designed as an instantaneous two-way communication tool, the real-time system allows immediate feedback of time-sensitive retail information. The traditional reporting method took up to 24 hours to input and another 24 hours to receive and implement a response. MSI's creative new handheld solution enables field representatives to report directly from the retail store, allowing information to be captured instantly. Once captured, the manufacturer can review and respond to issues, within minutes if required. This complete solution gives MSI the ability to rapidly mobilize and deliver retail information nationwide. Currently in its second quarter of successful execution, the program also allows national issues to be discussed and addressed among field representatives using the handheld devices' e-mail system.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — Orange Micro featured at RetailVision the new iBOT2, a Web cam utilizing USB 2.0, giving users ultra high-speed performance. With a data transfer rate that is more than 40 times faster than USB 1.1 web cams, the iBOT2 lets users experience fully non-compressed full-motion digital video at video frame rates of up to 30 frames per second, with a resolution of 640 x 480. The iBOT2 offers a 60-degree angle of view, and features a 1/3-inch color CMOS image sensor and tripod mount. It comes packaged with video editing, photo editing and video conferencing software. System requirements are Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP. Orange Micro is also debuting the OrangeLink + FireWire + USB 2.0 High-Speed PCI Card, which combines USB 2.0 and FireWire on one PCI card, allowing the user to free up other valuable PCI slots. The card gives users three FireWire ports (two external and one internal) and four USB 2.0 high-speed ports on one board, letting them take advantage of the latest technology with IEEE-1394 peripherals and USB 2.0 devices.
BEVERLY HILLS. CALIF. — Pacific Digital debuted a USB Digital Photo Frame, a digital imaging product that provides users with a new way to display photos instantly without expensive PCs, paper or ink. The USB Digital Photo Frame lets users quickly transfer digital photos directly from their digital camera and play them back in a slideshow in their home or office. The USB Digital Photo Frame features a 5.6-inch TFT LCD display and is compatible with USB cameras as well as USB readers. Users can match their décor by attaching virtually any off-the-shelf wood 5 x 7-inch picture frame. For those wanting to use a computer, the Digital Photo Frame is bundled with Digital PixMaster software for creating professional-looking slide shows on a PC. Available in October, the product will sell for an estimated $299.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.