Electronic-commerce and smartcard technology specialist Keycorp has released Shop-in-a-Box, a PC-based hardware and software bundle for the point of sale aimed squarely at the small business sector. And according to Keycorp product manager Stan Ghys, together with Quicken software, it represents another opportunity for value adding resellers.
The Shop-in-a-Box announcement coincided with the Commonwealth Bank unveiling its "Retail Options" package, which incorporates the new Keycorp retail offering. So as well as enjoying the support of a big bank, the vendor is set to harness the potential of the Quicken reseller channel, as well as developing its own distribution arrangements.
Shop-in-a-Box integrates Keycorp's point-of-service equipment with Quicken software, and Ghys believes it will provide opportunities for resellers to provide training and other services.
Keycorp CEO Michael Thomes described the product as being "especially designed to meet the needs of small retailers, enabling them to integrate all of their shopfront, accounting and business operations in a single solution, and will help them meet the challenges of GST compliance".
He added that it was "a new product line for Keycorp, which builds on existing key competencies in the payments market and which will open up a new business segment for the company".
Keycorp is conducting test marketing of Shop-in-a-Box in retail outlets in New South Wales, and expects strong customer demand based on initial positive feedback. It is described as a complete retail solution combining the functions of a PC-based cash register with QuickPOS and QuickBooks Pro software, and providing support for integrated EFTPOS.
It incorporates a Pentium based PC, Keycorp FlatScreen monitor, custom keyboard, receipt printer, barcode scanner, cash drawer and integrated EFTPOS capability.
Pricing is yet to be finalised, but a single unit for a small retailer is expected to be around $7000.
Keycorp (02) 9415 2900