Incoming! AirPOS dispatches from Retail Business Technology Expo 2018 in London
It’s that time of year again when the retail technology industry descends into central London for two days of demos, talks, chats and conjecture.
Across the seven years that we at AirPOS have been attending RBTE we’ve watched the show transform from a fairly dusty, old school hardware event to a vibrant and bustling hardware and software melee. From the perspective of a retailer an hour at RBTE should be mind blowing. From inventory management through POS and payments and into AI and machine learning there’s genuinely something for everyone from the smallest retailer to the biggest chain. It’s very impressive, and as a snapshot of the UK industry alone it points to an exciting future.
At AirPOS we were honoured to be asked to provide the POS solution for the PayPal Chill and Charge cafe giving attendees the ability to buy a coffee and a croissant through our integrated PayPal solution in seconds. It’s been a breeze, we setup the solution in no time at all and after some quick training the cafe staff were off and running, processing more than 1,000 transactions on the first day alone.
As always we also took up our pitch on the Star stand along with a host of other cloud POS providers such as Nobly POS, iZettle, Vend and the Good Till Company. Friendly chats were had, war stories were swapped and football commonalities were found.
On our tour of the floor we took in a number of new things, from smart pricing apps to new and exciting hardware developments not least from Star who, in a yet further innovation, have produced a printer that allows a USB barcode scanner and a cool customer-facing pole display to connect to iPads and Android tablets. This is yet another first from the company, who have long since seen that the future of POS is tablet-based. We’ll be working on a new integration with these devices very soon, and will be bringing our customers long requested pole displays on their tablets!
We also saw some very interesting innovations in customer loyalty, such as loyalty attached to bank accounts. It looks like Open Banking is already helping startups to explore new avenues of innovation and data enrichment. Speaking of startups it was great to see the introduction of a dedicated area for the guys starting down the path of creating the next generation of retail tech.
Lastly we were more than pleased to spend some time and have a few well earned drinks with the impossibly handsome duo of Ben and Christophe from our new hardware partners, Storekit. If you haven’t checked out our new pricing and packages you can do so here
Until next time, that was RBTE 2018 (still) the UK’s biggest and best retail technology showcase.