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    NCR Unveils Self-Checkout Solution

    The system offers refined design for expanded retail environments, enhanced ease of use and energy-conserving features.

    DAYTON, Ohio -- NCR Corp. recently revealed a next-generation FastLane self-checkout solution that provides consumers with a more streamlined self-service experience, while expanding the self-checkout to other retail environments.

    "Since self-checkout was first deployed more than a decade ago, the way consumers prefer to shop has changed drastically," Richard Arnold, NCR vice president of retail industry marketing, said in a statement. "Now, more than ever, consumers are demanding self-service as a way to save valuable time and gain convenience."

    The new NCR FastLane features a more refined, compact design, allowing the device to be deployed beyond high-volume retail and grocery environments
    into other formats, such as department stores, convenience stores and pharmacies, the company stated. It also allows consumers to scan, bag and pay for goods unassisted, using cash, debit or credit, including contactless payment cards.

    The design also provides ease of use for consumers, including cash inputs/outputs arranged side by side for user-friendly payment transactions, while lights blink at various points on the device to guide consumers through each step, according to the company.

    The design also provides operational efficiencies for retailers, such as standard integrated coin recycling, and an option for integrated bill recycling, which allow cash and coins received to be issued as change. The feature provides consumers with the convenience of receiving cash back at the self-checkout, without additional cash replenishment burdens for retailers, according to the company.

    Other features make the system earth-friendly. Its Two-Sided Thermal Receipt Printing allows simultaneous printing on both sides of a receipt, reducing paper consumption by up to 40 percent, and uses less energy during production and distribution. The self-checkout application also supports reusable bags by allowing shoppers to place their own bags in the bagging area without alerts, the company stated.

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