High Wycombe, UK, 19 April 2018: At RBTE 2018 (2 – 3 May 2018, Olympia, London), international POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics will be demonstrating on Stand F100 how it leads the field in POS innovation for retail with its latest launch of the first POS printer with 5 traditional and unique interfaces with multiple peripheral hub functionality.
Star’s latest product launch fully demonstrates how Star understands the needs of effective hardware in a challenging omnichannel world. The mC-Print printers offer not only the unique functionality of 5 interfaces and multiple peripheral support but connectivity for the retailer’s transitional journey from traditional POS to Cloud-based POS. They provide today’s traditional interfaces, USB and Ethernet, as well as tomorrow’s Cloud connectivity in order to meet the needs of a multichannel environment. Essentially, Star offers the ability to communicate with tablets using traditional WiFi and Bluetooth and a new and more effective direct cable communication with iOS tablets via the Apple-supplied lightning cable – a unique feature to Star.
Star’s mC-Print 2 and mC-Print 3 seamlessly combine sophistication with high functionality, and aesthetically match the sleek, modern design of tomorrow’s retail environment to provide the retailer with feature-rich, front-feed compact printers that offer exceptional functionality. With a print speed up to 250mm/second, the printers can feature all of the following interfaces in one model: Ethernet LAN; Bluetooth (MFi); traditional USB; lightning USB (data and charge USB for iOS) and CloudPRNT™ as well as Hub functionality for more than one peripheral; scanner, customer display, etc.
Sustainability is key. Star fully understands this and has ensured that the 58mm model is as intelligent as the 80mm model. Faced with the challenge of rising paper costs, Star’s thin paper support and choice of print width with ECO tools help retailers to economise on paper usage and reduce environmental impact. Once the Star SDK has been integrated, both models can be used allowing the retailer to seriously consider a reduction in paper use given that paper receipting will continue to accompany email and digital receipting.
Star’s aesthetic design is not only stylish but also offers high functionality for a variety of environments. In particular, the soft operating switches and ‘protected’ control boards allow these printers to operate efficiently in difficult or harsh environments. And, with easy Ethernet setup / static IP address setup using the Star Utility (Native) via USB, installation costs are kept to a minimum. Incorporating Star’s Cloud Services with digital receipting and Internet device management mC-Print offers retailers the next generation of POS printer that boasts a wealth of onboard marketing and receipt tools with reduced cost installation for tomorrow’s multichannel world.
For direct cable communication and charging with iOS tablets, the latest addition to the renowned TSP100 futurePRNT™ series is the unique TSP143IIIU. This is the only USB receipt printer today to communicate and charge simultaneously and directly via the Apple-supplied lightning cable with an iPad, iPod or iPhone for reliable USB communication. The printer removes the insecurity of wireless connection and seamlessly combines the flexibility and cost savings of Tablet POS with the reliability of traditional POS.
Star’s success with the undoubtedly large number of ISVs has been achieved via its attention to detail regarding SDKs and documentation enabling easy integration. Its experience is that many software solutions already work with the TSP143IIIU whilst others can easily integrate with the new SDK, knowing that it covers all products in the renowned TSP100 range.
Demonstrating Star’s focus on connectivity, retailers can today purchase a Star TSP654II with a traditional interface in the knowledge that it is future-proofed for whatever Cloud strategy the retailer wants to adopt and provides an easy, affordable upgrade by simply replacing the traditional interface with the HI X interface. The interface can also be used with other Star printer models that offer 80/112mm label, ticket and receipt printing – TSP743II and TSP847II as well as SP700 matrix printer. Alternatively, the TSP654II HI X Connect receipt printer is ready for the Cloud with the interface built in. Both solutions offer intelligent printing for modern Cloud hospitality applications and, in particular, online ordering.
Tablet POS offers the advantages of versatile Cloud-based software alongside compact, low cost hardware. However, it has one disadvantage which is no connected peripheral control. Recognising this, Star has developed a solution that allows Cloud-based software to run on any tablet or smartphone (Windows, Android, Linux or iOS) with peripherals controlled through the printer to provide a complete POS transactional solution with all the advantages of Tablet POS.
The new Star TSP654II CloudPRNT-POS can be used as a hub providing IP connectivity via wired Ethernet or WiFi with peripheral support, by means of 2 USB host ports with full status back. Star’s SCD222 customer display, 1D / 2D (Symbol) barcode scanners and cash drawers are the preferred peripherals and can be purchased via Star’s distributors. Connecting the Star printer and device to the same network creates a complete and connected Tablet Point of Sale application that is easily accessible across any Internet enabled device.
As Annette Tarlton, Marketing Director, Star Micronics EMEA, states, “Star’s considerable experience and expertise has resulted in an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the retail landscape and the challenges retailers face in an omnichannel world. Recognising that sustainability is key, Star has responded with a range of innovative traditional EPOS and Tablet POS solutions which visitors to the Star stand at RBTE 2018 will be able to experience being demonstrated by a variety of software partners.”
About Star Micronics
Founded in 1947, Star Micronics is one of the world’s largest printer manufacturers and has facilities for worldwide production, marketing and support. Employing over 1900 staff and achieving turnover in excess of £250 million, Star Micronics has developed a POS printer portfolio that spans thermal and dot matrix printers and mechanisms, designed for barcode, ticketing, receipts and labelling. Star’s proven technology is also being utilised to install print mechanisms in multimedia kiosk environments. The Star Micronics’ range is available internationally via a distribution channel comprising distributors and dealers.
Star Micronics EMEA
Tel: +44 (0)1494 471111