Thursday, 02 May 2019 12:39

HP Broadens Retail Portfolio with Android-based Solutions

Written by Aaron Weiss

Author: Aaron Weiss, vice president and general manager, Retail Solutions, HP Inc.

 

It’s been an exciting couple of months for us on the HP Retail Solutions team. Late last year, we unveiled a new portfolio of retail devices, including the brand new HP Engage Go Convertible, the next generation of sleek, versatile, and secure technology for the rapidly evolving needs of retail and hospitality customers. And earlier this year at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, we announced the new HP Engage One Prime, an Android-based all-in-one point-of-sale system designed specifically for the retail and hospitality space, and we are just getting started.

According to the Incisiv, Inc. report, “What Digital Forgot: The Retail Frontline,” a retailer with $1 billion in annual revenue loses up to $110 million annually by not enabling its frontline with modern workforce tools and training. So, ahead of the RetailEXPO 2019 in London, we are excited to announce the expansion of our Android-based retail solutions to include the HP Engage One and the HP Engage Go Convertible, giving SMBs and larger retail and hospitality customers greater choice and flexibility to deliver more convenient and personalized customer experiences.

There are great benefits to using the Android™ platform for retail and hospitality. From 2016-2020 Android shipments are expected to grow at a CAGR of 21% in retail according to IHL MPOS Shipment Report. This is primarily driven by mobile POS and other use cases including self-service devices, back-office engagement devices, interactive in-aisle devices, and even as traditional POS devices. Android adoption is also driven by retailer’s mobile apps which seamlessly integrate with in-store Android technologies - for example, orders and promotions tied to in-store self-checkout.

Android is also a powerful OS for retail and hospitality business who want to expand and deploy use cases beyond traditional POS solution with mobility and immersive digital displays. They are looking for new ways to interact with consumers and provide an overall better experience that’s both tailored and seamless.

In July, the HP Engage One and HP Engage Go will be available to support Android in addition to Windows, and Linux, giving retailers and hospitality operators choice, flexibility, and an opportunity to increase engagement with consumers and deliver experiences that change the way consumers interact with a business and its products.