New point-of-sale printers more energy efficient

Global imaging and printing company Epson reports that its latest generation point-of-sale (POS) printers are able to reduce power consumption by up to 85%, compared with predecessor products.

Certified by energy efficiency standard Energy Star, the receipt printers offer a low stand-by power consumption of less than one watt. This equates to a significant decrease in energy costs considering that POS printers are on stand-by for most of the day.

Meanwhile, new technologies used in Epson products reduce paper consumption when printing receipts by scaling down receipt length by up to 30%. This is achieved without influencing the readability or the paper width. With an average receipt length of 20 cm, this saving equates to around 6 cm of paper for each receipt.

Epson South Africa GM Kelvin Reynolds says with the cost of energy and operational resources continuing to rise, identifying ways in which Epson can help its customers to save money is becoming increasingly important. “Energy and paper reductions are tangible solutions that can be delivered through our products, which can lead to significant financial gains for the retailer, not to mention the support both of these factors provide in helping retailers become more eco-conscious,” he notes.

Average reductions amount to an estimated R2 400 for each printer over five years, and over 144 kg of saved paper. Translated to a fleet of 1 000 printers, these reductions deliver cost savings of up to R2.4-million.

Meanwhile, the company reports that the introduction of new intelligent printers support retail ambitions to deploy cloud-based information technology (IT) systems.

The Espon TM-T88V-i and TM-T70-i have been developed using Epson’s new ePOS print technology. This technology enables users to print receipts, tickets and coupons at the point of sale, as well as in back office and kitchen environments, directly from tablets and other mobile devices. This can be done using any Web browser that supports hypertext mark-up language, or HTML, 5, without the need for personal computers, servers or drivers.

Ideally suited to hospitality environments, such as restaurants and bars, in which tabled devices are used for taking and communicating orders, these solutions help improve the costumer experience and order accuracy. It can also be used in retail stores using mobile devices to cut down on queuing times at the till point, as well as other businesses looking to move POS IT to an open architecture system, in order to streamline processes and simplify IT management.

Reynolds notes that consumers have changed over the years. “At first, the retailers were in control of consumers, but with the introduction of more advanced technology, consumers are now in charge of retailers. Consumers have also become fussier and want the feeling of personalisation when doing grocery shopping or ‘fun’ shopping. Epson is aligning its tech- nology with this trend,” he notes.

The machines are able to work on a network connection and work with most operating platforms, including iOs, Android and Windows. By introducing the functionality for these printers to communicate through the cloud, Epson is able to help retailers reduce upfront investment costs.

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