NEW YORK, January 13, 2017 -- Panasonic, a leading provider of innovative retail mobility solutions, highlighted a number of new technologies at the 106th annual National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, including two new Toughpad tablets, the FZ-A2 Fully Rugged 10.1” Android tablet and the FZ-Q2 2-in-1, the latest additions to its Toughbook® product family. Both new solutions are ideal for retailers of various sizes and provide the flexibility for applications ranging from warehouse operations management to line-busting customer service to retail kiosks and build upon the company’s 30+ years of experience in the retail sector.
“The retail warehouse and back office environments continue to evolve as brick and mortar and online stores blend,” said Brian Rowley, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning, Panasonic. “Workers equipped with versatile mobile devices can tell customers where their merchandise is and when it should arrive, accurately service and bill, load trucks and move goods in the warehouse more efficiently whether by hand or by forklift. Mobile devices that deliver enterprise-grade performance and security as well as flexible form factors and mounting options help optimize workflows and improve efficiencies for retailers, effectively reducing costs and heightening productivity.”
The company will highlight its growing wide range of rugged devices for retail, including:
*NEW Toughpad FZ-A2 Fully Rugged 10.1” Android Tablet
The FZ-A2 offers powerful enterprise class features including the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Android for Work’s Enterprise Security built-in. At just two pounds, the FZ-A2 tablet is lightweight for easy portability while still offering one of three integrated configurations each equipped with optional features, including an integrated barcode reader for retail kiosk or warehouse and distribution applications, a Smart Card Reader for enhanced security, and an additional USB for increased peripheral device connections.
The optional forklift or vehicle mount and desk-top cradle accessories, combined with the tablet’s thin, portable form factor, provide the flexibility for retail workers to use the tablet as a handheld or mount the device for delivery and route driving.
*NEW FZ-Q2 2-in-1 Toughpad Tablet
The 12.5” FZ-Q2 is designed for the mobile retail worker and comes standard with a full size backlit keyboard to enable easy completion of heavy data entry tasks and can be easily detached to provide users with a lightweight, portable tablet. The spill-resistant keyboard uses a direct, non-wireless interface with the tablet to ensure reliable connectivity in a variety of environments, including retail kiosk applications. In addition, optional cradles and mounts are available for forklift mounting in retail warehouse environments, light vehicle use or for desktop mobile POS solutions.
Toughpad FZ-N1 and FZ-F1 Handhelds
As the world’s lightest fully rugged handheld tablets, these 4.7” Android Lollipop and Windows devices feature a quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, delivering industry leading performance along with a purpose-built design and rugged credentials that live up to the brand’s heritage. Ideal for retail applications, the FZ-N1 (Android) and FZ-F1 (Windows) feature an angled rear-facing barcode scanner for warehouse and direct store delivery applications, in addition to vehicle use such as mounted on a forklift for streamlined efficiency. The lightweight handhelds also feature 10-point capacitive multi-touch with rain sensing and glove touch mode and optional stylus pen as well as a warm-swappable long-lasting battery that will ensure the device lasts a full shift.
Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 Handhelds
The 5” FZ-E1 (Windows) and FZ-X1 (Android) handhelds bring together the best of a handheld tablet, phone and barcode reader with enterprise grade security and durability. With hot-swappable batteries that last 14 hours, these devices are ideal tools for a host of usage scenarios, including delivery and routing, inventory management and work order management in back-office retail applications.
For More Information on Panasonic’s Mobility Solutions Go To: www.panasonic.com/toughbook.
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