Ingram Micro's Point of Sale (POS) bundle for cost-conscious businesses combines technologies from HP, MagTek and Uniforce Technology, among others.
Technology sales, marketing
and logistics company Ingram Micro announced a SecurePOS SMB bundle - an all-in-one POS solution that provides
retailers with end-to-end data encryption of cardholder information starting
with the customers' swipe of their credit cards. Available now through the
Ingram Micro Data Capture/POS Division, the company claimed the SecurePOS SMB
Bundle is the first solution of its kind to offer data encryption capabilities.
The bundle, sold exclusively
to Ingram Micro channel partners in the United States, is comprised of several
technologies, including the HP rp3000 Point of Sale System, MagTek MagneSafe
Card Reader and Uniforce Technology software. Additional hardware and software
vendors featured within the bundle include Cherry Electronics, Citizen, Planar,
and Payment Processing. (PPI). According to Justin Scopaz, general manager
and vice president of Ingram Micro's data capture/POS division, the market need
and sales potential for an affordable, safe, reliable and secure POS solution
is increasing rapidly among small and mid-size retailers.
"Adoption of POS
technology is growing due to the critical business need for increased,
productivity and accountability," said Scopaz. "Yet businesses that
are not selective with the technology they deploy will continue to run the risk
of card theft and lose money, as well as customers, because they do not have a
secure POS solution in place. This new SecurePOS SMB Bundle is unlike anything
available through distribution today and offers our channel partners a safe,
secure and affordable all-in-one solution for their retail customers." HP's rp3000 POS system,
designed to fit in tight spaces, allows small business owners to configure the
system's components in several ways and features a lockable front coverand multiple rear peripheral ports to help keep the
system, receipts and data secure from tampering. MagTek's MagneSafe card reader
offers midmarket companies a secure data encryption device that provides
cardholder data protection, is powered from a USB port and can be connected to
any PC or terminal with a USB interface. The MagneSafe BT90 is specifically
designed to conduct secure mobile transactions using the Bluetooth interface. Dave Swinkin, U.S. sales
manager for HP rPOS, called Ingram Micro's SecurePOS SMB bundle "an exciting
new offering" that delivers the security and performance retailers need, and
the technical, sales and marketing support channel partners want from their
distribution partner, while Chuck Reigel, PPI's executive vice president of
software products and partnerships, said PPI is fortunate to be a part of this
collaboration with Ingram Micro and its vendor partners to deliver an
industry-first cardholder data encryption solution. "This new SecurePOS
SMB Bundle brings to market a powerful solution that helps our channel partners
ensure their customers' data is always safe and secure," he said.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.