September 20, 2012, 10:23 AM

Footaslyum Gets Smart with One Iota

SmartPod enables Footasylum to provide a digital in-store shopping experience so customers can browse or be assisted in purchasing from the entire e-commerce range.

Manchester,UK, 19th September: One iota, the experts in cloud based multi-channel retail solutions, today officially unveiled its in-store Commerce solution, SmartPod™, with its first install at Footasylum’s flagship Manchester Arndale store.

SmartPod™ enables Footasylum to provide a digital in-store shopping experience so customers can browse or be assisted in purchasing from the entire eCommerce range. Customers have the option of free delivery to their home or store collection. SmartPod™ allows shoppers to make payments securely via a chip & PIN terminal and fully integrates with existing systems.

The launch marks a new era in self-service and multi-channel retail technologies which are designed to help retailers increase revenues, enabling them to offer their complete product range to customers at any point of the in-store or online shopping experience.

One iota’s CEO, Damian Hanson, comments: “We are delighted to launch SmartPod™ with Footasylum.  We know retailers are keen to bring eCommerce in-store to maximise revenues and enhance the customer experience. We firmly believe that SmartPod’s combination of innovative hardware, fully integrated Commerce user experience and secure payment utilising chip & PIN is unrivalled.  It is important to offer shoppers the flexibility to browse and purchase at their convenience and technology plays an important part in this experience.  Footasylum are up there as one of the most innovative retailers in the UK and we believe SmartPod™ has set a new bench mark for in-store and publicly located retailing.”

The launch of SmartPod™ with Footasylum marks the continuation of a long standing relationship with One iota after they produced a mobile optimised site, native iPhone application and Facebook store during the past 12-months as part of its multi-channel initiatives.

Emma Ryder, Ecommerce Marketing Assistant at Footasylum, says: “We enjoy a fantastic working relationship with One iota and from the outset their expertise of new retail technology has been invaluable. We know our customers are keen to use technology as part of shopping with us and with One iota we have created something which we feel totally connects our online and in-store retail journey to improve our customer experience of shopping with Footasylum.”

SmartPod™ can be customised as required, but standard features include a 32” multi-touch HD screen, barcode scanner, receipt printer and secure chip & PIN payment terminal. Operating on One iota’s MESHCommerce Platform, the solution is fully managed by One iota with full integration into existing back-office functions.

David Hague, CTO and Co-founder of One iota adds: “When we looked at the retail kiosk market we were horrified with the dated solutions we saw in the market. Immediately we wanted to build our own offering to provide an intuitive and engaging shopping experience.  SmartPod™ was the output of our research and development, it comprises the latest gestures based multi-touch user experience and market leading hardware. We feel it’s a truly innovative solution which will we continue to advance over the coming months.”

More information on SmartPod™ can be viewed here .

About One iota

  • One iota is the expert in cloud based multi-channel retail solutions and is also on Facebook’s list of Preferred Marketing Developers.
  • One iota was founded to help retailers and brands keep pace with their shoppers across new technology devices and channels and this is done from its cloud based patent pending modular technology platform, MESH.
  • One iota’s clients include, Footasylum, Republic Retail, Littlewoods, Mamas & Papas, Rightmove and Universal. Our headquarters are in Rossendale, Lancashire with offices in Manchester and London.
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