Honest Weight Food Co-op

Honest Weight Food Co-op recently installed STCR’s IBM SurePOS registers running the SMS POS application. The SMS system was selected for its flexibility to meet the unique needs of the Food Co-op. Some of the unique features being utilized are integration for memberships, Scan Genius, UNFI pricing, Cooperative Advantage promotions, inventory control and multiple years of sales history. Alexandra Juhre, IT Coordinator at HWFC, says "We seriously considered four POS systems and we chose SMS for its robust architecture, extensive data storage and retrieval, customizable integration and reporting and its comprehensive support for promotions and coupons. Together with on-site hardware support through IBM and 24/7 Help Desk support from STCR, this package clearly delivered more value than the competition."

The Honest Weight Food Co-operative (HWFC) is a for-profit; member owned and operated health food retail business located in Albany, New York. The organization began as a buying club in the fall of 1976 and was located in the basement of a home in Albany. The full title of the organization was the Honest Weight (No Springs) Food Co-op, named after the motto on a scale made by the Toledo Scale Company. In subsequent years, “(No Springs)” was removed from the name.

The Co-op has plans for a new store in 2011 featuring approximately 17,000 square feet of flexible retail space. Highlights of the plan include a full-service deli & bakery, juice/coffee bar, expanded departments, a large community room, teaching kitchen and meeting space.

Datalogic's Magellan 8500

Are your scanner scales ready to handle the new GS1 Databar coupons coming in January 2011? The Datalogic Magellan 8500 is the right hardware to keep your business running smooth and your customers happy. The MG8500Xt adds many improvements that will enable the Magellan to maintain the number 1 world ranking for stationary scanners that Datalogic has held for 3 years. Below is an over view of the Magellan 8500Xt - scanner scale.

New PreScan™ Queue-Busting Software Option
Low Energy Consumption

Highest performing POS bar code scanner available
New for Magellan 8500Xt
New Upgraded Processor and New Software
Improved performance on hard-to-read labels
Excellent performance on GS1 DataBar™ codes
New Magellan Scale Technology
The fastest scale settling time in the industry @ 495ms
Patented All-Weighs® Scale Platter
Smaller under-counter footprint
Fits in competitive scanner check stand cutouts
Improved Serviceability
Reduces the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
New sub-platter design
New finger-friendly lift handles
Improved calibration sealing
Easy-to-clean contoured optics enclosure
Reduces service times
Easier to calibrate
Easier to keep clean
Reads All 6 Sides for Very High Performance
SurroundScan® 3D Scanning™ vertical and horizontal scanning (360° x 2)
Reads bottom, top and all 4 sides
Optimized for both sweep and presentation scanning
Reduced orientation requirements improve productivity and ergonomics
Performance & Flexibility
New Upgraded Processor
Improved performance on hard-to-read labels
Excellent performance on GS1 DataBar™ codes

STCR Business Systems has been selling, installing and supporting Magellan Scanner/Scales for many years. STCR is an IBM Premier Business Partner with the ability to install POS systems and train your personnel in the most professional manner. For more information about Magellan scanner scales, contact STCR Business Systems at (607) 757-0181.

GS1 Databar

How many times have complicated, expired or poorly functioning coupons aggravated your customers or slowed down your front end? With the release of the new GS1 Databar coupons in January 2011 many of these costly issues will be resolved.

The GS1 Databar is a new form of UPC that contains almost seven times the information of past UPC formats containing 72 digits of information. In this repository of information you will be able to enforce with a single scan a start date, expiration date, up to three purchase requirements along with the save value. No longer searching for expiration dates while your customers wait will speed up your front end and save you money.

Additional features, such as Coupon Shuffling, which ensures coupons, will apply to matching items. Also, new prompts to indicate a cashier to return a coupon when a discounted item is voided will increase your stores efficiency and lead to happier customers. GS1 support is one of the many new features available in the upcoming IBM POS system. Call your STCR representative at (607) 757-0181, to see if your system is ready to take advantage of the new GS1 Databar.

Monmouth County Vocational School

Monmouth County Vocational School Career Center prepares students for an evolving workplace and further education through achievement of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels in specialized academic, career and technical programs and lifelong learning opportunities.

Tom Dunphy, Director of the Supermarket Training Careers, assisted by Bill Collett, at the Monmouth County Vocational School Career Center, run a full supermarket operation with market baskets and several aisles of groceries. They have set up a small convenience type grocery store in a classroom atmosphere. Students that attend the Career Center shop in the store while the students in training operate the store. The store also handles debit and credit transactions.

Monmouth County Vocational School Career Center worked with STCR Business Systems to install a 2 lane IBM scanning system to run in the store. These systems were such a success that Monmouth recently installed 6 more lanes of IBM registers, Datalogic Scanner/scales, Pentium server and IBM POS software. They are now running 8 full lanes of the IBM POS system.

“Our association with STCR Business Systems and IBM has enabled our students in the Supermarket Careers Vocational-Technical Program to stay current with today's ever-changing retail environment. This partnership provides our students with lifelong employment opportunities.” - Tom Dunphy