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NCR Corporation showcases omni-channel technologies

June 15, 2014

Times News Service

Muscat:NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, on Sunday showcased its suite of innovative omni-channel technologies at the 'NCR Omni-Channel Consumer Experience Forum' for the banking, retail and travel industry in the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.

Across all industries, consumers are using physical and digital channels interchangeably, often expecting the ability to begin a transaction in one channel and complete it in another. For example, a consumer may research a home loan online but complete the transaction in a bank branch.

Similarly, if a product is not available at a retail outlet, the customer expects an alternative channel like a self-service kiosk within the store to check availability of the product and order it instantly.

However, most businesses have no visibility of the customer's journey between channels, and the customer experience feels disjointed.

"Every industry is engaging its customers in multiple channels, but companies may be overlooking a more fundamental need for a seamless, omni-channel approach that provides a single, unified experience for the customer across all touch points, locations and channels," said Brian Bailey, vice- president (Strategy & Marketing) at NCR Financial Services.

"With our innovative omni-channel platforms, NCR will be able to provide more choice, greater control, and increased flexibility to our customers to improve service, cut costs and drive sales," he added.

Middle East investment

With its view of more than 485 million transactions around the world each day, NCR is creating technology solutions with an omni-channel perspective in mind. The innovative technology works together to create a consistent consumer experience as they interact and transact with a business' online, mobile and physical channels.

"NCR will continue to invest in the Middle East, which has witnessed a huge leap in helping the development of banks over the past decade," said Habib Hanna, managing director for South Gulf and Pakistan region.

"We are encouraged to see banks and retail organisations in the region using technology that makes interaction with their customers more meaningful. It is therefore an excellent opportunity for us to support this positive trend by introducing innovative technologies that can dramatically change customers' experience," he added.

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Source: Times of Oman

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