Banking on the not-so-recent popularity of digital audio, opportunist Calvin Klein is kicking off his latest "We Are One" campaign with a commemorative bottle of its classic CK1 fragrance that features a removable speaker at its base.
Wells Fargo and Intuit have developed a system to help small businesses to process credit card transactions. The new QuickBooks POS Merchant Service will allow businesses to automatically send transaction data from QuickBooks Point of Sale software into QuickBooks 2002 accounting software. The companies said the idea is to eliminate manual input, reducing the costs associated with administration and potentially reducing the number of errors made during that process. Merchants will be able to process the credit card transactions using Wells Fargo's secure payment and processing service.
Fujitsu Transaction Solutions, a division of the Japanese electronics giant, said Monday that it has signed an agreement with Nordstrom under which Fujitsu will replace the point-of-sale (POS) systems at all 132 Nordstrom stores in the United States with its Team POS 2000 systems. Although Fujitsu is not a major brand in the United States when it comes to generic desktops, the company has carved out niche markets; It is one of the larger names in pen-tablets in the commercial market. The TeamPoS 2000, the computer Nordstrom will install, is effectively a Windows 2000 computer specially configured to be used as a kiosk or as a terminal for managing store operations.
IBM Malaysia has announced a leasing plan to push its servers, storage systems and a host of other hardware. IBM Global Financing (Malaysia) senior manager Bernard Chiang said the plan allows customers to lease the equipment for a period of 36 months with financing packages available from the computing giant until the end of September. Among products included in the scheme are the IBM zSeries, pSeries, iSeries and xSeries servers, as well as storage systems, networking hardware, POS (point-of-sales) equipment and printers. The plan, which is also available through IBM's business partners, is open to both the public and private sectors, with financing packages ranging from $25,000 to $1 million. Staff writer N. Ismail reported from Kuala Lumpur.