Bell and Howell introduces CleverFlex click-and-collect terminals to North America

Bell and Howell, a provider of retail click-and-collect solutions, has announced the availability of new smart locker technology to retailers in North America.

CleverFlex by Cleveron leverages the robotics technology of its predecessor, the PackRobot, to provide retailers with what it claims is the fastest, most flexible, automated click-and-collect pickup solution on the market, according to a press release.

Designed for parcel delivery, CleverFlex can store up to 2,500 packages simultaneously and deliver an online order in less than 10 seconds. The system's modular design requires minimal space and can be integrated into a store's interior wall or installed as a standalone unit. The number of consoles can also be customized to provide a more flexible solution for traditional retail locations with 10-foot or 13-foot ceilings.

CleverFlex also brings more intelligence with its self-learning capabilities. Using its own historical usage data, each system can predict future utilization and optimize its workflow and internal storage space for peak traffic times. CleverFlex is already being piloted at several major retailers around the world, including Inditex in Spain and the largest retailer in the United States.

"As the double-digit growth in e-commerce continues to rise, today's retailers are looking for solutions to automate the online order pickup process," Bell and Howell CEO Ramesh Ratan, Ph.D., said in the release. "The launch of CleverFlex enables retailers of all sizes to provide a superior buy online, pick up in store experience for their customers."

CleverFlex is making its North American debut through an exclusive agreement between Bell and Howell and Cleveron that began in September 2015 with the unveiling of Cleveron's smart locker solution, PackRobot, at PostExpo. Since the official U.S. launch of PackRobot in March 2016, more than 150 PackRobots have been installed around the country with several hundred more being installed in the remainder of 2018. For every installation, Bell and Howell provides service and support, as well as remote monitoring and analytics.

Topics: Manufacturers, Retail, Retail Kiosks, Self-Checkout

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