Sainsbury's improves checkout uptime for customers with innovative NCR managed services

Offer part of five-year strategic managed services deal that includes multivendor helpdesk support for store and back office technologies

LONDON NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today announced that Sainsbury’s (LON: SBRY) has entered into a five-year managed service agreement, which will see Sainsbury’s deploy NCR Predictive Services on its point-of-sale (POS) and self-checkout lanes, ensuring more devices are working in stores at peak times and saving tens of thousands of hours in downtime to improve the customer’s in-store experience. 

Sainsbury’s is the first UK retailer to sign up for NCR Predictive Services, which is unique in predicting and addressing IT issues quickly before they happen, unlike other services that fix POS and self-checkout terminals after they break.

The deployment is part of a multi-million pound managed services renewal that will also see NCR provide helpdesk and multivendor support across 1,000 stores and 23 depots through its Managed Services Retail Centre of Expertise. NCR currently provides managed service support for Sainsbury’s NCR point-of-sale, self-checkout and kiosks systems, printers and peripherals. The new agreement covers helpdesk and services for Sainsbury’s POS software, voice and data networks, including its servers, wireless and fixed network, PCs, laptops, software, printers and VoIP telephones.

“Consolidating our managed services enables us to use NCR’s technology to meet our commitment to deliver a great shopping experience for Sainsbury’s customers, while driving greater efficiencies that support our growth plans,” said Rob Fraser, Sainsbury’s IT Director. “Sainsbury's and NCR share a relentless focus on ensuring shoppers at our stores can get through the checkouts as quickly as possible, especially during peak times. Our new predictive service strategy is the latest in a series of innovations delivered by NCR over the ten years of our strategic partnership.”

NCR Predictive Services works through a software agent on each NCR device, which gathers a wide variety of operational data. This data is then analyzed by NCR’s unique business intelligence software and processes that leverage the NCR Services data warehouse, which maintains operational data from more than 2 million consumer points of service and 12 million annual service actions globally. From this analysis, NCR makes recommendations for preventive action on devices and modules that are end-of-life or likely to fail imminently. Detailed, advance information on repairs can also be provided, enabling faster resolution, either by on-site technicians or remotely. 

For example, the NCR software can identify that a cooling fan in a POS terminal is running slower than it should be. It would also highlight the fact that terminals with this operating condition statistically fail within a certain time period and an NCR Customer Engineer can be automatically dispatched to change the part at a minimally disruptive time, before the defect causes failure.

For service actions that do not require an on-site visit, such as firmware updates, a remote resolution session could be established. The NCR technician can securely recover and review logs, and perform problem resolution activities rapidly.

“We understand that Sainsbury’s customers expect both great value and an excellent shopping experience, and we’re committed to providing ongoing service innovation that helps Sainsbury’s deliver this,” said Stuart Henderson, NCR's director of retail for Northern Europe. “NCR Predictive Services is one of the most disruptive innovations to come out of the service industry in decades and has massive consumer and business benefits. It is the latest example of how we are transforming how companies interact with their customers.”

NCR is one of the world’s largest service organisations. It provides service support on a range of multivendor point-of-sale and ATM solutions and is a strategic services partner to over 60 telecoms carriers — including 8 of the top 10 — worldwide, and the top twenty Original Equipment Manufacturers in the networking sector.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a global technology company leading how the world connects, interacts and transacts with business. NCR’s assisted- and self-service solutions and comprehensive support services address the needs of retail, financial, travel, hospitality, entertainment, gaming, public sector, telecom carrier and equipment organizations in more than 100 countries. NCR ( is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia. 


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