ECR Retail Systems, the London-based Mobile Point of Sale (MPoS) specialist, has signed an agreement with the SNLP (Paris newspaper kiosk association), to launch an on-street ticketing solution. The deal will safeguard the future of SNLP’s 200 members and the iconic newspaper kiosks located across the city, which had been threatened with closure due to falling newspaper and magazine sales in recent years.
The technology will provide visitors to the most romantic city in the world with the ability to buy tickets for popular attractions at hundreds of locations, bypassing the need to queue at each tourist hotspot individually.
The contract is set to be completed in two phases. The first will see 100 handheld units delivered to key sites including the Louvre, Notre Dame, Palais Garnier and La Madeleine, during the first quarter of 2014. A second phase, in accordance with the SNLP, is set to be completed by the end of the year.
The solution, which will be delivered via an ECR handheld terminal with on-board ticketing software, built-in printer, barcode scanner, and GPRS connectivity – will provide increased serviceability and convenience to customers and a greater level of diversification to kioskees, ECR Retail Systems claims.
The web-enabled handheld devices can process payments both on- and offline, removing issues of connectivity, whilst providing customers with a secure method of purchasing tickets right across the city.
The future of the kiosks across the capital has been under threat due to spiralling costs and falling newspaper and magazine sales. The introduction of ticket sales will provide a much-needed revenue stream whilst also safeguarding a piece of Parisian heritage, ECR said.
Jean Emmanuel Sceau, ECR international development manager, said: “This is an extremely exciting development for ECR as we have extended our international footprint by opening an office in the French capital beyond our existing offices in Ghana and Bulgaria.
“In Paris, kiosks are as iconic as London buses or New York taxis. Our ticketing solution will not only safeguard the future of the city’s kiosks but provide visitors from all around the world with a faster, secure and more efficient way to buy tickets to some of Paris’ biggest tourist attractions.”
Erwan Dupas, spokesperson for the SNLP, said: “We are very happy to announce this collaboration with ECR, which will allow newspaper sellers to provide the millions of people who visit our city every year with an easy, practical and fast solution to purchase tickets to the most fun attractions in Paris, thanks to MPoS technology.
“I think that it is a durable solution for the future of the kiosks, a necessary diversification for the preservation of our activity.”