Poundland has speeded up the check-out process by deploying 1,400 NCR self-service kiosks.

The retailer worked with digital services provider, Econocom, to ensure the roll-out of the technology aligned with Poundland’s digital transformation strategy.

Poundland has also digitally upgraded staff clocking-in procedures, by introducing 900 Kronos ‘InTouch Biometric’ clocking-in units across its 900 store locations operated by 18,000 employees.

The Econocom team worked closely with Poundland’s IT director, Mike Gray. He said: “By creating a bespoke finance arrangement aligned with our strategy, Econocom helps us take advantage of the latest digital opportunities today. They have helped make our digital transformation happen. The account management we have experienced has been first class and I would happily recommend them.”

Gray will soon depart the business to pursue another career outside of retail and IT. Poundland’s finance director, Roy Ellis, has been promoted to group services director and will take charge of the retailer’s IT department, along with HR and finance. 

Only last year, Poundland completed the deployment of new POS systems in the 200-plus stores it acquired as part of the 99p Stores takeover.

The retail technology revamp was completed across Poundland's store estate at a rate of 15 per week over a 16-week period. A solution from UK vendor Box Technologies was used to migrate the legacy system over to Poundland's existing EPoS platform, which has reportedly helped the retailer gain full control and visibility over stock throughout its larger store network.