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TOPPAN FORMS and Signpost Conclude a Basic Agreement on a Business Alliance for the Automated AI Cash Register Business
Commencing discussions on the conclusion of an agreement on sales rights and the provision of peripheral service

April 16, 2019

TOPPAN FORMS OPERATION CO., LTD.
Signpost Corporation

DigitalHybrid Company TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President Koichi Sakata; hereinafter “TOPPAN FORMS”) and Signpost Corporation (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President Yasushi Kambara; hereinafter “Signpost”) concluded a basic agreement on a business alliance for the automated AI register business. The two companies will jointly develop a sales structure for the full-scale marketing of Signpost’s original installation-type AI cash register, Wonder Register. They will utilize the customer base and sales channels of TOPPAN FORMS across Japan to build their sales structure.
Moreover, TOPPAN FORMS and Signpost will gradually commence discussions on after-sales service and customer support, including the maintenance and inspection of the terminal and the provision of peripheral services related to the introduction and operation of Wonder Register.

Background

As the labor shortage has emerged as a social issue, retail stores are required to improve the efficiency of operations and the convenience for customers. Signpost leveraged its original AI, SPAI and image recognition technology to develop Wonder Register, on which users can complete procedures from the identification of an item to calculation of the payment and settlement simply by placing an item on the register, aiming to expand its use in a variety of fields.
TOPPAN FORMS provides a wide range of services in cooperation with its group companies, including the data print service (DPS), which is entrusted with operations from production to mailing communication containing important information mainly from financial institutions to customers, business process outsourcing (BPO) for associated back-office operations including scanning and a call center, maintenance of equipment, and cashless settlement.
TOPPAN FORMS will develop these as a peripheral service of Wonder Register in the future and the two companies will build an integrated support structure from the introduction to operation and maintenance of the new product.

Future development

TOPPAN FORMS and Signpost will work to expand sales of Wonder Register to meet the needs of retail stores and users, and will promote the building of a structure for the provision of peripheral service.

Reference information

■ TOPPAN FORMS
  • Name:
    TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.
  • Head office:
    1-7-3 Higashi shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Established:
    May 1955
  • Representative:
    President Koichi Sakata
  • Description of business:
    TOPPAN FORMS boasts strengths in the information domain, which is centered on information, contributing to the improvement of operational efficiency to support corporate activities. By utilizing its advantages, TOPPAN FORMS works on the creation of new value as a DigitalHybrid company that is capable of providing products and services in the analog and digital domains.
  • URL:
    https://www.toppan-f.co.jp/english/
■ Signpost
  • Name:
    Signpost Corporation
  • Head office:
    6F PMO Nihonbashi Honcho 4-12-20 Nihonbashi Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
  • Established:
    March 1, 2007
  • Representative:
    President Yasushi Kambara
  • Description of business:
    As a member of the customers’ IT division, Signpost uses IT to solve issues in management and operation, developing three businesses in consulting, solutions and innovation.
  • URL:
    https://signpost1.com/
  • * “Wonder Register” is Signpost Corporation’s registered trademark.
  • * The names of the other products and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of the corresponding companies.
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