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Bindawood honored for best retail deployment

Bindawood Group was awarded the Best Retail Deployment of the Year Award at the 2012 Computer News Middle East (CNME) Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Achievement Awards ceremony held on the first day of Gitex exhibition in Dubai recently.

Bindawood Group won the award in competition with more than 280 nominees from across the Middle East.

Bindawood Group is a leading retail chain in the region consisting of Bindawood and Danube supermarkets that showcase top quality and renowned international brands, including Etre fashion, Delsey and Kipling.Bindawood Group is a leading retail chain in the region consisting of Bindawood and Danube supermarkets that showcase top quality and renowned international brands, including Etre fashion, Delsey and Kipling.

Bindawood and Danube supermarkets were recognized for successful self-checkout machines' deployment. Claimed to be the first in the Middle East, self-checkout machines have been very popular with customers of all age group and background since their installation.

Abdulrazzaq Bindawood, chairman of Bindawood Group, said: "We are delighted for getting this prestigious award. This is recognition of our goals of looking for new ways to improve our service to consumers and these new systems from NCR are perfect for improving the speed and efficiency of checkout, especially at peak times."

Customers can enjoy self-checkout service at Bindawood at Heraa and Danube at Sairafi Mall in Jeddah. It will be available soon at Danube hypermarket in Alkhobar and elsewhere across the Kingdom. The self-checkout machine accepts and dispenses riyal notes, coins and credit card in a simple bilingual mode, making shopping a pleasure for Bindawood and Danube customers.

Technosat MBC HD receivers available in stores across KSA

Executives of Bin Dawood and Danube stores, and MBC Group shake hands at the launch. IN its continuing effort to provide the best family entertainment television programs and High Definition (HD) for its viewers in Saudi Arabia and further push the shift to high definition (HD) TV viewing, Technosat launched a new "swap deal" for the MBC HD satellite receivers at Bin Dawood and Danube stores, offering viewers the chance to swap their old "satellite receivers" with brand new Technosat HD satellite receivers capable of viewing MBC HD channels at a 50 percent discounted retail price.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sheikh Abdul Razzak, Chairman of Bin Dawood and Danube said: "We are tremendously proud of joining forces with MBC Group and Technosat. This partnership is perfectly in-line with our vision to continuously ensure that our customers are offered only the best, most advanced and up-to-date technology in the market." Viewers across the Kingdom will be able to enjoy MBC Group's HD channels. Commenting on Technosat's behalf, Irshad Contractor, Chairman, said: "We are very pleased to be working closely with MBC Group, Bin Dawood and Danube on this strategic alliance. Being a market leader in developing digital TV technologies for the global pay TV industry, we firmly believe that our HD set-top boxes are designed with state-of-art technology and at very affordable prices. Our customers will be able to enjoy all of MBC Group's HD Channels once they exchange their old receiver with the all-new HD Technosat BD 888 PVR receiver for 50 percent less, SR299 only."

Sam Barnett, CEO, MBC Group, said: "The Bin Dawood Group and Danube have an extensive and high quality retail network in the Kingdom. Through this partnership, we therefore hope to enable a wider number of people to be able to purchase the set top boxes they need to watch MBC in HD." – SG

The Bindawood Group: An NCR Case Study

The Bindawood Group, one of the largest retailers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, operates a chain of supermarkets and hypermarkets under its Bindawood and Danube brands. The Bindawood Group's goal is to provide shoppers with a wide variety of quality products at competitive prices. The group operates more than 30 stores located throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including the cities of Makkah, Jeddah, Riyadh, Khobar and Madinah al Munawara.

As the Bindawood Group's customer base continued to grow, the Saudi retail giant recognized that its digitally enabled shoppers fully expected retailers to meet their need for technology that would support independent, convenient and speedy in-store transactions. The Bindawood Group realized it could benefit from the deployment of a technology solution that would streamline and enhance the customer's shopping experience. Seeing an opportunity to further build customer loyalty and differentiate itself from competitors, the Bindawood Group opted to become the first retailer in Saudi Arabia and the Arab World to deploy self-checkout technology.