Home Hardware is First Canadian Retailer to Deploy Two-Sided Thermal Receipt Printing

    NCR's Patented Printing Technology Cuts Paper Use by up to 45 Percent

    DAYTON, OHIO, August 7 /CNW/ - Home Hardware Stores Limited, Canada's
largest independent hardware, lumber and building materials and furniture
retailer, is the first Canadian retailer to deploy two-sided thermal receipt
printing (2ST) from NCR Corporation (NYSE:  NCR). This new technology allows for
customized promotional messages, minimizes environmental impact, and improves
operational efficiency and throughput at the checkout. Home Hardware's
corporate office is endorsing the use of NCR's two-sided thermal printers and,
as of July, 55 stores have been equipped with 2ST.

    This patented printing process allows for simultaneous printing on both
sides of a receipt, cutting paper usage by up to 45 percent while decreasing
the electricity, water and fuel consumed in paper production and
transportation. It also improves checkout efficiency by requiring fewer paper
roll changes.

    Home Hardware initially deployed 2ST as part of its migration from impact
to thermal printing. "Upgrading to thermal printing alone has helped us to
greatly minimize consumption by eliminating the need for ink cartridges and
reducing paper use," said John Rogez, director of Retail Applications, Home
Hardware Stores Limited. "We are now exploring additional potential benefits
of the two-sided capability, such as customized, promotional messaging that
alerts our customers to specials or directs them to featured items in specific

    Dealers report similar benefits. "The new NCR thermal printers are the
best equipment I have added in a long time. I have not had one jam or slowdown
caused by the receipt printers since their installation. We now have faster,
easier-to-read and more professional looking receipts then ever before," said
Adam Busscher, dealer-owner of Picton Home Hardware in Picton, Ontario.

    Other Home Hardware dealers have expressed interest in exploring 2ST's
promotional functionality. "Fast, efficient, and very quiet. We are very
pleased with the amount of paper saved, and the option in the future to use
the back of the receipts for in-store coupons. The fact that NCR has designed
a printer with no parts to replace is a definite plus in a store like ours,
where we have high customer volume on a daily basis," said Peter Gow, owner of
Gow's Home Hardware in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

    Home Hardware's use of environmentally friendly technology is an
extension of the company's community and environmental focus. One of three
charitable organizations the company supports is Tree Canada Foundation, a
not-for-profit organization that encourages Canadians to plant and care for
trees in our urban and rural environments.

    "Deploying 2ST exemplifies Home Hardware's commitment to leveraging new
technology that improves their business operations and supports environmental
sustainability, an increasingly important differentiator as consumer demand
for environmental stewardship grows," said NCR Vice President Peter Dorsman.

    About Home Hardware

    Home Hardware Stores Limited (www.homehardware.ca) is Canada's largest
independent hardware, lumber and building materials and furniture retailer
with more than 1,000 stores across Canada, under the Home Hardware, Home
Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners.
Dealers have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products
and the company has annual retail sales of (Canadian) $4.6 billion. The
cooperative was founded on January 1, 1964 by 128 independent hardware

    About NCR Corporation

    NCR Corporation (NYSE:   NCR) is a leading global technology company
helping businesses build stronger relationships with their customers. NCR's
Teradata(R) data warehouses, ATMs, retail systems, self-service solutions and
IT services provide Relationship Technology(TM) that maximizes the value of
customer interactions and helps organizations create a stronger competitive
position. Based in Dayton, Ohio, NCR (www.ncr.com) employs approximately
29,650 people worldwide.

    NCR and Teradata are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCR
Corporation in the United States and other countries.


For further information:

For further information: NCR Corporation - United States Caroline Rose,
770-623-7608 caroline.rose@ncr.com or NCR Corporation - Canada Virve Tremblay,
905-339-1837 Mobile: 905-483-2101 virve.tremblay@ncr.com

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