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Griffin Wins 2014 Bronze IDEA Award for Olli Retail

Olli Retail honored with award for exceptional industrial design among thousands of entries worldwide

Nashville, Tenn. – July 8, 2014 – Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) recently awarded Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, with a 2014 Bronze International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for its Olli Retail. Olli Retail is a scalable point-of-sale system designed for businesses of all sizes — anything from a one-person shop to large multi-unit retail chains. Griffin’s 2014 IDEA award will be presented at the IDSA International Conference in Austin, TX at the Austin Hilton on the evening of Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

Considered one of the most prestigious design contests in the world for the past 34 years, IDEA recognizes design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. A panel of 24 international design experts judged over 2,000 entries on the following criteria: innovation, benefit to user, responsibility, benefit to client, visual appeal and appropriate aesthetics, design research category insights, and design strategy category.

“We're honored to be selected for a Bronze IDEA Award for Olli Retail among thousands of entries,” says Robert Nieman, Director of Engineering at Griffin Technology. “With Olli Retail we wanted to challenge the traditional point-of-sale paradigm by creating a mobile, ergonomic and scalable POS platform. Our team of industrial designers and engineers embarked on this endeavor with Griffin's core philosophy at heart—to bring to life intuitive and dynamic solutions that empower people to get the most out of their technology."

Designed around iPhone 5s and iPod touch (5th Generation), Olli Retail is a handheld point-of-sale solution with a built-in barcode scanner and industry-standard credit card encryption. According to research by IHL Group, a global retail research and advisory firm, mobile POS is projected to grow more than 95 percent worldwide in 2014. Griffin is at the forefront of this trend with Olli Retail by enabling retailers to expedite their customers through the checkout process away from traditional point-of-sale terminals.
 
The ergonomically-designed device fits comfortably in a retail team member's hand while the angled barcode scanner and tapered credit card swipe opening are intuitive to use. The sleek, shatter-resistant TPR co-molding protects iPhone 5s and iPod touch from impacts. Hundreds of companies worldwide are enjoying the elegant design of Olli Retail for data capture, point-of-sale, inventory, ID verification, and medical use, and Griffin has recently expanded this award-winning design to iPad mini.
 
For more information on Olli Retail, visit www.griffintechnology.com/business/olli.

About Griffin Technology
Founded on Paul Griffin's kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world's foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile, and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM®, iMic® and Evolve® Wireless Speaker System have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin's entire range of ingenious designs at www.griffintechnology.com, www.facebook.com/griffintech and on Twitter, @griffintech.

About IDEA
Now in its 34th year, the International Design Excellence Awards program (IDEA®), fosters business and public understanding about the impact of design excellence on the quality of life and the economy. The IDEA program is regarded as one of the most preeminent design competitions in the nation with its scope and influence reaching far beyond the US.

About IDSA
Founded in 1965, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is one of the world’s oldest, largest, memberdriven societies for industrial design. IDSA represents current and aspiring professionals in product design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and other related design fields. The society organizes and conducts the renowned International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) competition annually; hosts the International Design Conference and five district conferences each year; and publishes INNOVATION, a quarterly journal on design, including the Yearbook of Design Excellence highlighting the IDEA winners. IDSA’s charitable arm, the Design Foundation, supports the dissemination of undergraduate and graduate scholarships annually to further industrial design education. The organization has more than 3,000 members in 28 professional chapters in the US and members internationally. For more information, visit idsa.org.

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