Philadelphia-Based ARC Device Management Kiosk Wins Prestigious A'Design Award

ChargeItSpotARC, in collaboration with Design 1st,  has been awarded the 2022 Bronze A' Design Award in the Office and Business Appliance Design Category. This prestigious award highlights designers, innovators and companies from across the globe that achieve an exemplary level of excellence in design.  

ARC™, a centralized device management kiosk and software platform, helps companies maximize handheld mobile device availability and reliability while minimizing issues like shrink and downtime. ARC was officially unveiled at the MODEX Supply Chain and Automation Show in Atlanta, Georgia, in March of 2022.  

The ARC platform was conceptualized by ChargeItSpot, leveraging their expertise in mobile device management to combat the need for systems that charge and manage employee devices. While ChargeItSpot developed the software and cloud-based platform in-house, they brought on Ottawa-based product design company Design 1st to design the physical kiosk and aesthetics that earned the award.

"The talented Design 1st team of industrial designers and electrical and mechanical engineers was instrumental in translating our vision into a reality," said Sheri Tate, SVP of Product Strategy at ChargeItSpot. Both companies iterated on design concepts—including the shape of the housing, locker doors, indicator lighting and use of color— to achieve the desired branded look and feel. The final product design has been met with great enthusiasm from clients in retail, warehousing and hospital sectors.  

"We are thrilled to receive this honor from the A' Design Award Judging panel in partnership with our client ARC," says Kevin Bailey, CEO of Design 1st. "This prestigious and influential design accolade is a result of two teams delivering on an ambitious nine-month accelerated timeline. Human-centered design and solid engineering principles, including rigorous testing, are at the core of the work that we do, and we look forward to further collaboration with ChargeItSpot as they expand their presence into the enterprise device management market."

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About ARC

In 2022, ChargeItSpot® launched ARC™, a centralized device management kiosk for managing employee devices in warehouses and retail stores. ARC not only minimizes device loss and saves employee and manager time, but also boosts operational efficiency by ensuring only optimally-functioning handheld devices are in circulation.

About Design 1st 

Design 1st is one of the most trusted full-service product design firms across North America, with a seasoned team consisting of diverse technical expertise, over 1,000 products developed, and 130 client patents secured. From Startup to Enterprise, Design 1st enables companies to quickly scale capabilities throughout their new product development programs by leveraging core competencies in human behavior, industrial design, mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, embedded firmware, and manufacturing setup. Design 1st's experienced team has helped clients transform their physical ideas into commercialized hard-goods products across a variety of industries and influenced millions of people globally.

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