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Toshiba Engineer Wins National Women of Influence Award by The Shelby-Griffin Report

Engineering Manager Vinessia Hankins is a winner of The Shelby-Griffin Report’s Women of Influence in the Food Industry award for her outstanding contributions at work and in her community. A global leader in retail technology, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is committed to empowering industry leaders like Hankins to enable retailers to connect with consumers through innovative solutions that help them evolve in a rapidly changing industry.

“People like Vinessia and her team at Toshiba play a critical role in consumers’ shopping experiences everywhere. Her leadership and expertise in developing hardware like our innovative checkout and self-service solutions drives the future of the retail food industry,” said Rance Poehler, President and CEO at Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. “This recognition is a testament to Vinessia’s diverse talents and unwavering dedication to creativity and innovation that is felt throughout the company.” 

In her role, Hankins oversees numerous critical functions and is directly responsible for the hardware solution design and adoption process for food retailers. Her team includes multiple master inventors, and together, they focus on the industrial design, look, and feel of the hardware for front-end and self-service solutions used in grocery and food retail stores worldwide.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be acknowledged for my contributions to Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions and my dedication to innovating the retail industry. Some of my most significant projects include leading the teams for Toshiba’s Self Checkout System 7 and the Pro-X Hybrid Kiosk that are used by shoppers around the world,” said Hankins. “My endeavors focus on shaping the future of retail and nurturing my passion for the technology and retail fields. This recognition would not be possible without our organization’s intent focus on our values where characteristics like respect, empowerment, teamwork, adaptability, integrity and leadership drive our day-to-day.”

Hankins is accelerating the company’s investments in innovation by leading the annual invention challenge program. She also manages the creation of hardware solution publications that enable quick implementation and ease of use for retailers. Moreover, she strongly committed to her community through her involvement in Toshiba’s internship program, university relations, and community outreach through many employee resource groups to spark interest in technology and retail to the next generation. 

The Shelby Report selects Women of Influence winners for demonstrating a superior level of dedication and professionalism in the success of their company and the industry, as well as leadership through other initiatives such as charity, philanthropy, or civic work.

About Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions:
Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions empowers retail to thrive and prosper through a dynamic ecosystem of smarter, more agile solutions and services that enable retailers to resiliently evolve with generations of consumers and adapt to market conditions. Supported by a global organization of devoted employees and partners, retailers gain more visibility and control over operations while enjoying the flexibility to build, scale, and transform retail experiences that anticipate and fulfill consumers’ ever-changing needs. Visit and engage with us on X, formerly known as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, to learn more.

Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Tec Corporation, which is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.  

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