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Industry News - November 14th, 2008



Tesco Enhances Online Shopping Experience with RealRelevance 

Tesco Direct selects ChoiceStream RealRelevance to enhance its customers' online
shopping experience.

Tesco Direct replaces its manually-generated recommendations on the Web with
automated, personalized recommendations on product detail and shopping cart pages.
ChoiceStream RealRelevance leverages available data and applies a variety of algorithmic
techniques based on the company's years of experience to deliver recommendations
possible for each user.

Tesco Direct is evaluating ways to implement ChoiceStream recommendations to increase
customer satisfaction. Additionally, Tesco Direct will look to reduce costs by replacing the
company's time-consuming, manual recommendation process with ChoiceStream's automated, hosted SaaS solution.

"We were impressed with ChoiceStream's creative and innovative solutions and we are excited to be working with them on this project," says Jason Merron, senior operations development manager, Tesco Direct. "We look forward to a successful partnership."


Loblaw Deploys Enterprise Resource Planning from SAP

Loblaw selects SAP to provide software for the renewal and enhancement of its information systems and processes. Using a phased and structured rollout, Loblaw will leverage SAP to drive improvements in the company's order management, perpetual inventory, pricing management, financials, human resources and master data management.

Loblaw leverages the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. The company will also implement functionality from the SAP ERP application for enterprise resource planning and the SAP for Retail solutions to replace its legacy applications.

"We chose SAP because its solutions are industry-proven, require minimal customization and can offer true end-to-end integrated capabilities," said Catherine Booth, senior vice president, information technology, Loblaw Companies Limited. "This in turn will not only help us mitigate risk, but through the use of these solutions, will allow us to be more efficient in our processes."


Pacific Sunwear Implements Order Fulfillment Software

Pacific Sunwear installs an automated material handling system from Dematic for the company's new distribution center located in Olathe, Kansas.

PacSun implements Dematic's C-L series of motorized roller conveyors, the new Dematic FlexSort SL sorter and a Dematic Put to Light order fulfillment system. Dematic's warehouse control system provides order fulfillment, material flow control, incident management, maintenance management and advanced performance analysis capabilities.

An advanced Incident Management system alerts operators to any event that inhibits the material flow through the PacSun system. A Performance Management solution provides warehouse performance analysis capabilities for continued optimization.

PacSun needed to accommodate up to 93 packers simultaneously. It also wanted to support its newest retail concept, 'one thousand steps', a specialty footwear store chain targeted toward customers seeking fashion forward footwear.

"Dematic came in and delivered a solution to PacSun in roughly half the time it would normally have taken," says Kirk Williams, director of DC operations, PacSun. "Dematic was one of the few companies that fully understood our business objectives and could deliver the solution on our tight timeframe."The leading edge technology with the Dematic C-L series conveyor and the Dematic FlexSort SL sorter, combined with their many years of experience will give PacSun the tools we need to get the most out of our supply chain."


Bass Pro Shops Add Demand Forecasting

Bass Pro Shops select demand forecasting software applications from Churchill Systems. Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor retailer, has destination outdoor retail stores across America and Canada.

"Top quality demand forecasting is the foundation for successful retail planning systems," says Shawn Morin, CIO, Bass Pro Shops. "We are looking forward to the proven benefits of Churchill Systems' demand forecasting software."

Churchill Systems delivers demand forecasting, analytics and optimization software that integrates with retail-focused merchandising, pricing, promotion and inventory planning applications.


Nash Finch Company Adds Master Data Management

Nash Finch Company, a U.S. wholesale grocery distributor, chooses Aldata G.O.L.D. for its pre-referential and master data management solutions. The project was initiated in early November.

Nash Finch's core business, food distribution, serves independent retailers and military commissaries in 31 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores and Egypt. The Company also owns and operates a base of retail stores, primarily supermarkets under the Econofoods, Family Thrift Center, AVANZA and Sun Mart.


VeriFone Releases Contactless PINPad 1000SE

VeriFone Holdings introduces a contactless version of its PINpad 1000SE. VeriFone also unveils SingleCI (Single Contactless Interface), a unifying programming interface with development tools that allows retailers to leverage existing contactless investments, adapt to future needs, and take advantage of the company's contactless portfolio.

The contactless PINpad 1000SE combines two payment peripherals - PIN entry and contactless. The PCI PED approved PINpad1000SE contactless version is backward-compatible with earlier versions, and features USB or serial connectivity that enable connection to electronic cash registers and POS devices.


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