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Industry News - October 10th, 2008



Brookshire Grocery Company Adds SAP Business Suite  

Brookshire Grocery Company, a supermarket chain with 156 stores located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, selects the SAP Business Suite family of business applications to unify its disparate software systems, consolidate data management, help enable better reporting and allow its employees to contribute to value-added activities. 
"SAP has provided us with the necessary tools and functionality to meet our current business needs and yet at the same time provide the flexibility for growth," says John D'Anna, vice president, information technology planning and strategy, Brookshire Grocery Company. "Our staff can now access real-time, up-to-date data for helping them make better decisions. The SAP for Retail solutions deliver significant business value by facilitating better definition of assortments, vendor selection, buying decision and store distribution. The solution portfolio is also helping Brookshire transition from a traditional, buyer-focused process to a management model that is focused on the individual customers at our particular stores."

The SAP for Retail solution portfolio helps food retailers of all sizes manage a wide range of grocery-related business processes. The solutions help optimize product assortment and fast checkout for customers. Food retailers also gain real-time visibility across the entire enterprise.


HP Unveils POS Verification Program

HP announces its 'Point-of-Sale (POS) Solution Ready Program,' which helps retailers purchase point-of-sale solutions that have been previously tested by HP. The program gives certified independent software vendors (ISVs) direct access to HP's ISV Partner Program Portal and other resources, including access to technical, marketing and sales. The programs also helps ensure smooth integration and support to small and medium-size businesses.

Through this program, retailers can optimize their software applications on HP POS systems using a verification process that allows software to operate on all HP POS systems and peripherals.

Verified software providers are listed on the ISV Partner Program Portal at www.hp.com/go/pos and marked with HP's Point-of-Sale Solution Ready insignia, which allows retailers to identify solutions that have been vendor-tested for compatibility and smooth integration.

HP's ISV Partner Program Portal additionally offers these software partners the following benefits:

- Partners receive negotiated partner rates on third-party services and support such as technical support to help retailers integrate new POS solutions into existing technology platforms.

- ISVs receive a 50 percent discount on HP hardware for technical testing, demonstration and customer presentations.

- Through the program network, ISVs can work with local HP and channel sales agents to offer a holistic POS solution, including hardware, software and services.

- Program partners are provided with early access to new solutions and innovations for retail


Oracle Acquires Advanced Visual Technology

Oracle announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Advanced Visual Technology (AVT), a provider of 3D visual macro space planning software for retailers.

AVT helps enable retailers to collaborate with their stores and supplier partners to design and plan retail floor space in real-time with a current photo-realistic view of each store. AVT products combined with Oracle Retail's comprehensive application suite is expected to increase the profitability of a store's selling space through enhanced space allocation and performance monitoring across categories, aisles, departments and the entire store. AVT employees and management are expected to join the Oracle Retail Global Business Unit.

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2008. Until the deal closes, each company will continue to operate independently. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.


Sheetz Rolls Out RedPrairie Site Operations in 350 stores

Petco uses the Ask & Answer tool from Bazaarvoice to deliver customer engagement and drive better sales results. Petco teamed up with Bazaarvoice to develop and promote The Answer Den, a customized functionality that leverages Bazaarvoice Ask & Answer hosted technology to enable customers to ask and answer questions about thousands of Petco products. By combining The Answer Den with its Bazaarvoice Ratings & Reviews implementation, Petco provides its customers with valuable new user-generated content that drives sales both online and in its nearly 950 stores nationwide.

Petco customers who consulted The Answer Den purchased products 72 percent more often than site visitors who did not visit The Answer Den. Answer Den users generated 90 percent more page views per session, nearly 40 percent more items per order and a 10 percent higher average order value.

"Petco customers are a very engaged and loyal group - and they love to share their opinions on which products are best for their beloved pets," says John Lazarchic, vice president of e-commerce at Petco. "The Answer Den allows the Petco community to come together to ask and answer questions about products, talk about pet care topics and share advice to help other pet parents. By providing a way for Petco customers to make better, more informed purchase decisions, The Answer Den has contributed to a dramatic boost in orders and sales across our site."


NCR Unveils New POS Workstation

NCR launches its latest point-of-sale (POS) workstation, the NCR RealPOS 70XRT. Featuring Intel technology, this POS workstation is designed to deliver technology, innovative design, serviceability and manageability.

The NCR RealPOS 70XRT helps improve customer interactions with advanced platform technologies that enable retailers to personalize the POS experience for consumers. High-resolution interactive touch capabilities and a flexible consumer-facing display system provide a variety of options for order verification, promotions and loyalty programs.

The NCR RealPOS 70XRT is designed to help improve associate productivity with user-friendly interaction. With its intuitive touch screen interface and multimedia capabilities, the NCR RealPOS 70XRT can run the latest POS, back-office and training software applications.

Combining Intel's low-power processor and chipset architecture with its power supply, the NCR RealPOS 70XRT can reduce energy consumption by up to 50 percent over previous generation POS terminals.

The NCR RealPOS 70XRT is built with 'EZ-Glide' blade system that allows for tool-free access to internal components. Multi-tiered Systems Manageability offers three levels of systems management including a local LED Dashboard, 'out-of-band' remote management via Intel Active Management Technology 4.0, and remote information technology management software through the NCR Retail Systems Manager.


Datalogic Scanning Introduces Gryphon 2D Handheld Imagers

Datalogic Scanning announces the availability of Gryphon D432/D412 Plus general purpose 2D imagers. The new Gryphon 2D Plus imager is targeted for use in a wide range of AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Collection) applications.

Features of the Gryphon D432/D412 Plus imager include:

- Capture of bar codes in postal, airline, and railway conveyor applications

- Age-verification for controlled substances at the point-of-sale by reading PDF417 codes on driver licenses and helping to increase check-out speed

- Datalogic Scanning's patented 'Green Spot' on the code provides feedback in noisy environments

- A wider VGA sensor and new camera allows signature, image, and document capture capabilities

-Intuitive 'five dot' laser aiming system captures both bar codes and images

- A 400 Mhz processor and 'Global Shutter' sensor

- In retail operations, along with Datalogic's Magellan bi-optic scanners, the Gryphon 2D Plus imager offers image capture capabilities while providing speed and accuracy when scanning bulky or heavy items

- Datalogic's Aladdin Software Configuration helps simplify installation and maintenance


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