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A&P speeds Big Data access with IBM flash system

BY Dan Berthiaume

Montvale, N.J. – The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) is using the IBM FlashSystem V840 to compress live data and speed access to Big Data. The FlashSystem now integrates into a new Control Enclosure with IBM’s SAN Volume Controller (SVC) data virtualization system, a key component of IBM’s Software Defined Storage solution.

The solution includes such advanced technologies as real-time compression that compresses “live” data on-the-fly for a three-and-a-half times boost in performance from the previous version. Since the highly dense IBM FlashSystem V840 can support up to 1.6 petabyte of data in a single system, clients are able to reduce energy costs, as well as data center floor space. A&P migrated 40 terabytes of data from seven hard drive storage systems to a single V840 FlashSystem, saving the company not only data center floor space, but cooling and energy costs.

“The information we’re generating and analyzing daily is critical to the success of our business,” said Richard Angelillo, VP, IS at A&P. “By moving our storage and Big Data efforts from spinning disk to the new IBM flash solution we’ve improved latency issues from as much as 27 milliseconds to microseconds.”

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Prudsys updates personalization tool

BY Dan Berthiaume

Chemnitz, Germany – Data analysis technology vendor Prudsys AG is updating features of its Prudsys Realtime Decisioning Engine (RDE), which allows businesses to individually address customers with personalized content and recommendations. This applies to every channel and device, both online and directly at the point of sale.

Personalized contents and dynamic prices are generated in real time on the basis of user behavior, Prudsys RDE continuously interacts with the shopper/user, records their response to the contents and relates this to the behavior of all the other users, and optimizes it to achieve high quality recommendations.

One of the new features is the completely personalized online shop. In addition to individual product recommendations by the RDE, the search function can now also generate personalized results lists, calculated in real time based on the user’s click pattern. The Prudsys RDE scoring module additionally individualizes the whole design of the shop and optimizes the displayed design.

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Costco sales get boost in July

BY CSA STAFF

Costco saw a boost in net sales and same-store sales during the month of July.

Net sales totaled $8.55 billion for the four weeks ended Aug. 3, an increase of 9% from $7.87 billion during the similar four-week period last year.

Same-store sales increased 5%, while U.S. same-store sales also increased 5% during the period.

For the 48 weeks ended Aug. 3 net sales were $101.43 billion, an increase of 7%. During the 48 weeks, same-store sales increased 4%. In the United States, same-store sales rose 5%.

Costco currently operates 660 warehouses, including 466 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 88 in Canada, 33 in Mexico, 25 in the United Kingdom, 20 in Japan, 11 in Korea, 10 in Taiwan, six in Australia and one in Spain.

The company plans to open up to an additional three new warehouses prior to the end of its fiscal year on August 31.

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