San Mateo, Calif.-based AirWave Wireless, introduced its AirWave Wireless Management Suite 5.0 software. The 5.0 release, which expands the capabilities of the existing AirWave Management Suite, supports a broad range of Wi-Fi solutions, including both controller-based systems and autonomous access points. It also encompasses mesh and WiMax infrastructure. The new software also features “Universal Device Support,” which enables intelligent root-cause analysis by monitoring key components of the wired network.
New York City-based Columbitech now supports SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers 9 and 10. By combining SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers with Columbitech’s wireless virtual private network, retailers can automatically set up any computer to act as a VPN and firewall in minutes. This wireless VPN, coupled with SUSE Linux Server, delivers a secure, enterprise-scaled solution that is flexible to work with any hardware. Overall, it features low deployment costs and provides payment-card industry compliance PCI for retailers’ wireless infrastructure.
Alpha Retail Technology
Calabasas, Calif.-based Alpha Retail Technology released the AlphaERS 2.0 inventory management system, which incorporates Microsoft SQL 2005 and .NET 2 technologies. Prompted by increased demand from retailers, Alpha Retail developed AlphaERS 2.0 to improve performance and scalability. It synchronizes corporate and store-level databases with advanced filtering. This configuration ensures that only the most relevant data is exchanged in real time.
Finish Line 4Q Profit Narrows
Indianapolis, Finish Line said Thursday the company earned $21.1 million in its fourth quarter, compared with profit of $28.1 million during the same period a year prior. Revenue rose to $429 million from $399.2 million.
Expenses for the quarter rose to $93.9 million from $85.1 million. The company also saw an asset impairment charge of $7.5 million compared with $2.5 million a year ago. Comp-store sales fell 5.4% during the quarter.
For the full year, the company earned $32.4 million.
Sharper Image, OfficeMax Partner
San Francisco, Sharper Image has announced a multi-year licensing agreement with OfficeMax. The agreement with OfficeMax is the first to be announced by Sharper Image’s newly created brand licensing division.
Under the agreement, OfficeMax will offer Sharper Image branded office furniture and accessories made exclusively for OfficeMax under the Sharper Image Office brand. Products will include desks, chairs, shredders, desk sets, accessories and related items. The first product collection is currently rolling out into OfficeMax stores, with additional collections to debut throughout and beyond 2007.