Boston-based cafe chain Au Bon Pain has selected the mySAP ERP solution from Newtown Square, Pa.-based SAP America. By replacing its multiple ERP systems with mySAP, the chain will be able to provide accurate, real-time information, end-to-end processes and Web-accessible services to associates across cafes and franchisees. The chain is on track to complete the installation by spring 2007.
With the help of Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM, and Cincinnati-based PCMS, Bass Pro Shops is overhauling its point-of-sale fleet at all of its 34 stores. In addition to using IBM’s Store Integration Framework, the Springfield, Mo.-based chain is installing the vendor’s SurePOS 700 POS terminals. Locations will run between 10 and 50 units. PCMS’ Java-based BeanStore software will help the chain support a quick and easy checkout experience, as well as deliver in-store promotions. The rollout will be complete this year.
Kinston, N.C., Food Farm, Inc., aconsortium of independent retailers that operate Piggly Wiggly stores, is currently installing back-office automation systems from Melville, N.Y.-based BRdata. The group’s 67 stores, which are now outfitted with BRdata’s Retail BOSS Host software, are currently installing BRdata’s Retail BOSS Store system. Retail BOSS Host enables Food Farm to automatically set prices and e-mail these files to the stores. Retail BOSS Store will standardize and automate the procedure at the store level. The rollout, which begins this month, could be complete in 57 stores by July.
New color printers are changing the face of targeted marketing at more than 1,500 stores across the Safeway supermarket chain. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based chain, which began piloting the new color printers from Long Beach, Calif.-based Epson America last year, recently completed its installation of the units. They support the grocer’s targeted marketing program, Catalina Connections, provided by St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Catalina Marketing. Sweetbay Supermarket, owned by Delhaize Group, is also using the printers for in-store marketing. By the end of the year, a majority of Catalina’s domestic retail partners will be using the new color printers.
Ahold U.S. to Accept Bids on Foodservice Unit
Columbia, Md., Royal Ahold is expected to start accepting bids on its U.S. foodservice division, which has been plagued by financial woes in recent years, in early 2007. Among the companies expected to show an interest in the division are Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
Nine West Opens International Flagships
New York, Nine West Group, a division of Jones Apparel Group, opened flagship locations this December in Tokyo, Moscow and Vietnam as part of a global expansion initiative that began in early 2006. The new stores marked the debut of the company’s updated store format, which is designed to strengthen the brand’s fashion presence in footwear, accessories and handbags.