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BevMo! launches technology initiatives to support growth

BY CSA STAFF

Concord, Calif. — Beverages & More has launched a next-generation technology initiative based around NRF/ARTS (Association for Retail Technology Standards) standards coupled with cloud computing and high-performance technology and service providers that include NCR Corp., Verifone, Retail Anywhere, Trevarian, and Anametrix. The initiative (called “ItsMo!” internally) allows for rapid design, adoption and deployment of new technologies.

The specialty retailer, which operates 109 BevMo! stores in the western United States, is implementing the technologies to enhance the customer experience and provide management with a 360degree view of operations anywhere and anytime.

“Leveraging ARTS-compliant solutions is the cornerstone of our ItsMo! Plan as we address various business requirements, including point-of-sale, CRM, and enterprise data warehouse, analytics and payment processing needs,” said Bob Graham, VP/CIO information technology, BevMo!. “By taking the ARTS approach, we have significantly reduced the complexity of delivering solutions to our user community.”

Under the plan, BevMo! will use a combination of hardware, software and services from NCR to enhance point-of-sale operations. The new software includes the NCR Advanced Checkout Solution, which provides ARTS-compliant POSlog transaction data, advanced marketing support and enables a more productive checkout and back office experience. The NCR RealPos 80XRT POS controllers and workstations, including biometric cashier security, a touch-enabled DynaKey cashier display and bi-optic scanners will streamline front-end operations and speed checkout operations.

In addition, NCR’s two-sided thermal printers will provide the ability to print promotions on customer receipts. NCR’s professional services organization is providing consulting and integration services and hardware and software maintenance for new solutions as well as hardware maintenance for the legacy POS platforms.

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American Apparel implements Infor workforce management solution

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Atlanta — Infor, a provider of business application software, announced that American Apparel has selected and implemented the company’s WFM Workbrain solution to manage the retailer’s global workforce.

American Apparel needed a flexible and scalable tool that could be deployed across all its operations, allowing the company to better manage its global workforce with integrated time and attendance and store labor scheduling. By leveraging its existing timeclock hardware, the retailer was able to implement Infor’s Workbrain Time and Attendance solution in 15 weeks.

“Our ability to implement Global Time and Attendance in just 15 weeks is truly a testament to the flexibility and extendibility of the Workbrain application,” said Stacey Shulman, VP technology, American Apparel. “Infor Workbrain’s mathematical — rather than heuristic — approach to solving our scheduling challenges was a key factor in our decision to move forward.”

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RedPrairie acquires SofTechnics

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Alpharetta, Ga. — RedPrairie, a supply chain and labor management systems provider, announced it has finalized the acquisition of SofTechnics, Columbus, Ohio, a provider of in-store software such as price and inventory management, intelligent store ordering and direct-store delivery.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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