Technology News Update
A&P has selected DemandTec’s Deal Management software service to help streamline its deal and allowance management capabilities.
Winn-Dixie Stores has selected IBM point-of-sale and self-checkout technology to help transform customer service, speed innovation and increase the operational efficiency of 484 Winn-Dixie store locations, and other store formats across the
Southeastern United States. Winn-Dixie, working in collaboration with IBM and SAM Group Inc., will implement a network of 6,000 IBM SurePOS 700 systems armed with IBM’s SurePOS ACE and Retail Integration Framework software, which are components of IBM’s Smarter Checkout solution. Winn-Dixie will also install IBM SurePoint infrared touch displays and SureMark thermal impact printers.
Lowe’s announced that by the end of this year the company will complete it’s initiative to roll out iPhone mobile devices to it’s associates. The device will be used to check inventory and website checks. The company also announced it has launched a home improvement app for iPhone and iPod.
Pacific Sunwear announced that it has implemented Apple iPads into 300 stores and plan on adding to an additional 100 stores by year’s end.
Target Corp. is set to launch a retooled website that is easier to shop, has faster checkout and more closely resembles the store shopping experience.
Urban Outfitters CEO Glen Senk told analysts that “mobile POS is now in 107 stores, with plans to be in all stores by the beginning of the holiday.” That means a majority of the chain’s 176 stores are already using iPod Touches equipped with attached readers for swiping payment cards.
Zara, a Spanish fast-fashion brand and division of Inditex Group, launched it’s first-ever
e-commerce site, www.zara.com. The brand’s online platform sells the full range of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing that also is available in-store. The website also features free delivery to all 50 states. The U.S. U.S. online store is Zara’s first outside Europe, where shoppers can already buy online in 16 countries.