Size of IS shop: 66
Mobile PCs: 500
Hand-held devices: 80
Total screens: 2980
Industry: Wholesale and retail trade
PC environment: Windows 98, 2000, XP, 7; Dell; HP
Server environment: Dell, Unisys, IBM, AIX, Windows
DBMS: Informix, SQL, DB2
Address: 57 Kiln Street, Silverstream, Upper Hutt
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
Foodstuffs (Wellington) Co-operative Society, which covers the Wellington, Wairarapa, Manawatu, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay regions, is testing Windows 7 on some of its PCs, although the company continues to operate Windows XP and Vista on most desktops.
Whilst DB2 and Informix are in use, the dominant RDBMS remains MS SQL and this is used extensively to replicate data within the Foodstuffs environment. A project has recently commenced to replace MS SQL2000 based systems with SQL2008.
Ongoing innovation in retail systems sees further deployment of automated re-ordering systems, electronic shelf labelling, self-checkout facilities, as well as enhancement of retail point-of-sale platforms.
A price optimisation system is currently in pilot phase and will go live later this year. This application will utilise sophisticated pricing models and historical data to determine the most effective pricing strategies for the group. In many cases, newer systems are proving to be viable candidates for virtualisation, and Foodstuffs take advantage of this technology where appropriate.
The Wellington Co-op supplies 46 New World and 14 Pak’nSave retail supermarkets, 96 Four Square, two Shoprite and three Write Price stores. Foodstuffs continues to invest in modernisation and development of new retail sites on an ongoing basis, and all upcoming development and completed stores will require ICT support of varying degrees.
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