Size of IS shop: 69
Mobile PCs: 150
Hand-held devices: 480
Total screens: 3225
Industry: Wholesale and retail trade
PC environment: Windows XP; 7; Lenovo; HP; Dell
Server environment: Windows 2000, VMware, AIX, IBM
DBMS: DB2, Interbase, SQL
Address: 167 Main North Road, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: SAP implementation into retail stores, Self Checkout deployments, EFTPOS compliance upgrade, eCommerce enablement and GS1net.
New Zealand owned and operated Foodstuffs South Island (FSSI), one of three Foodstuffs Cooperative groups, employs more than 1200 people and has sales of $2 billion per annum. As with its counterparts in Auckland and Wellington, Foodstuffs South Island is a regionally based, retailer-owned co-operative company, operating independently and autonomously, but works collaboratively where it makes sense; for example, the eCommerce platform.
ICT needs for FSSI are overseen by Phil Wright, general manager — IT. ICT is used to support business objectives for major wholesale and retail companies “through innovation and providing the organisation access to data to better manage the business, and increasing penetration of eCommerce to reduce costs in the supply chain”, he says.
In 2011, continuation of the company’s SAP rollout into its retail stores will again be a major focus. The phased rollout began with pilot stores two years ago, while the main rollout consists of store infrastructure deployment followed by a modular enablement of business function. SAP will give Foodstuffs timely financial reporting that is more tightly integrated with the operation of the business, and enable greater penetration of eCommerce.
Self-checkout functionality will continue to be deployed across multiple New World and Pak’nSave locations, further broadening the organisation’s offering in this area. An eftpos compliance upgrade is planned for this year in line with the payments industry requirements. Further eCommerce and GS1net enablement are also priorities for the year.
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